PLYMOUTH — Bristol American Post 143’s pursuit of a sectional baseball championship is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, when Bristol plays Valparaiso Post 94 in the double-elimination Plymouth Sectional at Bill Nixon Field.
A win for Bristol, managed by Jim Treadway, against Valparaiso sends them to a 10 a.m. game on Saturday. A loss means a Friday game. Plymouth drew a bye in the tournament that also includes Mishawaka and Highland.
The tournament is slated to finish with 1 and 4 p.m. games Sunday, July 21. The top two teams will advance to the Plymouth Regional. The State Finals are at St. Leon. The Super Regional is at Terre Haute. The World Series is at Shelby, N.C.
Bristol (25-7) is led offensively by Ball State University-bound Caleb Stayton (.478 average, 16 runs batted in, 15 runs scored), Parkland College recruit Cain Crowley (.451, 15 R, 18 stolen bases), Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne-bound Shannon Baker (.372, 19 RBI, 20 R), Trine University recruit Mason Eldridge (.353, 13 RB, 13 R), Trine-bound Evan Oblinger (.342, 15 R, 21 SB), Concord High School senior-to-be Nick DeFreese (.333, 19 R, 17 SB), Concord senior-to-be Stephen Pinarski (.333) and Arkansas-Little Rock recruit Cory Malcom (.333).
Bristol pitching leaders are Jake Tucker (6-0, 3.05 earned run average, 24 strikeouts), Stephen Pinarski (5-1 with a no-hitter, 1.47 ERA, 52 Ks), Jake Stauffer (3-3, 19 Ks), DeFreese (3-2, 1.52 ERA, 27 Ks), Reece Misura (3-1, 2.70 ERA) and Malcom (1-0, 0.00 ERA).