Locals contributing to Bethlehem’s push for a Tri-State League championship

The Bethlehem Plowboys took over sole possession of second place in the Connecticut Tri-State Baseball League with a 6-0 shutout of the Winsted Whalers on Thursday evening at Gallop Field in Bethlehem.

There were local fingerprints on that win. Jesse Swartout and Matt Mancini, both former Sacred Heart High School standouts, were in the lineup for Bethlehem. Swartout was the starting catcher and helped Plowboy starter George Bielizna work through six scoreless innings. At the plate, Swartout drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first inning to push Bethlehem’s lead to 2-0.

Mancini, who started at first base and hit third, made his mark with one swing of his bat. Mancini cranked a two-run home run to right field to increase the Plowboy lead to 5-0.

Speaking of Sacred Heart…

Randy Edwards, the father of former Heart standout Jimmy Edwards, was kind enough to send pictures of his son a while back. The photos are from Jimmy’s time playing with Endicott College. Here are Randy’s photos. Enjoy!

GALLERY: Here are my photos from Thursday’s game.

PHOTO CAPTION: Bethlehem’s Jesse Swartout connects for a single during Thursday evening’s Tri-State baseball game against Winsted at Gallop Field in Bethlehem. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69)