Bierfledt and Ironbirds season ends. Geltz and Bulls roll on.
TORRINGTON: It’s on to the Instructional League in Sarasota, Florida for Torrington native Conor Bierfeldt after his Aberdeen Ironbirds were knocked out of the NY Penn League playoffs, 2-0 by the Tri-City Valley Cats.
The Valley Cats pitchers shutout the Ironbirds, 2-0 and 3-0 in the best-of-five series that ended Saturday.
It ends a terrific regular season for the former Raider who earned Player of the Week honors the final week of the regular season with a .264 batting average.
Bierfledt led the team in home runs with 12, RBI’s with 36 while finishing second in runs (38), doubles (15) and triples (3).
His .264 batting average was fourth best on a team that got hot down the stretch to win the McNamara Division with a 40-32 record.
Aberdeen won their last five in a row to overtake the Brooklyn Cyclones in the final week.
The Instructional League invite is a big one for the former P-38’s star, only the top 30 prospects in the Baltimore organization make the trip which gives players intense, personal instruction.
Bierfeldt is expected to be back in Torrington in early to mid-October.
Steve Geltz: Geltz and his Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) are on to the Governor’s Cup finals in the International League playoffs thanks to a 3-0 sweep over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburg Pirates).
The Bull posted the best record in the league with a 87-57 regular season and will take on the winner of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston/Rochester Red Wings (Twins) series in the finals.
The Paw Sox lead the best of five series by a 2-1 margin.
Geltz appeared in the second game of the series but had a rough outing, giving up a three-run homer to Jerry Sands that brought the Indians back to within one at 6-5 but the Bulls and closer Kirby Yates got the final three outs for the win.
The former Torrington Twister had a stellar regular season with a 5-3 record, three saves and 80 strikeouts in just 67 innings of work.