Barrington baseball team opens season with two wins

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The Barrington High School baseball team started its Division I-South season with two victories this week — defeating North Kingstown, 3-2 on Monday, and Coventry 3-0 on Wednesday.

"Pitching and defense were the keys to the Eagles' win over North Kingstown," wrote Barrington head coach Ralph Caruso in an e-mail.

Junior left-handed pitcher Dan O'Brien held North Kingstown to just four hits, while the Eagles' offense got rolling in the bottom of the seventh inning. Centerfielder Brett Fay began the rally when he beat out a bunt leading off the inning. The next three hitters drew walks, and Barrington's Matt Ferdenzi, who went 3-for-3 against North Kingston's Dom Grillo, a Second Team All- State pitcher last year, scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

Coach Caruso said shortstop Nate Bannon and third baseman Retsyn Ootton anchored the infield defense all afternoon.

On Wednesday, Barrington traveled to Coventry and picked up a key 3-0 victory.

Retsyn Ootton got the starting assignment and threw a three-hit shutout. Sophomore Quinn Morvillo got Barrington on the scoreboard in the top of the first when he drove in Matt Ferdenzi with a fielder's choice.

Designated hitter Denali Sexton led off the second inning with a base hit and later scored on a balk. "Robbed earlier in the game, Nate Bannon drove in an insurance run in the top half of the sixth inning with a line drive double to the gap in leftfield, scoring Ferdenzi who had walked and stolen second earlier," wrote Coach Caruso.

Brett Fay ran down a line drive to right centerfield and leftfielder Jake Ray caught a sinking liner in left for the final two outs of the game.

Coach Caruso said Tyler Thomas has called "two gems" from behind the plate in his first year as the varsity catcher.

Senior left-handed pitcher Aaron Harbin will take the mound on Saturday as the Eagles face Portsmouth in a home non-league game starting at 11 a.m.

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