Varsity Baseball: Skippers display their power in 19-5 victory over Wizards!

Posted by Richard Grenier on Apr 10 2009 at 05:00PM PDT

     On Friday, the Wizards took on the talented and senior-laden Skippers of North Kingstown.  The Skippers, who are one of the preseason favorites to win the Division I State Championship this year, overcame a 3-2 deficit in the first inning and cruised to a 19-5 victory.  

     Over the past 14 years (since 1995), the Skippers have not only won 11 or more league games in Division I/Class A play, but have compiled an incredible winning percentage of .702 (177-75).  During that same 14 year span, the Wizards, who have spent time playing in Division I/Class A (8 years) & Division II/Class B (6 years), have found success at the Division II/Class B level (2001 & 2002 State Champions and 2004 State Runner Up), but are only 31-113 over an eight year period (1995-2000 & 2007-present) in Division I/Class A.  Over a six year span in Division II/Class B, the Wizards had a winning percentage of .638 (67-38).

     After allowing two unearned runs in the top half of the first inning, the Wizards took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Dillon Coffua led off with a walk and moved to second when Aaron Richards was hit by a pitch with one out.  After Skipper starter, Jay Ferri, struck out the next batter, junior Charley Parent hit an 0-1 curve ball 385 feet for a three run home run and a 3-2 Wizard lead.

     That lead, however, would be short-lived as the Skippers scored eight runs on four hits (one grand slam by Ryan Morris), two walks, and three hit batsmen in the top of the second inning.

     In the bottom of the second inning, the Wizards scored one run when Jeff Sampaio singled, moved to secon on a wild pitch and scored on Sam Williamson's r.b.i. single to centerfield.

     Offensively, the Wizards were led by Williamson (1/3, 1, Sampaio (1/2, one run scored), Aaron Richards (two runs scored), Rich Lizotte (1/3), Charley Parent (three run home run), Tim Parente (two walks), and Chris Morrison (1/3, 1 r.b.i.).








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