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June 27th, 2013
Great pitching, timely hitting propels â€™Gansett to first title in baseball in school history
PAWTUCKETâ€”Over the years a number of great baseball players have come through Narragansett but in that time the Mariners had never won a championship in the springâ€™s marquee sport â€“ until now.
A six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning helped â€™Gansett beat Westerly 7-2 Thursday in the second game of their best-of-three series to lock up the Division II Championship.
â€śItâ€™s just awesome, especially for me, Ross [Hodnett], Zack [McKanna], Taylor Fleet and Connor Butler,â€ť senior shortstop Jimmy Kershaw said. â€śItâ€™s just awesome to go out with a bang in your senior year.â€ť
EXETERâ€”All it took was one swing of the bat for Chariho to pull away in its game against Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday at Wawaloam Field.
A grand slam over the right field fence in the second inning from senior Dave Champlin gave the Chargers a five-run cushion as Chariho went on to down the Knights 8-0.
â€śDavidâ€™s been a three-year starter as long as Iâ€™ve been here and he can swing the bat,â€ť Chariho coach Dave Cunningham said. â€śWhen heâ€™s in the zone he can hit good pitching. Today he was in the zone and he obviously laced the ball a couple time.â€ť
KINGSTON â€” No matter how good Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer felt about his teamâ€™s preparation, mindset and execution last season, the reality was the Rams suffered through an embarrassing 0-11 season with 10 of the losses coming by three touchdowns or more.
Needless to say, there needed to be some changes heading into spring practice.
The Rams had a chance to show off the changes theyâ€™ve made in Saturdayâ€™s annual Blue-White game at Meade Stadium.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ Games are scheduled for seven innings, taking upwards of two hours to play.
Funny how all that time is intended but just one half inning, one moment, one swing can change the entire story of a game.
That was the case on Monday afternoon as the East Greenwich softball team kept their division record clean with a 3-2, walk-off win over Exeter-West Greenwich.
PAWTUCKET â€” The offensive artillery the Coventry softball team brought out in its blowout win over La Salle last week was no where to be found Tuesday afternoon at Slater Park.
As it turned out, the Oakers didnâ€™t need much offense against Division I neophyte Tolman because senior pitcher Kerrie DeLiberis looked a lot like the DeLiberis who pitched the Oakers to last yearâ€™s state final.
EAST GREENWICH â€” Coventry baseball coach Leo Bush knew he team was better than the 1-6 record the Oakers brought into Mondayâ€™s Division I-South road game against East Greenwich.
The young Oakers proved their coach right.
After they gave up two more first-inning runs â€“ a re-occurring theme for Coventry â€“ the Oakers exploded for 11 runs against East Greenwich lefty starter Jake Moss and relievers Kyle Matus and Andrew Miner. Erik Oâ€™Connell had three hits and three runs, while Shaun Vigeant hit a three-run double in the sixth inning to lead the Oakers to an 11-8 upset victory.
WARWICK â€” The clearest sign the Coventry volleyball team isnâ€™t the same, old Coventry volleyball team came Tuesday night in a Division I crossover match against perennial powerhouse Bishop Hendricken.
Sure, this isnâ€™t a vintage Hendricken team, but the Oakers made easy work of the 2012 state finalists to earn the programâ€™s first victory of Hawks since Sept. 11, 2003.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”The South Kingstown golf team can relate to how Naragansett was feeling Wednesday at Laurel Lanes Country Club.
Similarly to what the Rebels did against Chariho and Prout Monday, the Mariners fired their best round of the season â€“ a 171 â€“ but it wasnâ€™t enough to get a win.
â€śThereâ€™s a lot of parity,â€ť Narragansett coach Bill Behrends said. â€śWe had a scrimmage [Tuesday] against South at our place [Point Judith Country Club] and we shot really, really well so I thought we had a shot today but Justin [Smith] broke our back right there with that 37.â€ť
WAKEFIELD â€“ Another match, another victory for the Prout boys tennis team as it continued to roll through its 2013 season Tuesday afternoon.
The unlucky victim this time around was winless Scituate, who was shut out 7-0 as the Crusaders bettered their record to a perfect 8-0.
Despite their opponentâ€™s meager record, Prout coach Mary Lou Morissette was not about to let her teamâ€™s recent success take her players out of the game.
BARRINGTON â€“ It was a picturesque spring day in Barrington Wednesday.
The sun was shining, temperature pushing 70 degrees and barely a breeze off the bay.
The perfect day.
For everyone except the Barrington High baseball team.
The Eagles had the unfortunate task of taking on South Kingstown and learned the hard way what most who have stood in Southâ€™s way this season have found out; the Rebels are a good baseball team.