Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Greater Hartford rallies in ninth, beats Connecticut 4-1 in Twilight all-star game

Connecticut Twilight League President Chris Barsa (24) at bat during the all-star game.
The game was the last for Barsa, who retired. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Monday night's annual all-star game between the Connecticut Twilight League and Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League turned into quite the pitchers' duel.
That was the theme until the top of the ninth, when the GHTBL scored three times to claim a 4-1 victory over the host CTL. The game was the last for CTL President Chris Barsa, who retired. 
Barsa managed the CTL all-stars, a position he was accustomed to being in as skipper of the Brickhouse Indians for 10 years. Barsa also played for the Indians. Scott Dickens, who is also done playing, will be behind the scenes for the Bristol Knights and will assume some of the duties of the interim league president.
After a single run from the GHTBL in the top of the second, the CTL evened the game with a run in the third. From there, pitchers from both sides matched each other zero for zero until the top of the ninth.
The Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League all-stars congratulate each other at the end
of an inning during Monday night's game. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)
Ironically, it was Bristol Knight and People's United Bank player Tyler Pina who started the rally for the GHTBL. Pina was hit by a pitch leading off, then stole second base. He moved up to third base on a slow grounder to shortstop, then scored on a single up the middle to put the GHTBL ahead 2-1. The visitors scored twice more in the ninth and took a 4-1 victory.
The Bristol Knights had several players in the all-star game. They were Chris McGrath, Marco Ross, Kyle Lentini, Earl Oakes and Mike Castellani.

NOTES 

  • In a bit of irony, both league tournament champions were named the Orioles. Chicago Sam's won in the CTL while the Vernon Orioles repeated in the GHTBL.
  • There was a Bristol native on the GHTBL all-star roster. It was Eric Therrien, a graduate of Bristol Eastern. Therrien played for the Middletown Outlaws.


PHOTOS: Click here for images from Monday night's CTL-GHTBL all-star game.

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