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CUMBERLANDâ€”It was a long, frustrating road trip for South Kingstown Post 39â€™s Junior Legion team as they traveled north on Friday night to Cumberland to take on the Upper Deck/Spinners Post 86/14.
Previously, on Wednesday night, both squads were scheduled to go head-to-head, until the game was postponed due to rain and was rescheduled two nights later at Tucker Field.
It was an evenly matched pitching-duel that usually would fare well for South Kingstown, who started Brandan Blessing on the mound versus Cumberlandâ€™s Alex Hale. Both pitchers worked out of the first inning with no issues but it wasnâ€™t until the bottom of the second inning, where things started to fall in place for the Upper Deck/Spinners. Cumberland managed to load the bases, with no outs, until a well-executed turn, on the forced double-play, brought in the first run of the ballgame. Blessing would escape the trouble in the second with only allowing two runs.
Next inning, Blessing looked to give himself some insurance by stepping to the plate and blasting an RBI-double straight to centerfield; Joey Arnone would come around to score reducing the score to, 2-1. Bishop Hendrickenâ€™s Matthew Hempe, was the next batter and he shot a dribbler to second base as Nate Paine couldnâ€™t accurately aim his throw to Nick Croweâ€™s first base glove, which allowed Blessing to speed his way into home-plate to tie the game at two apiece.
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