Legion team seeks repeat title

‘RCP’ takes great season down the stretch

After the high school baseball season wrapped up for Rocky Hill and Cromwell players, little time was wasted before starting summer American Legion ball. The Post 105 team, known as RCP (Rocky Hill, Cromwell and Portland) came out of the gates swinging (and running, pitching and fielding as well).

Through the first 14 games of the season, the team was undefeated, outscoring opponents by a combined 81-8 and eyeing a post-season title.

Now entering the playoffs, coach Jay Hickey said he and his team are really enjoying their success, as well as simply having fun playing.

“They’re having fun…busting each other…no one thinks they are too good,” he said. “It’s a good mix of kids, and I was really looking forward to this year.”

Hickey said the team’s first goal for the remaining slate is to win its zone (which would be a three-peat and its sixth title since 2007). RCP will rely on the same formula that has been successful so far.

“Our pitching is working very well, and we’ve started hitting the ball real well,” Hickey said. “But, our pitching is our strong point.”

Rocky Hill’s Tommy Seaver and Cromwell’s Jake Regula and Logan Lessard – all three of whom helped their respective high schools deep into the playoffs – have been the core of the team’s rotation.

“Sometimes, you get guys who don’t throw, but these guys can throw,” he said, adding that Cromwell’s Tucker Lord has also contributed innings.

In practices, Hickey said there isn’t a lot that the team works to improve on, but that it is largely a mental game.

“We’re working on not taking anything for granted,” he said. “You can’t take anything for granted in this world, and I don’t think they will. They’re really good kids.”

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