Flood Auto Body fell two games to one, to the Narragansett/South Kingstown Lions in its best-of-three R.I. Connie Mack Baseball Championship Series on Saturday morning at McCarthy …
Flood Auto Body fell two games to one, to the Narragansett/South Kingstown Lions in its best-of-three R.I. Connie Mack Baseball Championship Series on Saturday morning at McCarthy Field.
Narragansett won Game 1 by a score of 3-1, and then Flood took Game 2 by a score of 3-2.
In the winner-take-all Game 3, Narragansett outlasted Flood 2-1 in eight innings.
Narragansett is the first program to win back-to-back titles since the Cranston Bulldogs did it in 2012 and 2013.
The Lions cruised through the postseason, before Flood stood toe-to-toe with them in the final series.
“That’s one of the things I told these guys after the game,” Flood manager Bryan Leahey said. “Looking at all their playoff games, they basically scored more than ten runs in almost every single game, and we hung with them for all three games.”
“The most they got on us was 3, which was the first game,” Leahey said. “Yesterday, they got two, today they got two, so we kept them in check and we battled. We kept it close when we needed to.”
Despite the defeat, Leahey was grateful that his team got to play in the maximum amount of games this season because it gave his Bishop Hendricken players some extra experience ahead of the school’s spring season.
“That’s a team that should have beaten us, anyway, we look at it,” Leahey said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys and everything, and they hanged. They played the way they should. They all took their game to the next level, competed, fought. Nothing more I can ask for from these guys. If we got the championship, great; we got more that we need for the future of the program, and that’s the key.”
Mason Broomfield started on the bump for Flood in Game 2 and the right-hander tossed three scoreless innings and struck out one batter.
Gian Lepore, came on in relief of Broomfield in the fourth and he pitched three innings and surrendered two runs (one earned), on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout.
In a scoreless seventh inning, Ben Picone dealt for Flood and fanned two.
Jay Pilderian led the Flood offense in Game 2, with a two-run single, while Christian Butera registered a walk, and an RBI.
On the opposing side, Eric Lindley tossed a complete game for Narragansett and punched out eight batters, while yielding three runs (one earned), on five hits and one walk.
The Narragansett bats were topped by Tyler Poirier, who had a walk, three hits, and an RBI, and Gavin Rodman (three hits).
In Game 3, Chris Manzo took the ball for Flood and he pitched seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts and picked up a no-decision.
“That was one of the things we were hoping for with Manzo,” Leahey said. “To kind of come in here, be the little veteran guy for us. And he proved it all summer long. He just competed and he was the guy for us.”
Devyn Glenn replaced Manzo in the eighth and he gave up two runs (one earned), on one hit and one walk, with one hit batsman.
“Devyn Glenn, he was supposed to be one of our other stars,” Leahey said. “Unfortunately, he had an ankle injury, so we had to kind of limit him to out of the bullpen come playoff time. But he’s one of those guys I had no problem turning to, like I did today. He did his job.”
Chase Bedrossian led the Flood bats with an RBI single and Pilderian recorded a single and a double.
Rodman pitched all eight innings for Narragansett in Game 3 and got the win, fanning three batters, and yielding one earned run, on four hits and two walks.
Zach Bianco topped the Narragansett bats with three hits, while Ryan Camp had a single and a double, and Patrick Ruhle, a hit and an RBI.
After seven scoreless innings of play, Narragansett took a 2-0 lead in the top of the eighth when Poirier, who was hit by a pitch, scored during a wild pitch, and then Colin Masseur (walk) came home on an RBI single by Ruhle.
Then, Butera led off the bottom of the inning with a walk.
Next, Pilderian rocketed a shot to deep center field, and Flood gave Butera the green light, however he was gunned down at home plate for the first out.
“We’ve got to take a chance,” Leahey said. “Bottom of the eighth there, Pilderian finally gets something, the left fielder misreads it, and he’s got to go back to get it.”
“You got to take a shot,” Leahey said. “They’ve got to make the plays and they did it perfectly. They hit the cutoff man, the cutoff man hit the catcher perfectly, and that’s it. You’ve got to take a shot. Can’t be afraid to fail. That’s what we always say.”
Bedrossian then doubled and scored Pilderian and pulled Flood within 2-1.
After that, Broomfield singled and put runners at the corners.
Nevertheless, after a conference on the hill, Rodman struck out Matt Wellington, and then got Jack DePalma to ground out for the final out of the series.