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NARRAGANSETTâ€”Six games into the season the Narragansett softball team has yet to be tested in Division III and at this point itâ€™s questionable whether or not that challenge will ever come.
Having faced every team in D-III so far â€“ except Block Island and Shea â€“ the Mariners have rolled over their opposition by a combined 73-14 this season.
The games may not have been competitive so far but after the season the Mariners had last year, theyâ€™ll take it.
â€śItâ€™s so much better,â€ť junior Maddie Cote said in comparison to last seasonâ€™s 0-16 campaign. â€śLast year was fun but itâ€™s always better to win. Itâ€™s a lot of fun, coach [Mike Salomone] makes it fun for everyone.â€ť
â€™Gansettâ€™s fun continued Wednesday as the team rolled again with an 18-7 win over Hope in a game that wasnâ€™t nearly as close as the final score indicated.
After sophomore Jordan Cameron pitched a scoreless first the Mariners got the bats going with two outs in the bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore Chelsea Sahagian started the scoring with a double and scored the very next play on a single from senior Hannah Maymon.
Maymon then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error but it proved to be moot as Cote blasted a homerun to center to give Narragansett an early 3-0 lead.
â€śI wasnâ€™t doing that well in the beginning of the season so I had to get in that mental set to just relax and calm down and swing easy,â€ť Cote said.
â€śI was trying to crush the ball and it wasnâ€™t working so with the help of coach Sal I was able to get into that mindset to just take it easy and make good contact.â€ť
In the second inning the Mariners broke it open, taking advantage of some Blue Wave errors and another timely hit from Cote.
Junior Kelsey Hagan and senior Maggie Salomone drew walks to start the inning and senior Ali Castrovillari then reached base on an error, plating Hagan in the process.
Sahagian and Maymon then walked to load the base and score Salomone, setting the table for Cote.
The junior first baseman sharply hit a single which ultimately cleared the bases after a handful of Hope errors to reach the inningâ€™s five-run limit.
By the bottom of the fourth Narragansett had increased its lead to 18-2 so Salmone emptied his sizeable bench.
The Blue Wave managed to get five runs across in the inning but with the run differential greater than 15 the game would end after the fifth no matter what Hope did.
â€śWe played 20 kids today,â€ť Salomone said. â€śThe kids that are starting the game are getting the job done and getting an opportunity for everyone to get in the game.
â€śWhen the kids get in the game theyâ€™re playing great, theyâ€™re ready and Iâ€™m very, very proud of every kid on the team.â€ť
Wednesdayâ€™s win marked the beginning of a three-game home stand for the Mariners as they will host Block Island Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Shea Monday at 4:25 p.m.