Baseball: Chariho’s Harrison, Beaudreau named to ProJo’s All-State teams

Baseball: Chariho’s Harrison, Beaudreau named to ProJo’s All-State teams

WOOD RIVER JCT. — The Chariho High baseball team added to its long list of postseason honors on Sunday.

Ben Harrison, a junior pitcher/infielder/outfielder, was selected the 2018 Providence Journal All-State first team, and Will Beaudreau, a senior second baseman, was tapped for the second team.

Both were vital contributors to a Chargers team that went 22-4 and won its first baseball championship in 52 years — Chariho swept the best-of-three Division II championship series against Ponaganset at McCoy Stadium, securing the title with a 4-2 victory over the Chieftains on June 12.

Harrison had a superlative season.

The 6-3 junior right-hander finished 8-1 — 3-0 in the Division II playoffs, including a victory in Game 1 against Ponaganset — with an impressive 1.43 ERA. He had six complete games in 10 starts, and struck out 63 in 58 2/3 innings.

His production wasn’t limited to the pitching mound, however.

He hit .324 (22 for 68) with five doubles, one triple and 14 RBIs. Harrison was so effective at the plate, Chariho coach Andy Devereaux had him take over the leadoff spot in the batting order — in the Chargers’ seven playoff games, he hit .318 (7 for 22) and scored seven runs.

“He did it all,” Devereaux said back in June.

Harrison was previously named an All-Division II first-teamer and the league’s co-MVP.

Beaudreau, meanwhile, was named the Division II most outstanding player for the second straight season.

Also an All-Division II first-team pick, Beaudreau hit .337 (28 for 83) from the two hole in Chariho’s lineup. He led the team in runs scored (25), doubles (10), triples (6), slugging percentage (.602) and total bases (50).

“He was definitely an anchor at the top of the lineup, and will definitely be difficult to replace next year,” Devereaux said.

Unlike other sports, the state’s baseball coaches association does not pick an All-State team, so the Journal’s selections are recognized as the state’s best in the sport.

— Ken Sorensen


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