SOUTH WINDSOR, July 28 – Throughout the post-season, Simsbury American Legion baseball manager Thomas E. Vincent would often say that he hoped his team’s best baseball was ahead of them. Unfortunately for Post 84, it wasn’t.
Simsbury squandered opportunities, hit batters, had wild pitches and passed balls. It wasn’t the recipe for success, especially against defending Northeast Regional champion Rocky Hill/Cromwell/Portland (RCP) in Tuesday night’s Northern Division final.
RCP gave up just three hits and three RCP pitchers combined to strike out 13 Simsbury batters to eliminate Post 84 with a 5-2 decision at Rotary Field. The win puts RCP into this weekend’s best-of-3 state championship series for the third time in the last four years.
Twice, Simsbury (25-5) left the bases loaded. They stranded runners on second and third base in the first inning. They left 13 runners on base.
It was a tough loss to swallow after a spectacular season for Post 84.Continue Reading