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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-16-2018

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ MAY 16-22, 2018 PAWTUCKET – For the sixth straight season in Division II, the St. Raphael Academy softball team has reached double digits in regu- lar-season victories, thanks to the Saints' 10-8 triumph over South Kingstown on Monday afternoon at the Hank Soar Complex. Unfortunately for the Saints, they were unable to pick up their 10th victory last week when they took on two of the division's top teams this season, the Prout School and Rogers High. Last Tuesday, May 8, the Saints were limited to a sea- son-low four hits and left four runners in scoring position in dropping a 4-0 decision at home to Prout. Not only did the Saints drop that game, but they also lost their pos- session of first place in D-II, while the Crusaders moved into the top spot with their 10th win in 12 games. Two afternoon later, at Newport's Toppa Field, the Saints suffered a 10-9 loss to Rogers that saw the Vikings come back from a 9-6 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning to force extra innings, and then win the game in the eighth on a walkoff single. Those losses were the third and fourth of the year for the Saints, who entering Tuesday afternoon's D-II action, trailed Prout (11-2), Barrington (11-3), and the Vikings and Johnson (both 9-3) in the standings. Scituate was also tied with the Saints for fifth place with a 10-4 mark. In the defeat to Prout, SRA head coach Ron LaBree had to juggle his lineup a little bit, as one of his starters was sent home sick. The Saints still managed to get runners on base, but they suffered their first shutout loss of the sea- son to Crusader ace pitcher Vanessa Oatley, who also struck out 10 batters. "(Oatley) is pretty good," LaBree said. "I think (Barrington senior) Paige Concannon is the best pitch- er in D-II by far, but (Oatley) is very good. One thing she does is leave the ball down the middle of the plate; we Doubled up Losses to Prout, Rogers drop SRA softball team into tie for fifth place in Division II By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU St. Raphael Academy pitcher SYDNEY CHARETTE gave an excel- lent effort in last week's Division II showdown against the Prout School at the Hank Soar Complex, but the Saints only man- aged four hits in the game and ended up suffering a 4-0 loss. The Saints, who are 10-4, will host Westerly on Thursday afternoon. See SAINTS, Page 15

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