NEW BRITAIN - Time is quickly winding down for the New Britain Bees this summer.
Here are some things of note about the Bees heading into Thursday’s home game against the Worcester Bravehearts:
MAKING THE POSTSEASON IS GOING TO BE TOUGH
There are only 13 games left in the regular season and despite a four-game winning streak before Monday night’s loss to the Westfield Starfires, New Britain finds itself in last place in the Futures League.
The Bees are currently 6.5 games behind the league-leading Bravehearts thanks to a 10-16 record. They would almost certainly have to win the remainder of their games and get a lot of help along the way just to make it.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Futures League changed up its playoff format this season. Instead of having six teams make the postseason, only the top two squads will get the chance to compete for a championship. Right now, that would be the Bravehearts and the Nashua Silver Knights. If the standings go unchanged, the two teams would play in a best-of-three series to decide the league champion.
MARTINEZ KEEPS HITTING
Of course, not all the news is bad. Noah Martinez has continued to be a bright spot in what has been a tough summer on the field for the Bees.
The Central Connecticut State infielder has been one of New Britain’s most consistent hitters this season and he had another strong week at the plate.
Martinez played in five of the Bees’ seven games this week. The sophomore went 8-for-17 at the plate (.471 average) with five doubles and seven RBI. He finished the week with a .609 OBP and a .765 slugging percentage as well.
EASTERN’S DUQUETTE THROWING WELL
Jagger Duquette was a late addition to the Bees roster, but the Bristol Eastern product hasn’t disappointed when he’s been given the ball.
The right-hander has made two appearances - July 30 and Aug. 1 - and showed why he was one of the best pitchers in the area while in high school, picking up a save in each outing.
Duquette tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in a 10-3 win over the Breavehearts on July 30 and truck on two. On Aug. 1, he had another scoreless outing, striking out two in his one inning of work.
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