Wolcott-Terryville takes aim at second straight CTL crown

The Wolcott-Terryville Scrappers are taking aim at a second straight Connecticut Twilight League baseball championship, with the first coming when they were known as the Terryville Black Sox. The best-of-three championship series against the New Britain Rock Cats begins this evening at 6 o’clock at Muzzy Field with Game 1. Game 2 is slated for around 8 o’clock.

Wolcott-Terryville had to win a tight elimination game Monday night, 2-0, over the Bristol Shock to reach the championship series. The Scrappers scored the game’s only runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, including one driven in by Justin McCulloch (2-for-3). The pitching of Kyle Dube and Kody Kerski made sure the Shock didn’t get anything on the board, and Kerski struck out the final batter of the game.

Bristol received great pitching from Mark Creamer, Jacobi Bouchard and Chris McGrath in the season-ending loss to Wolcott-Terryville.

The championship series matchup is a rematch of the winners bracket final, which New Britain won in convincing fashion, 8-1. Wolcott-Terryville was missing players, but also didn’t play well in that Aug. 11 matchup at Riverfront Park in Glastonbury.

The loss to the Rock Cats threw the Scrappers into the elimination bracket. Wolcott-Terryville had to wait to see who it would play Monday as the Bristol Shock and Rocky Hill Rockies engaged in their own elimination game. Bristol won that game, 10-4, behind a late surge on offense. Howard Rebhun, Nick Dzioba and Jared Gallagher did the work on the mound for the Shock.

Bristol was also a victim of New Britain, dropping a tough 2-0 winners bracket semifinal contest on Aug. 8 at Beehive Field. The Shock knocked off the Enfield Patriots, 7-4, on Aug. 10 at Recreation Park in Southington. 

If Wolcott-Terryville and New Britain need a winner-take-all Game 3, it would be played Thursday at 6 p.m., also at Muzzy.

Photo credit: Scott Dickens, CTL baseball