Plainville tops Glastonbury, 5-3

PLAINVILLE – After beating Zone 7 champion West Hartford two out of three times this year, the Plainville Legion baseball team was looking to sweep the season series against Glastonbury and punch its ticket to the play-in round of the Connecticut state tournament.
But Post 33 managed only one victory against the club in three tries, coming away with a 5-3 win before dropping a tough 2-0 decision to Glastonbury on Monday, July 16 from Alumni Field in Plainville.
Instead of playoff qualification, Plainville (12-10) had to win its final two contests against a pesky New Britain squad to earn a shot at postseason play.
“We should have taken (all) three games,” against Glastonbury said Plainville coach Jim Tufts. “We were up for West Hartford and it showed. And then, they knew this was a lesser team and they came in and played to (Glastonbury’s) level.”
“I think we’re a much better team and I’ve been saying that all year long.”
Glastonbury, who was the home team in the first game of the twin-bill, tallied three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 affair.
But credit Plainville pitcher Matt Thomas for hanging around in the game, making big pitches to get of tight spots the rest of the way, and ended up going the distance for the eventual victory.
“He didn’t have great command but he had enough to get the win,” said Tufts of Thomas’ performance. “I commend him for sticking it out for the entire game. We’re down on pitchers right now. We’ve had a tough stretch at the end here and Thomas sucked it up and took it the whole way because he knew that we need pitchers for the next two days.”
“He gutted a win out…it was a great win for us.”
Thomas yielded only seven hits and posted four strikeouts during his important pitching stint.
In the top of the sixth and still trailing by two, Post 33 took the lead for good as Plainville zapped Glastonbury for a four-run fling.
With two runners on for Plainville, clever Tom Dinda smashed a sharp single to left as Dylan Chasse crossed the plate to cut the deficit to 3-2.
One batter later, Marc DeMartinis unleashed a long fly-ball to left for an out but Shane Pugliese skittered home as the sacrifice knotted the fray up at 3-3.
Erik Perrotti followed up with an RBI single to short center and Thomas sent the shortstop home via a long triple that went over the centerfielder’s head as Plainville took command of the game and never looked back, ahead in the game 5-3.
Thomas held the fort from there on the mound and earned himself a big victory.
But for everything that went well in the first game, the second contest did not live up to expectations for Post 33.
A critical error in the sixth stanza of a scoreless game doomed the home team as Plainville lost by two runs.
It was a difficult and disappointing loss as Plainville was shutout 2-0 and only tallied two hits, one not leaving the confines of the infield.
“I can’t play for them,” said Tufts after the game. “They have to come out and play the way I know that they can play not that they played a bad game today. There was no motivation. You would think that the playoffs would be motivation enough but I guess not.”
Lost in the shuffle was an outstanding pitching effort by Tyler Guimond who labored for over six innings but was brilliant throughout.
He gave up two unearned runs, allowed only seven hits but posted an impressive nine strikeouts in what turned out to be his last ever performance in a Plainville Legion uniform.
“Tyler Guimond pitched a hell of a game (and) he doesn’t deserve to take a loss,” said Tufts. “Both of those runs he gave up were unearned. And he pitched six and a third innings hurt for his second straight start. I can’t say enough about the kid.”
“He’ll give me everything he’s got every single time out here.”
For the season, Guimond has yet to give up an unearned run in any of his starts and was sick throughout the game against Glastonbury but managed to push every right button until a fluke tally unraveled the game in the sixth inning.
Guimond racked up two quick outs to start the fateful sixth but off a walk and a double, runners were on second and third.
The next batter followed with a grounder to the second-base side of the mound and the slow dribbler looked to be easily playable.
Guimond just missed getting his glove on the ball but second basemen Brian Dostaler scooped it up off a tough charge.
In his attempt to get the runner going to first, Dostaler threw the ball over the first base bag as two runners scored and propelled Glastonbury to that 2-0 edge.
It was going to be a tough out even if Dostaler made a clean throw.
“Normally, I’d say 99 out of 100 times, Tyler Guimond makes that play but because he was hurt, it hampered him getting to the ball,” said Tufts. “And I would still say 99 out of 100 times, Brian Dostaler makes that play. I have nothing bad to say about that. (Stuff) happens.”
“But it’s our fault for leaving Glastonbury in the

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