June 28, 2022

Riverside Middle School Baseball bops Cole MS 4-0. Stays Unbeaten. Semi-final Thursday at Pierce.

RMS takes on a tough Curtis Corner MS Thursday. Winner goes on to RI State Championship on 6/2 at Pierce.

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The Riverside Middle School baseball team, now 11-0, continued its undefeated journey Tuesday night May 24th by shutting out Cole MS of East Greenwich 4-0. The game, although tightly played, was never in doubt. Riverside jumped out on top early and never looked back. Aidan Martins led off the first inning by getting to 1st base on a strike out but wild pitch. Gavin Palumbo then walked and both runners advanced with a double steal. Jayden Healey then smashed a double which plated both Martins and Palumbo. Healey then scored from 3rd base on a pass ball and the Vikings were quickly up 3-0 in the first inning.

The game stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th inning when Gavin Palumbo led off with a single followed by a Jayden Healey single. Both runners advanced with a double steal and on a Kyle Desrosiers sacrifice grounder to short stop, Palombo scored the Vikings 4th run.

The Vikings played stellar defense throughout the game and received great pitching from Nolan Lorenz and Gavin Palombo. Cole MS made a move to rally in the 4th inning when they led off with a single, but the runner was quickly snuffed out with a nifty pick off play at first. Viking pitching completely shut down the hitters and defense did the rest.

“Truly, this was another well-balanced game. We (coaches) are very confident in our players and their versatility,” said Head Coach Matt Laroche. “Our pitching depth, good defense and aggressive running on the base paths have been a good combination all season,” said Laroche.

Yet coaches Laroche, Kris Hallene and Chris Martins continued to caution the team after the game to “keep their heads together.” There is a tough game on Thursday and the final will obviously be a tough game for whomever makes it that far. But for now, these student-athletes and their fans from Riverside Middle School are enjoying their undefeated, 11-0 season.

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