By MICHAEL LETENDRE
GLASTONBURY – Maybe the Plainville Legion Senior baseball squad didn’t qualify for the state tournament this past season – only the top four squads from Zone 7 did – but as Post 33’s year came to a close, it certainly played much better.
A two-game winning streak might not be something to brag about at the end of the year but from the way the campaign started, to the middle, to the final few games, Plainville made progress even as it finished up at 7-16 overall and 5-16 in Zone 7 play.
Post 33 finished up with consecutive victories over Glastonbury in 7-5 and 6-2 victories.
“It’s a good way to end the regular season,” said Plainville coach Jim Tufts off the four-run win over Glastonbury. “We had a couple young kids who were up with us tonight that really showed us what we got for next year and showed us some promise.”
Plainville, who only had nine players suited up for its final game of the year, got a huge lift from John and Sam Lindgren.
While the duo spent a lot of time playing in for the Juniors this past spring and summer, John made strides in the outfield while Sam showed everybody while he’s more than a capable back-up catcher.
Those younger players – along with the likes of pitcher Brett Snowden, Rob Pezzulo, Mike Munson, and Kyle Beloin – should make their way up to the senior program next season.
This season, credit belongs to a number of outgoing players – Erik Perrotti, Tony LoPizzo, and Tommy Dinda – who came back from college to play again for the Plainville Legion squad.
If this team can get on track for next season, with leaders such as Cody Charneski, Shane Pugliese, and Matt Thomas returning to the fray, the squad will be in great hands.
And it’s too bad the season couldn’t have been extended as Plainville was really looking forward to the proposed Zone 7 Tournament, which was cancelled due to the fact that just about every squad outside of Plainville and Tri-County had to make-up games during the final week of the campaign.
“We’ve played much better in the last five or six games,” said Tufts who was looking forward to the challenge of the Zone 7 Tournament and exact a little revenge on squads that pounded on Plainville during the season.
Plainville Senior Legion – 2013 Results
Date Opponent Score W/L Notes
Sunday, June 9 vs. Norwich 5-3 W Post 33 started the year with a W
Sunday, June 9 vs. Norwich 3-1 W Plainville again a winner
Monday, June 10 vs. Waterbury —- —- Non-zone game, rained out
Wednesday, June 12 at West Hartford 3-2 W Dostaler win; Favreau save (3)
Saturday, June 15 vs. West Hartford 2-4 L Plainville left over 12 runners on
Saturday, June 15 vs. West Hartford 2-8 L Post 33 saw top-notched pitching
Sunday, June 16 vs. Newington 6-11 L Tough home lost to Newington
Sunday, June 16 vs. Newington 1-7 L Scored only one run
Monday, June 17 at Newington 0-5 L Plainville swept by Newington
Wednesday, June 19 at Tri-County 1-6 L Trailed 6-0 in the contest
Friday, June 21 at Tri-County 4-6 L Had a lead; played well but lost
Saturday, June 22 vs. Tri-County 1-3 L Limited Tri to only four hits
Sunday, June 23 vs. New Britain 3-2 W Broke an 8-game losing streak
Sunday, June 23 vs. New Britain 9-10 L Post 33 led 9-3; fell by one
Monday, June 24 at New Britain 7-2 W Plainville gave up only 3 hits
Wednesday, June 26 at RCP 3-5 L Close loss to RCP
Saturday, June 29 vs. RCP 2-7 L Trailed by only 1 midway in game
Saturday, June 29 vs. RCP 4-7 L RCP swept Plainville
Saturday, June 29 vs. Bristol, Post 2 —- —- Cancelled
Sunday, June 30 vs. Hartford 5-11 L Lost to improved Hartford
Sunday, June 30 vs. Hartford 6-8 L Post 33 had chances in this one
Tuesday, July 2 vs. Hartford 3-5 L Hartford swept the series
Sunday, July 7 vs Glastonbury 3-9 L Plainville that one get away
Sunday, July 7 vs. Glastonbury 7-5 W Post 33 wins!
Tuesday, July 9 at Glastonbury 6-2 W Two in a row!!!
Zone 7 – 2013 Final Records
Team Record Win % GB Home Away RF RA Last 10
RCP (Post 105) 19-2 .905 - 12-0 7-2 135 48 10-0 Won 12
Newington 15-6 .714 4 10-1 5-5 102 66 8-2 Lost 1
West Hartford 15-6 .714 4 12-2 3-4 125 77 6-4 Won 2
Tri-County 13-8 .619 6 10-2 3-6 98 75 5-5 Won 1
Hartford 9-12 .429 10 1-1 8-11 90 94 5-5 Lost 4
Plainville 5-16 .238 14 2-11 3-5 78 125 3-7 Won 2
Glastonbury 5-16 .238 14 3-7 2-9 63 131 2-8 Won 1
New Britain 3-18 .143 16 2-8 1-10 72 147 2-8 Lost 4
Plainville Legion Baseball vs. Zone 7
Record against the competition:
Opponent Record against Comment
New Britain 2-1 Did not qualify for the state tournament
Glastonbury 2-1 Did not qualify for the state tournament.
West Hartford 1-2 Lost to Danielson 6-4 in second round of play-ins.
Hartford 0-3 Did not qualify for the state tournament.
Tri-County 0-3 Lost to Ellington 1-0 in first round of play-ins.
Newington 0-3 Defeating Elllington 6-5, lost to