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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-13-2019

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JUNE 13-19, 2019 PROVIDENCE – Scituate High tried to perform a feat last weekend that's never been accomplished by a softball team in this state – capture a Division II champi- onship just two years after winning a D-III title. Unfortunately for the Spartans, South Kingstown High ruined Scituate's bid for a championship at Rhode Island College by climbing out of the losers' bracket of the 'Final Four' double-elimination round to down Scituate twice and win its program's first fastpitch title. After grabbing a 3-1 win over the Spartans last Saturday, the Rebels came back the following afternoon to post a 4-2 victory, thanks to two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. The Spartans, who finish their excel- lent season with an overall record of 18-4, put themselves one win away from the championship by capturing their first four games of the tournament, topping (in order) Woonsocket, 10-0, Mount Hope, 8-1, previously undefeated St. Raphael Academy, 3-1, and S.K., 5-3. In the 5-3 win over the Rebels, which took place on June 5 at RIC, Scituate sophomore ace pitcher Haley Venturini, who was recently named the R.I. Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, fired a four-hitter that saw her strike out 15 bat- ters and the Spartans rally for four runs in the second inning. But the Rebels, who went on to defeat Rogers in last Friday's losers' bracket final, 1-0, was back at RIC for last Saturday's rematch with the Spartans, and they didn't appear to be fazed, even when Venturini gave the Spartans a quick 1-0 lead with a home run over the left-field fence in the top of the first. In the bottom of the inning, the Rebels came out swinging. Leadoff batter and S.K. pitcher Sam Hutchins singled to left field, and after Liz Maciocio drew a walk, Faith Hutchins laid down a bunt that was thrown away for an error and allowed two runs to score. Faith Hutchins then scored on Olivia Santucci's two-out double down the right-field line. The Spartans wouldn't reach base again until the fifth, as Alison Roy reached on an infield error, but she was soon caught stealing second. Erin Costello then singled up the middle, but Sam Hutchins struck out the next two batters to end the threat. In the sixth, the Spartans tried to rally again, when with two outs, Talia St. Angelo hit a flyball to left that dropped in for a double. Venturini was then intention- ally walked, but Sam Hutchins got out of the inning by getting the next batter to pop out to second. And in the seventh, the Spartans put three more runners on base, but again could not score, as Hutchins escaped with a four-hitter, striking out seven batters and walking two. Venturini ended up with a three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking one. In Sunday's winner-take-all showdown, the Spartans again struck for a run in the top of the first, only to watch the Rebels take the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. The top of the inning saw the Spartans take advantage of a pair of S.K. errors S.K. doubles up Scituate for D-II title Softball team ends 18-4 season by losing twice to Rebels in championship round BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Scituate sophomore ace pitcher HALEY VENTURINI, who was recently named the R.I. Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, struck out 21 batters and surrendered just seven hits in last weekend's Division II championship games at Rhode Island College, but South Kingstown ended up capturing the title by posting 3-1 and 4-2 victories. See SCITUATE, Page 26 Excellence: dosReis captures 1,600 title at N.E. track meet Sentinels' Ezeama receives All-N.E. honors in girls' shot SACO, Maine – A weekend after capturing the fourth state championship of his magnificent high school career, Smithfield resident and La Salle Academy senior Joe dos Reis became a two-time New England champion at last Saturday afternoon's 74th annual New England Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Thornton Academy. The Davidson College-bound standout ran away with the 1,600-meter title, as his time of 4:14:34 was not only 4.79 seconds quicker than the second-place finisher, but also qualified him for the Championship Division event at this week- end's New Balance National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Also earning All-New England honors was Smithfield junior and two-time state shot put champ Kendra Ezeama, who placed fourth in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, seven inches. Ezeama also placed 16th in the discus with a throw of 111-4. 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