May 28, 2020

Sports Roundup


EPHS Baseball
Last month at Pierce Stadium, the Townies baseball team had a walk-off win in extra innings against Cranston West. Cranston West scored first in the second inning and the game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 7th inning. East Providence opened with a single by Nate Anselmo who was then erased after Julien Reis hit into a double play. Trailing with two outs Fanara singled to right field and went to 2nd base on a line drive single by Seth Daly. After EP's Cole Poissant walked, Rob Costa singled home Fanara to tie the game. EP however left two runners on base as Silveira grounded out to end the inning.

The Falcons went ahead 2-1 but the rally was snubbed out by Townie catcher Poissant's throw out of an attempted steal of 2nd base by the Falcons. With EP now behind by one, Zach Fanara opened the last of the 9th with a single and advanced to 3rd base on a Seth Daly double to right field. Poissant was hit by a pitch to load the bases for EP. With the Pierce Field crowd rooting loudly, Rob Costa's fly ball to center plated Fanara with the tying run. Josh Silveira then singled home Seth Daly with the game winning run.

Seth Daly struck out 13 batters surrendering just one run and four hits over 6 and a third innings of pitching. Daly walked just one. EP had 15 hits in the game as Daly was 5 for 5. Fanara had 4 hits with Costa, Silveira and Anselmo each getting 2 hits.

"Flat" Townies fall to Coventry 5-2. EP stayed in it until the end, but Coventry pulled away late to gain the win. Coventry scored a run in the top of the first and East Providence jumped to an early lead in the second inning. After a Rob Costa lead off walk, Josh Silveira singled to right. A Julien Reis single to load the bases and after Jay Lindell struck out, Nate Anselmo singled sharply to right-center scoring Costa. Zach Fanara drew a bases-loaded walk to plate Silveira for the early 2-1 Townie lead.

The Townie offense fell flat and Coventry broke the game open in the 6th inning. After a pop-out to EP standout catcher Cole Poissant, Coventry pieced together back to back singles, a Townie infield error and a bases loaded double. Coventry had a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the 6th. EP could only manage 7 hits in the game with Poissant and Reis (double) getting two hits apiece. Silveira, Lindell and Anselmo each chipped in one hit. EP left 6 baserunners while Coventry had 9 hits in the game. Rob Costa pitched 7 innings for EP, scattering 9 hits with 3 strikeouts.

Rain has slowed down the scheduled play of many teams this Spring and the Townies fought to a 4-4 tie against Cumberland on April 26th. The game played in a light rain was called to a close due to darkness as the Townies just managed to tie the Clippers in the 6th inning. Cumberland scored two runs in the first inning and scored one run in the third and fourth innings for their four run total. East Providence scratched back with a run in the second and didn't score again until the fifth. Trailing 4-2, the Townies tied the game with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Zach Fanara's line drive single scored Micah Abrams, who had walked, with the tying run.

The game continued until it was called a tie in the eighth inning. Zack Fanara and Josh Silveira had three hits apiece, including a double each as the team amassed 11 hits. Julian Reis and Sam Budnick also had two hits each for EP. Ron Lima and Adrew Baptista pitched for the Townies who are now 4-4-1 in Division I play.

EPHS Baseball Schedule:
Thu 5/02 4:00 pm Moses Brown at Pierce
Tue 5/07 6:00 pm at Johnston - Johnston Memorial Park
Thu 5/09 3:45 pm Johnston at Pierce Memorial
Mon 5/13 3:45 pm Smithfield at Pierce
Wed 5/15 4:00 pm at Smithfield
Tue 5/21 3:45 pm Cranston East at Pierce
Thu 5/23 5:30 pm at Cranston East - Cranston Stadium

EPHS Softball:
The Townies bop Smithfield 14-0. Taylor Babcock hardly worked up a sweat as she tossed a no-hitter in a runaway Townie victory in girls softball on Thursday, 4/18 at EPHS. The near-perfect game was halted by a league mercy rule after 5 innings. The Townies offensive explosion was led by 9th grader Vianna Chamberlain who had a grand slam and seven RBI's among her three hits. East Providence amassed 11 hits to go with their 14 runs in the shortened game. The Townies sit atop their Division I group with a 4-2 record.

The Townies Softball team defeated Cranston West 9-6 as they moved to 4-2 in Division I play. In the win both Sophia Patterson and Vianna Chamberlain slugged homeruns. Tanya Cooper had 10 strikeouts for EP. Page Messier had 3 hits for EP.

In an earlier game, the Townies defeated Prout in another Division I game 7-6. Tanya Cooper led the Townie offense with 4 hits and 3 key RBI's. Taylor Babcock in a key relief pitching role came in the game early and had 12 strikeouts.

