EP loses to Chariho 5-3 in 11 innings
Townies play Monday night at home vs. Westerly
East Providence High baseball lost their first playoff game in an 11-inning home loss to Chariho on Sunday. Unlike their recent 9-1 win over Ponagansett in which Ep had 11 hits and played stellar defense, the Townies made some key errors and didn’t get a hit against Chariho until the 5th inning. Chariho jumped out to a 1st inning 2-0 lead. With two outs, Chariho’s Jack Stevens and Alan Carpenter got back-to-back singles and helped by two Townie errors, took the lead.
The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the 5th inning when Oliver Andrews led with a walk followed by a Brian Rutkowski perfectly placed bunt between pitcher and 1st base, for an infield hit. Nolan Lorenz also bunted and made it all the way to 2nd base after an errant throw to first. On the play, Andrews scored. Jack McKnight singled to score Rutkowski but Nolan Lorenz was thrown out trying to make it home on the hit. The score would remain tied at 2 until the top of the 10th inning.
Chariho led off the 10th with a single but scored the go-ahead run after an errant infield throw. The Townies Dylan Annicelli pitched well through ten full innings and kept the Townies in the game. East Providence came back in the bottom of the 10th to tie the game again. Nolan Lorenz walked to lead off the frame and Jack McNight moved Lorenz to 2nd with a nifty sacrifice bunt. Chico Santos, with two strikes and two outs, smashed a hit to left field to score Lorenz.
However Chariho was determined and scored twice in the top of the 11th inning to take a 5-3 lead. An error, a walk and a single would put them on top once again.
The Townies went out quietly in the 11th and almost immediately the team, although dejected, talked of coming back to win against Westerly on Monday, June 5th. Game time was up in the air but will be played at EPHS. The game will probably be played at 6pm. A loss on Monday could end the Townies season and a win will most likely send the 15-7 Ep nine to Chariho for a rematch on Thursday, June 8th.
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