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May 8th, 2014
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The North Kingstown fastpitch softball team remains undefeated, topping Chariho 6-1 at Ryan Park for their sixth win of the season. The bottom of the second inning proved to be the difference in the game as seven Skippers went to the plate and knocked in four runs breaking up what had been a 1-1 tie. The Chargers came into the game with a 5-3 record in Division I having won their last three games defeating Woonsocket, Warwick and Toll Gate, they competed well but the Skippers aggressive base-running and dual pitchers proved too much at home.
Rachel Kantor started as pitcher for NK, picking up three strikeouts in three innings and allowing Charihoâs solo run. Kiara Oliver followed in relief, striking out five Charger batters. The pitching combination has been a strong point for the Skippers all season.
WAKEFIELDâThe Exeter/West Greenwich fastpitch softball team took all it could handle from a South Kingstown team still searching for its first win of the season on Monday while hanging on for a 10-6 victory in an exciting game at Broad Rock Playfields.
The Scarlet Knights came into Monday nightâs contest with a 5-4 record in Division II-South while SK came in 0-10 but a common viewer could have mistaken the game as a clash between top-tier contenders.
Freshman Alexandrea Goodness pitched a complete game for SK, picking up a couple Ks and maneuvering herself out of precarious situations against the middle of EWGâs powerful lineup. Sophomore Danielle David opposed her for EWG, collecting four strikeouts and allowing four runs before being replaced by fellow sophomore Bridges in the fourth.
WEST GREENWICH â North Kingstown track coach Charlie Breagy loves the word âhistoryâ when it comes to his record breaking outdoor team, and after this weekend, he gets to say it a lot. The Skipper boys snatched the Schomp Invitational team title over rivals La Salle and Hendriken on Saturday at Exeter/West Greenwich High School, making it the first time in North history that a boysâ team has won this event.
âTrack is booming at NK,â Breagy said during a phone interview on Monday. âThese are our highest rankings ever; itâs a great confidence booster for the team.â
La Salle junior Nick Ross of East Greenwich (East Greenwich High) finished second in the 1,500 meter run at last weekendâs Atlantic-10 Outdoor Track Championships in Amherst, Mass. His time was 3:52.89. He also the third leg on the 4x800 relay which finished first in a time of 7:36.99. It was the fifth straight time that the 4x800 came away a winner in the A-10 meet.
Ross and his teammates return to action at the Swarthmore Last Chance meet Monday in Swarthmore, Pa.
EAST GREENWICH -- There's another undefeated team ruling the court at East Greenwich High School.
But this time, it isn't involving basketball.
The boys volleyball team (Division II-South) is sitting atop the division at 12-0 and doesn't plan to stop there.
"[Our success] is based on experience," said EG coach Theresa Garno. "I have a lot of kids with experience, four seniors who have all played varsity, my setter [junior Stanley Chan] is returning, my libero [senior Paul Anderson] is returning. I have two really solid middles, [senior captain John Condon and senior Sam McLimans], which is great because we are able to predicate our offense on our middle which is what we do."
PAWTUCKET â If student track athletes in the Chariho district need some inspiration, they need look no further than the assistant coach of the girlsâ varsity team. Katie Moulton, of Providence, made perfect use of a beautiful Sunday morning this past weekend by winning as the first female finisher in the half marathon of the 2014 Navigant Credit Union Running Festival. Moulton, 31, not only placed first for the women, but fifth overall out of 529 participants in the half marathon. With an average mile pace of 6:21, Moulton competed the race in 1:21:20, roughly nine minutes after her husband, Patrick, who came in first for the men and in the event overall. Patrick Moultonâs final time was 1:12:21 with an average mile pace of 5:31.
NARRAGANSETT â It wasnât Charihoâs day at the Point Judith Country Club golf course on Tuesday. The Chargers went into the rescheduled double dual with Coventry and Narragansett with some black clouds looming overhead, both literal and figurative. Not only was there a little rain to accompany some rather strong winds, but the Chariho golf team was forced to play despite the absence of a key member, their number two player.
Senior Sam Martel, ranked second for the Chargers, sustained a knee injury worthy of a hospital visit earlier that afternoon and was unable to play as they had planned. In for Martel with little warning was freshman Jake Berube who played sixth for the team on Tuesday.
WEST WARWICK â For the last three seasons West Warwick softball coach Brian Palazzo was told Cara Genest was going to come out and play for the team, but every time tryouts started Palazzo was disappointed to find out the multi-sport athlete wasnât there.
So, when Palazzo heard Genest, who ran track last season after playing AAU basketball as a freshman and sophomore, was going to play in her senior season, he was skeptical.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâ When two rival teams meet, especially if their schools are separated by less than fifteen miles, thereâs usually tension and emotions could flare. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, South Kingstown visited North Kingstown not just for the win, but bragging rights for the weekend.
The North Kingstown bats removed any drama from the game as the Skippers (10-1) scored three runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth while on their way to a 9-3 victory. Senior captain Tyler Lamarre was crushing the ball all day, as he went 3-4 with three RBIâs including a solo homer in the fifth inning. Senior pitcher Nicholas Mongeon was sensational on the hill, pounding the strike zone all day. Through five innings, he only surrendered two runs and struck out seven batters. It was a great game for Lamarre and Mongeon, who appear to be great prospects for Stonehill College next season. Despite the struggles for the Rebels offensively, Brian Douglas had two hits for the South Kingstown as they were able to score some runs late in the game. South Kingstown missed some opportunities with runners on base, stranding five runners during the game.
WAKEFIELD â No amount of crowd enthusiasm could keep Prout from unraveling like a spool of thread on Saturday. The Crusaders baseball team was pinned by Chariho early on and they were not able to come back from a crucial first inning deficit.
âEverything went wrong for us,â Crusadersâ coach Mike LaBarbera said after the loss. âWe didnât do a thing right today. I canât say we werenât ready to play, I feel like every time a team takes to the field theyâre ready, but we just didnât do anything right.â