Some East Providence High spring teams start strong, others struggle


EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence High School baseball team remained red hot at the start of the 2013 Division II season as the Townies improved to 6-0 with another one-sided win, this time an 11-1 victory over Hope.

Keith Grant hurled a complete-game three-hitter and struck out six to earn his third win of the spring. Collin Costa had two hits, including a triple, with four RBI and one run scored.

The Townies were coming off an 11-4 victory over Mt. Pleasant highlighted by Tyler Lockard’s grand slam home run. Jasiah Hatch and Nick Karalekas (4-for-4, four runs scored) each hit two-run homers. C.J. Wood was the winning pitcher.

E.P. previously defeated Davies Voc by an 11-1 margin. Alex Hurley had two hits, scored three times, drove in three and stole three bases for good measure. Kyle Marquis was the winning pitcher.

After starting the season with four wins, the EPHS softball team dropped its next two outings, including a 4-3 loss to reigning Division I state champs Lincoln High. The Lions never trailed after scoring twice in the home half of the first. The Townies scored all three of their tallies in the top of the sixth. The win was the 27th in a row for Lincoln.

The Townies left it late in their next outing, rallying with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat visiting Cranston West, 6-5. Lucianna Medici led off with her fourth hit of the game and after the next two batter made outs, Haley Martins singled. Casey Traverse then tied the game with a single and Martins scored on an error to come home with the winning tally.

The EPHS boys’ volleyball team won its third Division I match in four tries with a 3-0 shutout of rival LaSalle. The Townies were victorious by the scores of 25-12, 25-9 and 25-19. Jacob Perkins had five kills and two blocks, while Lucas Flavin had six kills and two blocks for the locals.

The EPHS girls’ outdoor track and field squad splits its two Eastern Division meets earlier this week, defeating St. Raphael and losing to Mt. Hope. Kaitlyn Bellamy was the star of the meet for the Townies, winning three individual events — the long jump, triple jump, javelin — while running the anchor leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay. Other individual winners for East Providence were Rachael Finn in the 100 meters, Sierra Cunningham in the 200, Yuli Henriquez in the 3,000 and Caitlyn Lamb in the shot put. The Townies’ record moved to 4-2 with the split decisions.

The EPHS girls’ lacrosse team picked up its first win of the season,10-9, over Warwick Vets. The Townies scored three unanswered goals and received some outstanding saves by goalie Samantha Gauthier. Logan Fontes had four goals for the locals while Erica Dias contributed three goals and two assists in the win. E.P. lost to Lincoln High, 9-5, in its next outing. Jillian Amaral scored twice for the locals. The Townies reached midweek with 1-6 mark in the Division II-East standings.

The EPHS boys’ lacrosse team dropped to 0-5 in the Division III standings after the Townies suffered a 9-4 loss to visiting Warwick Vets earlier this week. The Townies were coming off a 12-5 loss to Coventry and 6-3 setback to Cranston West last week. Brant Hall had two goals for the locals against Coventry. Matt Chace netted two of the E.P. goals in the defeat to West.









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