EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School softball and baseball teams opened up their respective postseason tournaments over the last week, the former winning its Division I preliminary round contest and the latter falling in its initial Division II playoff outing.
The EPHS softball nine outslugged Smithfield, 7-5, to advance to the double-elimination portion of the state championship tourney.
Luciana Medici ripped a three-run homer in the bottom of the first for the sixth-seeded Townies and they would never trail. Also of note both Lindsee Allienello and Taylor Medeiros had two hits apiece for the locals. The 11th-seeded Sentinels had 14 hits but E.P. hurlers Lauren Discuillo and Nicole Strik managed to fend off Smithfield in the circle.
The Townies were scheduled to play third-seeded Coventry on the road Monday, June 3, but that contest was postponed a day to June 4. First pitch is 4 p.m.
The E.P.-Coventry winner advances to Rhode Island College for a winners’ bracket semifinal round game Wednesday, June 5, against second-seeded North Kingstown, 11-2 victors over 10th-seeded Westerly in its opening double-elimination round outing.
Sunday, June 2, at Providence Country Day’s Dickerman Diamond, sixteenth-seeded Tiverton delivered the first shock of the 2013 Division II baseball championship tournament as the Tigers upset top-seeded East Providence, 2-1, in the opening round of the double-elimination Region 1 bracket.
Tiverton (9-8, 9-7 in Division II-South) took advantage of East Providence’s lone error in the contest to take the lead for good. Baxter Alves reached on a miscue in the top of the fifth inning, went to second on the play and then scored on double by Ryan Czajka for what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the fifth-inning as
The Tigers also managed to scratch out a run in the top of the second, which followed an East Providence tally in the bottom of the first inning. That run would be all Tiverton’s Mitch Hartnett would allow as went the distance on the hill for the Tigers. He scattered five hits and struck out a pair. East Providence left-hander was just as good as his counterpart, but wound up the hard-luck loser on the mound while throwing all seven frames, allowing just three hits and fanning a dozen.
Tiverton will play at Westerly on Tuesday, June 4, at 4 p.m. The eighth-seeded Bulldogs defeated ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles, 8-3, in regional opener. The Townies (15-2, 15-1 in D-II-Central) will host the Mounties the same day and time at at Pierce Field.
The EPHS boys’ volleyball team clinched the top spot in the Division I-North regular season ranks late last week with a 3-0 shutout of Cranston East on Senior Night.
The Townies (12-4) are the top seed on their half of the bracket and face Chariho (6-10), the fourth seed from I-South, in the quarterfinal round of the state championship tournament Thursday night, June 6, at home at 6:30 p.m.
Host East Providence swept the Chargers, 3-0, in their lone regular season meeting back on May 9. The winner Thursday advances to the state semifinals Tuesday, June 11, at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Fieldhouse at 5:30 p.m. opposite the survivor of the South Kingstown-Hendricken quarter.
(Photos by Alexander Watrous)