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May 8th, 2014
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 wasnâ€™t 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, thereâ€™s 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 RBIâ€™s 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.
â€śEverything went wrong for us,â€ť Crusadersâ€™ coach Mike LaBarbera said after the loss. â€śWe didnâ€™t do a thing right today. I canâ€™t say we werenâ€™t ready to play, I feel like every time a team takes to the field theyâ€™re ready, but we just didnâ€™t do anything right.â€ť
WEST WARWICK â€” It started out as a basketball game but ended as a baseball game thanks to West Warwick reliever Matt Grenier.
Visiting Narragansett notched eight runs in the first three innings against starter Tommy Doran and reliever Matt Hopper before Grenier entered the game in the fourth inning and proceeded to allow just one unearned run on just two hits in four innings.
The Wizards, who had 10-runned their last two opponents at McCarthy Field, matched the Mariners run for run early in the game and just kept scoring. Junior shortstop Ray Zincone had three hits and two runs scored, while junior Kody Greenhalgh had two hits, an inside-the-park home run and three runs scored in a 13-9 Division II-South win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” Itâ€™s true that a win is a win, but when that win could just as easily have been a loss, itâ€™s enough to make a varsity team and its coach rather unsettled.
In what should have been a routine win over Cranston East last Friday, the Rebels controlled the first two games and then slid steadily backwards in games three and four.
As monsoon-like weather passed through the region this week, a number of sporting events for local schools and organizations were canceled. The skies will clear this weekend, and the shows will go on. Here is an overview of dates and times for the next game which you may want to catch:
Friday, May 2
Girls Lacrosse - East Providence at Narragansett, 3:45 p.m.
Baseball - Narragansett at Chariho, 4 p.m.
Softball - Prout at Ponaganset at 4 p.m.
WEST KINGSTON â€” The Exeter/West Greenwich girls managed to sweep the meet at home on Tuesday afternoon, despite some unpleasant running conditions.
â€śIt was pretty cold, so times were not incredibly fast and a lot of kids were disappointed with that aspect of it,â€ť coach Thomas Mastroianni said during a phone interview on Wednesday morning. â€śBut, we did win over both teams. It was very close, but we came out on top so that was good.â€ť
The Knights beat Chariho, 76-73 and defeated East Greenwich in a 69-66 final.
WESTERLY â€” Whether youâ€™re one of the favorites to win the boys outdoor track and field state championship (North Kingstown) or youâ€™re one of many teams just trying to get an athlete on the podium (West Warwick), it wasnâ€™t fun to compete Tuesday afternoon.
The Wizards and Skippers trudged to the southwestern corner of the state to battle Westerly in conditions that were more suited to ice fishing. Battling temperatures in the mid-40â€™s and a steady head wind down the home stretch, all three teams attempted to earn qualifying teams for Saturdayâ€™s Rich Schomp Invitational at Exeter-West Greenwich.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The scores were a bit tighter, but the story of three straight match wins was the same with the North Kingstown boys volleyball team as they swept Cranston East 25-19, 25-23 and 25-20 Tuesday night at North Kingstown High School, remaining undefeated.
Cranston came into the game 4-3, third in Division I North. The Skippers have been dominating the field this season and the recent win brought their record to 8-0, first in DI South and best overall in boys volleyball. They have only allowed an astonishing single match victory to slip away all season (Coventry on 4/10) while theyâ€™ve won 24 matches against their teammates.
WEST GREENWICH - It wasnâ€™t a winning day for the Chariho girlsâ€™ outdoor track team, but it was a day of close points. The Chargers traveled to Exeter-West Greenwich High School to battle the Scarlet Knights and Avengers, and unfortunately walked away with losses to both teams.
East Greenwich beat Chariho 67-65 and EWG came out on top 76-73. Though Chariho falls to 2-5-0, the girls were very close to sweeping the meet.