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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. â€” The R.I. American Legion Senior Division champs from Navigant Credit Union/Fairmount Post 85 picked the wrong time to play kick the can.
Navigant committed six errors that led to three runs for the opposition in a disheartening 4-1 setback to Portland, Me. Thursday in the opening game of the double-elimination Northeast Regional tournament at The Ballpark.
Post 85 will look to remain alive when it faces Essex, Vt. Friday at 9:30 a.m.
Portland took full advantage of three Navigant errors in the first inning on its way to jumping out to a 2-0 lead. The advantage was extended to 3-0 an inning later as Post 85 committed two more errors.
â€śIt was heart-wrenching to watch,â€ť sighed Post 85 coach Jim Gauthier. â€śHopefully we can bounce back (Friday).â€ť
The shoddy defense overshadowed the strong outing turned in by Navigant starter Brandon Perrico, who tossed a complete-game five-hitter en route to allowing just one earned run. Perrico issued zero walks while fanning no one.
â€śHe pitched a super game,â€ť noted Gauthier about Perrico.
Navigant spoiled Portlandâ€™s shutout bid in the top of the ninth as Andreas Brackett led off with a single, stole second before coming around to score on a base hit by catcher Matt Bare. Navigant wound up out-hitting its foe, 8-5.