EPHS softball, baseball teams win playoff openers

Townies each advance to Division I tourney quarterfinals

Posted 5/30/19

The East Providence High School baseball and softball teams each won their respective 2019 Division I state tournament openers played Wednesday, May 29, remaining alive in the early stages of the …

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EPHS softball, baseball teams win playoff openers

Townies each advance to Division I tourney quarterfinals

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(Updated, 2:30 p.m., May 30) The East Providence High School baseball and softball teams each won their respective 2019 Division I state tournament openers played Wednesday, May 29, remaining alive in the early stages of the events both single-elimination in the first two rounds.

On campus, the EPHS softball side easily handled visiting Cumberland by a 7-2 score. Tanya Cooper was the winning pitcher, throwing six innings for the sixth-seeded Townies, who scored runs in the bottom of the second through the sixth to build a commanding 7-0 lead. The 11th-seeded Clippers got on the board with two in the top of the seventh, but it was too little, too late.

Cooper had two of the 12 EPHS hits in the contest. Sophie Patterson went 3-for-3 and scored twice while Vianna Cunningham drove in four on two hits, including a solo homer.

The win sent the Townies into the quarterfinals against third-seeded and host Coventry for a game Thursday afternoon, May 30, at 4 p.m. The contest is a quick rematch of a game played Memorial Day also in Coventry, when the Oakers defeated the Townies, 6-5, and topped EPHS for first place in the division. Coventry earned a first-round bye wit the victory.

The winner of Thursday’s game earns a berth into the double-elimination portion of the state tournament, both the semifinal and final rounds, which begins Tuesday, June 4, at Rhode Island College.

At Pierce Field, the EPHS baseball team defeated guest Toll Gate, 6-1. The Townies, seeded fourth out of the I-A subgroup, led for most of the contest, gradually building its edge before ended the season for the Titans, seeded fifth from I-B.

Seth Daly was the winning pitcher for the locals, going the seven-inning distance and tossing exactly 100 pitches. The senior scattered six hits, struck out eight and the Toll Gate run was unearned. Julian Reis and Zach Fanara each had two hits to pace the Townie offense.

EPHS advances to the quarterfinals opposite I-B top seed and rival LaSalle in Providence Friday afternoon, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. The start time was changed from 4 p.m. to accommodate proms being held at both schools later the same evening.

LaSalle went 16-2 to place first in its pod and had a bye through the opening round. EPHS improved to 12-7 in league games with its win over Toll Gate.

The winner between the Townies and Rams advances to the semifinal round, which along with the finals, will be played under a best-of-three series format, beginning Monday, June 3, at McCarthy Field in West Warwick.

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