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April 24th, 2014
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â The Chariho fastpitch softball team burst out of the dugout and rushed home plate to welcome teammate Emily Hollister after she rounded the bases. The senior had just nailed a home run on a full count in the Tuesdayâs second inning to put the Chargers on the scoreboard with Woonsocket. The Chariho team was down by two after the Villa Novans scored runs off an error in the first, but as the final score would indicate, the Charger girls were just warming up.
âWe were pretty solid defensively,â said coach Dave Petrocelli after Tuesdayâs 8-2 triumph at Chariho High School. âWe got good pitching from [sophomore] Kailee Morgan and [senior] India OâNeil and thatâs something we needed. We needed a win today.â
Isnât it appropriate that the surf gods would be generous on Easter weekend, giving ESA competitors great waves to ride at the 2014 edition of the Newport Surfing Championships. The call came at 7 AM from Newportâs legendary icon, Sid Abruzzi. â First Beach was firing with perfect waist to chest high swells. It is the right call today. Second Beach is only one foot and choppy.â
âThis was the first time in several years, that we decided to run the contest at this beach,â said ESA Competition Director Mario Frade. âWe randomly called the event for First Beach and scored. Everyone was surprised at the quality of the surf today.â
The Colby-Sawyer womenâs lacrosse team is just 2-11 on the season but the Chargers are getting another solid performance from senior Adrienne Bender.
Bender, from Wakefield (South Kingstown High), is a team captain and has eight goals and two assists for 10 points to go along with 22 ground balls, 17 draw controls and eight caused turnovers.
âAdrienne is the type of person anyone would want on their team,â coach Emily Rinde-Thorsen said. âShe is the prime example of a student-athlete, excelling not only on the field but in the class room as well.â
WEST GREENWICH â The Exeter-West Greenwich fastpitch softball team powered their way to a 5-2 victory at the softball complex behind Lineham School, defeating D II-South opponent Scituate with powerful bats and a power-pitching arm.
EWG came into Monday afternoonâs matchup with an even 3-3 record, which ranked the Scarlet Knights fourth out of the six teams in the solid D II-South division. Scituate came down for the contest with a 1-4 record.
WAKEFIELDâStarting pitcher Tom Kazounis took the mound Friday afternoon for the Rebels as they looked to win back to back games for the first time this season. The Rebels came into the contest alternating wins and losses for the first five league games, posting a record of 3-2 and would face a struggling Pilgrim squad who had lost two straight and compiled a 2-3 record on the young season. Kazounis got off to a slow start allowing a leadoff double to Brendan Paiva, who would later score on a two-out, RBI single to left by the cleanup hitter, Chris Ray. The Patriots would not score again until the sixth inning when the game was already well out of reach.
KINGSTON â It has not been a pretty start to The University of Rhode Islandâs baseball season. Time and time again, the Rams have fallen to opposing teams in messy games with lopsided scores. Rams coach Jim Foster has been adamant that the team doesnât lack ability or heart, but rather experience and deep understanding of game theory. At the root, it would appear that the teamâs youth is keeping Rhody low on the scoreboard, though not in spirits.
NARRAGANSETT â Everybody loves a win for the home team, but baseball just isnât as exciting when the game is a slaughter. That was exactly the case when Narragansettâs boys hosted visitor Rogers at Sprague Park on Monday afternoon. The Mariners took an early seven run lead in only the first inning, which lasted nearly a half hour, and showed the Vikings no mercy until Rhode Island Interscholastic League rules dictated they must. Narragansett and Rogers called it quits in the fifth inning when the score hit and all too easy 15-3 final.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ SKâs girlâs lacrosse team spotted D I-South leading East Greenwich a 7-0 lead for the first half of Saturday afternoonâs matchup at Curtis Corner Playfields and despite some surprise performances from underclassmen in the second, the Rebels could not manage enough offense, losing 14-5 and dropping their season record to 1-4. With the win EG moves their record to 4-1, the only loss coming to Bay View.
WEST WARWICK â The Prout and West Warwick baseball teams came into Mondayâs Division II-South encounter at McCarthy Field still trying to find their identities.
While the reigning II-South champions are still trying to find some solid pitching depth and good defense, the Wizards came into Mondayâs game after an ugly defeat against Chariho.
NARRAGANSETT â Sometimes a little sunshine is all it takes to turn an afternoon around.
The Mariners tennis team hosted the team from Shea on Wednesday at Sprague Field. After a struggled 4-3 match win against North Smithfield on Monday, Narragansett was eager to take advantage of the improved weather and add to their win total.
In record time, the Mariners secured every one of seven matches against the Raiders, not to the surprise of coach, Russel Wyatt.