MARLBOROUGH >> RCP ace lefthander Logan Lessard struck out 12 and added a two-run single and Kevin Radziewicz had a two-run double as Post 105 completed a series sweep over Tri-County with a 5-3 victory Monday night at West Road Park.
The Zone 7 leaders (17-1 overall, 15-0 in league play) have won 17 straight and remain the only team in the state who hasn’t lost a zone game this season.
“Tri-County’s not a bad team so it’s nice sweeping them,” said RCP coach Jay Hickey. “It sets us up now for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”
Hickey was referring to the crucial three-game series against second place West Hartford (10-2) on July 9-11. All three games will be played at Cromwell High School’s Monnes Field.
Against Tri-County, Lessard scattered four hits and allowed just one run as RCP built a 5-1 lead after six innings.
“We’ve seen (Lessard) for the last three years so the kids knew what we were facing and what we were going against,” said Tri-County coach Mike Susi. “Early on we didn’t make adjustments.”
RCP righthander Alex Ramirez came on to pitch the seventh and it quickly became nail-biting time.
“Logan was on and he threw well,” said Hickey. “It was a hot day and he was up in the count so we had to get him out.”
After McLane Hill drew a one-out walk, Baylor LaPointe singled to right. Joe Gamache then drilled a Ramirez offering to right field where Dave Sevigny made a nice running catch towards the line for the second out. Pinch-hitter Jeff Hallbach then singled to load the bases and Tyler Brett (2-for-4) slammed a two-run double to make it 5-3.
But with the tying runs on second and third, Ramirez got Terry Clark on a comebacker to end it.
“We made it exciting,” said Susi, now in his fifth season. “We’re a good baseball team. Our record is not really what it should be. We’ve had some bad luck this year. Just games we’re we haven’t played very good, like that first couple of innings where we throw to the wrong base and make some bad decisions in the field and that hurts us against a good baseball team.”
Kyle Czapiga had an RBI double in the sixth inning for Tri-County (11-11 overall, 6-8 Zone).
RCP grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first against Hill, a lefthander from RHAM who was making his first start of the season. After Ramirez and Chris Bouchard drew consecutive walks and got into scoring position with a double-steal, Lessard bounced a two-run single over second base.
RCP added three more runs in the fifth. Christian Budzik led off with a single before Hill walked Cory Baldwin and Cole Ogorzalek. Tucker Lord added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 and Radziewicz lined a key two-run double off the third base bag.
Hill allowed seven hits and struck out two over five innings.
“I never make excuses but I will for Mac today,” said Susi. “He was coming off an injury. He didn’t pitch in high school and we’ve extended him a little bit here and there. He was just a little off. He’s a lot better than what he was today. For being on the shelf he’s going to have some rust. But he kept us in the game.”
Budzik and Radziewicz each had two hits, while Baldwin took a hit away from Gamache in the fourth inning with a sensational leaping catch at second base.
“I’m more happy that we’re in first place but the kids are starting to come together and are getting to know each other,” added Hickey. “It’s always difficult when you have three schools and it looks like they’re having fun and joking with each other. You can see it and I’m very happy with that.”