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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-07-2018

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GLOCESTER – The Ponaganset High School baseball team began its quest for its third straight Division II championship by posting a 13-1 victory over Tolman last Thursday and an 8-0 shutout over Narragansett on Sunday afternoon in the regional playoffs. Those two victories, both com- ing at home, sent the 2nd-seeded Chieftains (17-3) into Wednesday's regional finals at East Providence's Pierce Field. They faced the winner of Tuesday night's losers' bracket finals between 3rd-seeded Barrington and 6th-seeded Narragansett, and whoever won that game would need to beat Ponaganset twice in order to advance to next week's best-of-three title series at McCoy Stadium. The Chieftains' offense clearly came to life in both victories, espe- cially last Thursday against the 7th- seeded Tigers, as they scored four runs in the first inning and six in the second and never looked back. Ponaganset collected 11 hits off four different pitchers, with three hits coming from Cal Parrillo, who also knocked in four runs, and two each coming from Alec Gardella and Kenny Desrosiers. "We hit finally," Ponaganset head coach Anthony Parrillo said. "I feel like I've been waiting all year for them to hit like that, but we've had a good week at practice, and they're definitely pumped and ready to go. Hopefully, we keep it up, and as long as our pitchers keep pitching and we keep catching the ball, what happens, happens." In the first inning, Tolman starting pitcher Kyle Depatie hit the first two batters he faced, Chris DiPetrillo and Ty Parrillo, with pitches, and after both pulled off a double steal. Billy Butler was intentionally walked. That brought Cal Parrillo to the plate, and he belted a double to left field to eas- ily drive in two runs. The Ponaganset head coach, who was coaching third base, then waved Butler home, and he slid in headfirst with the Chieftains' third run. "Cal has had a great season," said the Chieftains' coach. "A lot of that is due to the fact that (opposing pitch- ers) pitch around Billy and Cal gets those opportunities. He's definitely done a good job and come up with a lot of big hits." Lucas Pierce and Gardella later went on to drive in three runs for the Chieftains, who saw the game halted after 4½ innings by the mercy rule. Desrosiers also collected two RBIs, and starting pitcher Cory Rittall and reliever Cam Hebert teamed up to 28 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 7-13, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU All eyes are on Ponaganset runner BILLY BUTLER, right, as he slides headfirst across the plate with the Chieftains' third run in the bottom of the first inning of last Thursday afternoon's Division II playoff game. Tolman catcher JEFF LAROSE, left, is late on the tag. The Chieftains scored four runs in that inning and six more in the second before ending up with a 13-1 victory that was halted after 4 1/2 innings by the mercy rule. Spectacular start for Ponaganset Baseball team begins bid for third straight title by belting Tolman, Narragansett By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page Bayside/LUsiTaNa sPORTs F.C. LUSITANA SPORTS SOCCER TRYOUTS JUNE 13 at North Smithfield Turf Field 1950 Providence Pike North Smithfield, RI 02896 JUNE 7, 8, & 14 at Cumberland Tucker Field 2600 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI 02864 VisiT OUR WeBsiTe aNd ReGisTeR NOW www.lusitanasports.org 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 www.RhodyRug.com Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE!

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