Navigant eliminated from Northeast competition
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Me. â€” By no means should Navigant Credit Union Post 85 feel blue after the local ball club saw its season come to an end Saturday in the Northeast Regional American Legion Baseball Tournament.
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Sure, no one wants to lose, but even after a 4-2 setback to Barnstable, Mass., Navigant has much to celebrate. For a team that a week ago came out of nowhere to capture the R.I. Senior Division championship, the local lads enjoyed a storybook ride that saw them put forth quite the fight right up to the bitter end.
Facing the Massachusetts champion in a losersâ€™ bracket contest, Navigant fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, the big hit a run-scoring double off the bat of Alex Pernick. Navigant loaded the bases in home portion of the first but couldnâ€™t make a dent.
Post 85 got a run back in the fourth inning without the benefit of a hit. A sacrifice fly Kevin Reyes scored Kory â€śSkipâ€ť Lawrence, who was hit by a pitch. Again, Navigant had a prime chance to do damage but ended the fourth with runners left on first and second.
Barnstable struck for two additional runs in the fifth as Dylan Morriâ€™s two-run single pinned Navigant in a 4-1 hole. Brandon Perrico stroked a two-out double in the seventh to chase home Tyler Geffert, making it a 4-2 ballgame heading into the final two frames.
Post 85 was unable to draw any closer. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth, Navigant brought the potential game-tying run to the plate with two down in the ninth. A swinging strikeout ended the game as Barnstable lives to see another day.
Brandon Rainville provided Navigant (20-15) with eight innings of four-run ball with two strikeouts and three walks. E.J. Torres pitched his way out of tight spot in the ninth on his way to tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Despite getting multi-hit games from Torres (three hits), Geffert (two hits) and Perrico (two hits), Navigant wound up stranding 10 baserunners.