Strong pitching, offense power Tiverton past Mt. Hope 18-6

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Strong starting pitching and an all-around offensive attack powered Tiverton High School over Mt. Hope 18-6 in 5 innings Monday afternoon.

Tiverton banged out 14 hits to go with 13 free passes from Mt. Hope pitching, earning the mercy rule win in 5 innings. Starting pitcher Mike Mulinski went the distance, scattering 5 hits and 5 walks. While he did surrender 6 runs, half came in the last inning when the game was well out of reach. In the middle innings, Mulinski held the Huskies scoreless, allowing his offense to take control.

"The big key was the pitching of Mike Mulinski," said Coach Carl Reid. "It was his first time out today, and he threw the ball really well. I think he got stronger as the game went on. He got a little tired at the end, but I'm very happy he was able to finish it out."

Tiverton scored their runs in bunches, pushing across 4 in the first, 6 in the third and 5 in the fifth, adding another in the second and two more in the fourth. Every Tiger starter scored at least once in the total team effort. Left fielder Matt Deleo led the way with 2 hits, 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. He also walked and reached on an error twice.

After the Tigers jumped out against Mt. Hope starter Jared Ramos with 4 runs in the top of the first, the Huskies battled right back, turning back-to-back doubles from Devin Santeere and Jake Ramos into three runs. But Mulinski shut them down after the first, allowing only four base runners over the next three innings.

It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth when the Huskies got to Mulinski, loading the bases ahead of Nick Anania's three-run double.

Mt. Hope pitchers Jared Ramos, Joshua Lee and Anania put themselves in trouble the whole game, surrendering 10 walks and hitting three batters. The defense behind them didn't help, committing five errors in the game.

"We put some pressure on their pitching," Coach Reid said. "We showed good discipline and used our speed to make those walks hurt."

Tiverton improves to 4-1 on the season, remaining in second place behind Narragansett in Division II South, while Mt. Hope drops to 0-7.

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