NEW BRITAIN - In the 4th annual All-Star Game between the best from the Connecticut Twilight Baseball League and the Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League, it looked like it was going to be a first.
After losing the first three games of the postseason all-star series, the Connecticut Twilight League all-stars held a 7-4 lead going into the eighth inning of play.
But Greater Hartford struck for three runs with Dan Trubia, Tyler Pina and Darren Grabowski all coming into score off of a T.J. Hewitt base hit leading to a 7-7 tie in 10 innings of play at New Britain Stadium on Sunday night.
“We had the commanding lead but some tough plays didn’t go our way,” Bristol Knights all-star Rick Barrett said. “But it was exciting. It shows how even these two leagues can be. We have a competitive league, they have a competitive league and it’s nice to come out here at the end of the year and get together and kind of see who’s the better league. The last three years have shown that we’re pretty even.”
Bristol’s Georgie Santiago started it off for Bristol with a single and stole a pair of bases, coming around to score on a RBI single to right field by Chicago Sam’s Orioles Bobby Leeper, who came into score the second run of the first inning to put the Connecticut Twilight League up 2-0 after one.
Facing an early 2-0 deficit, Tim Trubia stepped up to the plate for the Greater Hartford Twilight League against Brickhouse Indians pitcher Mike Lord.
Trubia launched a two-run homer over the left field wall to score Jeff Criscoulo and tie the game up 2-2.
“This being a park with a double fence, it was quite a shot,” Connecticut Twilight League and Brickhouse manager Keith Echevarria said. “It was legitimate. You can’t say that was a cheap shot. But every pitcher that throws well is going to make a mistake. He took advantage of that pitch and it was one he could drive out.”
The Brickhouse Indians had four players named to the all-star team: Trent Dillon, Griffin Bremmer, Lord, John Amendola and Erik Jaillet.
The Bristol Knights had a league-high nine players named to the all-star team: Georgie Santiago, Julio Ortiz Rivera, Barrett, Kyle Pileski, Justin Martella, Kyle Lentini, Chris McGrath, Nick Dzioba and Neil Kozikowski.
The Connecticut Twilight League retook the lead in the fifth, scoring twice on a wild pitch, and tacked on three more an inning later thanks to pair of GHTL errors before ending up in extra innings three frames later.
Now, it’s on to next season.