WOOD RIVER JUNCTION – Chariho’s fastpitch softball team has hit a bit of skid lately, dropping two of their last four Division I games over the span of six days, which included a second loss to top-seeded La Salle Academy.
The Chargers had been breezing through their schedule with a deep batting order and one of the states most powerful aces, but a recently loaded schedule has given them some trouble.
“Of course it was a disappointing loss,” Charger head coach Dave Petrocelli said. “But as I stated in the past it was just a regular season game, and we cant get too high with a win or too low with a loss. A loss isn’t the end of the world.”
The Rams earned the DI-Sullivan regular-season title with the 15-1 win over Chariho on Monday, and the Chargers dropped to 15-3, two games behind La Salle at 15-1.
The Rams were up 4-1 after three innings then exploded for 11 runs as they batted around in the sixth. Powers drove in freshman Ava Rao in the fifth for the Chargers only run.
“I give them credit,” Petrocelli said. “They completely outplayed us on that day, but I want to be specific on that day only. In our post game, we all agreed to use that loss as a wakeup call going into the playoffs. It’s no excuse being tired because we played a few games in a short period of time. Everyone goes through that.”
Last Wednesday, the Chargers beat North Providence (9-7) at Notte Park 9-0 on a two-way effort from Kate Powers and hits up-and-down the lineup. Powers tossed a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts and went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run. Shelby Roode added another two-run bomb and went 2-for-3 with two runs as the Chargers had 16 hits. Senior second baseman Katelyn O’Leary went 3-for-4 with one run and two RBI. Chloe Joslin was 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Rao went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Chariho got three runs in the top of the second, third, and fourth innings.
Powers was back in the circle the following afternoon as she dueled East Providence’s Tanya Cooper in a 2-1 Charger loss. The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak by the Chargers and dropped their record to 14-2. Chariho actually out-hit East Providence 4-2, but they also doubled them up in errors at 2-1.
Chariho went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first, and EP didn’t score until the fifth when they tied it, 1-1. Townie Amaya Dacier took first on a base on balls to open the seventh inning then matriculated along on a fielder’s choice, a single and scored on a wild pitch, getting EP to 8-5 in DI. Powers had eight strikeouts in the loss while Cooper got the win on five strikeouts and one run allowed.
Workhorse Powers was back out there two days later as Chariho beat North Smithfield (currently 9-7) 10-1. Powers struck out 15 over seven innings as the Chargers got offense from all over the lineup with 13 hits.
O’Leary was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Haley Wellman went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Chariho finishes off the year against Lincoln at Saylesville Elementary School on Wednesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. Then they visit Westerly in a non-league match on Saturday May, 25 at 7:00 p.m.