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Townies bop Ponagansett 9-1 in Playoff Play

Play Chariho Sunday at EPHS 11 am in Quarterfinals

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East Providence High School jumped on the visitors with a three-run first inning and never trailed in their eventual 9-1 playoff win against Ponaganset High on Thursday, June 2nd. The game played at EPHS featured a one-hit pitching performance by Townie sophomore Tim Robitaille. Robitaille pitched six innings, allowing the one hit and just one run while striking out five. “It wasn’t Tim’s best performance on the season but he stopped Ponagansett when he had to and was still very impressive,” said head coach Bobby Rodericks. “Tim knows how to win,” added Rodericks.

Dylan Annicelli pitched the final inning in relief for East Providence. The Townies managed 11 hits in an offensive attack which included 11 timely hits across the board. Chico Santos, Tim Robitaille, Austin Martins and Oliver Andrews each had two hits. Santos had a key double in the first inning scoring Steven Estrella as Estrella, Santos and Ziurel Vargas all scored.

Estrella reached first in the 4th inning with a nicely put down bunt and then quickly stole second, eventually scoring after a matins sacrifice grounder to 2nd. Santos walked and scored on a base hit from Andrews giving EP a 7-0 lead. In the Townie 5th inning, Jack McKnight led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice drive to left field. Chico Santos also had a triple and would also score in the inning.

A key to the Townies win was the defensive play of the team. “We had excellent defense from our outfielders and everyone overall. This was a well-rounded performance by the entire team. Even those who didn’t get in the game, we are united together to win,” was the post-game coaches message.

East Providence will take on Chariho on Sunday, June 4th at EPHS in an 11:00am Quarterfinal game. “Don’t forget that Chariho defeated us in our first home game,” coach Rodericks told the team. “I didn’t like that result and I know you didn’t either. Let’s win on Sunday.”

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Photos by Kara Costa Lorenz, Andrea Annicelli, Katie Velino Santos & Bob Rodericks

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