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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 05-09-2019

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MSC southpaw pitcher Alex Gonfrade highlighted the win by tossing six innings of five hit ball -- striking out five batters and walking three – and aiding his cause at the plate by collecting a pair of run-scoring singles. "Gonfrade, in his last two outings, have been unbeliev- able," said MSC head coach Paul Jacques. "He had the 14-strikeout performance last week against North Providence, and today, he pitched a really great game – six inning, one run, five hits – and he had a huge hit (in the fourth inning) to make it 2-0. He had a very good game today." Speaking of North Providence, the Mounties picked up two big victories last week when they swept their home-and-away series with the Cougars, who entered those games with a 9-1 record and a seven-game win streak. Last Wednesday, May 1, the Mounties topped the Cougars, 5-3, as Gonfrade pitched a four-hitter and posted his career-high in strikeouts and received some offensive help from two of his classmates. Dan Johnson clubbed a two- run homer in the bottom of the second inning to help give MSC a 3-2 lead, and Isaiah Lee gave his team a two-lead lead by belting a solo home run in the sixth. Mount came out swinging the following afternoon and collected 14 hits en route to a 10-0 victory at the Cougars' home field that was halted after six innings by the mercy rule. Senior Chris Derick's three-hit game and junior Bryan Testa's four runs batted in highlighted the offense and gave Mount's pitchers, Lee and reliever Ryan Kenney more than enough support. "Again, in Game 1, Gonfrade pitched and he had (North Providence) baffled," added Jacques. "And in Game 2, we came out and hit the cover off the baseball, which was great for us, and we scored a bunch of runs early. Bryan had a big hit in the second inning with a bases- clearing double, with two outs and two strikes, that changed the entire game around." The good times continued in Monday's victory over the Spartans, which in the opening innings, was shap- ing up to become a pitchers' duel between Gonfrade and Pierce, who entered the game with a 4-0 record. But the Mounties scored solo runs in the first and fourth innings and knocked Pierce out of the game in the fifth by scoring three times, twice on run-scoring singles by Testa and Gonfrade. The Spartans eventually ended Gonfrade's bid for a shutout with two outs in the sixth. They scored their other run off Johnson, who pitched the seventh, but the Mounties made the plays behind their pitchers to secure the victory. "The boys have been working extremely hard throughout (the season)," said Jacques. "And our defense has definitely been improving, which has been helping a lot. At the beginning of the sea- son, we were making a lot of errors, but now we're starting to play very well defensively." The Mounties' five-game win streak not only improved their record to 8-4, but also moved them a game and a half back in the Division II-B standings behind NP (10-3) and St. Raphael Academy (9-2), which had entered last week with a spotless record, but was surprisingly swept in its two-game series with Wheeler (5-6). The Mounties, who played Scituate on Wednesday at Manning Field, will take on the Saints on Friday at 4 p.m. at Vets Park. Before the Mounties embarked on their five-game win streak, they suffered an 8-0 loss at home to the Saints. "It could be an interest- ing game on Friday," added Jacques, "depending how (SRA) does (on Wednesday) against Westerly and if we happen to get the win against Scituate on Wednesday, which will be tough." 18 SPORTS & RECREATION MAY 9-15, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION right. Two players who contributed to the Chargers' win over Sutton was Olivia Fairley, who sparked the final-inning rally with a run-scoring triple, and Brooke Cugini, who scored the win- ning run on a passed ball. Against Nipmuc, the Chargers also scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. Arcand scattered seven hits on the mound to pick up the win, which improved the Chargers' DVC record to 4-2 and moved them into a tie for second place with the Warriors. "I think our pitchers, Kylie and Amber, and Arianna, who catches as a freshman, have been standing out," Morin said. "Kailey Chapman had a great game the other day – she went 4-for-4 – and she's also done a nice job behind the plate. I think they're all playing well." In the DVC, Morin said that the two teams to look out for are Nipmuc and first-place Hopedale. Two weeks after suffering its first loss of the season to Nipmuc, BMR fell to Hopedale, 9-1. Nevertheless, BMR's main goal is to make the playoffs. Morin said that her players told her they hadn't made it to the postseason in quite some time, so she made that her team's top priority when she became a part of the coach- ing staff. BMR needs two more wins to secure a .500 record, and that means having to embark on a five-game road trip that began on Wednesday at Douglas and includes a game at Hopedale next Monday afternoon. "I think (the season) is going well," Morin said. "I'm happy with the way they're playing. They work really hard. They come to practice ready to practice, and the same (thing) goes for our games. We have a young team, but I think we're doing well." "We have no sophomores, but quite a few freshmen," continued Morin. "I do have five juniors, but I have a lot of 7th and 8th-graders that are my JV (players) that I see coming forward, so I think that BMR's just starting to come to life. I think we're going to be good for a long time." 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