PROVIDENCE — The end was swift for the East Providence High School boys’ volleyball team in the Division I state championship tournament semifinals Tuesday night, June 11, at the Providence Career & Tech Academy Field House as the Townies suffered a 3-0 loss to South Kingstown.
East Providence, seeded first on its side of the bracket after having won the I-North regular season title, “couldn’t get anything started,” according to head coach Keith Martinous.
Significant to the Townies’ misfortune Tuesday was the absence of starting outside hitter Jacob Bedford, who missed the contest after having emergency surgery late last week and an ankle injury suffered by defensive specialist Mike Monagle earlier in the day.
East Providence’s season came to an end with an overall record of 13-5 in league outings, including a 3-0 victory over Chariho last Thursday night, June 6, in the opening round of the state tourney.
Bedford led the locals with eight kills and also had a team-best 10 digs in the victory. John Vaughn chipped in five kills and had that many blocks for the Townies.
The superb spring for the East Providence High School baseball team in its first season playing at the Division II level came to an end Saturday, June 8, with a 2-1, extra-inning loss to host Westerly in the regional final of the double-elimination league championship playoffs.
The eighth-seeded Bulldogs notched the winning run on a single with the bases loaded in bottom of the eighth inning. Westerly improved to 15-7 overall in league games and advances to the tourney semifinals.
The top-seeded Townies, who lost to Tiverton before defeating the Tigers in a rematch and also beat Mount St. Charles in the losers’ bracket portion of the draw, saw their year come to an end with a 17-3 overall record in D-II games.
According to the game report in The Westerly Sun newspaper, East Providence threatened all day but could not score more runs. The Townies were also on the wrong end of a crucial umpire’s call at a key moment in the contest.
Westerly took the lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of a Nick Cahoone solo home run. The Townies later responded in the fifth, loading the bases with none out. Collin Costa then hit a hooking fly down the left field line, which the umpire deemed foul. East Providence protested the call to no avail. Costa then flew out to right, plating the tying tally. Bulldogs pitcher Vinny Terranova then got out of the jam by striking out the next two Townies.
The score remained tied through seven regulation innings. The Bulldogs got out of the top of the eighth courtesy of a double-play grounder. In the bottom of the frame, Westerly filled the bases on two walks and a fielder’s choice. Anthony Garro then stroked a single to right to drive home the winning run.