Rhode Island snaps Juneau's win streak to reach BP final
Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 30, 2019
Semifinal: Auburn (RI) 3, Juneau 0
With its tournament title hopes on the line, Gershkoff Post 20 turned to ace Cam Harris and he delivered a fabulous 4-hitter in 97 pitches to help the Rhode Island team win the semifinal game and advance to the BP Invitational title game at Mulcahy Stadium.
Harris struck out seven batters in seven innings and allowed four hits and one walk. He also got a double play and a few other web gems behind him.
This was the first loss for Juneau (15-1) on the summer and the first time in three years the team didn't score a run.
Credit Gershkoff (9-7) for effective pitching, hitting and defense.
Harris was in the middle of it all.
Batting from the No. 7 spot, he went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice and two RBIs. He drove in the first run with a sac fly in the fourth inning, scoring Drew Spirito. In the sixth he knocked in Thomas Barbieri with a single.
Harris also started a 1-6-3 double play in the fourth inning.
Andrew Clesas and Barbieri each went 2-for-3 and combined to score three runs.
Juneau did not play poorly. Not at all. The Midnight Suns didn't make an error, they hit the ball hard and Brock McCormick was on point on the mound.
He pitched all six innings in just 77 pitches, scattering seven hits and one walk. He was around the plate all day and worked well with his catcher Chase Foster, who threw out a baserunner to end the fifth inning.
Harris and McCormick were ready to go as the first five innings lasted only 55 minutes. The game took 72 minutes.
Rhode Island will play the winner of Napoleon (OH) and Chugiak in tonight’s title game at 6 p.m. ADT.