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WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesdayâ€™s start to the American Legion Senior Division â€śElite Eightâ€ť double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.
No. 5 seed Collette Vacations Post 79, which was taking on No. 4 seed Hurd Auto Mall of Johnston in the first game of a twinbill at McCarthy, managed to take a 1-0 lead before a bolt of thunder, followed by rain, delayed the game in the top of the fourth inning.
After a delay that lasted a little more than an hour and a couple of meetings in the middle of the diamond with Collette manager Ray Ventura, Hurd manager Mike Cantone, and the four-man umpiring crew, the game was suspended and the nightcap of the doubleheader pitting top-seeded Cumberland Post 14 and No. 8 seed Shoreline of North Kingstown was postponed.
â€śWe wanted to play, and you know I wanted to play,â€ť added Ventura. â€śI think if they waited another half hour, weâ€™d be able to play, and Iâ€™m telling you, the sunâ€™s going to come out by the time we get back (home).â€ť
Colletteâ€™s contest with Hurd Auto will resume this afternoon at 5 p.m. back at McCarthy, and the Cumberland-Shoreline game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
As for the rest of the playoff schedule, everything has been pushed ahead one day. The winners from todayâ€™s games will head to Pierce tomorrow for the 7 p.m. game of another twinbill, while the losers will look to keep their seasons alive by battling in the 4 p.m. opener.
The tourneyâ€™s other four teams who tried to play last night at Pierce will also return to action today. No. 3 seed Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20 will continue its game with No. 6 seed New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 at 4 p.m., and No. 2 seed R&R Construction of Portsmouth will play No. 7 seed West Warwick Post Two at 6 p.m.
Tourney action will continue everyday until Sunday at Rhode Island College, when the championship games are scheduled for noon and (if an extra one is necessary) 3:30 p.m.
In Colletteâ€™s game with Hurd, Post 79 had scored its without the benefit of a hit off Hurd pitcher Brendan Cabral.
With one out, Nathan Patch worked a walk, and after he advanced to third on consecutive passed balls, Max Perry walked and C.J. Lapierre followed with a grounder to second.
Hurd was able to get Perry out at second for the second out, but unable to get off a strong throw to first to complete the double play, allowing Patch to cross the plate.
The first three innings featured some excellent pitching by Perry and Cabral, who each didnâ€™t allow a runner to reach third. Perry scattered three hits and struck out two, and Cesino only surrendered a pair of one-out singles to Zach Mitsmenn and Dom DiSano in the first inning.
â€śI was very happy with the way Max was pitching,â€ť said Ventura. â€śIâ€™m going to see how Max feels tomorrow, but he threw about 70 pitches, so itâ€™s tough. I might come back with Joe Brooks, which was my intention anyway, so weâ€™ll see what happens.â€ť