CROMWELL >> Defending Zone 7 champions RCP completed a three-game sweep over New Britain with an 8-0 victory Wednesday night at Monnes Field.
Post 105 pitchers Jake Regula, Tom Seaver, Logan Lessard and Tucker Lord didn’t allow a run during the entire three-game series.
“Pitching, as I mentioned yesterday, is going to be our strength,” said RCP coach Jay Hickey. “We still have guys who haven’t thrown.”
Lessard went five innings to earn the win on Wednesday. The Bryant-bound left-hander allowed just three hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Lord struck out four in two scoreless relief innings.
“These guys are always great,” said New Britain coach Tom Torres. “Every year they’re at the top of the zone. We’re definitely going to face good competition when we play (RCP).”
Josh Zawisa’s two-out, two-run single in the first gave RCP a 2-0 lead.
New Britain (0-3) threatened in the third, loading the bases when Lessard hit two batters and Xavier Rivera (2-for-3) bounced a single past third. But Lessard got out of the jam by striking out Miguel Ortiz.
Christian Budzik’s bases loaded walk off New Britain starter Raymond Custodio made it 3-0 in the fourth inning.
RCP (4-1 overall, 3-0 Zone) then took advantage of three infield errors and a run scoring wild pitch to extend its lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
“From game to game in this series I saw a lot of improvement with our guys,” added Torres. “We were in the game today for the first four innings or so and then we had a couple lapses in judgement. And errors are going to happen. But we’re improving and I’m happy with that.”
While RCP has been getting some dominating pitching performances, they’ve also shown a penchant for timely hitting. RCP only had five hits but Alex Ramirez added a two-out RBI single in the sixth and Cole Ogorzalek followed with a two-run single to left that made it 8-0.
“I think we swing the bat a lot better,” Hickey added. “But we were facing guys who don’t throw that hard and sometimes that’s tough. A lot of these guys just came off the state tournament and they were facing some pretty hard throwers. Now, they’re coming here with wood (bats) and a little slower. The timing is off but that should come. We’ve got the pitching to keep us in games.”