Thunderstorms rolled through the Hardware City and washed away the New Britain Beesâ€™ plans on extending their winning streak Sunday afternoon.
The Bees, winners of four in a row, were scheduled to take on the Worcester Bravehearts at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, but rain delayed the start of the game, and eventually led to the contest being postponed entirely.
The makeup date against the first-place Bravehearts has yet to be announced.
New Britainâ€™s unexpected day off comes in the midst of the teamâ€™s first hot streak of the season, with its four straight victories the most consecutive wins the team has had all year. The surge for the Bees has helped pull themselves out of last place, but the team is still 6.5 games back of Worcester with less than a month to go in the regular season.
The Bees, in the middle of a five-game homestand, extended their winning streak on Saturday night with a 6-3 win over the Westfield Starfires, with help from a familiar local talent in Noah Martinez. The Central Connecticut State University product ripped three doubles in the victory, including one in the first with the bases loaded to put New Britain ahead 3-0.
One of the Beesâ€™ newest acquisitions Ben Casparius of UConn got the victory thanks to four innings of one-run ball, including six strikeouts.
New Britain was hoping to beat the Bravehearts for the third time in a week before the rainy weather arrived just before first pitch, and instead will greet the Starfires again on Monday night at 6:35 p.m., a game that will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network, one of three Futures League games that will be broadcast on NESN during the month of August.
â€śPartnering with NESN is an exciting opportunity for the Futures League,â€ť Futures League commissioner Joe Paolucci said. â€śOur league is filled with a great deal of high-end talent this summer, and we are excited to showcase our brand of baseball, our teams and players to fans all over New England and beyond.â€ť
The Bees, who will be the first of the three Futures League games to appear on NESN, has used their current streak to improve their team ERA to 4.40, the second-best mark in the league behind only Worcester and its 4.32 ERA. New Britain got to that top-ranked pitching staff of the Bravehearts earlier this week, scoring a combined 16 runs over two games, including a 10-run outburst in a win on Thursday.
Following Mondayâ€™s game against Westfield, the Bees will have two days off before continuing their homestand with another matchup against the Bravehearts on Thursday night.