Late Rally Sinks RCP In ALWS

Holding on to a one run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rocky Hill/Cromwell/Portland team knew a berth in the American Legion World Series Semifinals was still within its grasp.

Just three outs would give RCP  a 1-2 record in pool play and at least an outside chance of advancing by way of a tiebreaker.  But the dream ended quickly and in stunning fashion as Midland, MI strung together back-to -back, two-out RBI singles to push across two runs and steal a 4-3 victory in the final game of pool play Sunday in Shelby, NC

The loss dropped RCP to 0-3 in the tournament and ended all hope for advancement. After a 9-1 loss to defending champion Brooklawn, NJ in the tournament opener, RCP acquitted itself well the final two games, losing in extra innings on Saturday and then in the final frame on Sunday.

The game Sunday was a pitcher’s duel most of the way between right-handers Jake Regula of RCP  and Michigan’s Josh Moody. Midland led 2-0 until Cromwell put up three runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run single by Logan Lessard and sacrifice fly by Josh Zawisa.

Moody went the distance for the win, allowing only six hits, walking one and striking out five. Regula allowed eight hits, walked eight and struck out six for Cromwell.

Fitzgibbon also had a three-hit day for the Michigan champs (49-7), with two RBI, and also had a triple. Cromwell (31-11) got two hits apiece from Alex Ramirez and Tommy Seaver.

Special thanks to Alan Ford and the Shelby (NC) Star for their help with tournament coverage.


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