WESTERLY — Cam Newell drove in four runs and Kyle Gencarelli pitched six strong innings as Westerly High defeated Prout School 7-1 in a Division II-South baseball game Thursday afternoon at Cimalore Field.
The Bulldogs (1-1-1, 1-1 Division II-South) started slowly coming off a disappointing loss to Tiverton, but broke out in the bottom of the third inning.
Kyle Allen got things going with a one-out triple up the right-center field alley. After Gencarelli walked, Newell hit a two-run double over the left fielder’s head that put the Bulldogs in front 2-1. Anthony Garro singled home Newell to make it 3-1.
Gencarelli pitched the first six innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. The senior right-hander struck out six. The run he allowed was unearned as a result of the only Bulldog error.
Newell (2 for 3) hit a two-run single in the sixth inning and scored the final run when the next three batters walked forcing him across the plate.
Allen also went 2 for 3 as the Bulldogs finished with seven hits. Allen scored three runs.
Westerly coach Bob Cahoone said the Bulldogs faced a similar pitcher to the one it lost to against Tiverton, 12-4, two days earlier but beginning in the third inning made the necessary adjustments.
Ryan Smith, a righty, pitched the first four innings for Prout (2-1, 1-1 Division II-South). He walked four and struck out three, giving up four runs.
Brenton Rayner pitched a hitless seventh for Westerly, walking one and strking out one.
The Bulldogs host Pilgrim for an Injury Fund game on Saturday at 11 a.m.
RICHMOND — Westerly placed second of seven teams in the Southern Division Kickoff match at Richmond Country Club on Thursday.
The Injury Fund match uses a different scoring system and does not count in individual league averages which are used to determine All-League honors or in team standings.
The scoring measures strokes against par on either the front nine (par 36) or back nine (par 35). For example, Chariho’s Corey Zegarzewski was the medalist by shooting 39 on the par-36 front nine to score plus-3 for the match.
Joe Kuzmic had the best score of plus-5 for Westerly, shooting 40 on the par-35 back nine. The other three Bulldog scorers were tightly bunched: Sam DeSarro at plus-8 (43 on back nine), Jon Reid at plus-9 (44 on back nine) and Chris Nardone at plus-10 (46 on front nine).
Westerly’s aggregate score of plus-32 earned a second place for the team behind South Kingstown’s plus-26. Chariho scored plus-34. Prout and North Kingstown tied at plus-35, Narragansett scored plus-39 and Exeter-West Greenwich totaled plus-39.
Westerly opens the official season on April 16 (Wednesday) against Chariho at this same course.
LINCOLN — Westerly High managed just one run Thursday against the two-time defending state champions
Lincoln (1-0, 1-0 Division I) has won 44 straight Division I games over the last three seasons.
Lincoln, which finished with 12 hits, scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead.
Westerly scored its only run in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with two outs. The runner on first base thought ball three on the batter was ball four. She started jogging to second base. Lincoln threw the ball in an attempt to tag the runner out, but eventually tagged out a Westerly runner moving from second to third in the confusion.
Meanwhile, Emily Brennan was able to score from third base before the final out was recorded.
Nicole Sainsbury, Laura Boegler, Brennan, Jess Spargo and Alyssa Valentini each singled for the Bulldogs accounting for the team’s five hits.
Spargo pitched all six innings for Westerly (0-2, 0-2 Division I) finishing with five strikeouts.
Westerly hosts Woonsocket Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. at Cimalore Field.
Cranston West .................3
WESTERLY — Cranston West pulled away at about the midpoint of each set to earn the Division II-South win Thursday night.
Westerly (0-3, 0-2 Division II-South) lost by set scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-19.
Bulldogs’ coach Peter McCann said the team was competitive in all three sets.
Adam Ferrare and Billy McCormick contributed six kills each. McCormick also served for three aces. Kevin Pagie led the team with five digs and Kenny Xie had 21 assists.
Cranston West is 2-0, 2-0 Division II-South.
Westerly travels to West Warwick on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. match.
WESTERLY — Westerly’s Drew Widdifield won a set during Thursday’s Division I-Met crossover match at Rotary Park.
Widdifield defeated Alex Lamoureaux 6-4 in the second set of their No. 4 singles match, but Lamoureaux won the decisive third set, 7-5. Lamoureaux had begun the match with a 6-1 first-set win.
The Bulldogs (0-2, 0-2 Division I-Met A) won 15 games in the other three singles matches.
Westerly forfeited two of the three doubles matches.
Cumberland evened its records at 1-1 overall and in Division I-Met B. The Clippers went 4-8 in that league last season.
Westerly’s next match is Tuesday at Barrington, 3:30 p.m.