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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 10-14-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER 14-20, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 11 In the Saints' loss to the Villa Novans, McCloskey grabbed a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 victory and Tavares also went the distance in her 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2 triumph, but Woonsocket squeaked out the win when its second doubles squad of junior Samantha Forcier and sophomore Leah Godin edged Olea and Roberge by 6-2, 2-6, 10-3 scores. "They had to play a tiebreaker in place of a third set because we didn't have lights on our courts," explained Corain, who also received a 6-0, 6-4 victory from his first doubles team of Monte de Ramos and Duclos. "We lost a tough one, but for the first match, (losing) 4-3 wasn't too bad." As for the Tigers, only four starters are back from last season's team and they are all playing singles. Carpenter played second singles and Sweeney started at third singles last season; Lopez jumps from first doubles to third singles, and junior Shea-Lynn Messier makes the move from second doubles to fourth singles. The Tigers' first doubles team fea- tures junior Chanez Joseph and soph- omore Ivy Par, and juniors Allyssa Correia and Alanna Soares make up the second doubles squad. With no seniors in the lineup, "that's going to make a difference for next year because everyone will have a year under their belt," added veteran head coach John Jasionowski. "This is just a year to have fun and learn a few things, so we'll just do what we have to do and get things done." As for Pawtucket's other girls' tennis squad, Shea only has eight players on its roster, none of them seniors, which means the Raiders will be forfeiting their third doubles matches this sea- son unless they can add some more players. The Raiders' top two singles players are junior Ami Avila-Sosa and sophomore Catherine Nobre. Shea hosted Central in its season- opening match last Wednesday afternoon at the Oak Hill courts and suffered a 7-0 defeat, but junior third singles player Sophia Anderson, junior fourth singles player Rebecca Sanches, and the first doubles team of juniors Sylvia Sanches and Arissa Campbell played very well in their three-set losses. The Raiders and the Tigers will face each other on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Slater Park, but before that match, Tolman was scheduled to play Providence Country Day on Tuesday afternoon at the Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club's courts in East Providence. SRA, meanwhile, will take on East Providence on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. on the Townies' campus. R.I. North Coyotes sweep Cranston Bulldogs, begin ABL playoffs on Saturday CRANSTON – The R.I. North Coyotes will head into this weekend's best-of-three quarterfinal-round series in the Autumn Baseball League on a high note, thanks to their doubleheader sweep of the Cranston Bulldogs last Saturday afternoon. The Coyotes, who are 4-6 and the fifth seed in the playoffs, will pay a visit 4th-seeded Chariho on Saturday at 10 a.m. and play the first two games of their series against the Chargers. If a third and deciding game is needed, it will take place on Sunday at Max Read Field at a time to be announced. The Coyotes had swept a doubleheader from Chariho in their season opener, but ended up forfeiting those victories when the ABL found out that the Coyotes inadvertently used two ineli- gible players. Regular-season champion Riverside-ATC and the runner-up Ocean State Titans are the top two seeds in the R.I. Division and received quarterfinal-round byes, and the 3rd-seeded Granite City Jays and 6th-seeded Bulldogs will face each other in the other quarterfinal-round series in Westerly. In the opening game of last Saturday's twinbill, the Coyotes defeated the Bulldogs, 10-5, by collecting 17 hits, as four of them came from Ethan Leary. Matt Brackett also socked a pair of doubles, and Brandon "Bam" Ribeiro, Jeff LaRose, Nathan Potter, Trey Thibeault, and Jacob Faria added two hits apiece. The winning pitcher was Leary, who worked the first four innings, striking out six batters and walking one, and Potter earned a save by pitching two-hit ball over the final three innings, fanning four and walking one. The second game saw the Coyotes top the Bulldogs, 9-2, and Chase Joubert lead the way by collecting two doubles and a base hit at the plate and getting the victory on the mound by tossing three-hit ball, striking out seven batters, and walking three in his 5 1/3 innings of work. Thibeault pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out two bat- ters and allowing a hit, and also sparking the Coyotes' 13-hit attack were LaRose, who also doubled twice and added a base hit; Matt Brackett, who added a single and a double, and Potter, who also joined the multiple-hit club. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES At left, Tolman sophomore DELANEY SWEENEY played very well in last Thursday afternoon's contest against St. Raphael Academy despite dropping her second singles match, 6-4, 7-5. Above, Tolman junior GINA CARPENTER returns a backhand during her first singles match. In a showdown that lasted two hours and 45 minutes, Carpenter posted a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 10-5 victory. SAINTS From Page 9

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