WOOD RIVER JCT. — If you took away one game and one inning from the Chariho High baseball team’s first seven games, the Chargers would be having a spectacular season for first-year coach Andy Devereaux.
The Chargers’ bats went silent in the season’s second game, a 7-2 loss to Narragansett. Some wild Charger pitching allowed Westerly to score 10 runs in the first inning of a 13-9 loss to the Bulldogs in game three.
But since then, Chariho has looked like the team that won the Division II Southern Division last year, winning five straight games by averaging 10 runs a contest. On Friday, the Chargers beat Rogers 6-1 for their fourth straight victory to rise to 5-2 overall, 5-2 Division II-South.
With only two starters returning from last year and faced with a series of rainouts early in their schedule, Chariho got off to a 1-2 start before coming together.
“We’re on a nice little streak now after somewhat of a slow start early on,” Devereaux said. “I’d say we’ve been very opportunistic offensively. We’ve stolen around 17 bases without being caught once. If we get a hit, then we steal and we’re instantly in scoring position.”
Chariho took a 3-0 lead with three runs in the first inning Friday. Jake Blacklock walked, stole second and scored on Kyle Kirby’s single. Adam Harvey’s groundout drove in a run, and Chris Edgerly hit a RBI single.
In the second inning, Jake Whan walked, stole second and eventually scored on Kirby’s sacrifice fly. Chariho added two in the fourth to make it 6-0 with Whan and Blacklock each doubling for the key hits.
The six runs were more than ample support for winning pitcher Zack Classey, who allowed just two hits and one run in a complete-game performance. He struck out nine and walked six.
“Zack’s walk total was a little high, but he contributed more strikeouts than usual and had his offspeed pitchers working,” Devereaux said.
Blacklock’s two hits and two runs keyed Chariho’s six-hit offense. The Chargers have scored 64 runs on just 60 hits so far this season, illustrating the team maximizing its on-base percentage.
“We’ve been taking advantage of walks and reaching on errors,” Devereaux said. “The stolen bases, of course, have been very valuable.”
Chario plays 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at EWG.
WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho took control in the first half of Friday’s Division III crossover game against winless Scituate (0-6, 0-6 Division III-North).
The Chargers (5-1, 5-0 Division III-South) led 9-2 at halftime.
Jenna Brierly continued her fine season with four goals and four assists. She has 29 goals and six assists for the season.
Paige Pajarillo scored three times and assisted once, giving her 21 goals and nine assists.
Savannah Dube had two goals and one assist, Abby Cuddy had two goals, Payton St. Lawrence had one of each, and Maisie Jones and Patience Coombe had one goal apiece for the Chargers.
Chariho is the only undefeated team in Division III. There are nine teams, four in the South, including first-year Johnston, and five in the North.
Chariho’s next game is Tuesday at North Providence, 3 p.m.