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The North Providence Breeze 05-16-2018

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The win over the 'Bolts also allowed the Cougars, who are in their second season back in D-I, to secure a postseason berth. "Most teams that go 0-5, they can put it in the tank and that's it, that's their season," said NP head coach Mike Tuorto. "But we just went back to practice and talked to the girls, tell- ing them, 'It's not over. Just because we're 0-5 doesn't mean that we can't come back and do something.' "And to win five out of six? I'm very proud of them. That's a true testament to our kids of not getting down on themselves. And you can hear them. They're down a few runs, but they're still yapping and talking and trying to grind out at-bats, and they did that for two consecutive days." Down by a 4-0 score to Toll Gate in the friendly confines of Notte Park, the Cougars tied the contest in the home half of the fifth inning, as Kaitlyn Manchester socked a two-run double and came home on a base hit by Lauren Morrissey. The Titans reclaimed their lead in the top of the sixth, but the Cougars took it right back in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs, the tying run on Mary-Catherine Fornaro's sec- ond hit of the game and the go-ahead score on a throwing error. Against the Thunderbolts, Cranston East jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Cougars, who were held to two hits through the first four innings by Thunderbolt pitcher Kaitlyn Drowne, came alive offen- sively. In the fifth, they scored their first run when Ashley Verduchi led off with a double to right-center and scored on an infield hit by Manchester, and in the sixth, they zipped around their lineup to score three times and take the lead. Emma Fuscellaro led off with an infield single, but Drowne came back to retire the next two batters. Hannah Doorley, who picked up the win on the mound, then aided her cause with a long double to left-center that drove in Fuscellaro, and after Fornaro and pinch-hitter Braelyn Beffre walked to load the bases, Manchester ripped a ground single to left to plate two runs. The Cougars' final run came in the seventh when Fuscellaro led off with a walk and scored on a two-out single by Doorley. Speaking of Doorley, she shook off the Bolts' rally in the first inning, as well as a first-and-second, one-out jam in the second, to limit the 'Bolts to three hits (and no one to advance further than second base) over the final five innings. "I think right now, they're just believing in each other and their abil- ities and having some confidence," Tuorto said of his players. "They're playing together and jelling, and the chemistry on this team has been out- standing. We made it our goal to get back to the playoffs, and even though this win gets us there, we're not done yet. We want to now play for seeding and try to get the best available spot possible in the (state) tournament." A day after defeating the Thunderbolts, the Cougars tried to reach the .500 mark by hosting fourth-place Cranston West at Notte Park, but the Falcons broke a 1-1 tie by scoring four times in the top of the fourth inning and rolling to a 6-1 vic- tory. Manchester belted a home run in the third to knot the score. The Cougars were back in action on Tuesday afternoon with a game against Cumberland at the Clippers' Tucker Field. On Thursday, they will host East Providence in a 4 p.m. contest. 12 SPORTS & RECREATION MAY 16-22, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES North Providence third base- man VANESSA ARENAS, left, watches short- stop DESTINY GREGSON get ready to throw the ball to first after fielding a grounder in the hole in the fifth inning of last Wednesday afternoon's come- from-behind 5-3 triumph over Cranston East. The victory was the fifth in the last six games for the playoff-bound Cougars. SOFTBALL From Page 11 Sollitto pitches two-hitter for Cougar baseball team in loss to Middletown MIDDLETOWN – Senior ace pitcher Mike Sollitto pitched a two- hitter that saw him strike out seven batters, but Middletown was still able to scratch out a 3-1 victory over North Providence on Monday afternoon in their Division I baseball game at the Islanders' field. The loss was the seventh straight in league play for the Cougars, who only collected two hits in the game and fell to 3-12 in D-I action. The Islanders benefited from a two- run double in the fourth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie. The Cougars will travel to Providence on Friday to face La Salle Academy in a 4 p.m. contest. Connie Mack baseball team holds signups NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence Connie Mack baseball team is returning to the R.I. Connie Mack Wooden Bat League for its fifth year and seeking players from North Providence and neighbor- ing towns for the upcoming summer season. The regular season is scheduled to begin in June, once the high school season ends, and wrap up at the end of July, and the playoffs are expected to run until mid-August. Last year's team won the Dickerman Division regular-season title and reached the championship series. Visit www.leaguelineup.com/north- providenceconniemack to register online or contact Mike Walker at mikew1129@cox.net for more infor- mation. do you know? You're holding 1 newspaper, but we fi ll 5 every week! They're all at valleybreeze.com Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI www.hearforyouri.com 401-475-6116 OPEN CAPTION MOVIES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! Did you know CinemaWorld in Lincoln shows Open Caption Movies Daily! 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