Portsmouth’s bats go silent against Tiverton


TIVERTON — It was a miserable afternoon for the Portsmouth High School varsity baseball team Friday, as it couldn’t muster a single hit against Tiverton pitcher Wyatt Nolan in a 6-1 loss.

The non-league game was played at Tiverton High.

Wyatt went the full seven innings, striking out four and walking one batter while yielding no hits. The Patriots’ only run came in the top of the fifth inning, when Matt Peters scored from third on a wild pitch. Wyatt was not charged with the run.

All of Tiverton’s scoring came in the third inning, which started out with Christopher Almeida reaching first on a dropped third strike. After Almeida stole second, Patriots starting pitcher Derek Lima walked Michael Molinski, then Wyatt Nolan reached on a fielder’s choice to second.

With two outs, Adam Purcell singled to right field, scoring Almeida. Then Matthew DeLeo singled, loading the bases for Evan Nelson, who ripped a ground ball into left field, scoring Nolan. Lima then walked Jared Cordeira, which scored another run.

Eli Roeske then doubled to left, scoring Deleo and Nelson and advancing Cordeira to third. A passed ball scored Cordeira for the final run of the inning.

Lima took the loss for the Patriots. He went three innings and was charged with all six runs. He struck out eight batters and walked three.

Kevin Manning and Matt Peters also pitched for Portsmouth, with each striking out a batter.

Offensive explosion

The game against Tiverton was in stark contrast to the Patriots’ win a day earlier. At home on Thursday, Portsmouth scored six runs in both the fifth and sixth innings en route to a 14-3 pummeling of Toll Gate High School.

Portsmouth entered the bottom of the fifth down 3-2, but the inning turned into a nightmare for Toll Gate starting pitcher James Melezozo.

Neil Powell started things off for the Patriots with a single, then advanced to third on an errant throw. After a strikeout came two consecutive walks, then two singles, another walk, a hit batter and another walk.

Pitcher Ian Smith got the win for Portsmouth, giving up no hits nor runs in three innings of relief work. Starting pitcher Alexander Kirby gave up three runs, all unearned. He allowed three hits, walked four and struck out three batters in four innings of work.

James Melezozo took the loss for Toll Gate. He gave up 10 earned runs on 10 hits and walked five batters in five and a third innings.

The big hitters for the Patriots were Peter Lowan and Ben McGuire (three hits and two RBIs apiece), Even Criner (two hits, two RBIs), and Neil Powell (one hit, two RBIs). Nick Cipriani and Derek Lima also got hits.

Portsmouth plays East Greenwich today (May 12) and Coventry on Wednesday, May 13.


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