FALLS VILLAGE >> Despite not being on the top of his game, Thomaston’s Brian Butkevicius tossed a complete game shutout in the Golden Bears’ 6-0 victory over Housatonic, notching their 11th straight win.
“It just shows what a poised competitor Brian is,” Thomaston head coach Bob McMahon said. “He didn’t have his best stuff today.”
Butkevicius struck out seven Mountaineers batters and allowed only three hits on way to his sixth win of the season.
“I just relied on my defense,” Butkevicius said. “I was trying to keep the ball low and let them groundout and when they got it in the air my outfield caught everything.”
The only trouble Butkevicius found himself in the bottom of the sixth inning, after striking out the first batter, he gave up back to back singles.
Housatonic’s Justin Dean then roped a ball into left field, looking like it would fall in front of Thomaston’s Frank Romanelli, Tim Haan began to run towards third as Romanelli charged in to make the catch and then fire to second baseman Anthony Moura, making a hockey goalie stretch, to double up Haan, ending the threat.
“They’re not going to give you anything,” Housatonic head coach Daryl Morhardt said. “They made plays.”
With Butkevicius battling on the mound, the Golden Bears bats had their own problems with Housatonic starter Zack Larson early on, not getting their first hit until the fourth inning, but they made it count.
Tyler Donofrio led off the fourth with a base hit, which was followed up by a double by Blaise Russo.
Matt Tehan then stepped to the plate and hit a groundball, that he beat out at first, allowing Donofrio to score. Dan LeVasseur then knocked in Russo with a fielder’s choice ground out.
After Butkevicius put another zero on the board, the Golden Bears bats got back at it and it started with their leadoff hitter Mike Milius, who lined a one out double.
“All I know is that if I can get on, Anthony (Moura) can get me over and with Jake of Tyler up, they can get me in,” Milius said.
Moura would reach on an error, moving Milius to third.
With one out and runners on first and third, Tehan stepped to the plate and backed up Milius’ words with a long double, bringing home both runners, 4-0.
“We know Jake is going to hit, we expect him to come through,” McMahon said. “Today he did.”
After both teams were shut out in their next trips to the plate, the Golden Bears added two more in the top of the seventh, started by Milius again who led off the inning with a base hit and then stole second base.
“Mike’s a catalyst,” McMahon said. “In a league with a bunch of talented seniors, he’s right up there when you talk about top players in the league.”
After Moura walked, they double stole second and third and came home on a Donofrio two RBI double.
Butkevicius worked around two walks in the seventh to finish what he started.
Thomaston 6, Housatonic 0
Thomaston 000 220 2 — 6 7 1
Housatonic 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
Brian Butkevicius, Tyler Donofrio; Zack Larson Nick Camardi (7), Chris Vernali.
WP: Brian Butkevicius (). LP: Zack Larsen (). 2B: (THOM) Mike Milius, Jake Tehan, Tyler Donofio, Blaise Russo. RBI: Tehan (2), Tehan, Donofrio (2), Levassuer (THOM)
Team records: Thomaston 11-0; Housatonic 7-5.