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The North Providence Breeze 04-24-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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14 SPORTS & RECREATION APRIL 24-30, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION infielders lost in the sun and plopped onto the grass for a hit. "I like the way we came out of the game today," Garganese said. "We came out real strong against a very good pitcher that threw hard, but I'm a little disappointed that we put four (runs) on the board in the first inning and accomplished absolutely nothing after that." Prior to the seventh inning, the Spartans nearly broke on the board in the fourth when they loaded the bases with no outs. But after Rioles got the first out on a tapper back to the mound that he lobbed to the plate, he escaped the inning by inducing a 6-4-3 dou- ble play. "I thought defensively we made up for what we did the day before," Garganese added. "We played as poorly as we could play defen- sively. I know that our pitching staff doesn't overpower people and is going to allow (bat- ters) to put balls into play, and what we're trying to preach here is that we have to make plays when we have the opportunity to make them. When you don't make them, the next thing you know, (teams) are scoring a run or two on your errors, and that's not a good way to play baseball." In last Friday's win over the Novans, which was halted after six innings by the mercy rule, Conte pitched one-hit ball in five innings of work, striking out 13 batters and walking two, and he helped his cause by belting a two-run homer to left in the top of the third to give the Cougars a 9-1 command. Mandeville led the Cougars' 10-hit attack with three hits, two of them doubles, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Krikorian had two hits and as many RBIs, and John DeCarmo and Rioles also drove in two runs apiece. The Cougars, who hosted Woonsocket on Tuesday afternoon, will visit winless North Smithfield on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence pitcher P.J. RIOLES improved his record to 3-0 last Wednesday by delivering one of the best starts of his high school career. Rioles tossed a four-hitter that included three strikeouts, and he was one out away from pitching a shutout. BASEBALL From Page 13 Have mercy! NP softball team belts Eagles, Clippers Rizzo joins Cougars' 100-hit club CUMBERLAND – The North Providence High softball team came out swinging in last week's Division I games on the road against Cumberland and Barrington and bused home with mercy-rule victories over each team, down- ing the Clippers, 16-2, last Thursday at Cumberland's Bentley Field and the Eagles, 10-0, two afternoons earlier at Barrington's Victory Field. In the five-inning win over the Clippers, the Cougars, who are 4-2, scored five times in the top of the first and third innings and ended the game with a season-high 16 hits, with junior Mary-Catherine Fornaro leading the attack by going 4-for-4 with two doubles and driving in a career- high seven runs. Sophomore Emma Fuscellaro also went 3-for-3 with her first career home run and two runs batted in, and senior catcher Jessica Rizzo was 2-for-2 with a single, two-run tri- ple, two walks, and four runs scored. Rizzo's triple was the 100th career hit of her outstanding high school career. Senior Braelyn Beffre also smacked a three-run homer in the first to highlight the first-inning rally, and Rizzo's triple came in the second inning and helped give the Cougars an 8-0 command. That was more than enough support for junior ace pitcher Hannah Doorley, who tossed a two-hitter that included six strikeouts. In the five-inning victory over Barrington, Doorley pitched 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before ending up with a marvelous one-hitter that saw her whiff seven batters. Offensively, senior Katie Manchester socked a bases-clear- ing double to help give the Cougars a 5-0 lead after 1 1/2 innings of play and sophomore Corina Haddock added two hits and four RBIs. The Cougars, who hosted defending state champion Moses Brown in a battle of 4-2 teams on Tuesday at Notte Park, will host Smithfield on Thursday at 4 p.m. McNeil kicks off NPLL's season in style, pitches two no-hitters NORTH PROVIDENCE – Dom McNeil was the talk of the North Providence Little League in its open- ing week of action at Romano Field, as the Councilman Amoriggi pitcher tossed back-to-back no-hitters to help his team break out to a 3-0 start. In his team's season-opening 10-0 victory over Mayor Lombardi, McNeil pitched his first no-no, and four nights after his team topped FOP-13 NPPD by a 10-0 score, McNeil struck out 10 batters to no-hit Christiansen's Fine Milk and highlight a 7-0 win. Pitching also took center stage in Senator Ciccone's season-opening 1-0 win over Barone Orthodontics. Senator Ciccone pitcher Luca Simonelli blanked Barone on one hit, striking out 13 to pick up the win, and Barone's Vin Pontarelli also pitched very well in going the distance. Last week's most exciting game was Barone's 6-5 over Christiansen's. Down 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Barone came back to win the game on a walkoff single by Tommy Malloy. In other NPLL action, Senator Ciccone also hiked its young record to 3-0 by grabbing 10-0 victories over FOP and Mayor Lombardi, and Barone also defeated Mayor Lombardi, 7-1. Senator Ciccone and Councilman Amoriggi will face each other on Friday, May 10. 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