CROMWELL >> Glastonbury had a half-game lead over RCP for the top spot in the Zone 7 standings when the teams met Monday night at Riverfront Park. It was time for Post 105 coach T.J. Grande to give the ball to his ace.
Seven innings later, former Portland star Cole Ogorzalek cemented his status as a legendary big game pitcher.
Ogorzalek retired all 21 Glastonbury batters while leading RCP to a 3-0 victory.
“It was unbelievable to watch,” Grande said. “I thought Cole couldn’t impress me more and then he came out and did that. I kind of shake my head because he’s been doing it the past three years for us. As soon as Cole walks in the ballpark you know he is ready to go. He’s one of the best all around pitchers we’ve ever had come through here.”
The perfect game was a first for Ogorzalek, who led Portland High to the 2014 Class S state championship.
“I think some fall I might have thrown a no-hitter but nothing meaningful,” said Ogorzalek, who will be a sophomore at Eastern Connecticut State.
Ogorzalek struck out five while throwing just 58 pitches over the seven innings.
“I was able to throw all my pitches where I wanted them,” Ogorzalek said. “I kept all my fastballs at the knees and got them to swing at my pitches. I got them to chase some 0-2 pitches and mixed it up well. My defense played well behind me and made some nice plays.”
Cory Baldwin had two hits, including a triple, a run scored and an RBI to pace RCP’s offense. James Sekorski had a hit and an RBI, while Austin White and Ogorzalek had one hit apiece as RCP moved into first place.
“We’re in a tight zone race right now,” Ogorzalek said. “I knew we needed a big game. I like the ball in a big spot.”
Glastonbury (12-3) bounced back Tuesday with an 8-4 victory over RCP at Cromwell’s Monnes Field.
“It’s tough to beat a team three times,” Grande said.
Glastonbury took advantage of three RCP errors and scored six runs in the second inning. Aidan Scott, Ben Woodward, Tom Kuzoian and Ben LaPlante each delivered RBI hits off RCP starter Roland Thivierge to build a 7-1 lead.
White (2-for-3) blasted a three-run homer over the right field fence to close the gap to 7-4 in the third inning.
But Glastonbury starter Tyler Van Dyke blanked RCP the rest of the way. Van Dyke, who will be just a high school freshman in September, was impressive while striking out five.
Despite falling a half-game out of first place again, RCP (11-3), which defeated Glastonbury earlier in the season, holds the tie-breaker by winning the season series, 2-1.
“I was glad we took care of business yesterday,” Grande said. “Today we had one bad inning. We didn’t help Roland defensively which is very unlike us. We’ve got New Britain next and we have to start going on a little run here because if we falter anymore, we’re in a battle.”