PAWTUCKET — Mount St. Charles is starting to look a bit like the baseball program that captured two straight Division II state titles before joining Division I this season.
The Mounties won their second Division I game in four days on Monday, breaking open a tight contest against St. Raphael Academy with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.
Mount, now 2-3 in Division I, got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Taylor Sutherland, who scattered seven hits and settled in after allowing single runs in both the first and second innings.
“No question about it. Taylor was our key player today,” Mount coach Tom Seaver said. “That is his second straight strong pitching effort. Our pitching is coming around. Garrett (Hayward) pitched a good game against North Providence on Friday. He’s our No. 1 pitcher. Collins Utterman is No. 2 and Taylor is No. 3.”
Both the Mounties and Saints will play their fourth game in five days today. The clogged schedule is the result of several rainouts and the logistical issues involved with rescheduling games.
“We would like to play the next day, after a rainout,” Saints coach Tom Sorrentine said. “But for whatever reason, the league can’t schedule the umpires on short notice. All of the teams are in the same boat.”
Sorrentine, whose club had won two straight games on Friday and Saturday, turned to sophomore Zach Mitsmenn against Mount.
“Zach did a good job, considering this was his first varsity pitching outing,” Sorrentine admitted.
Mitsmenn shut out Mount until the third inning. The Saints scored single runs in the first two innings, the first coming on a triple by Ty Karalis, and the second on Brenden Knight’s base knock.
Mount tied the game in the top of the third when Sutherland singled and scored on Mike Magerman’s triple. Magerman than came home on a fielder’s choice to tie the game. Magerman finished the day with two hits, two walks and two RBI.
It all came apart for the Saints in the fifth inning. With one out, Mitsmenn walked Trevor Plante. Tyler Geffert singled and then Mitsmenn struck out Daniel O’Brien. Derek Deschene singled to score Plante with the go-ahead run. Garrett Hayward’s double made it 4-2 and then Sutherland reached on an error to prolong the inning.
“We couldn’t get the third out,” Sorrentine lamented.
Magerman walked and Jack Ricci singled home a run. When Tim Doyle hit a high fly ball to left with the bases loaded, it appeared the inning was finally over, but the ball carried over the left fielder’s head and three more runs scored, making it a 9-2 game.
Andrew Vega singled home a run in the bottom of the sixth but Sutherland, who threw strikes all game long, pitched out of trouble by inducing a pair of ground ball outs.
Sorrentine ran in three relievers. Cory Calabro pitched a scoreless sixth. Trevor Vasey came in to pitch the seventh and couldn’t find the strike zone. He was replaced by Mike Badzmierowski, who did a good job to close out the inning with just one run scoring.
“We’re got some untested pitchers we have to use,” Sorrentine said. “Hopefully, some good will come out of this.”
Seaver and assistant coach Paul Jacques are happy to see Mount’s players regain confidence after losing their first three Division I games.
“We’re hanging in there,” Seaver said. “Obviously, there’s a learning curve in Division I that we have to go through. We’ve got another big game (today) against Cumberland. There are no easy games in this league.”
Cumberland is 3-2 in Division I-North, two games behind unbeaten Lincoln. Mount has moved from last to fifth in the league standings over the past five days and should contend for a top four berth as the season heads into the warmer weather of May.
Mount will visit Cumberland for an 11 a.m. game today at Tucker Field. Utterman is the likely starter for the Mounties.
St. Raphael, now 2-3 in the North, is always a playoff contender. Sorrentine just has to figure out his pitching rotation and let the other pieces of the puzzle fall into place over the next six weeks. The veteran coach was last seen Monday asking left fielder Andrew Vega to throw some bullpen after the game in preparation for this afternoon’s 4 p.m. home game against Moses Brown.
The Saints will visit Cumberland on Thursday to cap off a busy week. Mount St. Charles will host Moses Brown on Thursday to complete the busiest week of its season so far. Both teams remain works in progress.
Mount St. Charles 002 070 1 – 10 – 9 – 0
St. Raphael 110 001 0 – 3 – 7 – 2
MSC battery: Taylor Sutherland and Derek Deschene. SRA battery: Zach Mitsmenn, Cory Calabro (6), Trevor Vasey (7), Mike Badzmierowski (7) and Henry Mota.