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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-25-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ APRIL 25-MAY 1, 2019 GLOCESTER – Three weeks into its first Division I season, the Ponaganset High baseball team has proven that it's worthy enough to play in the state's top division. On a cold, dreary day last Thursday afternoon, the Chieftains evened their D-I record at 3-3 by topping North Kingstown, 3-2, to split their "home and away" series. Junior Cory Rittall made his first start of the season on the hill for Ponaganset, and after battling through a tough second inning, he settled down to finish with a six-hitter, strik- ing out three Skippers and walking one. The Chieftains also broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning, when with two on and two outs, their number eight batter, sophomore Garret Bolwell sent a single down the third-base line that was just fair and went into left field. Senior Cam Masiello, who walked with two outs, was off on the pitch and came around to score what would be the winning run. "Every game has been like this," Ponaganset head coach Anthony Parrillo said. "It's tough, but I feel like we're competing and battling, even in some of the games we lost. There was a game against Central (on April 11) that we lost 10-4, but we were winning 4-2 in the fifth." The Chieftains were promoted to D-I during the offseason realignment after reaching the Division II title series for the past three seasons and capturing the championship in 2016 and '17. "We're battling with these teams, but we have a lot of inexperience," Parillo added. "We graduated seven seniors, so we have a lot of kids that are out there for the first time and they're learning. I'm hoping as they get more comfortable, they're going to get bet- ter and better and better." Parrillo's varsity team has 13 play- ers, which he said makes it tough to match up with bigger schools such as North Kingstown, which not only has full freshmen and junior varsity teams, Ponaganset hangs tough in D-I Baseball team evens record with 3-2 victory over N.K. By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Ponaganset junior starting pitcher CORY RITTALL, shown getting ready to deliv- er a pitch during last week's 3-2 win over North Kingstown, tossed a six-hitter that included three strikeouts and a walk. See BASEBALL, Page 14 Ponaganset junior CAL PARRILLO, shown at the plate during last Thursday's game, is one of the returning starters back from last year's team that reached the Division II championship series for the third straight season. SERVING SMITHFIELD, GLOCESTER & SURROUNDING TOWNS • 2-8 yards. for Commercial Service • Dumpsters, 4-30 yds. Recycling Available • Bulk Pick Up • Curbside Trash Removal Family Owned Since 1955 508-883-2980 Mention this ad and receive $ 15 OFF Roll Off Customers Only. Not valid with other offers. Expires 5/31/2019. RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL

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