By KEN MORSE
There were signs in the early part of the American Legion baseball season indicating that Post 33 of Plainville had the competitiveness to go head-to-head with the teams in Zone 1.
The overall record 0-4 didn’t show it but there were some tough losses 1-0 to Winsted and 2-1 to Avon. The team hung in there, kept battling and recently Post 33 found its way into the win column.
Plainville has won three of the last five including two in a row after Wednesday nights stunning 10th inning comeback win that left Simsbury on the field. Jonathan Olson belted a run scoring bases loaded single to plate Tyler Davis for the 5-4 victory.
“The guys were pretty excited,” said Plainville head coach Brian McCarthy. “It was touch and go there for awhile as the rain got a little more persistent after the seventh inning.”
“But a game like this is obviously a boost to our moral. We have been in games earlier in the season and I knew we could compete in this Zone. There are still a lot of wins out there for us and if we continue to compete the way we’ve had these past few weeks anything can happen.”
Alec Karal went four innings on the hill and kept Simsbury in check helping Post 33 comeback from a 1-0 deficit. Juan Camacho and Jaylen Dias came around to score in the third inning when Olson (3 for 5, 3 RBI) knocked in both runs on a two RBI hit.
Simsbury finally got to Karal plating three runs in the fourth. Tyler Mandeville came on to throw one inning with Simsbury out in front by a 4-2 count. Ryan Snyder worked two innings on the hill as Post 33 staged its second come back.
“Simsbury is a quality team,” said McCarthy after Plainville dealt Simsbury (5-2-1) only their second loss on the season.
“It was back and forth until we were able to put up two more runs to tie it in the sixth. Both Snyder and Dufour worked out of jams to keep us in the game.”
Alec Couture and Nate Michalek came around to score in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 4-4 aided by walks and a couple of Simsbury errors.
Tyler Dufour took over the pitching duties in the eighth and worked out of a bases load no out jam to keep Simsbury off the scoreboard.
“This was one of the best games I’ve been involved with,” said McCarthy. “Our guys stepped up and made the plays when they had to. I’m so proud of their effort, they never gave up.”
Davis began the bottom of the tenth with a single to get things started. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases sending Olson to the plate to see if he could do it again. Olson who had a bases clearing three run double in a 9-6 win over Torrington recently didn’t disappoint as he delivered the game winner leaving Simsbury on the field.
Plainville will be back at it this week facing Bristol (6-2-1) at Muzzy Field on Sunday. Post 33 will then take on (6-3) Winsted at home on Monday and away on Tuesday. Plainville finishes out the first week of July at home on Saturday against the Zone 1 leader (7-1) Avon at 11 a.m.