EAST PROVIDENCE — Halted a year ago at the same point, the top-seeded East Providence High School baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 Division II championship tournament by virtue of its 3-2 victory over visiting and ninth-seeded Narragansett Wednesday afternoon, June 4, at Pierce Field.
The win capped a three-game sweep by Townies en route to the Pod 1 regional title, including an earlier 13-0 victory over Narragansett.
East Providence awaited the lowest remaining seed from the other three regional winners to determine its opponent in a best-of-three semifinal series to be played this weekend at Pierce. Games 1 and 2 of the series are slated for Saturday and Sunday afternoons, June 7 and 8. A third game, if necessary, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10.
The lowest seed to advance Wednesday was 10th-seeded North Smithfield, which beat second-seeded Mount St. Charles in the Pod II region final. Sixth-seeded Ponaganset staved off elimination 11th-seeded Central with a victory, forcing a deciding game Thursday. The Townies will face either North Smithfield or Central.
The Pod IV region champ is set after fourth-seeded Classical beat fifth-seeded Warwick Vets Wednesday.
Last spring, the then also No. 1-seeded Townies suffered a 2-1 loss to Westerly in eight innings in the regional final. Wednesday, the locals took a 3-0 lead into the seventh and final inning, but came a bit undone in the field in the top of the frame. The Mariners took advantage to score twice before starting and winning pitcher C.J. Woods ended the contest.
Woods, the Townies’ senior left-hander, allowed just three Narragansett hits. Both Mariner runs were unearned. E.P. committed five errors.
Mike Allienello, Tyler Lockard and Kyle Marquis accounted for the East Providence runs. Allienello, who accounted for two of the four hits the Townies had in the game, did so on a double in the bottom of the first inning as the locals scored twice. Lockard and Marquis each had sacrifice flies. Marquis’ flyout plated Allienello with what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
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