MINNEAPOLIS — The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars fell behind 2-0 in the fifth inning before ultimately falling to Miami, Florida, 2-1, on Day 1 of the RBI Junior World Series.
Pawtucket’s lone run came in the sixth inning when Steven Otis scored on a fielder’s choice by Nick Gagnon. The locals loaded the bases with two down in the seventh but proved unable to capitalize.
Eddy Nodarse pitched lights out for Miami RBI. Pawtucket managed just one hit off of the pitcher, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out none during his three innings of work. Alex Perez received credit for the victory after pitching two scoreless frames. Miami’s James Spatafora nailed down the game’s final out when he got Otis to bounce in a fielder’s choice.
Miami RBI never surrendered the lead after the fifth inning, scoring two runs on an RBI single by Spatafora and a steal of home by Alejandro Vazquez. Pawtucket managed just two hits in the contest, those belonging to Gagnon and Brett Gadreau.
Three Pawtucket pitchers combined to limit Miami to three hits. David Mejia started the contest and tossed three shutout innings with four strikeouts. Otis replaced Mejia in the fourth and was tagged with two unearned runs in two innings. Nick Souza worked a scoreless sixth that saw him pitch around one walk and one hit.
Pawtucket’s tournament quest continues with a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Northeast Regional champs will be up bright and early for an 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time start against Harrisburg, Pa. before returning to the diamond later in the day for a 5:30 p.m. contest against Detroit Arsenal.