Pur­ple hand North­men first de­feat in 9 in­nings

Woonsocket Call - - SPORTS - By BREN­DAN McGAIR Fol­low Bren­dan McGair on Twit­ter @BWMcGair03


PROV­I­DENCE – At one point, a Clas­si­cal High base­ball coach who hap­pened to be coach­ing first base looked over to North Smith­field men­tor Jon Leddy and stated, “An­other North Smith­field-Clas­si­cal dog­fight.”

The true-and-true state­ment was made be­fore the top of the eighth in­ning. The two Divi­sion III con­tenders ended up go­ing nine with the Pur­ple reign­ing as rain drops fell at Davies Park. Jor­dan Ledesma took a pitch off the arm with the bases loaded to give Clas­si­cal a 7-6 nine-in­ning vic­tory on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The loss was the first in league play for the North­men, who stood at 14-0 en­ter­ing the day. Clas­si­cal, which up­ended North Smith­field to cap­ture last year’s D-III ti­tle, is now 12-2.

“This was def­i­nitely a good test for us. The first time we played them, they had a cou­ple of guys miss­ing,” said Leddy while at­tempt­ing to re­as­sure his play­ers that you can’t al­ways win them all. “Re­gard­less of our record and their record, this is still the team to beat.”

Clas­si­cal’s ninth-in­ning magic started with an er­ror and was fol­lowed by a stolen base and two walks, one of the in­ten­tional va­ri­ety. North Smith­field re­liever Jack Losardo did ex­actly what Leddy wanted as the se­nior kept at­tack­ing the Pur­ple hit­ters after re­liev­ing starter Adam Black­more in the sixth. One pitch proved to get away from Losardo and it al­lowed Ledesma and Clas­si­cal to walk off as win­ners.

North Smith­field en­joyed a 5-3 lead after three in­nings and was up 6-5 head­ing into the bot­tom of the sev­enth. Losardo and Devin Al­bino opened the frame with back-to-back sin­gles with Losardo com­ing around to score on a throw­ing er­ror on what ap­peared to be a dou­ble-play ball.

The North­men were in prime po­si­tion to ex­tend their lead but Pur­ple cen­ter fielder Rainer Var­gas had other ideas. Var­gas caught a fly ball and threw out a run­ner at home to com­plete an 8-2 dou­ble-play. He then made a div­ing catch that took away more runs for the vis­i­tors.

“Their cen­ter fielder saved the game for them,” Leddy said. “Just a tremen­dous throw and then the catch of the sea­son.”

The Pur­ple tied the game in the home half of the sev­enth be­hind an RBI dou­ble by Chris Fer­nan­dez. An er­ror by North Smith­field al­lowed Fer­nan­dez to come to the plate with a chance to do dam­age as op­posed to step­ping into the box with two down and no one on base.

North Smith­field threated in the eighth as Losardo dou­bled with two outs and again in the ninth as Jack Lepage sin­gled with two down. Both run­ners were stranded.

“We can’t hang our heads. We def­i­nitely need to bounce back,” Leddy said.

For the North­men, the chance to do so comes Fri­day at Rogers. PAW­TUCKET — Shea sopho­more Ja- cob Faria struck out seven Davies bat­ters and al­lowed just three hits and two earned runs in a com­plete-game ef­fort to lead the Raiders to a 3-2 Divi­sion III win over the Patriots Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at Max Read Field.

The Patriots led by two runs go­ing into the bot­tom of the fourth when Manny Or­tiz sin­gled and moved into scor­ing po­si­tion on a walk to Noah Potter. JaRon Lewis tied the game with a dou­ble and Lewis scored the game-win­ning run on an ob­struc­tion call against catcher Hai­dyn Nocks in a run down.

Shea (4-11 Divi­sion III) fin­ished t he af­ter­noon with three hits. The Raiders host Paul Cuf­fee Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Davies Tech (1-12 Divi­sion III) re­ceived a com­plete-game ef­fort from pitcher Ron­ald Gaynor. Gaynor, Tim Lach and Nich Rossi all had sin­gles for the Pats, who travel to Times2 in Prov­i­dence Fri­day.

Davies 010 100 0–232

Shea 000 300 x–363

Ron­ald Gaynor and Hai­dyn Nocks; Ja­cob Faria and Manny Or­tiz

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