One bad inning spells defeat for Barrington baseball team


The Barrington High School baseball team couldn’t overcome a massive late-inning rally by Portsmouth on Saturday afternoon, succumbing to the Patriots, 7-2, for their first loss of the season.

Fueled by a disastrous top of the sixth inning for the Eagles, Portsmouth shut the door and grabbed the big road win against an Eagles squad looking to keep the momentum following two wins to start the year against North Kingstown and Coventry.

Senior Eric Olson took the loss for Barrington after coming in to pitch in the sixth, allowing four runs, two of them earned, and was relieved from pitching before recording an out.

William Hathaway picked up the win for Portsmouth, allowing one run in his one inning of work in the fifth.

Senior Aaron Harbin got the start for the Eagles, and retired the Patriots in order in the first, including one strike out. Barrington threatened in the bottom of the inning, having runners at second and third after junior Nate Bannon singled and junior Retsyn Ootton was hit by a pitch, but the Eagles stranded both runners.

The Patriots would look to strike in the top of the second after a one out single, but a 5-4-3 double play turned by the Eagles would get Harbin out of the jam.

The Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of the second after walks by Harbin and junior Matt Ferdenzi sandwiched a single by junior Brett Fay, but Barrington once again failed to take advantage.

Another double play turned by Barrington in the top of the third helped Harbin get out of another inning unscathed, but three Eagles would strike out in the bottom of the inning to keep the game scoreless.

A third double play for Barrington in the top of the fourth kept the Patriots off the scoreboard after getting two runners on with no outs.

The fourth inning would provide the first run of the day, as Fay walked, stole second, and then scored on a single by Ferdenzi to put the Eagles up 1-0. Barrington tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 2-0 lead on a steal of third by junior Jake Ray, who quickly then scampered home on an error by the third baseman.

Harbin started the top of the sixth, but was relieved after walking the first two batters he faced. Portsmouth would score six times in the frame to turn the 2-0 Barrington lead into a 6-2 deficit.

The Patriots scored another run in the top of the seventh to put the game on ice and bring home the 7-2 victory.

Sam McNally started the game for the Patriots, going four innings while allowing one run on three hits and six walks, while striking out four. Portsmouth out-hit the Barrington 12-3, while both teams committed two errors.

The Eagles dropped to 2-1 overall with the loss, while Portsmouth improved to 3-1.


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