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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-15-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ MAY 15-21, 2019 SRA stays unbeaten, rules showdown with Scituate PAWTUCKET – It was supposed to be one of the best Division II softball games of the year, as two of the D-II's top teams – with two of the state's best pitchers – faced off last Thursday at the Hank Soar Complex. But while Scituate did not pitch its sophomore ace, Haley Venturini, St. Raphael Academy went with its number one pitcher, fresh- man Sami Simonds, and she delivered a three-hitter that helped her team come away with a 9-0 win and remain undefeated at 12-0. The first time these two teams faced each other, in SRA's season opener on April 9 at Scituate's Manning Field, Venturini was on the mound and basically went strikeout for strikeout with Simonds. Having seen Venturini pitch twice ear- lier last week, Scituate head coach John Lickert decided to put his ace at shortstop last Thursday and pitch Alison Roy. "I thought it was going to be Sami/Haley, but it is what it is," SRA head coach Ron LaBree said. "The first game, I wasn't there, but (the team) told me how good of a game it was, so I wanted to see it. "But when (the players) saw (Venturini) not pitch- ing, I said, 'Listen, it doesn't matter, you still have to beat that team,'" LaBree added. "Before the game, we were in the gym and we turned the machine up to 65 (mph) because that's what we thought we were getting. It took a couple innings to get them going and get their tim- ing back, but once they did, they hit the ball hard." Roy retired the first five batters she faced, but in the bottom of the second inning, the Saints took a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Saylor Costa hit a pop-up that fell in the infield near the sec- ond baseman and she beat out the throw. Madison By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com St. Raphael Academy freshman ace pitcher SAMI SIMONDS blanked Scituate High on three hits for the second time this season in the Saints' 9-0 victory last Thursday afternoon at the Hank Soar Complex. Simonds struck out 15 batters and walked none to help the Saints improve their Division II record to 12-0. BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Simonds helps softball team improve D-II record to 12-0 See SAINTS, Page 10 Dining Guide Open 7 Days 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 140 Newport Ave., Rumford www.persysplace.com 434-8899 Present this coupon at our East Providence location only MONDAY-FRIDAY Buy One Meal Get Second Meal 1/2 Price (Half price taken off lower priced meal. Only 1 coupon may be redeemed per visit. May not be combined with any other promotion) Excludes holidays. Excludes drinks. Breakfast starting at $ 5.49 Lunch Burger, Fries and a Pickle $ 5.99 260 Newport Ave., East Providence, RI 401-438-4646 • uncletonys.net — WEEKEND SPECIALS — Wednesday – Sunday © $ 14 95 Grilled Balsamic Chicken Comes with pasta and soup or salad and crusty Italian Bread Daily Lunch Specials Open Daily at 11:30 a.m. Function Room and Full Service Catering Available www.uncletonys.com 151 Fountain St., Pawtucket, RI www.fountainstreetgrille.com 401.725.8530 Check Our Facebook Page for Nightly Entertainment 10% OFF YOUR PURCHASE With this ad. Expires 5/30/2019. Specials and Alcohol beverages not included. SUMMER SPECIALS ARE HERE! • New England Steamers • Alaskan King Crab Legs • Clams Zuppa • Summer Berry Salad • Lobster Rangoon SATURDAY SURF & TURF PRIME RIB & ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS Please Please Please Support Support Support these Local these Local these Local Advertisers Advertisers Advertisers

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