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For the 12th consecutive year, West Warwick Head Coach Richard Grenier and his Wizards coaching staff (Richard Grenier Jr. and John Mottola) hosted the Boys' Local Competition of the Scotts' MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Contest. Current Wizard players who volunteered and assisted during the event were Chris Gaipo, Charlie Tashjian and former 11-year-old State Champion (2009) and 8-time Local Champion (2005-2012), Matthew Grenier.
Pitch, Hit and Run is the officials skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball//softball skills. The boys were divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14.
The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running Champions, along with the All-Around Champion of the Local Competition will now participate in the Sectional Level of Competition which will be held on May 21st at McCoy Stadium. This year's winners include: Jack Proulx (All Around Champion - 7/8), Karl Swanson (Pitching and All Around Champion - 9/10), James Proulx (Hitting and Running Champion - 9/10), Kyle Curran (Hitting and All Around Champion - 11/12), Adam Marsh (Pitching Champion - 11/12), Kaidyn Mitchell (Running Champion - 11/12), Michael Grenier (Running Champion - 11/12) and Colby Knott (All Around Champion - 13/14).
Picture of Winners: Front (Left-Right): Kyle Curran, Jack Proulx, James Proulx and Karl Swanson. Back (Left-Right): Wizards Head Coach Richard Grenier, Adam Marsh, Michael Grenier, Kaidyn Mitchell and Senior Matthew Grenier
Led by the six-hit pitching of Mason Feole, the Crusaders were able to squeak by the Wizards, 3-1, in their crossover contest.
Although the future Huskie (University of Connecticut) allowed a season high six hits, he struck out 12 batters and permitted only three Wizards to reach beyond first base.
Senior Matt Hopper pitched well for the Wizards. While keeping the Maroon and White off balance, the burly senior allowed just two earned runs on five hits in seven innings of work.
After setting down the Crusaders in order, switch-hitter Matt Grenier led off with a line drive single to right-center. After reaching second base on a wild pitch, Grenier moved to third base on a groundout to first by Ernie Wright. Feole, however, pitched out of the jam by striking out a batter and inducing a ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the third inning, Prout scored their first run of the game. Nick Fogerty reached on a two-out walk and scored on Cody Hattoy's double to centerfield.
The Wizards tied it up in the bottom of the third when Matt Grenier hit a double to the left-field fence and scored on an Ernie Wright single to centerfield.
Unfortunatley for the Orange and Black, the All-State lefty from Prout, retired the 12 of the next 14 Wizards he faced to pick up the victory. Out of 102 pitches, Feole threw 76 strikes.
Offensively, the Wizards received hits from Matt Grenier (2/3, one double and one run scored), Ernie Wright (1/3, one rbi), Charlie Tashjian (1/3), Chris Gaipo (1/3, one double) and Andrew D'Ambrosca (1/3).
The Wizards followed the formula for winning baseball in their 7-1 road win over the Mariners of Narragansett.
While playing errorless baseball, the Wizards managed 13 hits and received solid pitching from the junior duo of Charlie Tashjian and Ernie Wright.
Tashjian, who picked up the victory, allowed just two hits while striking out one in four innings of work. Wright, who worked the final 2 2/3 innings, struck out two batters and allowed just one run on two hits.
Offensively, the Wizards received a stellar day from sophomore Andrew D'Ambrosca, who went 4/4 with two rbi's and one run scored.
In the top of the second inning, the Wizards took advantage of one Mariner error when Matt Hopper scored three batters later on a bases loaded walk to Ernie Wright.
In the top of third inning, West Warwick scored two more runs when Nick Pecchia (walk), Chris Gaipo (single) scored on a fielder's choice and and rbi single by Andrew D'Ambrosca.
The Orange and Black increased their lead in the top of the fifth inning with two more runs on hits by Chris Gaipo (lead-off double), Tom Doran (single), Andrew D'Ambrosca (rbi single) and Charlie Tashjian (rbi single).
The Wizards added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings before the Mariners scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Offensively, West Warwick received hits from Matt Grenier (2/4, one double and one run scored), Chris Gaipo (2/3, one double, two runs scored and one rbi), Tom Doran (2/4, one run scored), Andrew D'Ambrosca (4/4, one run scored and two rbi's), Charlie Tashjian (2/3, one rbi), and Ernie Wright (1/3, one rbi).