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As Robert Hale once said, “It is not how you start the race or where you are during the race-it is how you cross the finish line that will matter.”
That adage would certainly apply to the Narragansett/South Kingstown Lions. After starting the season 0-5, they finished the regular season winning four of their last five games.
Their latest win came against another surging team, West Warwick, who entered the game 5-1-3 on the year.
Led by the timely hitting Sam Laurie (two-run double) and Colin Masseur (two-run single), the Lions beat WWCM, 5-2.
In the bottom of the first inning, West Warwick took an early 1-0 lead when Colby Knott singled and scored on a Sam Corrado double down the left field line.
The Lions opportunistically tied it up in the third inning when Tyler Poirier reached on an error, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch.
West Warwick took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning when Kyle DaSilva lined a single to left field to score Quinn Kortick who had led the inning off with a single and moved into scoring position by stealing second.
In the top of the fourth inning, Narragansett/South Kingstown took a 3-2 lead with two runs on one error and two hits. Colin Martin reached first base on an error to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a single by Aidan Burdick and scored on Laurie’s opposite field double.
The Lions received two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when they scored twice on hits by Burdick (lead-off double), Drew Kanaczet and Masseur (two-run single).
Narragansett received quality pitching from a quarter of pitchers (Bianco, Kielty, Quirk and McNamara). For the game, they combined to strike out five batters, walk two and allow just two earned runs on five hits.
Nick Brown started for West Warwick and allowed just one earned run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. Calvin Battersby struck out four and allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Ty Condon, who threw a shutout earlier in the week, came into the game with runners at second and third and pitched out of the jam by inducing a groundout to shortstop Kyle DaSilva before striking out two batters.
The RI Connie Mack playoffs begin this week.
In an abbreviated season, the Rhode Island Connie Mack League’s Divisional Championship (1st Place) will go down to the last game of the year.
Here is what a competitive league and the playoff picture looks like:
- If Flood Ford defeats Warwick Pal, they will capture first place. They defeated Cranston and Chariho this season.
- If Cranston defeats Slocum and Flood Ford loses, they will capture first place. They defeated Chariho this season.
- If Chariho defeats East Providence and both Flood Ford & Cranston lose, they will capture first place.
- If West Warwick defeats Narragansett/South Kingstown and Flood Ford, Cranston & Chariho lose, there will be a four-way tie for first place.
* RICM Standings W’s L’s T’s Pts.*
1 Flood Ford 7 2 0 15.0
2 Cranston 7 2 0 15.0
3 Chariho 7 2 0 15.0
4 West Warwick 5 1 3 13.5
5 East Greenwich 5 3 1 12.5
6 Slocum Baseball 5 4 0 12.0
7 Narragansett-SK 3 6 0 8.5
8 Coventry 2 7 1 8.5
9 Warwick PAL 2 6 1 8.0
10 Tiverton 2 7 0 7.5
11 East Providence 2 7 0 7.5
Win = 2 points
Tie = 1 point
Loss/Game Played = 1/2 point
Preliminary Round (August 3rd-5th)
8th vs. 9th
7th vs. 10th
6th vs. 11th
Quarter-Final Round (August 7th-9th)
8th vs. 9th winner vs. 1st
7th vs. 10th winner vs. 2nd
6th vs. 11th winner vs. 3rd
4th vs. 5th
Going into the last game of the regular season, the highly competitive Rhode Island Connie Mack League has a three-way tie for first place.
Chariho, who tied both Flood Ford and Cranston with 7-2 records, moved into the three-way tie with a 2-1 victory over Tiverton!
In the eighth inning, John Pelligrino singled, stole second to set the stage for the game winning double by Liam Flynn.
Anthony Fusaro, who pitched the first five innings, and Justin Giles, who picked up the win in relief, pitched the final three innings.
In a game that featured strong pitching for both sides, West Warwick edged Slocum, 3-2.
Liam Gravier, who will enter his junior year at WWHS, provided the winning run with an rbi single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.
To start the game, Slocum scored two runs on six straight hits by Danny McNeil, Jake Morton, Geoff Coyne, Wyatt Daft, Braeden Perry (two-run single) and Mason Walsh.
In the bottom of the first, Liam Gravier reached first on a hit batsmen, moved to second on an infield single by Kyle DaSilva, advanced to third base on a bloop single by Colby Knott and scored on a groundout by Calvin Battersby.
West Warwick tied it up, 2-2, in the bottom fourth inning when Ty Condon led off with a single to left-center, moved to second on a single by Dylan Lombari, stole third base and scored on an error with two outs.
In the sixth, Condon once again led off an inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lombari, stole third and scored the winning run on Gravier’s timely hit rbi single to center.
For West Warwick, Alex Pedus and Andrew Sears combined to strike out 9 batters and walk none.
Slocum received solid relief pitching by Mason Walsh. Walsh, who did not give up an earned run, struck out five batters while scattering five hits in five innings of work.