Faced with the task of rising to the top of the SCC and beating Dighton-Rehoboth, Bulldog boys’ tennis succeeded with a 5-0 sweep, a result that has become incredibly common this season. In addition, girls’ tennis, boys’ lacrosse, both track teams, and softball produced winning records this week.
Baseball: The Bulldogs got an exciting challenge on Tuesday with a game against non-conference Barnstable High. Despite leading 2-0 after four frames, ORR lost 3-2. Senior pitcher Bryant Salkind spun a good game, while juniors Kyle Brezinski (RBI single) and Sam Henrie (RBI triple) provided run support. The boys came back home to face D-R on Friday, losing 5-0 as their bats stayed cold. Junior Will Hopkins pitched well even as he took the loss. The team had another non-conference game – against Coyle-Cassidy – on Saturday morning. In a shootout, seesaw battle, the ‘Dogs dropped their third in a row, losing 16-15 in nine innings. Despite pitching problems, Brezinski & Co. improved their offensive game over the prior two contests. The junior rapped four hits, while both sophomore Jake Asiaf and senior Jacob Fluegel had three hits and three RBIs. This week, the Bulldogs play road games against Wareham (Monday night) and GNB Voc-Tech (Wednesday), with an away tilt against the Bourne Canalmen on Tuesday thrown in. The team will return home to play Apponequet on Friday afternoon.
Softball: The Lady Bulldogs started things off last week against Bourne at home on Monday in a rescheduled game and enjoyed a 5-4 comeback win powered by timely hitting. They remained at home on Thursday to play non-conference Diman Voc and continued their good fortune with an 8-4 win. Junior Hannah Guard and sophomore Sophie Hubbard combined for six RBIs behind solid pitching from senior Deianeira Underhill, who got the win. They had a quick turnaround to play D-R on the road on Friday afternoon, a game they lost 14-1. Junior Olivia Labbe had a single and scored the sole run in the loss. This week, the Lady ‘Dogs play Wareham on the road on Monday night before continuing on to play the GNB Voc-Tech Lady Bears away on Wednesday. After another road game on Thursday at Hastings Middle School against Fairhaven, the girls will come back home to face Apponequet on Friday afternoon.
Boys’ Lacrosse: The Bulldogs began their week at home against conference rival GNB Voc-Tech on Monday. They won easily, 13-3, to continue their march towards a piece of the SCC title. On Wednesday, they traveled to Dighton-Rehoboth to play the Falcons, winning 19-3 over the fairly new program. Ten different players scored in the rout, topped by junior Landon Gougen’s four goals and three assists. Fellow junior Pat Saltmarsh also scored three, while sophomores Alex Lorenz and Kyle Gillis and freshman Owen Powers scored two each. The team has a pair of non-conference games this week: home against rare ORR opponent Archbishop Williams on Wednesday and away at Sandwich High on Friday.
Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs’ lone game last week was on the road versus non-conference Sandwich High on Friday afternoon. They lost a 13-9 battle against a tough competitor, backed by five goals from sophomore Alexandra Hulsebosch. Sophomore Madison Cooney scored two while senior Sarah Ryan had a goal and an assist. This week, the girls face Sandwich again, this time at home on Monday.
Boys’ Track: On Monday, the Bulldogs started off their week by facing the Apponequet Lakers. As usual, juniors Danny Renwick and Eli Spevack led the Bulldogs’ charge in a 95-41 win. Renwick won the 200m (23.2), 110m hurdles (16.1), and high jump (6-0). Spevack won the 400m hurdles (59.2) and the triple jump (39-5.5). Other winners were the 4×100 relay team, junior Matt Merlo (discus), senior James Estudante (shot put), and senior Shane Desousa (100m). Over the weekend, top athletes participated in the Loucks Games in White Plains, NY. One of the strongest performances was given by the 4x100m team of Desousa, sophomore Elijah McAllister, junior Jacob Cafarella, and senior Will Santos. Renwick and Spevack also performed well in the 110m hurdles. The anticipated SCC Championship meet will take place on Friday at Apponequet, after a tri-meet against GNB Voc-Tech and Seekonk on Tuesday.
