WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High’s baseball team earned its most significant win of the season Thursday.
The Chargers struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning, three more in the second and defeated Tiverton 11-1. The Division II-South game that was halted with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning by the 10-run mercy rule.
“I think it took a couple of games to get everyone situated but that bats have been pretty consistent the first six games,” Chariho first-year head coach Andy Devereaux said. “The pitchers have really settled down and the defense, besides the one throwing error, made all the plays.
“If the pitching and defense do their jobs we’re going to score enough runs.”
Chariho and Tiverton have identical records — 4-2 overall and in Division II-South. The Chargers, who graduated a lot of players from last year’s league championship team, have won three straight.
Chris Edgerley, Kyle Kirby, Alex Tefft and Adam Harvey had two hits apiece. Edgerley doubled and singled and drove in four runs. Kirby had a triple, a single and two RBIs.
The only other extra-base hit among Chariho’s 10 hits was a two-run, two-out double by Darin Thibeault that started the scoring in the bottom of the first.
“It was a line drive in front of the left-fielder and a little bit toward the line. He dove for it and missed,” Devereaux said.
Adam Harvey followed with a RBI single to right and Edgerley doubled over the right-fielder’s head scoring Harvey with the last of the four first-inning runs.
Kirby’s triple in the fifth was a bomb to right, Devereaux said. Kirby waltzed home when the throw got past third base and the game ended because of the mercy rule.
Tefft pitched a solid five innings, giving up four hits and a walk while striking out four. The Tiverton run came in the fifth and was unearned.
“Alex dominated the strike zone again and he mxed up his pitches a lot,” Devereaux said. “His offspeeed looked really good.”
Chariho has another morning game today when it hosts Rogers at 11 a.m.
Warwick Vets ..................6
WARWICK — Meghan Rousseau is on a roll. She went 4 for 4 in Thursday’s Division I victory, rasing her average to .593 (16 of 27).
“The first couple games, maybe three, she was doing OK. I thought of moving her from the leadoff spot. We had a conversation about it and ever since then she’s been on a tear,” Chariho coach Dave Petrocelli said. “Even the games she’s made outs she’s hitting the ball hard. She’s been tremendous.”
Rousseau is 12 for 17 over the last five games.
Chariho (4-4, 4-3 Division I) trailed 4-2 when it came to bat in the top of the fourth, but scored six times for an 8-4 lead.
Rousseau led off with a single and stole second. Alexis Marsella singled and Jess Ryan followed with a two-run, game-tying single to right center. Rachel Boyle drove in the lead run with a single, Jessica Rego singled home two more and the final run scored on the second of two straight errors.
Warwick (2-7, 1-6 Division I) finished with nine hits and two errors, as did Chariho.
Kailee Morgan pitched the first three innings and was credited with the win. She allowed five hits, four runs, walked one and struck out four. India O’Neil pitched the final four innings, giving up four hits, two runs and one walk while striking out seven.
“I never coached in a game so windy in my life,” Petrocelli said. It was incredible. Every ball in the air, including some well-hit ones, was an adventure. It was blowing balls hit to dead center field to right center if not more, in and left to right, at least 20 feet.
“There was one pop-up that was between home and third and ended up behind home play and no one could catch it.”
Chariho’s next game is Tuesday at home against Toll Gate, 4 p.m.
COVENTRY — Coventry improved to 5-1 overall and in Division III with Thursday’s victory. The Oakers led 6-1 at halftime.
Mitch Renner scored one goal and assisted on another. Pat Langlois and Tyler Bobbin scored the other Chariho goals.
James Rooney madce 12 saves for the Chargers (0-5, 0-5 Division III). Coventry outshot Chariho 17-14.
“All-around we played better,” Chariho coach Mike Foley said. “And the refs told them they’re getting a lot better and that they play good; they’re very good sportsmen for a team that loses all the time.
“We’re doing a lot better on defense. We have kids that are taking charge even though they are not captains and it’s helping out with the communication on defense.”
Rousseau said he was referring to Jake Desrosiers, Rob Wood, Regan Beaudreau and Matt Lynch.
“We’re still having problmes with our attack producing, but we’re getting there. One of these days we’re going to put everything together.”
Chariho plays at Westerly today at 6 p.m.
Bishop Hendricken.......... 0
WARWICK — Stephen Philipp contributed 31 assists and made nine digs to help the Chargers win their fourth straight in a Division I crossover sweep Thursday.
Chariho won by scores of 25-11, 25-16 and 25-21.
Zach Wilcox added 17 digs, nine kills and a service ace for Chariho (6-3, 6-3 Division I-South). Brandon Eaton led Chariho with 11 kills. Robbie Toth added nine kills, six digs, two blocks and one service ace. Ben NeJame added 10 kills in the win.
Bishop Hendricken fell to 1-7, 1-7 Division-I North.
Chariho plays 6 p.m. Tueday at Barrington.