EAST PROVIDENCE — Three home playoff games Thursday, May 29, for East Providence High School spring sports teams ended with the Townies going a combined 1-and-2 for the day.
The Townies were winners in baseball, but dropped outings in fast-pitch softball and boys’ volleyball.
The EPHS baseball nine, the top-seed in the Division II championship tournament, opened up its postseason with a 2-0 victory over visiting and 16th-seeded Tiverton at Pierce Field in first round of the Region I pod.
Catcher Mike Allienello plated Jasiah Hatch with what proved the lone run his batterymate, senior pitcher C.J. Woods, would need on a single in the bottom of the first inning. The Townies added another run in the home half of the second, Kam Gianlorenzo scoring on an error.
As for Woods, he allowed just two hits in his complete-game effort. Woods actually took a no-hitter into the top of the sixth inning.
East Providence advances to the winners’ bracket final of the four-team Region I pod opposite ninth-seeded Narragansett. The Mariners needed 10 innings to get past eighth-seeded Mt. Pleasant Thursday. The Townies and Mariners meet at Pierce Field Saturday, May 31, at 4 p.m. Tiverton plays at Mt. Pleasant Saturday in a losers’ bracket game at the same time.
The stay for the EPHS softball team in the Division I state championship tournament was a brief one, the fourth-seeded Townies suffering an 8-1 upset loss to 13th-seeded and visiting Mount St. Charles at the high school field.
The Mounties, who lost to E.P. by a 6-3 count in their lone regular season meeting back in early April, scored three times in the top of the first inning and never really looked back.
The Townies scored their only run in the bottom of the second inning after starting and losing pitcher Michaela Kelley singled and advanced to second on an error by Mount’s left fielder. She then scored on Katie Bockes’ swinging bunt. The Mounties blew the game open late, scoring their other five runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.
For East Providence, its season comes to an end with an 11-6 overall record in league games. Mount improved to 6-11 in D-I contests, but more importantly advanced into the double-elimination portion of the state tournament where the Mounties will face Blackstone Valley rival Cumberland. The fifth-seeded Clippers advanced with a 7-0 win over 12th-seeded Westerly Thursday.
Softball photos by Mike Rego
The EPHS boys’ volleyball team, like its softball counterpart, also made a brief appearance in its Division I state championship tournament, falling to visiting South Kingstown, 3-0, in the quarterfinals.
It would be wrong to call the outcome an upset, S.K. entering the contest as the third seed from the Southern subgroup though with a superior record (12-4) to the Townies (8-8) during the regular season that included a victory over E.P. The Townies were the second seed from the North.
Thursday, the Rebels cruised to the victory by the scores of 25-20, 25-18, 25-18. S.K., which beat E.P. in the state semifinals a year ago, returns to the final four where the Rebels will face Chariho, the second seed from the South, Monday night, June 2. The Chargers beat Mount St. Charles, 3-2, in their quarterfinal Thursday.