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WEST WARWICK â€“ Post Two's American Legion playoff run ended just six hours after it started.
After dropping the opening game in their best-of-three series with No. 9 Gershkoff-Auburn Post 20, No. 8 West Warwick scored the opening run in the second half of the doubleheader but wound up dropping a 7-4 decision to lose the series 2-0.
â€śWe played probably our two crispest games defensively in a long time,â€ť West Warwick coach John Parente said. â€śWe got good innings out of both of our starting pithcers. We played two errorless games and we showed a lot of mental toughenss.
â€śWe faced some adversity right from the beginning of the game. We faced distractions and we faced it the best we could.â€ť
Coventry graduate Justin Jadach held Gershkoff to just four runs through the first six innings, but Post Two trailed 4-2 until the top of the six when Coventry's Cote Nichols hit a two-run single up the middle to even the score.
Everything fell apart for Jadach and Post Two in the seventh. Jadach allowed a couple of runners to get on base and Parente brought in East Greenwich lefty Jake Moss. Moss gave up a single to right field and then a sacrifice fly to make the score 6-4.
Cranston loaded the bases again and Moss walked in a run to finish off the scoring.
"We showed something today," Parente said.