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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-17-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 17-23, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 11 The ST TERESA'S JR. EAGLES enjoyed a successful winter as they recently completed their second bas- ketball program for students from kindergarten to second grade. The players were, in front from left, Cam Mayben, Patrick Shea, Riley Gordon, Dante Smith, Landon Hetland, Logan Hetland, and Mason Escobar; in back, Chase Argenault, Julian Maldonado, John Escobar, Daniel Montolio, Philip Shea, Liam Hetland, Isaac Penny, and Lukas Garcia. Katelyn J'zen, Jayden Viverios, Lucas Lafreniere, and Ben Medeiros also took part in the program. St. Teresa's Jr. Eagles' hoop program wraps up second successful season BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy freshman SAMI SIMONDS, shown hitting a run-scoring double to center field in the first inning of last Friday afternoon's 12 victory over East Greenwich, also pitched a three-hit shutout in her varsity debut earlier in the week against Scituate that saw her strike out 13 batters. From preceding page center, and freshman Jordan Taylor was in right. Offensively, the Saints only totaled 12 hits in their victories over Scituate and Cranston East, but they matched that number in their victory over the Avengers, as Jacques, the Saints' lead- off batter, and Serra each went 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Whiteside also tripled down the right field line in the bottom of the first inning to drive in two runs. Troiano and Simonds also added run- scoring doubles, as the Saints scored five times in that inning and four more in the second to take a 9-1 lead and control of the game. "We came out swinging the bats," LaBree said. "In our first game, we faced Haley, who throws in the 60s, and then we went to Cranston and our timing was way off; it was actu- ally funny to watch. But they're slowly getting their timing back. It will come around." Rounding out the Saints' roster are outfielders Kristina Aquilante, Sophia Bianchi, Kasey Contreras, Mia D'Orazio, and Emily Ryder; third baseman Jayda Feole; catcher/first baseman Abby Pinault; and pitcher/ outfielder Myah Rigley. As for some of the D-II's other top teams, Scituate has been the talk of the league because of Venturini, but LaBree also said that Rogers is very good and Mount Hope is also 4-0. He also said that he's not sure of the other teams, but from what he can see, Woonsocket and Burrillville can hit. Overall, the goal is always to make the playoffs, added LaBree, but this year, there is a new playoff format that will see teams play single-elimina- tion games until they reach the semi- finals. He also wants to see his team compete for the Division II-Penkala regular-season title, but the main goal is to return to the postseason. "We have a great group of girls that are working real hard," said LaBree, whose team will host Tiverton today at 4 p.m. and Cranston East tomor- row at the same time. "They love to come out and practice and play, and they get along well with each other. It's going to be a very good season, and when we get our whole team, it's going to be fun to watch."

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