Here is a look at the fifth week of scheduled games for ORR spring athletics.
Baseball: The Bulldogs snapped a lengthy win streak this week with a close loss to Case, 3-1, in an eight inning game. The game was tied 0-0 going into the eighth inning, where the Bulldogs gave up three runs in quick succession. In the bottom of the eighth, Kiernan Besse, who went 3-4 on the day, scored the lone Bulldog run, but it was not enough to secure the victory. The loss was a pivotal one for the Bulldogs, as they now have the same amount of losses as SCC rival Seekonk, making the race for the SCC championship much closer. The one bright spot in the week, however, was ORR’s 6-1 victory over GNB Voc-Tech, where Andrew Ryan struck out thirteen and only allowed three hits.
Softball: After a disappointing 5-0 loss to Case early in the week, the Lady Bulldogs rebounded nicely, responding with a 6-0 shutout over GNB Voc-Tech. Pitcher Kaleigh Goulart only allowed five hits on the day, and she also hit a two-run homer early in the first inning to lead the Bulldogs both on the offensive and defensive fronts. Sophomore Maddie Lee and freshmen Hannah Guard and Olivia Labbe also played well, each recording two hits. The win gives the Lady Bulldogs their second of the season, and puts their overall record at 2-8.
Boys’ Track: The boys’ track team continued their undefeated win streak this week, earning their fourth victory of the season in a 92-44 win over Apponequet. Kevin Saccone won four events (110-hurdles, triple jump, long jump, 400-hurdles) while Colin Knapton won three (high jump, javelin, 400-meter) to lead the Bulldogs. Jesse Noonan did extremely well, winning two of the three throwing events (discus, shot put) to lead the Bulldogs in field events. Newcomer Jack Smith was also a double winner in the meet, claiming the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
Girls’ Track: The girls remained perfect this week as well, easily defeating Apponequet 107-28 to earn their fourth win of the season. Sophomore Zoe Smith was the lone double-winner in the meet, claiming the high-jump and triple jump. The Lady Bulldogs won 11 events, including both hurdles, where sisters Brooke Santos and Paige Santos won the 400- and 100-hurdle races, respectively. Nicole Mattson won the 400-meter dash in a quick 67.1, while teammate Shannon O’Malley won the 800-meter. In throwing events, junior Ashley Pacheco won discus while classmate Nicole Gifford won javelin.
Boys’ Tennis: The tennis teams were the lone ORR athletic teams to play more than two games or matches this week, as rainy weather made it impossible to play on several of the sports fields. The Bulldogs won all three of the matches this week, gaining three important victories over SCC rivals Case, Bourne, and Fairhaven. First singles Alex Bilodeau won two of his three matches this week, easily defeating his Case and Bourne competitors but falling to Fairhaven’s first singles player. Alden Truesdale won all three of his matches at second singles, while third singles player Lars Eklund also won all three of his. The scores of the matches this week were 5-0, 5-0, and 4-1, showing the overall consistency of the Bulldog tennis players.
Girls’ Tennis: The girls’ tennis team wasn’t quite as successful as the boys’ team, only winning two out of their three matches this week. Against Case, the girls shut out the Lady Cardinals in a perfect 5-0 score. The girls followed the win up with another victory, this time over Bourne, 3-2. However, the girls lost their second conference match of the season to Fairhaven, losing in a close 3-2 decision. In all three matches, Julia Nojeim dominated at first singles, while Triona Cuddy and Morgan Middleton also played well, winning all three of their matches at first doubles.
Boys’ Lacrosse: The highlight of the week for the Bulldogs was defeating SCC powerhouse Apponequet in a 12-9 thriller. Thanks to a strong performance by Ethan Lizotte, who scored five goals, the Bulldogs had five players score and were able to gain the upper edge over the Lakers. Connor Severino and Hunter Cooney were key assets to the Bulldog offense, with Severino winning every single one of his face-offs. Defensively, ORR played well, with Gerald Lanagan stopping several shots as goalie. The win was an important one for the Bulldogs, as it continued their perfect SCC record. The boys would go on to defeat Pope John Paul II later in the week.
Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs dominated in both of their games this week, defeating Abington 15-3 and Pope John Paul II 16-3. In both games, Chloe Riley and Bailey Truesdale played well, with Riley scoring three goals against Abington and four against Pope John Paul II, while Truesdale provided three goals in both games. Madison Thomson also continued to play well in the goalie’s net, making a combined twenty saves over the course of two games. With the two wins, the girls’ record improves to an impressive 9-3.
Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of May 4.
Baseball: (9-3-0) (8-2-0); Softball: (2-8-0) (2-7-0); Boys’ Track (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Girls’ Track (4-0-0) (4-0-0); Boys’ Tennis: (8-3-0) (7-1-0); Girls’ Tennis: (7-3-0) (6-2-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (7-3-0) (5-0-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (9-3-0) (2-3-0).
By Michael Kassabian