EPHS Softball Schedule:
Thu 5/02 6:00 pm Mount St. Charles at EPHS
Sat 5/04 4:00 pm EP at Coventry
Sat 5/04 6:00 pm Rogers at EPHS
Mon 5/06 4:00 pm EP at Barrington
Wed 5/08 6:00 pm La Salle at EPHS
Thu 5/09 6:00 pm EP at La Salle
Thu 5/09 6:00 pm EP at Lincoln - Saylesville School
Mon 5/13 6:30 pm North Providence at EPHS
Thu 5/16 4:15 pm EP at Chariho
Sat 5/18 11:00 am Cumberland at EPHS
Tue 5/21 4:00 pm EP at Coventry
Wed 5/22 7:00 pm Prout at EPHS
Sat 5/25 7:00 pm North Smithfield at EPHS

EPHS Boys Tennis
The Townie tennis team is off to a 4-1 record in a 4-way tie for 1st place in Division III play. Recording singles play wins against Johnston were: Jared Zollo, Louis Mesi and Jackson Ponte. In doubles action, the team of Alex Proulx and Nikolai Zakrzewski defeated their opponents.

The Townies defeated Central High 7-0. Singles winners for EP were Constantino Capobianco, Jared Zollo, Louis Mesi and Jackson Ponte. Doubles winners were Alex Proulx-Nikolai Zakrzewski, Nate Perry-Brandon Charette and Victor Correa-Kendrick Dias.

The Townies were upset by Westerly on April 23rd by a 5-2 score, although with some good individual efforts. Blake Busch, Westerly, defeated Constantino Capobianco, East Providence,4-6,6-0,6-3; Jared Zollo, East Providence, defeated Ryan Teixeira, Westerly,6-7 (9-7),6-3,6-4; Jacob Dauphinais, Westerly, defeated Louis Mesi, East Providence,6-4,6-3; Jackson Ponte, East Providence, defeated Brandon Larossa, Westerly,7-5;0-6,6-4.

In doubles action, Joel Henry-Kyle Cioffi, Westerly, defeatedAlex Proulx-Nikolai Zakrzewski, East Providence,7-5,6-2. Sebastian Reisch-Jackie Chen, Westerly, defeatedNate Perry-Victor Correa, East Providence,6-2,4-6,6-1. Chris Celico-Branden McAteer, Westerly, defeated Kendrick Dias-Isaiah Willis, East Providence,6-2,6-1.

Lacrosse Team Action - Players Donate Food Gift Cards:
In EPHS girls LAX action in April, the Townies lost a spirited match to PCD by an 11-6 score. Ashley Dias had two goals and Ellen Phillips, Olivia Williams, Katie Costa and Lilly Palumbo each scored for EP.

The rest of the girls LAX schedule is:
Thu 5/02 4:30 pm Pilgrim at EP
Fri 5/03 4:00 pm EP at Burrillville at Gledhill Field
Mon 5/06 3:30 pm Lincoln at EP
Thu 5/09 3:30 pm EP at North Providence
Tue 5/14 3:30 pm Scituate at EP
Wed 5/15 4:00 pm EP at Rocky Hill

Recently the combined Townies Girls and Boys Lacrosse teams donated $200. Shaw's gift cards to the Good Neighbors Soup Kitchen at St. Brendan's Church in Riverside. "It's part of our continuing effort to reach out to our extended family of East Providence," said coach Angelo Pizzi. "Our LAX teams are struggling a bit on the field this year but these kids are working hard and show their Townie Pride beyond the playing field. I'm very proud of them," said the coach and EPHS teacher.

EPHS Football Scholar Recognition:
Zachary Fanara was a recipient of the Silver Scholar Athlete Award for outstanding academics and community leadership. The award was given late last month by the Rhode Island chapter of the National Football foundation and college Hall of Fame. Fanara also plays baseball for the Townies.

Local Little Leagues Benefit From PawSox Donation:
The Pawtucket Red Sox and PawSox Foundation, together with the City of East Providence, have teamed up to roll out a $5,000 scholarship program for East Providence Little League ball players in need. In a joint press release the PawSox and Mayor's Office stated that " the PawSox Foundation, will present a $5,000 check to be shared between three East Providence baseball leagues (Riverside Little League, Rumford Little League and Central Little League) during Open Day 2019."

Opening Day festivities have been rained out for two weeks in a row but a ceremony was scheduled for early May at Pierce Field at the Robert J. Rodericks Memorial LL Field on Lyon Avenue. Participating in the ceremony will be Charles Steinberg, president, Pawtucket Red Sox, Mayor Bob DaSilva, City of East Providence, East Providence City Councilors Robert Britto, Nathan Cahoon and Bob Rodericks, Chuck Michael, president, Central Little League, Ed Wencis, president, Rumford Little League, EPLL players and Mascots Paws and Sox.

"The Pawtucket Red Sox wants every child to have a chance to play ball. The scholarship, a gesture through the organization’s Act of Kindness efforts in giving back to Rhode Island communities, will help East Providence Little Leagues to defray the cost of players’ equipment, registration and any other costs associated with joining the league," said PawSox representative Bill Wanless.

"I am pleased to partner with the PawSox charitable group in helping our young people be able to play Little League baseball," added East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva. "I look forward to seeing a lot of families at the games. It is truly an event anticipated by many in our community every year," added the Mayor.


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