WOOD RIVER JCT. — East Providence pitcher Tanya Copper limited Chariho High to just four hits and the Townies ended the Chargers' 14-game winning streak, 2-1, in a Division I softball game Thursday.
Chariho, which appeared on a collision course with La Salle for the top seed in the Division I tournament, may need some help to achieve that goal. La Salle (13-1) beat Chariho in the opening game of the season. The two teams play again Monday at Chariho at 4:15 p.m.
"[Cooper] pitched a good game and kept us off balance," Chariho coach Dave Petrocelli said. "We had won 14 in a row and it's very difficult to do. It just wasn't our day."
East Providence (9-5, 8-5) scored the winning run in the top of the seventh. The Townies started the inning with a walk and the runner advanced to second on a sacrifice. The run then scored on an error.
Chariho committed three errors, and both EP runs were unearned.
Kate Powers, who had two of Chariho's four hits, limited EP to two hits and struck out eight. She walked four.
Chariho next travels to North Smithfield on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.
— Keith Kimberlin