Another bad sixth inning for the Barrington High School aseball team led to a disappointing loss to Central High School on Saturday, falling to the Knights, 8-3, in a non-league game.
After having a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning for the second straight Saturday, Central capitalized on some timely hitting to take a 3-2 lead in the fifth, and then blew the game open with five runs in the sixth to send the Eagles to their fifth straight loss in.
“We got off to a good start [today]; but we’re just not hitting when we need to,” said head coach Ralph Caruso. “We’ve had a rough week [losing the past five games].”
Senior Eric Olson got the start for Barrington, going 5.1 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking one.
The Eagles got the scoring started early, with junior Brett Fay leading off the bottom of the first with an infield single to shortstop. He promptly stole second base, advanced to third on a single by junior Nate Bannon, and scored on a single by junior Retsyn Ootton. The Eagles would strand two runners, but ended the first with the 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, the Eagles struck again in the third, when Fay walked with one out and stole his second base of the game. After a walk to junior Matt Ferdenzi, a single up the middle by Bannon allowed Fay to score his, and the Eagles’, second run of the game to take a 2-0 lead into the fourth.
Central got on the board in the fourth inning, when a leadoff double by the Knights led to their first run after the next batter grounded out and Eagles first baseman Jack Kelly overthrew third base trying to get the runner advancing. Another single and double by the Knights allowed Central to tie the game 2-2 after four innings.
Olson began to lose his control in the fifth inning, when a few pitches got away from him, allowing another Central runner to advance from first to third and score on a single to give the Knights a 3-2 lead. Barrington threatened again in the bottom of the fifth after a walk to Olson and another infield single by Fay, but the Eagles failed to bring either runner home.
Things got ugly in the top of the sixth inning. After getting the first batter to fly out, Olson walked the second Knights batter and was relieved by Ferdenzi. Six hits in the frame allowed Central to break away and take a commanding 8-2 lead into the seventh inning after shutting down Barrington in the bottom of the sixth.
The Eagles would score once more in the seventh inning, after Fay walked, stole his third base of the game, then scored his third run of the game on a single by Ferdenzi, but the damage was done and Barrington would succumb to Central 8-3.
“This past week has been tough; our ace Danny O’Brien pitched seven brilliant innings against Pilgrim [on Monday], and we lost the game in the seventh,” said Caruso. “We ran into a buzz saw in Middletown [on Wednesday], and we were shut out yesterday [against East Greenwich].”
Barrington is now 2-5 overall on the season, currently sitting in sixth place in Division I South, while Central improves to 5-1, half a game out of first place in Division II Central. The Eagles next game will be Tuesday, when they travel to Providence to face Moses Brown, while the Knights will host Mt. Pleasant on Wednesday.
“I’m very encouraged about next week; O’Brien and Ootton will get starts [this week],” said Caruso. “Our team has two goals for this year: playing meaningful games in June, which means making the playoffs, and growing our [youth baseball] in Barrington. We play in a very evenly matched division, so we have a lot of work to do.”