East Providence hosts Central in Division II baseball semifinal opener

East Providence hosts Central in Division II baseball semifinal opener


EAST PROVIDENCE — It took a few extra days, but the East Providence High School baseball team finally found out its opponent in a best-of-three Division II playoff semifinals series.

The top-seeded Townies will face a familiar foe in the final four after 14th-seeded Central completed its upset run to the Pod III regional title Saturday, June 7, with a 2-1 win over sixth-seeded Ponaganset.

The Central-Ponaganset contest was originally scheduled for Thursday, June 5, but was postponed due to rain. The Townies completed their unblemished three-game run to the Pod I title with a 3-2 win over Narrgansett on June 4.

East Providence (17-2 in league play) and the Knights (13-7) open their semi series at Pierce Field, the site of all final four games, Sunday afternoon, June 8, at 1 o’clock.

The Townies and Central know each other well, having been in the same subgroup the last two springs. The sides reside in Division II-Central. This year, East Providence split its two regular season outings against the Knights. Central won the first game between the sides back on April 9, 6-2. The Townies returned the favor on May 2 with a 12-1 victory. Each won on the other’s home field.

Game 2 of the semis is scheduled for Monday, June 9. A third game, if necessary, is set for Tuesday, June 10.

Pierce is also site for the other D-II semi series between North Smithfield and Classical. Those sides meet in the second game of a double-header Sunday at 4 p.m.

The 10th-seeded Northmen (13-7), like the Knights, made an underdog run to the Pod II title, doing so without a loss. Classical (15-5), seeded fourth, rallied from the losers’ bracket to defeat fifth-seeded Warwick Vets twice to win the Pod IV title, including a 2-0 win in the clincher on June 6.

The winners move on to the Division II championship series at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium scheduled to begin on June 17. The Townies did not meet North Smithfield this season. As is the case with the Knights, Classical is also a member of II-Central. E.P. swept its two games against the Purple, winning by the scores of 2-0 and 1-0.