June 23, 2024

RMS Baseball blanks Westerly 7-0 in Opening Playoff Round

Riverside vs. Narragansett in Quarterfinals May 28th at EPHS 6 pm

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RMS Girls Playoff Action Today 5/23 at The Rec in 5 pm game

Westerly Middle School had no answers for the dazzling performance by Riverside Middle School’s top pitcher, JJ Renaud in first round baseball playoff action on Wednesday, May 22nd. Before a home crowd at the Riverside Recreation Complex, Renaud spun a 14 strikeout 2 hit gem for the 7-0 win. Renaud also hit a triple, walked twice and scored three runs. “There wasn’t much coaching to do today as Westerly couldn’t touch Jonathan (Renaud),” said RMS coach Matt Laroche after the game. “He just dominated the game.” Renaud had a commanding fastball and tricky curveball as he had strikeouts in every inning. At one point Renaud had 7 consecutive strikeouts including striking out the side in the second, third and sixth innings.

After a scoreless top of the first for Westerly, the Vikings scored 2 runs in their half of inning one. With leadoff walks to Renaud and Alex Enright, and a one-out walk to Chris Charbonneau, Jake Iacavone singled to score Renaud and Enright. Renaud struck out the side in the Westerly second inning and RMS picked up their third run in the second. Chris Charbonneau doubled scoring Renaud who had walked. The home team plated two more runs in the fourth when Ryan Kyote walked and then stole second base. Renaud then slammed a triple which scored Kyote to stretch the lead to 5-0.

Riverside made it 7-0 with two more runs in the fifth. Tristan Lawton singled and scored ahead of pinch-hitter Damian Duarte who homered to deep left field. Westerly could not get anything going as Renaud struck out the side in the sixth inning and Alex Enright got in some work on the mound in the seventh without allowing a run.

Misc Notes: RMS had 5 hits in the game and Viking batters walked 7 times. In the top of the fifth, Westerly led off with a single, one of their two in the game. The baserunner was quickly erased however as Renaud wheeled around and picked off the runner. In the top of the first, Westerly’s leadoff batter walked but was gunned down trying to steal second on a perfect throw from RMS catcher Enright to shortstop Jake Sousa. Riverside will play Narragansett on Tuesday May 28th at East Providence High School at 6 PM. Narragansett defeated Birchwood Middle to advance to the quarterfinals against RMS. RMS Girls softball in Playoff action today 5/23/24 5 om at The Rec.

RMS Roster:
# Player
1 JJ Renaud
2 Jake Iacavone
8 Ryan Kyote
9 Lilly Silva
14 Wyatt Andrews
18 Jacon Sousa
19 Jordyn Forrest
20 Randy Vasquez
21 Alex Enright
22 Tristan Lawton
23 Myles Hall
27 Preston Nicholas
28 Damian Duarte
29 Chris Charbonneau
Head Coach: Matt Laroche
Assistant: Michael Sabourin

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