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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-24-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation @ APRIL 24-30, 2019 PAWTUCKET – After last week- end's wet and rainy forecast post- poned its Opening Day ceremony, the Darlington Girls' Softball League will finally celebrate its 40th season with its season-opening festivities on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Slater Park. The president of the league, MaryEllen Minton, wants to get as many former players and families as possible to come out for the ceremo- ny. Minton, who has been a board member of the league for the past 11 years, including the last five as the president, said she has "gotten a lot" out of the league. "It's been absolutely amazing," she said about the league celebrating 40 years. "It takes a lot of work from a NORTH SMITHFIELD – Exceptional pitching has been one of the reasons why the St. Raphael Academy varsity baseball team is off to its best start in nearly 20 years, and last Thursday afternoon, the Saints received another outstanding outing from a young arm in the starting rotation. Behind an absolute pitching gem by sopho- more Nolan Potter, the Saints improved their Division II record to 6-0 by completing their "home and away" sweep of North Smithfield with a 6-0 victory. Taking on the bulk of work for the Saints this season has been senior Jake LeFort, who is 3-0, and junior Adam Gomes, who is 2-0, but last Thursday, Potter added to the Saints' success by limiting the host Northmen to just one hit, striking out five batters, and walking no one. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Potter lost his bid for a no-hitter when Andrew DePari led off the inning with a solid hit to right field, but he was thrown out at second as he tried to stretch the single into a double. "That was his first outing, besides scrimmag- es," SRA head coach Tom "Saar" Sorrentine said. "Gomes was supposed to pitch, but he was sick, so we went with (Potter). We have some pitchers, but all our pitchers have had complete games, so this was his first outing. He threw 79 pitches and he pitched great, and we've been playing good defense. That's been the key. And we've been getting key hits when we've needed them." The Saints are coming off last spring's 7-11 record, and when the Interscholastic League tried to realign its divisions during the offsea- son, for a split second, St. Raphael saw itself down in D-III. After falling to D-II after the 2016 season and not making much progress, it looked like D-III would be the next step for the program. But when the decision was final- ized, the Saints remained in D-II. "We took our lumps the last couple of years, but now all these guys aren't young anymore – they're baseball guys now," Sorrentine said. "They kind of got it together right now and have been playing well. We had freshmen and sophomores and only one senior last year, but now they're more BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy shortstop and number two batter CAMERON WILSON gets ready to sock a two-run single to right field in the top of the third inning of last Thursday's Division II game against North Smithfield. Wilson ended the game with two hits and three runs batted in to help the undefeated Saints post a 6-0 victory. Saints savor 6-0 start Team to beat in D-II? SRA baseball team outscores its foes, 52-8 By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer See SAINTS, Page 13 Darlington Girls' Softball League celebrates 40 years Opening Day ceremony is Saturday at Slater Park By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer Continues on next page ACROSS 1. Tenor 5. Panthers' signal caller 8. Systems, doc- trines, theories 12. Rulers 14. Indonesian coastal town 15. Type of cuisine 16. Kids 18. Single Lens Reflex 19. Extra seed-cov- ering 20. Force out 21. Feline 22. __ & Stitch 23. Semantic rela- tions 26. A larval frog or toad 30. Sport for speed- sters 31. One who is learning 32. Request 33. Famed WWII conference 34. Relieved 39. English broad- caster 42. Car signal 44. Grass part 46. Trivially 47. Serve as a warning 49. Centers of activity 50. An electrically charged atom 51. Small swelling of cells 56. Irritates 57. "__ your i's, cross your t's" 58. Removed 59. "Death in the Family" author 60. When you hope to arrive 61. German district 62. Turner and Ken- nedy 63. Midway between south and south- east 64. Emerald Isle DOWN 1. Mathematical op- timization search method 2. Country along the Arabian peninsula 3. Pointed parts of pens 4. Lake __, one of the Great 5. Peruvian region 6. State capital of Georgia 7. Those killed for their beliefs 8. Typeface 9. Shrill cry 10. Sends via the Postal Service 11. Holds grain 13. Occurring at a fitting time 17. Vogue 24. Born of 25. Get the job done 26. Teletype (Com- puters) 27. Small southern constellation 28. Decaliters 29. Area near the concert stage 35. Social insect liv- ing in organized colonies 36. Winter activity 37. Snakelike fish 38. Not wet 40. In addition to 41. In league 42. Barrels per day (abbr.) 43. Monetary unit 44. Marked 45. Emerges 47. Shape by heating 48. Early Slavic society 49. Italian automaker 52. Racing legend Earnhardt 53. A type of name 54. __ Strauss, jeans maker 55. Famed garden Answers to this week's crossword puzzle can be found on page 22.

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