CROMWELL >> RCP southpaw Logan Lessard knew he had some good stuff while warming up in the bullpen prior to his start against Plainville Thursday night. He didn’t know, however, that Plainville’s lineup featured seven left-handed batters.
It was a combination that proved to be a perfect storm for Plainville.
Lessard tossed a dominating two-hit shutout as first-place RCP rolled past Post 33, 3-0, in a Zone 7 clash at Monnes Field.
“Just from the start today everything felt great and it went from there,” said Lessard, who walked three and struck out 11.
Plainville’s only hits came in the third inning when Grant Sarra reached on a two-out infield single and Sam Lindgren followed with a line single to center. But Lessard got out of the mini-jam when Buzz Adams grounded out to third baseman Chris Bouchard.
“(Lessard) was outstanding,” said Plainville coach Jim Tufts. “He hit his spots and kept us off-balance. He always could go to that extra gear when he really neeed it and he had a great off-speed (pitch) complimenting his fastball.”
Plainville (5-11 overall, 3-4 Zone) managed to get the tying run to the plate with two outs in the top of the seventh after Lessard, who had previously walked Tyler Favreau, issued another walk to Matt Sauvron. But Brian Dostatler grounded out to first baseman Josh Zawisa for the final out.
“Lessard pitched a gem,” said RCP coach Jay Hickey. “Obviously, it was the first time seeing Plainville and it was nice to see seven lefty’s in the lineup.”
For four innings, though, RCP couldn’t figure out Lessard’s counterpart, Adams, a crafty lefthander who just finished his sophomore season at Plainville High. Adams took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Corey Baldwin lined a one-out single over short. Kevin Radziewicz ripped another single into left center and RCP was in business.
Bouchard drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Tom Seaver, who delivered a clutch two-run single up the middle on a 2-2 pitch for a 2-0 lead.
“One pitch cost us,” said Tufts. “We had two strikes on him and if we get a strikeout there it’s still 0-0 going into the sixth inning. That was a big pitch. Other than that I thought (Adams) pitched a great game.”
RCP added another run in the sixth against righty reliever Favreau. Lessard led off with a long double and scored on Christian Budzik’s RBI single to right.
RCP (8-1 overall, 7-0 Zone), which has won eight straight, remained a game and a half ahead of West Hartford atop the Zone 7 standings.
“It could be a special team,” said Hickey. “It’s still early. We’ve got a long part of the season to go. We’ll see what happens. It’s a joy with these guys and we’re having fun. But it’s a little easy having fun when you are winning.”
The teams meet again tonight in a doubleheader (5:45 p.m.) at Plainville High School.
“We have high expectations,” said Lessard, who is headed to Bryant. “We just have a bunch of guys that just always want to come out and win. We had a tough time in the beginning of the game getting some runs on the board but it worked out good.”