The Terryville Black Sox played in their first-ever postseason game as a part of the Connecticut Twilight League on Wednesday night, and starting pitcher Kody Kerski made sure it was a memorable introduction.
Pitching in the quarterfinals against the Fat Orange Cat Brewers, Kerski twirled a perfect game in a 4-0 win to send the Black Sox to the semifinals against the Arch 2 Indians, which will take place on Monday night at Riverfront Park.
Kerski was as efficient as he was untouchable, pitching seven perfect innings while striking out 11 on just 70 pitches, averaging a microscopic 10 pitches per inning. It was the continuation of a dominant season for Kerski, who still holds a 0.00 ERA over 31 innings, striking out 53 batters while allowing just seven hits over that span.
Kerski and the Black Sox, previously of the Tri State League, are looking to win a championship as one of the newest members of the Twilight League, which also has a new team in the New Britain Hurricanes. The Black Sox made deep playoff runs three straight years in the Tri State League before adding a load of new talent in 2017, including starting pitcher Kenny Kerski’s brother, Kody. Kody, a Waterbury native and a former eighth-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, had recently been released and wanted to continue his pitching career, and joined Terryville. From there, he helped lead the Black Sox to two regular season titles in the Tri State League and a 12-2 regular season record this year in the Twilight League, moving the team’s regular season record to 44-6 since Kody came aboard. Kody helped the Black Sox win the Tri State World Series last year, and now, as a part of a new league, they’re looking to welcome themselves to a new league in style.
Kody’s perfecto on Wednesday was a good way to start that quest, and with his elite arm on the mound, Terryville will be tough to stop.