WESTERLY — This wasn't a classic baseball game by any means.
But it probably wasn't meant to be that way. Chariho High and Westerly High squared off in a nonleague contest at Cimalore Field on Saturday night, and the Bulldogs emerged with a 12-6 victory.
Neither team made any real use of its top-line pitching with a full slate of league games coming up this week. Chariho even rested five of its position players. (Chariho's game with Coventry scheduled for Sunday at noon was postponed late Saturday night.)
The two teams combined for 12 walks and four errors and a misplayed ball or two.
But Westerly coach Ron Sposato still sees value in playing the Chargers, even through the two squads are not in the same league this season.
Chariho, which won the Division II title last season, is now in Division I. Westerly is in D-II.
"I like playing this game because there is history to it, and I think we should play regardless of what division we are in," Sposato said. "Both teams played different people.
"What we wanted to come out of this was having a good approach at the plate, getting hot and have that carry over to next week."
Westerly (8-3, 7-3 Division II-A) sits in third place in the league and in solid contention for a playoff spot. The top seven qualify.
Westerly played without two seniors: Spencer Bernat, who was on a trip with the school chorus, and Tom Algier, who was sick.
Westerly took control of the game with nine runs in the third inning to build an 11-2 lead.
Freshman Zach Beckler, who finished 4 for 4 with four RBIs, doubled and had a two-run single in the inning as Westerly sent 15 batters to the plate.
Fellow freshman Greg Gorman drove in a pair in the inning with a single to right field. Matt Brissette drove in a run with a single and Luke Gentile (3 for 3, double) brought home another with a sacrifice fly.
Westerly was able to take advantage of six Chariho walks in the inning, including three with the bases loaded.
"We had two seniors absent today and we still played a pretty good ballgame," Beckler said.
Chariho played without starters Ben Harrison, Kyle Abbott and Dylan LaBelle. Catcher Cam Anderson was behind the plate for the last three innings, but only had one at-bat.
Sean Sposato, the MVP of last year's D-II title series, pitched to three batters in the fourth, striking out two of them. Sposato, who leads the team with a .407 average and is headed to the University of Rhode Island to play next season, did not hit in the game.
Chariho struggled early this season in Division I, dropping its first four league games. But the Chargers have won three straight and stand at 5-6 overall and 4-5 in the league. The Chargers are also in the running for a playoff berth.
"The theme of our season has been about learning and improving," Chariho coach Jim Dawber said. "Clearly getting off to an 0-4 start was discouraging, but we are really deliberately paying attention to what we are learning and how we are improving, and we are seeing the results of that."
Liam Flynn was 2 for 2 as the Chargers finished with seven hits. Five of the team's six runs were unearned.
Westerly returns to league play Monday, hosting St. Raphael at 4 p.m.