CROMWELL >> Some things never change.
The sun rises in the east, rivers flow to the seas and the RCP Legion baseball team is terrific.
The defending Zone 7, Connecticut, and two-time Northeast Regional champions dispatched zone rival Newington, 4-1, in a crisp, one hour and 32 minutes Wednesday at Fran Monnes Field. The unbeaten Post 105ers improved to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in Zone 7.
So are there worries in Paradise?
“I think we could swing the bats a little better,” RCP coach T.J. Grande said. “But that will come. We get pitching every game and we play great defense, so right now we’re very good at two-thirds of the game. Once our hitting comes around, we’ll be OK.”
RCP put a four-spot on the board in the second inning and that was enough as starter Kevin Larkin and reliever Joe Vail held the visitors to a scratch run.
The rally started with two errors by Newington (0-3) and when teams open the door a crack for RCP, it kicks it down.
Third baseman Ryan Cappallucci booted Trevor Whalen’s ground ball to start the inning, then left fielder Jorge Agulara dropped James Sekorski’s routine fly ball. Roland Thivierge (2-for-3) followed with a base hit to load the bases before Nick Queiroz (1-for-2) was hit by a pitch by losing pitcher Tim Blaisdell to force in a run.
A wild pitch produced run No. 2 and Leo Thomas (2-for-3) singled home two more. Only one of the runs was earned.
Larkin made that stand up until he tired in the sixth inning, loading the bases on a base hit and two walks with one out. Vail gave up a pop fly single to right-center to Agulara for a run, before restoring order with a popup and a strikeout.
Larkin’s best inning was the first. After an opening strikeout, he gave up a double to Lenny Ogando and promptly wild-pitched him to third. But with the game’s first run 90 feet away, Larkin struck out the number 3 and 4 hitters to escape.
In five and a third innings, Larkin allowed four hits, walked four and struck out five. Vail struck out two.
RCP, which returned all but four players from last year’s championship club, had eight hits, but other than the three in the second, did nothing with the rest of them. The winners loaded the bases with one out in the third with three singles, but Thomas banged into a third to home to first doubleplay to end the inning.
RCP got hits from Thomas and Luke Matchett in the sixth, but they watched from second and first as the next two hitters popped out to the infield.
Blaisdell went four innings in taking the loss. He pitched well, giving up six hits and walking one, but his defense betrayed him in the second inning.
“Our goals are the same as they always are,” Grande said. “Right now it is to win the zone, because if we do that, then we will automatically be in the double elimination round of the state tournament. We don’t want to be in the early, one-and-done rounds.
“Then if we win the zone, we will have other goals to work on. But right now the only goal is winning the zone.”
RCP is home Friday with West Hartford at 5:45 p.m.
RCP 1, Glastonbury 0 >> At Monnes Field, Cole Ogorzalek tossed a complete game shutout and Nick Queiroz drove in the only run to lift Post 105 on Tuesday night.
Ogorzalek allowed just five hits, walked none and struck out four. Trevor Whelan went 2-for-3 for RCP (4-0).
Drew Heymann had two hits for Glastonbury (2-2).