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Ben Harrison returns for Chariho this season. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

Head coach: Jim Dawber (1st season). Assistant coaches: Adam Champlin, Josh Silva.

Last year: Chariho went 6-1 in the playoffs to earn the D-II championship. The Chargers finished 22-4 overall after posting a 15-3 league mark during the regular season.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors: Kyle Abbott (INF/OF), Cam Anderson (C, captain), Devin DiBiasio (captain), Ben Harrison (P-SS), Dylan LaBelle (P-1B-OF), Zach Snow (P-1B), Sean Sposato (P-3B), Max Willett (1B). Juniors: Joe Heath (OF), John Pellegrino (SS-P), Josh Smithey (OF-C), Ryan Snow (3B-OF), Kyle Waterman (INF/OF), Mark Wightman (OF). Sophomore: Liam Goldstein (2B-OF).

New to varsity:

Sophomore: Nathan Barrett (P). Freshman: Liam Flynn (INF-C).

Outlook: The Chargers have three quality pitchers at the top of the rotation and an experienced catcher. They will need all that and perhaps more as they make the move to Division I.

Sposato was the MVP of the D-II title series, going 4-0 with an ERA of 0.72. He also hit .397 with seven doubles and 21 RBIs during the season. Harrison was first-team All-State with an 8-1 record and ERA of 1.43, averaging better than a strikeout per inning. He hit .324. LaBelle was 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA and the Cy Young winner in the league.

Anderson, who hit .392 and led the team with 25 RBIs, returns behind the plate. Harrison will play some shortstop, and Sposato will see time at first base. LaBelle could play infield or outfield. Abbott started in the outfield last season. After that, a lot of the positions are unsettled.

Dawber is a retired Cranston deputy fire chief. He has coached freshman teams at La Salle and Cumberland. He also coached American Legion teams for two decades.

Coach’s take: “The goal of every team is to win a championship. What we are trying to emphasize is to win the hustle game. We want a high-letter grade in enthusiasm and unselfishness, a high-letter grade in poise and composure, a high-letter grade in determination and grit, and a high-letter grade for our bench players in emotional and vocal contribution. If we do that, the wins will take care of themselves.”

— Keith Kimberlin

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