NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees are going to have to wait to play their final two homes games of their inaugural season in the Futures League.
The Bees were scheduled to take on the Worcester Bravehearts in a doubleheader beginning at noon. on Sunday afternoon, but those games were pushed back a day due to inclement weather. Both games will be made up Monday as a single admission doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. with gates opening at 4 p.m. All tickets purchased for Sunday’s games will be valid for Monday.
New Britain’s unexpected day off perhaps comes at a good time for the Bees, who are looking to close out their season on a high note after being eliminated from postseason contention. Since Aug. 3, New Britain has lost eight of its past 11 games, including its lat three games, with five of those defeats by three runs or more.
After beating the Nashua Silver Knights on Aug. 12, their last win, the Bees lost 7-3 to the Westfield Starfires on Thursday, 8-1 to the Starfires on Friday and 7-3 to the Brockton Rox on Saturday. In all three games, the Bees fell behind early and were never able to rally. On Thursday, Westfield held a 4-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth, while on Friday, the Starfires jumped out to a 6-0 lead again with New Britain not scoring until the top of the ninth. The Rox took the lead for good on Saturday after scoring six runs in the third to take a 6-1 lead with the Bees only scoring a run in the fifth and again in the seventh.
New Britain is currently in last place in the Futures League with a 13-23 record and 9.5 games behind the Bravehearters, who sit atop the standings with a 22-13 record, and seven games behind the Nashua Silver Knights (20-16). Due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing the Futures League to play a condensed schedule, the league opted to shorten its postseason and the format required to play for the championship. Instead of having six teams make the postseason, only the top two squads will get the chance to compete for a title in a best-of-three series.
But the Bees have had some success against the Futures League’s top team this season. New Britain is 4-5 over nine games played against the Bravehearts and has won two of the last three meetings. The Bees have actually outscored Worcester in the season series 54 runs to 42 with their six runs a game more than a run higher than their season average of 4.9.
Following Monday’s games, the Bees will have another off day before closing out their summer at Worcester on Wednesday night.
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or firstname.lastname@example.org