November 12, 2019

Townies Baseball, Softball Ousted in State Quarterfinal Action

Both teams finish with 12-8 season records

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Both the East Providence High School baseball and softball teams finished successful seasons with quarterfinal losses on May 31st. Baseball loss to nemesis LaSalle and softball lost to Coventry.

In a 2:30 pm game at LaSalle, the Townies could not manage any offense off the Rams Ryan Benum who pitched a complete game 6-1 victory over 12-8 East Providence for the Division I Quarterfinal. The Townies only managed two hits against Benum. East Providence had a brief rally in the top of the 5th inning when a walk, hit batsman and infield hit loaded the bases. With two outs Josh Silveira laced a single to center field scoring EP's first run and the potential second run was thrown out in a close play at the plate. EP couldn't solve the great pitching performance by the Ram's Benum.

"They (the Townies) had a great season. They ran into a quality pitcher today," said East Providence Athletic Director Gregg Amore after the game. "Any public school with 12 wins in Division I play, has a great season," Amore would add.

Barring an upset in further playoff action, the Division I baseball state championship is looking like LaSalle vs. Hendricken.

In softball action the 12-8 Townie squad lost a close match to Coventry. The game was tied at two in the sixth inning when Coventry broke the ice with a couple of hits and went on to a 5-3 win in their Division I Quarterfinal. EP had 5 hits while Coventry managed just 4 on the day. Tanya Cooper pitched for EP and had 4 strikeouts.

It was the last game for veteran Townie coach Rob Traverse who has coached Townie softball for 20 years. He will remain a guidance counselor at East Providence High School.

(Photos for this article were supplied by Tyler Saunders Maxwell and Paul Tumidajski)

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