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KINGSTONâ€”The Prout and Narragansett non-league softball game Wednesday might not have meant a great deal to some, but Prout put on an electrifying performance for the Crusader faithful.
Alicia Marcello was a huge contributor in the Crusaderâ€™s victory.
Marcello had a great day at the plate and jump started team morale with a homerun, triple, and two RBIâ€™s on the afternoon as the Crusaders downed the Mariners 19-7 in four innings.
While Proutâ€™s pitching held strong, their offense was the key for
keeping an edge on a Narragansett team who had some defensive troubles.
â€śWe had the poorest fielding performance as a team all year,â€ť said Marinersâ€™ coach Michael Salomone.
â€śWe didnâ€™t look the same way we did coming into the game.
â€śAm I angry we lost a non league game? No, but itâ€™s a game we can learn from.â€ť
Through three and a half innings the two teams played even softball with the score tied at four apiece but in the bottom of the third the Crusaders took off.
Prout hung six on the board in the third and â€” after three runs from the Mariners in the top of the fourth â€” closed it out with a nine-run inning its next time up.
â€śFirst good pitch you see you want to hit, you hitâ€ť coach Mark Paliotti said to his team before the game. â€śAnd you know what, I think I want to start doing that more often.â€ť
The Crusaders had 16 hits on the day compared to Gansettâ€™s eight.
Even though the final score was not close, it still had some meaning to Paliotti.
â€śI know this is a non league game,â€ť he said, â€śbut this is a big game for us because we need to get better.â€ť
The win is doubly important for the Crusaders given how things went in their last league game, 14-1 loss to West Warwick Monday.
Prout (3-5, 2-3 Division II-South) will be looking to get back on track Tuesday at 4 p.m. when the team travels to take on North Smithfield.
The Mariners, meanwhile, have been cruising along in Division III and have yet to face a serious challenge yet this season having outscored their opponents by a combined 55-7 in five league games.
Narragansett (5-1, 5-0 D-III) will be back in action Wednesday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Hope.