WEST WARWICK - It was billed as one of the premiere showdowns of the seasons: West Warwick vs. Chariho. Two of the top teams in the Connie Mack play went head-to-head against one another last Thursday in what could serve as a potential preview of a postseason clash. Based on the way it panned out, Chariho would certainly embrace that opportunity.
Behind an explosive top of the fourth inning, they rolled to an 11-3 victory at Ray Silva Field, claiming possession of first place in the standings at the time with an overall record of 5-1-1.
Their tie had come the day before, a 4-4 draw with Narragansett/South Kingstown preventing Chariho from vying for a perfect regular season record.
Thursday’s game was close through the first couple of innings as West Warwick, on the heels of a 3-2 win from the day before against East Providence, found themselves trailing just 1-0. Starting pitchers Ty Condon and Jack Kesner appeared to be in the early stages of a tightly-contested pitchers dual, one that would be decided by a key hit or there on either end.
That all changed in the top of the third inning, a frame that saw the visitors launch two home runs over the fence as part of an eight-run outburst that blew the game open with the remaining innings serving as little more than a formality.
Anthony Fusaro got the scoring started with an RBI single, while Liam Flynn added two of his own before Justin Giles reached on an error that allowed the fourth run of the inning to cross home plate. The big blast though came from Brendon McGovern who launched a pitch from Condon over the left field fence for a three-run blast. The very next batter, Jack Kesner, followed suit with a solo shot that spelled the end of Condon’s outing, with Chariho out in front 9-1 at the time.
Josh Pedus would take over for Condon on the mound and worked his way out of trouble after allowing a triple to the first batter he faced, Kyle McGovern.
Each side would plate two more runs by night’s end with the game, but the contest had been largely decided by that point.
For Chariho, the season has been full of success to this point, their wins coming in a variety of forms.
Chariho lambasted Coventry, 15-0 to open the season, following that up with a more tightly-contested 7-4 win over the Cranston Bulldogs.
Their lone loss to date came at the hands of East Greenwich, a 6-3 decision on June 30. They would take out their aggression on East Providence three days later as part of a 13-1 blowout followed up by a 7-4 win over Flood Ford Auto on July 7.
After hosting Warwick PAL this Wednesday, Chariho has just three games remaining in the regular season. They will play host to Westerly on Saturday and Slocum on Wednesday before finishing on the road next Wednesday against Mt. Hope.
From there, the playoffs will become their next area of focus.
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