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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-23-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ MAY 23-29, 2019 PROVIDENCE – The Ponaganset High softball team moved one win away from wrapping up its Division III schedule with an unbeaten record by posting a 16-0 victory over Mount Pleasant last Thursday and a 12-3 win over the Paul Cuffee School on Monday afternoon. The Chieftains were scheduled to bus to Pawtucket's Max Read Field on Tuesday afternoon and face Shea in their regular-season finale. A win there would cap a 16-0 record for the Chieftains, who are expected to begin the D-III quarterfinals next Tuesday. "We're staying the course," Ponaganset head coach Mike Calenda said after last week's win over the Kitlies in Providence. "We're on course and taking care of business. We're doing what we're supposed to do and we're scoring runs – that's the main thing." Scoring runs hasn't been a problem for the Chieftains this spring. In their 15 D-III victories, they have outscored their opponents, 239-17, and they won 13 times by 10 or more runs. With the sun shining and not even a thought of rain last Thursday, the Chieftains shut out Mount Pleasant in a game that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule. The Chieftains collected 18 hits in the victory, with number three batter Mallory Gimore leading the way by going 3-for-3 with three doubles and three runs scored. Eight of the nine players in Ponaganset's starting lineup reached base at least once. Chloe Poirier scored the only run the Chieftains needed when she led off the game by hitting a triple to the gap in right-cen- ter and came home on Jenna Greene's fly ball to left field that was dropped. Gilmore then hit a run-scoring double that drove in Greene, and five batters later, Anna Baxter gave the Chieftains a 5-0 lead with a two-run double. In the second inning, Ponaganset increased its lead to 10-0, as Gilmore highlighted the inning by belting a two-run double to center. The Kilties kept the Chieftains off the board in the third, but in the fourth, Ponaganset added five more runs, as pinch-hitter Isabella Besser hit a two-run double to left that drove in a pair of runs and Meghan Viveiros singled in two more runs. Jordan McGuire also collected two singles and reached on an error for the Chieftains, and Liana Nerbonne and Jessica Hassell also delivered run- scoring hits. The Kilties, meanwhile, were shut down by McGuire, Ponaganset's start- ing pitcher. She ended up tossing a three-hitter that saw her strike out five batters and walk no one. "She's a senior," Calenda said. "She went the distance today. She's con- sistent and is around the plate. That's where you want to be. She throws more strikes than balls." Throughout the season, Calenda has done his best to find ways to get his starters enough playing time, while also getting his bench players in, and he was able to do that in last Thursday's game. "It's a juggling act sometimes to get everybody in when we're playing five innings," he reported, "but we were able to get all of our substitutes in because down the stretch run and in the playoffs, you want a full team." In Monday's victory over Paul Cuffee, the Chieftains only collected eight hits, but three of them were triples, as Tori Cramer collected two of them and knocked in a pair of runs. McGuire and Nerbonne also teamed up on the mound to pitch a four-hitter and strike out seven batters. Entering Tuesday's action, the Wheeler School was in second place in the standings with a 12-2 mark. Paul Cuffee sat in third place at 8-7, and in a four-way tie for fourth place with 7-7 records were Mount Pleasant, Central Falls, Shea, and Juanita Sanchez. Chieftains zero in on perfect season Softball team improves to 15-0 in D-III by topping Mount Pleasant, Paul Cuffee By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Ponaganset number three batter MALLORY GILMORE went 3-for-3 with three doubles, three runs scored, and three runs batted in to lead an 18-hit attack and help the Chieftains rout Mount Pleasant, 16-0, last Thursday afternoon in Providence. Ponaganset pitcher JORDAN MCGUIRE tossed a three-hitter in last week's five- inning victory over Mount Pleasant, as she struck out five batters and walked no one. The Chieftains are slated to begin play in the Division III playoffs next Wednesday. BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Registration for the fall recreational season Don't miss out on the FUN! Registrations are open From June 1st – June 30th Registration Guidelines Players will be classified by grade, based on the grade they will be in during the 2019-2020 school year. Please go to our website for more information and to register: www.sysa-ri.com CELEBRATING THE WORLD CUP smithfield youth soccer association

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