Bishop Hendricken’s Flood Auto Group were swept from the semifinal round of the R.I. Connie Mack playoffs during a pitcher’s duel last Wednesday night, falling 1-0, in walk-off fashion, to the Rams in Game 2 at La Salle Academy in nine innings.
With the bases loaded and one out, in the bottom of the ninth, Andrew Florio, a left-handed slugger, socked an RBI single past the second baseman and drove in the game-winning run in Thaire Stansfield.
Jack Gannon tossed a complete-game shutout for the Rams and struck out nine while yielding just four hits.
Anthony Iamarone was originally set to start on the hill for Flood in Game 2, but he was a late scratch, therefore Flood went to would-be Game 3 starter Cam Adamec, a southpaw, who did not disappoint.
“Anthony contacted us earlier in the day, he had a little tweak in his back, so we didn’t want to force it on him,” Flood manager Bryan Leahey said. “Cam gave us a solid outing the last time he pitched and he was the next pitcher in line, so, we figured we’d go with him, and as you saw, he put it all on the line for us.”
Adamec pitched six scoreless innings and punched out one and gave up just three hits.
“Hats off to that kid,” Leahey said. “He grinded and gave it everything he had. He really wanted it. It’s just unfortunate, we didn’t get the job done for him.”
On offense, Adamec added a double, plus a walk, while Iamarone hit a triple and walked, and Xavier Quezada, a double, and a base on balls.
For the Rams, Roger Mariano contributed two singles plus a walk, while Jacob Gaudreau added a double and a walk, and was also hit by a pitch.
Flood’s best opportunity to score came during the seventh inning, when with one out and runners at the corners, Chris Manzo grounded into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play, which led to a questionable call at first base.
While Leahey was upset with both the call and the final result, the manager was happy with his young team’s fight throughout the series on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
“It all comes down to, like last night, we had opportunities, and we didn’t execute,” Leahey said. “But at the same time, La Salle had chances, they had it at the end there, and they got the job done.”
“So, hats off to their pitcher, our pitchers, and everyone around it,” Leahey continued. “There was a lot on the line, and everybody, I think, gave it their all. Nobody should hang their head.”