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April 30th, 2014
COVENTRY â€” It took three weeks, but the Coventry baseball team has figured out what is needed to win games at the Division I level.
The Oakers lost their first five Division I-South contests of the season, but they followed up an impressive victory over Portsmouth last Tuesday afternoon with an equally-impressive victory over visiting East Greenwich last Thursday.
Junior pitcher Max Marcotte allowed one earned run on seven hits in a complete-game effort, while senior shortstop Shaun Vigeant scored a pair of runs in a 5-3 victory over the Avengers.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ At halftime, on a frigid Tuesday night, the East Greenwich lacrosse team seemed to hit a cold streak. They couldnâ€™t find many chances to score, and the Avengers were staring at a one-goal deficit against the Middletown Islanders, who only had two wins coming into this game. The Avengers were in danger of being upset on their home field, a loss that would have devastated them for the rest of the season.
WEST GREENWICH â€” A split day is better than two losses, as the East Greenwich boys outdoor track team came to find out on Tuesday. The boys team traveled to Exeter/West Greenwich High School to face off against the Knights and the team from Chariho, hoping to improve their southern division ranking only weeks away from the division meet. After Tuesday, the Avengers are now at 2-4-0, not an ideal position, but given the teamâ€™s strengths and weaknesses, this is right where they could expect to be.
East Greenwich fell to Chariho 114-36 on Tuesday, but came out on top of Exeter/West Greenwich, 79-31.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€” It wasnâ€™t an easy afternoon for the South Kingstown High School softball team. The girls hosted the afternoon matchup with Cranston East that consisted of 14 runs, five innings and one thick skin on the Rebel team. South was unable to reach home plate even a single time against the Thunderbolts and struggled to defend against the onslaught of offensive power the visiting team brought to Broad Rock Playfields.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“South Kingstown left Mondayâ€™s four-team, co-ed Southern division outdoor track and field meet with the best overall performance against the spread of divisional foes. SK defeated Coventry 94-50, Prout 113-33 and Narragansett 101-43. Coventry managed two victories: 66-60 over Narragansett and 89-37 over Prout. Narragansett defeated Prout 69-59. Scoring in a multi-team meet can seem slightly confusing with teams competing against each other in multiple, cross-fire matchups while individuals compete against the clock and measuring stick. Mondayâ€™s competition was given a depth of scoring of three meaning that in each event first place earned five points, second earned three points, and third, one point.
NARRAGANSETT â€” Everybodyâ€™s knuckles were white by the end of Friday nightâ€™s baseball battle at Sprague Field, and it wasnâ€™t just because of the cold weather. The Division II - South matchup between Narragansett and Westerly was long anticipated after their last exciting encounter at McCoy Stadium in 2013. The Mariners knocked Westerly out of the state semifinals and thereâ€™s no question that the Bulldogs were looking to take back a little of their pride on Friday night. It didnâ€™t happen.
â€śI credit Kullen McGill,â€ť coach Keith Vellone said postgame. â€śHe pitched us out of some jams in the early innings, he bared down defensively. We didnâ€™t play our best defense tonight and we needed to in order to beat this team, so he really picked us up.â€ť
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The true strength of a community is shown through its ability to pull through the toughest of times. For the people of South Kingstown, these dark hours were found in the struggle of a local teen and baseball player.
Eight months ago, South Kingstown High School junior Doug Barlow was diagnosed with Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma, and it appeared his days as a normal student athlete were over. Rather than let this young man battle alone, the people of his school, church, town and teams pulled together to give him the greatest gift they could, support.
The goal for the East Greenwich boys tennis team last year was to get acclimated at the highest level in the state, all the while maintain the dominant play on the courts that has made the Avengers one of the strongest teams in Division II for the last several years.
Now, EG has an even loftier goal in their sophomore season in Division I.
Make it back to Slater Park.
LINCOLN â€“ The match between East Greenwich and Lincoln this past Thursday featured two tennis teams on completely different paths. The East Greenwich Avengers have cruised to a 4-1 record to begin their season, and find themselves on top of Division I-Meta A. The Lincoln Lions, however, were winless entering Thursdayâ€™s match, and were slowly sinking to the bottom of the same division.
When the two teams met, they both continued on their respective paths, as East Greenwich easily cruised to a 7-0 victory over Lincoln. The Avengers (5-1) dominated the Lions (0-6) all afternoon in both singles and doubles play. Not only did Lincoln not win a single set, but they were only victorious in two games, both of them coming in doubles play. Clearly, East Greenwich showed why they are the â€śteam to beatâ€ť in the division.
WEST WARWICK â€” When the ball left Dustin Jarrettâ€™s bat, it appeared the West Warwick baseball team was about to turn a double play. And then, moments before the ball was about to disappear into the glove of West Warwick second baseman Matt Grenier, the ball struck the base umpire.
Somehow, even though the ball wasnâ€™t struck with much venom, the umpire failed to get out of the way of the ball and the break allowed Chariho to score three runs against lefty starter Tommy Doran.