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Led by the solid pitching of Quinn Kortick (#9), West Warwick upset Slocum Baseball, 2-0, in game three of their quarterfinal series to advance to a semifinal matchup against Chariho.
With the help of catcher Chase Joubert (#11), Kortick, who normally catches and plays in the infield (shortstop or second base) for WWCM, struck out seven batters and allowed just three hits in six shutout innings of pitching.
Dominic Carollo, who was making his first appearance on the mound in over three weeks, struck out two batters in a scoreless seventh to earn the save.
In the top of the first inning, West Warwick scored the first run of the game when Sean White singled to right field, moved to second on a grounder back to the pitcher by Kortick, advance to third on a single to right by Joubert and scored on a fielder’s choice when Josh Pedus grounded out to short.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, Slocum received back to back hits from Wyatt Daft (single) and Josh Lincourt (double) to put runners at second and third. Calvin Battersby, West Warwick’s stellar centerfielder, took away a sure extra base hit away from Chris Cambio to end the inning.
Chase Joubert gave WWCM an insurance run in the sixth inning when he doubled, stole third and scored on a passed ball.
Josh Lincourt, who struck out five batters, allowed just one earned run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings of work for Slocum.
What made tonight’s game unusual for West Warwick was the surprise start of WWHS senior to be, Quinn Kortick. During the spring, he is the Wizards starting catcher and during the summer he has been primarily used as a utility player. However, with head coach Matt Grenier needing a fresh arm to start after playing five playoff games in seven days, he turned to Kortick, who had thrown only 4 1/3 innings this summer. The result … West Warwick’s first ever semifinal appearance in Rhode Island Connie Mack State Tournament play.
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In the quarterfinals of the Rhode Island Connie Mack State Tournament, the number seven seed, West Warwick, forced a game three with number two seed, Slocum Baseball, with a 6-1 in game two.
Led by the complete game pitching of Calvin Battersby, West Warwick generated enough offense to upset the North Kingstown based team. Battersby allowed just one earned run on five hits while striking out nine batters and walking one.
In the bottom of the third inning, West Warwick took a 4-0 lead on hits by Sean White, Chase Joubert (rbi single), Josh Pedus (two-run double) and Sammy Corrado (rbi double).
Slocum scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Justin McCarthy singled and scored one batter later on a fielder’s choice by Josh Lincourt.
West Warwick opportunistically scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when Logan Dean (single) and Quinn Kortick (single) scored on a pass ball and wild pitch.
WWCM Notes: West Warwick, who has played thirteen seasons in the Rhode Island Connie Mack league, picked up their tenth win of the year. It is only fourth time in the program’s history that they have reached ten or more wins while playing in the wooden-bat based league.
In game one of their quarterfinal series, Slocum Baseball came from behind to defeat West Warwick, 5-3.
Wyatt Daft, who picked up the victory, allowed just two earned runs on five hits and struck out seven batters.
West Warwick took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Dominic Carollo singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Will Cornicelli and scored on an infield hit by Alex Johnson. Later in the inning, Brendan Griffin (walk) scored on a wild pitch and Johnson, who attempted a steal of third base with two outs, scored on an errant throw.
In the bottom of the third inning, Slocum scored two runs on doubles by Max Proulx and Ben Napoli.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Slocum took a 5-3 lead on hits by Hank Martin, Justin McCarthy (rbi double) and Wyatt Daft, who blooped a two-run single over the infield with two outs.
After six games, Flood Ford Auto, the defending champions, were faced with a 0-6 record. For some teams it may deter their efforts, however, the Bishop Hendricken based team, turned things around to win their last seven regular season games.
In the playoffs, they have won all four games to bring their winning streak to eleven. Their latest victory, a 5-3 win over East Greenwich, moved them into the semi-finals against Narragansett/South Kingstown.
Connor Kennedy (win) struck out eight batters in six innings and Ben Picone pitched the seventh for the save for Flood Ford.
Offensively, Owen Leahy and Chris Manzo had two hits and one rbi.
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