WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High’s baseball team started the season with a bang and rewarded new coach Andy Devereaux with a resounding 11-1 win on Tuesday.
Chariho beat Exeter-West Greenwich in a Division II-South game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule.
Zack Classey pitched a gem. He gave up one unearned run on three hits in five innings, walked two and struck out five.
“Zach just pounded the strike zone,” Devereaux said. “He made all their batters earn their turn at bat.”
The Charger batters did their own pounding. They scored in every inning and banged out 11 hits.
Adam Harvey and Jake Blacklock had three hits each. Harvey scored three runs, while Zach Kittell and Kyle Kirby each scored twice.
Chris Edgerly drove in three runs, the first two propelling the team in the first inning. With two outs and a one-run lead and with Harvey and Kirby in scoring position, Edgerly scorched a line single to score both.
The Chargers never looked back and scored twice in each of the next four innings. Edgerly put the icing on the cake in the bottom of the fifth inning by grounding out with the bases loaded to drive in the final run and triggered the 10-run game-ending mercy rule.
“It was a good way to start the season on a high note,” Devereaux said. “It feels good to get this first win under my belt. I was excited to see our team do well and I hope we keep the ball rolling.”
EWG was 4-12 in league play last year, finishing seventh of nine II-South teams. Chariho was 14-2 and won the league title. The Chargers won 8-0 and 14-4 (six-inning mercy) last season.
Chariho plays at Narragansett on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
WARWICK — Chariho High dominated a Pilgrim team that had only seven players and could not field two doubles teams in Tuesday’s season opener for both schools.
The Chargers did not lose a game in the Division II crossover match.
Will Masse, Nick Wollenberg, Jason Darmanin and Joe Westerberg won by 6-0, 6-0 scores at one through four singles.
Nick LeCours and Chandler Scott won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles.
First-year Chariho coach Ryan Rafanelli said there were a lot of quick points and short games.
Pilgrim finished 1-11 in Division II-Suburban B last season, tying for last place in the six-team league.
Chariho’s next match is Thursday vs. Burrillville, 4 p.m.
North Kingstown............ 3
WOOD RIVER JCT. — The Chargers were shut out by the Skippers on Tuesday in the league season opener for both Division I-South teams.
NK won the first and third games handily, by scores of 25-11 and 25-9. Chariho battled, but came out on the losing end of a 25-19 game.
Zach Wilcox and Robbie Toth led the Charger offense with nine kills each. Stephen Phillip recorded 21 assists.
Ben NeJame had a team-high seven digs, Wilcox came up with five and both Toth and Alec Fowler had four. Phillip had two blocks (one assisted).
“We knew NK was a good team and that they would be tough to beat,” Chariho coach Doug Bliven said. “We had high expectations going in, but picked the wrong night to have an off-game. We were kind of behind the eight ball all night.”
North Kingstown was 12-4 last year to finish tied for second of the six I-South teams. Chariho was 4-12 for fifth. The Chargers lost to the Skippers three times by scores of 3-2, 3-1 and 3-0.
Chariho hosts Exeter-West Greenwich on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.