Saturday, August 10, 2013
Post 201 Turned Back By Host Middletown, 10-3, at Northeast Regional
By Brian Foley, Editor of College Baseball Daily
Middletown CT ---The East Side Post 201 Raiders struggled to get the key hit as they dropped a 10-3 decision to the host Middletown,
CT Post 75 squad at the 2013 American Legion Baseball Northeast Regional on Saturday evening. The Raiders will be back in action on
Sunday at 9:30am when they take on Rochester, NH Post 7 in an elimination game. Should Post 201 stay alive, the team will be back in
action later in the day.
Jimmy Smith, who has posted five multi-hit games in tournament play, led all batters with a 4-for-5 outing with two runs scored. Nate
Frederick also had a pair of hits for Post 201.
East Side starting pitcher Joe Consolmagno and his defense struggled early in the game with Middletown scoring two runs. The big play
in the inning was a routine double play that was misplayed allowing the first run of the inning to score. Middletown tacked on another run
on a Will Woods single to left field as they went up 2-0.
The Raiders were down 4-0 after Middletown scratched across single runs in the fourth and fifth. The run in the fourth scored on a Jake
Decarli ground out to short where Jordan Swilling was able to score from third on the play. Swilling singled to right field but moved up
to second on a miscue. The run in the fifth scored on a wild pitch to give Middletown the 4-0 lead midway through the game.
Post 201's offense finally broke through in the fifth inning when Smith got a one out single. He proceeded to steal second base and move
over to third base on a miscue. Tim Brutto followed with a sacrifice fly to left field to make the game 4-1.
The Raiders would continue to chip at the lead by getting a run in the seventh inning on a Smith double to right center and a miscue.
Smith would score from third on a Consolmagno ground out to second base to make it 4-2.
That was the closest that the Raiders came to Middletown. The squad from Connecticut took advantage of three hits in the eighth inning
to expand the lead to 6-2. In the ninth, they would even get farther ahead by scoring two more runs for the 10-2 lead.
East Side mustered a run in the bottom of the ninth on a single to right field by Nate Frederick.
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