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SWC baseball final Bethel goes back-to-back

May 25, 2019

STRATFORD — When Bethel pitcher George Viebrock imagined himself pitching in the SWC championship game, he never dreamed of how good he would actually be.

The junior lefty struck out 14 batters in seven innings, tossing a complete game while allowing just three hits as No. 4 Bethel won its second straight SWC title, 5-1 over No. 8 Weston at Penders Field in Stratford on Friday night.

“It feels absolutely great,” Viebrock said. “I witnessed it last year as a member of the bench and it was the best feeling in the world getting in that dogpile. Now, playing in it feels even sweeter.”

The lone blemish on Viebrock’s night came on a solo home run in the top of the seventh by Weston’s William Bunkoci.

Three Weston runners made it as far as third but Viebrock worked out of the inning each time.

With Viebrock dealing, the Wildcats’ offense was methodical, scoring runs in each of the first four innings and adding one more in the sixth.

Jack Carraturo was on base four times, scoring twice, driving in one and stealing two bases.

He reached on a single in the bottom of the first, stealing second and coming in to score on a single to right by Pietro Baia.

In the second, Cole Strang led off with a single, moved to second on a single by Viebrock and scored on a wild pitch.

Strang would drive in Carraturo in the third on a single to left.

Carraturo would plate Shawn Sato in the fourth, slapping the ball to right-center for a double.

Bethel tacked on one more in the sixth with Viera driving in Sato on an infield single.

Weston came into the tournament as the No. 8 seed but came up one game short of completing the miracle run.

“Nobody expected us to make a run,” Weston coach Geoff Brencher said. “I’m proud of these guys. They battled and fought. We were down 6-1 to New Milford and didn’t give up. Tremendous heart and tremendous fight; it just wasn’t our night.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

George Viebrock, Bethel. Viebrock was dominant from the first inning on, striking out at least two batters every inning except the fourth, where he struck out one.

QUOTABLE

“For George (Viebrock) to do what he did is unbelievable,” Bethel coach Ray Turek said. “Wining back-to-back is unbelievable. Three years in a row we played in the championship. I honestly believe that first championship we lost to Newton is what we have ben building off of. That hard work that started three years ago has really paid off the last two years.”

MVP

Jack Carraturo was named the MVP of the tournament.

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

BETHEL 5, WESTON 1

WESTON 000 000 1—1 3 0

BETHEL 111 101 x—5 8 0

Batteries: W—Jake Derene (L), Aidan Kyle (5) and Andrew Amato; B—George Viebrock (W) and Pietro Baia

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