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The North Providence Breeze 05-15-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 15-21, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 17 NP softball team bounces back to defeat Prout, N.S. Manchester joins Cougars' 100-hit club NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High softball team shook off a four- game losing streak by winning back-to-back Division I contests last week, a 10-7 extra-inning victory over the Prout School last Wednesday in Wakefield and a 4-1 triumph over North Smithfield the following after- noon at Notte Park. The win over Prout was a thrill- er that saw the Cougars (now 8-6) break a 7-7 tie by scoring three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Consecutive doubles by Jessica Rizzo, Mary Catherine Fornaro, and Ashley Verduchi was followed by a run-scoring single from Ashley D'Ambra. The Crusaders had forced extra innings by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, with the last two being unearned. Fornaro, who was the winning pitcher, and Hannah Doorley teamed up on a five-hitter than included 10 strikeouts. Offensively, the Cougars, who scored four of their runs in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead, was led by Rizzo, who went 4-for-5 with three doubles and four runs batted in. Katie Manchester also collected the 100th hit of her high school career with a run-scoring single in the fourth. Against the Northmen, who came into last week's game with an 8-4 record and victories in six North Providence High senior right fielder KATIE MANCHESTER became the fourth NP player in the last three years to collect 100 career hits last Wednesday when she laced a run-scoring single in the Cougars' 10-7 win over the Prout School. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES See SOFTBALL, Page 18 Pool & Fitness Center holds registrations for youth swim lessons Saturday NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Pool & Fitness Center will be holding its Spring Session 2 youth swim lessons, for ages 4 months to 13 years old, through the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, and registration for all levels will take place on Saturday at 8 a.m. at the facility. The sessions will run on Saturdays from June 1 to July 13. The fee is $40 with a pool membership. The times are 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. for parents and infants and preschool children, and 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for Levels 1-6. New swimmers, as well as those wishing to be assessed for a higher level, should come prepared to take a swim test and be evaluated for level placement recommendations. Contact Jim Beauvais at barracu- das@northprovidenceri.gov for more information. Simonelli helps Senator Ciccone win NPLL duel NORTH PROVIDENCE – Second-place Senator Ciccone climbed to within a game of first- place Councilman Amoriggi in the North Providence Little League standings last week by picking up a pair of victories. Last Friday night, Senator Ciccone improved its record to 7-2 by riding the outstanding pitching of Luca Simonelli to a 10-0 victory over Councilman Amoriggi, which fell to 8-1, and prior to that victory, Senator Ciccone eked out a 1-0 win over FOP-13 NPPD. Councilman Amoriggi was also coming off a 5-1 win over Christiansen's Fine Milk that saw Dom McNeil not only pitch a three- hitter that saw him strike out 16 bat- ters and walk no one, but also lead the way offensively with two hits and three runs scored. Christiansen's, which is in third place with a 6-3 mark, defeated Mayor Lombardi earlier last week by a 14-4 score, as winning pitcher See NPLL, Page 18

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