EAST PROVIDENCE — Both facing elimination, the East Providence High School softball and baseball teams each hosted losers’ bracket outings in their respective league championship playoffs Thursday afternoon, June 6.
The EPHS baseball team met up with Tiverton for the second time in the Division II tournament, the two sides playing yet another barn-burner.
The 16th-seeded Tigers upset the top-seeded Townies, 2-1, in the teams’ regional opener five days earlier. In between, E.P. defeated Mount St. Charles, 5-1 with C.J. Woods the winning pitcher, while Tiverton lost to eighth-seeded Westerly, 8-3.
Thursday, the Townies left it late to earn a dramatic 3-2 victory, scoring the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning after Jasiah Hatch singled, stole second and third base, then scored on an infield hit by Nick Karalekas.
Mike Allienello scored East Providence’s first run, which tied the game at one, after singling to lead off the bottom of the second inning, later coming around on an Eric Greaves’ base hit. Marc LaValley, likewise, scored after leading off the bottom of the third with a walk. Collin Costa later drove him in with a two-out single to put E.P. on top 2-1. The Tigers later knotted the score at two with a run in the top of the fifth.
Keith Grant was the winning pitcher, throwing the final two frames in relief of starter Kyle Marquis. East Providence plays at unbeaten Westerly Saturday, June 8, at noon in the regional final. The Townies must beat the Bulldogs twice to stay alive. A return game, if E.P. wins, is tentatively set for Sunday, June 9.
Meanwhile, Tiverton’s season came to an end with the Tigers finishing at 10-9 overall in league play, including their 1-2 record in the playoffs. B.K. Kiser had three of Tiverton’s seven hits Thursday.
On the high school grounds the same day, the EPHS softball team met up with Toll Gate in a Division I tourney contest, the 12th-seeded and visiting Titans staying alive another day following a 4-1 win.
The Townies, playing their third game in as many days, couldn’t muster up much offense. Toll Gate scored two early runs to take the lead, including the eventual game-winning tally on an unearned one in the top of the third inning.
East Providence saw its season end with a 12-7 overall record in league games, including a 2-2 mark in the postseason.
The Townies were coming off a 9-0 shutout of Westerly the previous afternoon. Nicole Strik was the winning pitcher. Brianna Allienello went 3-for-3, scored three runs and stole two bases for the locals. Michaela Kelley, E.P.’s injured starting pitcher back in the lineup as the designated hitter, and Lauren Discuillo added two hits and three RBI apiece.