WESTERLY — It was just not a good day for Westerly High’s baseball team.
The Bulldogs did not hit in the clutch and were hit with two big innings by Tiverton in a 12-4 Division II-South loss Tuesday afternoon at Cimalore Field.
“We waked five or six times. We left a ton of people on base,” Westerly coach Bob Cahoone said. “He (the Tiverton pitcher) was not a hard thrower and we were not staying back on the ball. We were out front all day. With the first six (in the batting order) being veterans I was very surprised we didn’t make the adjustment.”
Westerly has had three players reach base as a result of being hit by a pitch.
Tiverton scored seven runs in the top of the second inning and five in the seventh in the league opener for both teams.
Cahoone said starter Jake Garro and reliever John Hackett had trouble getting their curve and/or change up over the plate in those big innings.
“They’re a good offensive team. They hit the fastball. If you can’t get the curve or change over they’re going to hit the fastball,” Cahoone said. “They’re a veteran team, they’re going to have a good year, I just don’t know about their pitching staff.”
Hackett went 3 for 4. He was the only Bulldog with more than one hit. Westerly had seven hits and Tiverton had 11. All 18 were singles.
Kyle Allen, Anthony Garro and Hackett had RBIs for Westerly (0-1-1, 0-1 Division II-South).
Cahoone said the field was in very nice shape despite the amount of rain that fell over the weekend thanks to a joint effort by the recreation department and the school department.
A new infield was installed at Cimalore Field and at the Westerly Middle field last fall.
Westerly beat Tiverton two out of three times last season including a 6-3 win in the Division II Region I winners’ bracket. Tiverton won 11-10 in eight innings and Westerly won 11-5 in the regular-season games.
Westerly hosts Prout School in its next game, Thursday at 4 p.m.
“We need to see what we’re made of, we need to bounce back,” Cahoone said.
East Providence ...........13
(6 innings, mercy rule)
EAST PROVIDENCE — East Providence scored five runs in the first and third innings of Wednesday’s Division I and season opener for both teams.
The Townies ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored their third run giving them a 10-run lead. The mercy rule is 10 runs.
Westerly scored in the fourth when Leanna Rivera (2 for 2) singled home Amanda Federico.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Morgan Smith and a run-scoring double by Federico.
Freshman Jenna Bowdy pitched the first three innings for Westerly. She was charged with 10 runs, five of which were earned. Jess Spargo ptched the final 2-2⁄3 innings giving up three runs, none of which were earned.
East Providence eliminated Westerly from the playoffs last season with a 9-0 win in the first round of double-elimination play.
The Townies had mercied Westerly 12-2 in five innings early in the season.
East Providence finished 10-6 in the 17-team Division I last season, tying three other schools for fifth place.
Westerly’s next game is Thursday at Lincoln, 4 p.m.
WESTERLY — Pilgrim scored the first three goals and never trailed in Tuesday afternoon’s season opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs trailed 9-4 at halftime, but played much better in the second half, coach Margaret Paisley said. Westerly never was closer than the final margin.
Emily Sullivan scored four goals and had one assist for the Bulldogs. Meghan Crawford added two goals.
“In the first half we were almost afraid to shoot. I told them at halftime if they have the opportunity to shoot to shoot, don’t make a pass, and a lot of the girls stepped up,” Paisley said. “Emily and Meghan had a lot of passes back and forth and a lot of opportunities.”
Haley McCusker scored nine goals for Pilgrim. She has 199 career goals, Paisley was told.
“Her ability to get through and her (shot) placement is amazing,” Paisley said.
Taylor Barrese, Olivia Obertello, Sarah Garvey, Haley Nix and Angela Chen each scored one goal for Westerly. Garvey and Nix also had assists.
Kyra McCormick made 12 saves for the Bulldogs and Mackenzie Driscoll had 11 for the Patriots, who were runner-up in the Division II tournament a year ago.
Westerly’s next game is Friday at Chariho, 4 p.m.
East Greenwich ................7
WESTERLY — East Greenwich dropped only seven games in six matches to post a Division I crossover opening-match victory over the Bulldogs Tuesday.
East Greenwich was 9-3 in Metropolitan-A last season. Westerly forfeited the No. 3 doubles match.
The Bulldogs return to action 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Cumberland.
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