PAWTUCKET --- Mercy-rule winners last week. Lopsided losers on Wednesday night.
Darlington American was unable to ride the momentum from last Thursday’s District II Major Division tourney-opening rout of Riverside into its winners’ bracket quarterfinal-round contest against Barrington at Slater Park, and the visitors were able to come away with a resounding victory.
Barrington used a seven-run rally in the top of the second inning and a 13-hit attack that featured a half dozen extra-base hits to produce a 14-4 triumph over DALL that dropped the Pawtucket All-Stars into the losers’ bracket.
DALL will now play for its postseason lives on the road Friday night at 5:45 p.m. against the survivor of the losers’ bracket showdown between Newport Fifth and Little Compton. Barrington will play in Sunday night’s winners’ bracket semifinals.
Despite losing to Barrington by 10 runs, DALL didn’t get mercy-ruled, but the Pawtucket club came awfully close. The locals were trailing by a 9-0 score after just 1½ innings of play, but made it a ballgame by scoring a run in the third and three more in the fourth.
But Barrington, which was held to just one base hit and no runs in three sparkling innings of relief from Tai Truong, broke through in the sixth for its final five runs.
Truong took over on the hill after DALL starter Dylan Boisclair, who tossed a complete-game one-hitter in last week’s 10-0 victory over Riverside, got roughed up in the first two innings, allowing seven hits and three walks and watching his pitch count soar to 64.
Barrington took a 2-0 lead on a two-out, two-run double to deep center by Jacob Studley, and in the second, they rallied around on a two-run double to right by Andrew Flint, line two-run single to right by Andy Marra, and a long three-run homer to straightaway center by Matt Hurley.
Flint, Barrington’s hard-throwing ace pitcher, overpowered DALL in the early going and struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced, but with one out in the third, the locals put runners on second and third on a bunt single by Truong and an infield error on a grounder by Boisclair.
Flint battled back to get the second out on a strikeout, but he proceeded to walk Brendan Aldridge and Brennan Dunphy and force in a run.
Flint’s night on the mound was done in the fourth, when with two outs and runners on the corners, he reached the limit on his 85-pitch count. Chace Griffin took over for Flint, and DALL was able to score its other four runs on a throwing error, a bloop RBI single to left by Dezzy Lorenzo, and a mental miscue that allowed Boisclair to alertly race home.
Barrington added its final five runs in the sixth on run-scoring doubles by Marra, Studley, and Sam Jurgeleit. Marra’s double was his third hit of the night, and Studley and Jurgeleit each drove in two runs with their hits.
DALL finished the night with just three base hits, but the locals also received nine walks by Barrington’s pitchers and six errors by the visitors’ defense. Unfortunately for DALL, it also left 10 runners on base, including the bases loaded twice and six runners in scoring position.