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SRA earns berth in playoffs

May 22, 2011

St. Raphael Academy coach Tom Sorrentine, right, gives pitcher Nick Cesino a pat on the back during Saturday's victory over Cumberland.

PAWTUCKET – Needing at least one win to feel good about its playoff chances, St. Raphael Academy went out and grabbed a pair of victories over the weekend. On Sunday SRA climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season courtesy of a 2-0 win against La Salle Academy. That coupled with Saturday’s 9-4 win against Cumberland High leaves the Saints at 9-8 in Division I-North heading into Monday’s regular season finale against Moses Brown.
The Rams and Saints were locked in a scoreless game before SRA’s bats came to life in the home portion of the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Zach Mitsmenn and Andrew Veiga got things started before senior Ty Karalis came through with a run-scoring single. The Saints’ second run was the result of a first-and-third double steal with Nick Karalekas scoring from third.
Mitsmenn and senior Alex Collette teamed up to pitch a two-hitter, Mitsmenn surrendering one run with three strikeouts in four innings before Collette finished off La Salle with three hitless frames.
St. Raphael jump-started its busy weekend with a strong showing against Cumberland Saturday. Collette powered the Saints’ 12-hit attack with a 4-for-4 showing that included a double and one RBI. Karalekas went 3-for-4 with a double while Veiga and Mitsmenn drove in two runs apiece. Mitsmenn plated both his runs courtesy of a two-run triple in the fifth inning.
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La Salle 000 000 0 – 0-2-1
St. Raphael 000 0002 x – 2-7-0
Steve Inman, Tyler Drainville (6) and Jon LaPolla. Zach Mitsmenn, Alex Collette (5) and Henry Mota.

(Saturday’s Game)
Cumberland 102 010 0 – 4-6-0
St. Raphael 101 250 x – 9-12-2
Tyler Carr, Maxwell Carlsten (5), Dylan Boclair (5) and Matt Billington. Andrew Veiga, Nick Cesino (5) and Henry Mota. 2B: Alex Collette, Nick Karalekas. 3B: Zach Mitsmenn.

Mounties sit and wait
WOONSOCKET – Mount St. Charles will now sit back and see if a 7-11 record will be good enough to gain admittance to the 16-team Division I tournament. The Mounties stated their case one final time Sunday with a 2-1 win against Cumberland High. Garrett Hayward was the difference maker, blasting an inside-the-park two-run home run in the last of the sixth inning off of Cumberland ace Justin Patrick.
MSC trailed 2-0 in the last of the sixth when catcher Derek Deschene led off with a single and was replaced with pinch runner Dan Glod. A sacrifice bunt moved Glod into scoring position before Hayward blasted a deep drive to right-center that just kept on rolling.
MSC starter Taylor Sutherland allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. Hayward’s blast made Collins Utterman a winner in relief after Utterman tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Patrick pitched six innings with one strikeout for Cumberland, which will take a 7-10 record into this afternoon’s finale against Smithfield at Tucker Field.
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Cumberland 000 100 0 – 1-4-1
Mount St. Charles 000 002 x – 2-7-1
Justin Patrick and Matt Billington. Taylor Sutherland, Collins Uttermann (6) and Derek Deschene. 2B: Dan O’Brien. HR: Garrett Hayward.

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