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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-09-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 9-15, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 BLACKSTONE – The Blackstone-Millville Regional softball team has reached the midway point of its season, and the Chargers are look- ing more and more like a ballclub ready to return to the state playoffs after a two-year absence. On Monday afternoon, the Chargers picked up arguably their biggest win to date, one that improved their record to 7-2, by defeating Dual Valley Conference rival Nipmuc, 2-1. BMR had lost to the Warriors earlier in the season, 13-1. The Chargers were coming off another thrilling victory. Last Wednesday, May 1, the Chargers scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top another DVC opponent, Sutton, 8-7. The Chargers are headed this spring by new head coach Michelle Morin, who is BMR's girls' volleyball coach in the fall. Morin, who lives in Cumberland, had coached youth baseball for her son and then moved onto softball with her daughter, and once she heard that the Chargers' varsity softball position came open, she applied for it and eventually landed the job. "I coached middle school at Mount (Saint Charles) and then JV," she said. "Then I assisted in Lincoln on the var- sity team." Coming from Rhode Island, she said that softball is still softball, but it is a bit dif- ferent in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, or at least in the Dual Valley Conference, there are no middle school teams, but those grades help make up some of high school teams' junior varsity rosters. In Rhode Island, middle schools have separate teams from their high school com- ponents. The Chargers return 11 players from last year, and Morin said that her senior captains are Kylie Care and Claire Collins. Care and freshman Amber Arcand, who pitched last spring, share the pitching duties; Care plays third when she is not pitching, and Arcand also plays shortstop. Junior Kailey Chapman usually plays shortstop when Arcand is pitch- ing, and she and freshman Arianna Morales are also the Chargers' two catchers. Morin said that freshman Haley Vadenais plays second base the majority of the time, and junior Ashlyn Novio is at first base. The outfield consists of senior Toni Spellman in left field, junior Nicole Normandin in center, and junior Alivia Harrison in BMR takes 7-2 mark into second half of season Softball team picks up DVC victories over Nipmuc, Sutton By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Left, Blackstone-Millville pitcher AMBER ARCAND, shown delivering a pitch to the plate during last week's game against Sutton, scat- tered seven hits to pick up the win in Monday's 2-1 victory over Nipmuc. Right, Blackstone-Millville Regional third baseman and number batter KYLIE CARE, shown belting a base hit in the first inning of last week's win over Sutton, is a four-year varsity player. See CHARGERS, Page 18 Specializing in 10 - 15 - 20 - 25 Yd. Roll-Off Containers 401-766-5026 165 Poplar Street, Woonsocket, RI www.GladuSelfStorage.com 343 Beacon Ave Woonsocket, RI 02895 Store your stuff with Gladu you'll be glad U did! Visit us at Gladuwrecking.com 401-769-9125 Various sizes available 5x10's 10x10's 10x15's 10x20's DISPOSAL SERVICE

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