WALDORF, Md. - The New Britain Bees wrapped up their 2017 season on Sunday afternoon with a four-game winning streak, completing a sweep of the playoff-bound Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with a 5-1 victory on the road.
Leadoff doubles were key for the Bees in the game. In the top of the second inning, Craig Maddox doubled to start the frame and scored on an RBI infield single from Conor Bierfeldt, giving the Bees the early 1-0 advantage. A leadoff double by Jovan Rosa in the fourth inning helped set up Jamar Walton’s RBI single to make it 2-0. Then Nick Murphy hit a leadoff double in the fifth, later scoring on Michael Crouse’s RBI single for a 3-0 lead.
After the Blue Crabs scored in the bottom of the fifth, Bierfeldt (3-for-3) hit a two-run single with one out in the top of the sixth to drive in New Britain’s final runs of the campaign.
Kyle Simon (12-11) was the winning pitcher, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Simon finished the season atop the Atlantic League in innings pitched.
James Skelton finished tied for the Atlantic League single-season walk record with 101 for the year.
The Bees finished the season 58-81 overall.
Rosa’s double was his league-leading 40th, and he finished the season with a .300 batting average. He also extended his consecutive games played streak for the Bees to 279, the longest such streak in Atlantic League history.