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April 30th, 2014
NARRAGANSETT â Everybodyâs knuckles were white by the end of Friday nightâs baseball battle at Sprague Field, and it wasnât 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 thereâs no question that the Bulldogs were looking to take back a little of their pride on Friday night. It didnât happen.
âI credit Kullen McGill,â coach Keith Vellone said postgame. âHe pitched us out of some jams in the early innings, he bared down defensively. We didnât play our best defense tonight and we needed to in order to beat this team, so he really picked us up.â
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 Hodgkinâs 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 Thursdayâs 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 âteam to beatâ in the division.
WEST WARWICK â When the ball left Dustin Jarrettâs 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 wasnât 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.
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