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EAST GREENWICH â€“ The wait was worth it.
After three-and-a-half hours of baseball, the East Greenwich Junior Division All-Stars beat Narragansett 16-7 at East Greenwich High School in a game that was stopped one inning short due to darkness, moving the team to the losersâ€™ bracket semifinal Monday against Westerly at the Trombino Complex at 5 p.m.
â€śWe plan on going all the way to the districts and beyond,â€ť EG coach Neil Fraden said. â€śWe got off to a bad start but thatâ€™s behind us. Weâ€™ve got a really good team and we put a really good game together.â€ť
It started with the offense.
EG, the acting away team after losing the coin toss, started strong. It looked like they would have a big first inning after Narragansett pitcher Zach Gauvin walked Max Moss to load the bases, but a double play by Joey Levesque and Nick Cirelli to close out the inning limited EG to one run.
East Greenwich wouldnâ€™t let another opportunity pass it by as it scored six runs in the second inning on just one hit, four walks and on Narragansett error before adding three in the third, two coming on an RBI single by Max Moss that scored Branden Kelly and Patrick Peterutti.
â€śItâ€™s a young team with a lot of talent and up until now they didnâ€™t believe in that talent,â€ť Fraden said. â€śNow they do and theyâ€™re playing as such.â€ť
The runs were more than enough to help starter Adam Duvall, who opened with three no-hit innings to start the game before giving up a hit in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth before being relieved by Joe Gasbarro, who finished the game.
Duvall said his confidence came from knowing he had a good fielding team backing him up and thought EG had a â€śreally good pitching staffâ€ť but admitted he was a little gassed toward the end of his appearance
â€śI actually did [feel tired] because we actually had a practice the other day,â€ť Duvall said, â€śso I was tired,â€ť Duvall said.â€ť
Narragansett scored six of their seven runs in the fourth and fifth, but East Greenwich managed to make sure the game didnâ€™t get too close.
â€śEveryone was working together at the end,â€ť Gasbarro said.
Fradin said his team got off to a bad start after their 15-5 loss to Chariho in Saturdayâ€™s tournament opener, but Mondayâ€™s win helped put that behind it.
According to Fradin, one of his playersâ€™ strengths is that they are interchangeable and he has confidence in them when they are called to play different positions. He also liked his teamâ€™s patience at the plate and was pleased with how his defense and offense came together, a good sign as the District 3 Tournament hits the homestretch.
His players agree.
â€śI think weâ€™re going to go far,â€ť Gasbarro said. â€śWith this team and everyone on it, I think weâ€™re going far.â€ť