Girls’ Track: The Lady Bulldogs were up against Apponequet on Monday. Senior Zoe Smith had another huge day, solidifying a 111-25 win by taking an amazing four events: the 100m, 100m hurdles, high jump, and triple jump. Sophomore Caroline Murphy contributed in a big way by winning the 400m hurdles (69.9) and the long jump (14-6.75). Other winners included junior Avery Nugent (mile), senior Madeline Meyer (2 mile), sophomore Libby Mitchell (discus), and junior Kelsey Holick (shot put.) Some of the team’s top runners went to White Plains, NY over the weekend to participate in the Loucks Games. The 4×400 team consisting of sophomores Rachel Demmer and Caroline Murphy, and seniors Nicole Mattson and Nina Bourgeois excelled on Friday. In addition, Smith ran very well in the 100m hurdles. After a tri-meet versus Seekonk and GNB Voc-Tech on Tuesday, most of the team’s athletes will run at Apponequet in the SCC Championship on Friday.
Boys’ Tennis: The guys were on the road to play Seekonk on Monday. It was yet another sweep, as sophomore Sam Pasquill and juniors Caleb Jagoda and Alex Bilodeau all won their matches. The doubles pairings (junior Josh Lerman and sophomore Jahn Pothier; juniors Colin O’Malley and Max Asker) also came out on top to clinch the 5-0 victory. Next, the ‘Dogs traveled to play rival Case at Veterans’ Memorial Park in a rescheduled game on Tuesday. Bilodeau, Pasquill, and Asker were the singles winners in a 5-0 sweep. They were aided by doubles wins from Lerman/Pothier and junior Maxxon Wolski, who played with freshman Geoffrey Noonan. They played Wareham on Wednesday. They went back to their usual singles triumvirate of Pasquill, Bilodeau, and Jagoda, who were all victorious as part of another 5-0 sweep. The doubles pairings in the win were composed of Wolski/Noonan and Lerman/Pothier. Their next match was away, against the Bourne Canalmen, on Thursday. Bilodeau, Noonan, and Pasquill handled the singles matches, as Lerman/Pothier and Asker/O’Malley were the winning doubles duos. Finally, the team had a home game against previously unbeaten D-R on Friday. Fielding the same lineup they used to beat Wareham, the Bulldogs swept the Falcons 5-0 to gain SCC supremacy, for the time being. This week, the ‘Dogs are away at Apponequet (Monday) before coming home to play non-conference Pope John Paul II (Wednesday) and Case (Thursday.) They finish their week at D-R when they play the Falcons on Friday.
Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs were home to begin the week against the Lady Warriors of Seekonk. Seniors Morgan Middleton and Olivia Bellefeuille (who won 6-0, 6-0) took victories in the singles again, joined by freshman Delaney Pothier. Both doubles pairings (juniors Emma Collings and Sophie Church; juniors Katelyn Bindas and Alexis Parker) were winners to capture a 5-0 victory. They remained at home on Tuesday in a make-up game against Case. Once again, Middleton, Pothier, and Bellefeuille were singles winners. Collings/Church and Bindas/Parker also stayed on as the doubles teams, and that proved to be the proper recipe for another 5-0 win. They resumed quickly on Wednesday to play Wareham High. Pothier and Parker stepped up to join Bellefeuille at singles in a 5-0 win. Sophomore Grace Filloramo got her chance at doubles, winning with Delaney Soucy as part of another 5-0 win. On Thursday, the girls’ game against Bourne on the road was canceled and pushed back to May 17. The Lady Bulldogs have another very busy week; they are up against non-conference Bishop Stang on the road on Monday before coming home to play Apponequet and Bourne in a two-match day on Tuesday. The girls then play back-to-back road matches against non-conference Pope John Paul II on Wednesday and Case (at Veterans’ Memorial Park) on Thursday.
Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of May 15.
Baseball: (7-4-0)(7-2-0); Softball: (6-9-0)(5-7-0); Boys’ Track: (5-1-0)(4-1-0); Girls’ Track: (6-0-0)(5-0-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (9-3-0)(9-1-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (10-4-0)(6-2-0); Boys’ Tennis: (9-1-0)(9-0-0); Girls’ Tennis: (9-1-0)(8-1-0).
By Patrick Briand