WARWICK — Tuesday morning’s contest with rebuilding Warwick Vets was the perfect preparation for a Coventry softball team heading into its biggest contest of the young season.
With undefeated Chariho awaiting them Saturday morning, the Oakers produced their finest hitting and fielding display of the season. Senior first baseman Charlotte Bracken had three hits, drove in two runs and scored two runs, while sophomore Tatiana Webb hit an inside-the-park home run to lead the Oakers to a 10-2 victory.
“I know I’m looking forward to it,” Coventry senior pitcher Sarah Koerner said about facing the Division I-South leaders. “I know it’s been back and forth when we’ve played them the last couple of seasons. I know (Chariho starter Becky Williams’) pitching has been off and on. I want to see if we can really hit them.”
“They seem like they are the top team in our division right now, but I’m not sure they’re the top team in our division,” Coventry coach Chris Daigneault said about the Chargers. “Chariho seems like they’re killing the ball and they have one of the best pitchers. It’s going to be a challenge because we haven’t hit one of the best pitchers yet.”
Williams, who no-hit the Oakers for 5 2/3 innings in the playoffs when she was a freshman back in 2008, throws much harder and has better placement than Warwick Vets sophomore hurler Bethany Rhodes. Coventry (3-2 Division I-South) pounded out a season-high 14 hits and scored a season-high 10 runs in the victory.