The Cranston West Falcons went to Johnston and defeated the Panthers 4-1 on Friday afternoon in Division I baseball.
Both West junior Massimo Feroce and Johnston sophomore Matt Fortier pitched complete games with four strikeouts apiece.
Feroce improves to 2-1 on the season while the Falcons pick up their third win and move to 3-3.
“He threw the ball well,” West manager Rob Malo said. “He controlled the game. He threw all his pitches for strikes.”
The Falcons got on the scoreboard during the top of the first, when Noah Cook, a senior, belted an RBI double through the middle and drove in Matt Carvalho, a junior, which put the Falcons up 1-0.
In the second inning, West added two more runs to its edge.
First, Anthony Cardi, a senior, hit an RBI single and knocked in Tom Barbieri, which extended the Falcons’ edge to 2-0. Then, Evan Degaitas, also a senior, belted an RBI single over the second base bag, which brought home Cardi and upped the West advantage to 3-0.
In the fifth inning, the Falcons tacked on another run when Carvalho launched an RBI single to deep center, which scored Degaitas and increased the West cushion to 4-0.
Johnston’s lone run came in the bottom of the fifth when Robert Civetti, a senior, socked an RBI single, which drove in Nathan Fortier, a senior, and inched the Panthers within 4-1.
In the seventh, Johnston filled the bases after hits from Andrew Clesas and Luke Vincent, plus a walk from Anthony Scivola.
However, with one out, Civetti grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and that ended the ballgame.
The Falcons were thrilled to grab the win after dropping a tough 3-2 clash to the East Providence Townies two days prior.
“We juggled the lineup around a little and it worked today,” Malo said. “We had a tough loss the other day against EP in extra innings. Blew a lead in the seventh and blew a lead in the ninth. So, it was nice to bounce back and get a road win.”
Next, West hosted Cranston East on Wednesday, before playing Johnston at home on Thursday and then, traveling to Cranston East on Friday.