WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – The Chariho softball team lost 4-3 against La Salle in their opening game of the season. They haven’t lost since, and even beat defending state champs Moses Brown during their 10-game win streak.
Their latest win came over North Kingstown on Monday, 8-3. The Chargers had 14 hits in the win, and starting pitcher Kate Powers had 15 strikeouts.
Powers has struck out 78 batters this year, and the Chargers as a team have not allowed more than six runs in any game.
The Charger starting pitcher has also hit a pair of home runs, as has teammate Caitlin O’Leary.
The Chargers have two games remaining this week, against Prout and Coventry. Their biggest remaining obstacles the rest of the regular season are games against La Salle (9-1), and the aforementioned Oakers (8-3).
The winning status of the softball program has proven contagious. The baseball team had a rough start to the year, but have reeled off four straight wins, and have won five of their last six overall.
The team swept Johnston last week, giving up a total of two runs in two games.
Pitching has been the catalyst for all the Charger success this season. Starter Sean Sposato is having a fantastic senior season, having already struck out 40 batters.
Sposato allowed just four hits in Chariho’s latest win, a 3-2 triumph over Cranston West. Cam Anderson and Mark Wightman drove in the runs for the offense.
Ben Harrison and Dylan LaBelle round out the three-man rotation for Chariho. The pitching staff has limited opponents to three runs or less in seven of the 10 games.
The offense has been the only limiting factor for the now 5-5 Chargers. They scored a season-high six runs against Mose Brown two weeks ago, but are averaging 2.9 runs/game.
Their two-game series against West comes to a close with a home game today. After that, a make-up game against Cumberland, and then another series against Cranston East.