BRISTOL — RCP defeated Tri-County in a winners bracket game 3-0 to advance to the final round of the American Legion Baseball Northern Super Regional.
Earning the win on the mound for RCP was starting pitcher, Austin Roy, who fired a complete game shutout holding Tri-County to just four hits while striking out five.
“(Austin) has basically done this his whole career,” RCP coach T.J. Grande said. “He pitched a no-hitter in the Junior State Championship two years ago. That’s pretty much what I expected out of him today”.
Tri-County’s Ryan Skaff received the loss on the mound as he threw six innings allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, and striking out two. Errors effected his outing. With the loss, Tri-County must play Ellington in an elimination semi-final game on Monday night. The winner will return to play RCP.
The RCP offense was led by Roland Thivierge who went 1-for-4 with a run scoring single and Noah Budzik who was 1-for-2, with a two-run single and two walks, one of which was intentional. The two combined to drive in all three of their team’s runs.
All the scoring took place in the top of the second inning as errors turned into runs for RCP.
Brett Thivierge reached on an error and was driven home by Roland Thivierge, who was thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double.
Jared Valentin singled and Alexander Hinkle reached on another error. Both were driven in by Budzik’s two-out single.
The three-run second inning would be all that RCP needed as Roy continued to keep Tri-County off the scoreboard.
Since RCP has not lost in the tournament, the team must be beaten twice by its opponent on Tuesday. One win would send RCP to the State Championship series vs. the winner of the Southern Regional.
“We set ourselves up nice,” Grande said. “We have some pitchers becoming eligible on Tuesday. If we pitch and play defense like we did today, I think we will be in good shape.”