EAST PROVIDENCE — In an early season meeting of teams expected to vie for the top spot in the Division II-Central standings, visiting Central High School defeated East Providence, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon, April 9, at Pierce Field.
The Knights improved to 3-0 with the victory while the Townies dropped to 2-1 with the setback.
A first-inning grand slam off the bat of Central’s Ernesto Figueroa proved the difference in the contest. The visitors added two more runs off East Providence starter Keith Grant in the top of the second to build a comfortable lead.
The Townies did get a run back in the bottom halves of the first and second, but Figueroa, the Knights’ starting pitcher who went three innings, and reliever Erry Baldayac combined to hold the hosts to just three hits total. E.P. also committed three fielding miscues. Central had 12 hits as a team.
East Providence was coming off a 9-7 victory over host Warwick Vets to close last week, April 4. Marc LaValley’s two-run single in the top of the seventh inning provided the winning runs. Derek Silva threw three innings in relief of starter C.J. Woods to pick up the win on the mound.
Grant was the winning pitcher for the Townies in their season-opening victory, 5-2, over Juanita Sanchez on April 1. The southpaw struck out 15 in the contest and pitched his way out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh inning after Mike Allienello had put E.P. ahead in the top of the frame with a three-run homer.
East Providence is back in action Friday afternoon, April 11, when the Townies play host to Classical at Pierce Field. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.