Portsmouth freshmen baseball team falls to Cranston West

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PORTSMOUTH — Despite seven hits, the Portsmouth Patriots freshmen baseball team lost 16-6 to Cranston West Tuesday in Cranston.

Jackson Levine racked up two RBIs on one hit for Portsmouth, tripling in the third inning.

Alzate got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over three innings. Alzate struck out two, walked five and gave up one hit.

Cranston West closer Saccoccio put away the final nine outs to record the save.

The top of the third saw the Patriots take an early lead, 3-0. A triple by Levine, plating Daniel Gabriel and Cameron Casciano, started the inning off. Portsmouth added more runs when Levine scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Ake.

Cranston West stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the third, scoring seven runs on an error, two singles, a two-run triple by Alzate, and a wild pitch.

After pushing across one run in the top of the fifth, the Patriots faced just a 9-4 deficit. An RBI double by Garrett Campion set off Portsmouth's rally. Finally, Saccoccio induced an inning-ending strike out from John Hamilton.

Two runs in the top of the sixth helped Portsmouth close its deficit to 9-6. A RBI groundout by Matt Ramos to the right side if the infield, and an RBI single by Casciano gave the Patriots life.

Cranston West, however, answered Portsmouth's top inning with seven runs of its own in the sixth. Cranston scored on an error, a two-run single by Kiernan, a walk by Hazaian, a passed ball, an RBI single by Saccoccio, and an RBI single by Diuro.

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