The Cranston Thunderbolts fell to the undefeated Hawks 5-2 in Division I baseball at Ray Pepin Field at Bishop Hendricken High School on Thursday afternoon.
Cranston East senior ace and Coppin State signee Giovanni Canales hurled 5 2/3 innings and fanned four while Hendricken senior ace and Central Connecticut State commit Randy Reyes pitched 5 1/3 innings and struck out three.
Hendricken senior star outfielder and UMass Amherst commit Kevin Gower had two hits and knocked in two runs, while David Bordieri Jr., a Fairleigh Dickinson signee, added a walk, and a two-run go-ahead double in the sixth.
Noah Rennick, an East senior second baseman, blasted a solo home run to left for the ‘Bolts when he led off the top of the third inning and put East up 1-0.
Gower evened the game at 1 in the bottom of that inning when he belted an RBI single to right, which scored Colin Lemieux, a sophomore, from second base.
In the fifth, the Hawks drew a 2-1 advantage when Gower socked an RBI double to right, and scored Danny Rice III, a sophomore.
Then, in the top of the sixth, East tied the game at 2 when Quinn Lanigan, a senior, rocketed a one-out double past the pitcher, and scored Robenson Antoine Jr. from third.
However, East squandered a bases-loaded opportunity later in that inning when Hendricken senior Christian Tejada came on to pitch in relief of Reyes, and earned two huge strikeouts where he fanned both Caleb Joubert and Zachary Cole.
“Unfortunately, in the sixth inning with the bases loaded and one out, we had to put the ball in play and that unfortunately didn’t happen,” East manager Gary Bucci said. “And I think that turned the tide a little bit. If we put the ball in play and maybe get up a run, then the pressure reverts to them as oppose to them feeling like, okay they got out of it now they're good. So, that was big.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Hendricken got to Canales when Bordieri socked a two-run double to shallow left and scored both Josh Stravato and Xavier Quezada, and upped the Hawks cushion to 4-2.
Next, Hendricken tacked on another run and made it 5-2 when Lemieux flied out to deep right, which allowed Bordieri to score all the way from second, after tagging up and going to third, and then coming home after an error on the relay into the infield.
On Friday night, East fell to Central by a score of 13-10, which dropped its D-I record to 5-10. The Bolts play next at Chariho (5-7) on Thursday at 4 p.m.