WESTERLY — C.J. Casalino held Westerly Middle’s baseball team to one hit and Kickemuit eliminated the Bulldogs from the state tournament with a 3-0 quarterfinal win on Friday afternoon.
Westerly had six base runners in the seven-inning game but failed to get anyone to third base. The Bulldogs had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth ining and had first and second with no outs in the seventh.
Taber Gates had the only Westerly hit — a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning. The right-handed hitting Gates hit a line drive to right center, said head coach Ron Sposato.
Kickemuit (17-1) scored single runs in the first, second and fifth innings off of Tom Algier, the Bulldogs’ No.1 pitcher. Algier pitched all seven innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out four. All three Wildcat runs were earned.
Sposato said running into Kickemuit, the defending champion, in the quarterfinals was a bit of tough draw.
Kickemuit tied Portsmouth for first place in the Eastern Division and the two teams split their home-and-home series. Portsmouth won the coin flip to get the two seed. Kickemuit is seeded fifth. Portsmouth lost to Ricci, 9-7, in the first round.
Sposato said he thinks Casalino is the Wildcats’ No. 2 hurler. Casalino walked two, hit two and struck out 10.
“He kept us off balance,” Sposato said. “He threw pretty hard and had a nice curveball.”
Kickemuit made only one error, as did Westerly.
The Bulldogs finished 14-4 overall. They won the Southern Division title and were seeded fourth in the 16-team tournament.
“We were young last year so we returned seven starters which is rare for middle school,” Sposato said. “We knew we were going to have a good team, we didn’t know how good. This is the first team I’ve had (in eight years) win a division title and a playoff game.”
Westerly was co-champs of the Southern Division in 2009 and outright champs in 2010.
Westerly plays Monday
COVENTRY — Westerly has rescheduled its rained out state tournament quarterfinal game for Monday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will be playing at Feinstein, which won the Central Division title with a 14-0 record. Westerly finished third in the Southern Division at 8-5.
The winner will play a semifinal game on Tuesday at the higher seed.