East Providence High baseball team barrels its way through early season schedule

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School baseball team kept barreling its way by opponents this week, maintaining its unbeaten record in Division II-Central play with an 11-1 win over Hope and a 10-0 triumph over Wheeler.

The Townies improved to 7-0. East Providence has plated 10 or more runs in six of those games, outscoring its opposition 76-12 to date. The locals have played the full seven innings just twice, winning the other five games via the 10-Run Mercy Rule.

East Providence High pitcher Keith Grant is 3-0 and the Townies are 7-0 to start the Division II-Central season.

East Providence High pitcher Keith Grant is 3-0 and the Townies are 7-0 to start the Division II-Central season.

April 22, East Providence played at Hope in Providence where the locals easily passed the Blue Wave by the Mercy Rule. Keith Grant had a stellar performance on the mound for the Townies, pitching a complete 6 innings allowing one run on five hits and getting nine strikeouts. Senior Alex Hurley went 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBI and junior Collin Costa batted 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI.

April 24, the Townies were home at Pierce Field for Wheeler. The locals handled the victories with ease, again winning by the Mercy Rule. Pitcher C.J. Woods tossed the full six inning shutout allowing 2 hits and getting five strikeouts. Sophomore Mike Allienello went 2 for 4 with two singles, five RBI and a stolen base. Senior Alex Hurley went 2 for 3 with two singles, two runs and one stolen base. Also senior Nick Karalekas went 2 for 3 with a single and a double, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

EPHS head coach Bobby Rodericks is pleased with how his team has played so far this season and gives a lot of credit to his captains, Hurley and Karalekas.

“Alex Hurley and Nick Karalekas are really carrying our team and playing very well. Nick Karalekas is batting over .800, and Hurley is batting high too. But like I said I don’t care about stats but when someone’s going 10 for 12 that is a pretty good indication that they are carrying your team. But they are also getting a lot of help from everyone else,” Coach Rodericks said.

To date, several other Townies have raised the level of their performances, providing East Providence with important contributions.

“Josiah Hatch is absolutely hot right now. Mike Allienello as a catcher/DH is absolutely stepping it up and getting a lot of hits. I have yo give credit to both my pitchers Keith Grant and C.J. Woods. They are both leftys but they are dominant,” said Coach Rodericks.  “C.J. just has this composure to him and this over-confidence which is good for a pitcher, and Keith Grant has just been lights out. He is an absolute work horse and is pitching the most innings in the state right now.”

The Townies, the pace-setters in the II-Central standings with their 7-0 mark, return to action Tuesday, April 30, in Providence against Juanita Sanchez.

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