Here is a look at the second week of scheduled games for ORR spring athletics.
Baseball: The Bulldogs had a week headlined by strong pitching. The boys notched their first win of the season over Coyle-Cassidy, 13-10, thanks to a strong performance by relief pitcher Ryan Plunkett. In his first varsity win, Plunkett struck out six opponents, allowing only one hit and no runs to turn the tide of the game for the Bulldogs. Offensively, Plunkett went three-for-four with two runs scored. Bryant Salkind also had a great game, notching four RBIs. The highlight of the week for the Bulldogs, however, was senior pitcher Andrew Ryan, who pitched his first career non-hitter in a win against Wareham, 12-0. Ryan walked only four batters to secure his first ever no-hitter. Offensively, the Bulldogs also played well, thanks to strong performances by Chris Carando (three runs), Jordan Menard (triple, two RBIs), and Kiernan Besse (triple, two runs).
Softball: The Lady Bulldogs had a rough start to their second week, losing their first two games in close scores. Against Apponequet, the girls were edged out 4-3 and then lost later in the week to GNB Voc-Tech, 6-3. However, the girls rallied back in the latter half of the week to secure their first victory of the season over Wareham, 15-5. Junior Kaleigh Goulart and freshman Olivia Labbe had great games, each securing three hits and a home-run. Goulart also played well defensively, picking up her first win of the season from the pitcher’s mound. Maddie Lee and Sam Allaire also provided offensively, recording two hits apiece.
Boys’ Track: The boys’ track team remained undefeated this week with a 93-43 win over Wareham. Kevin Saccone won four events (long jump, triple jump, 110 hurdles, and 200-meter dash) to lead the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory. Mike Wyman had a fantastic race in the two-mile, where he ran 9:27, five seconds off the school record, with virtually no competition. Colin Knapton won three events (javelin, high-jump, and 400-meter-dash) and Ben Rounseville also pitched in with a win in the 400-hurdles.
Girls’ Track: The Lady Bulldogs also remained undefeated this week, easily beating Wareham, 99-37. Paige Santos won three events (high-jump, 400-hurdles, and 110-hurdles), and the Lady Bulldogs claimed nine other events on the day to defeat what was expected to be one of their top competitors for the SCC title.
Boys’ Tennis: The tennis team won their lone match this week against SCC rival Bourne with an easy 5-0 victory. The Bulldogs won all five matches, with Alex Bilodeau, Alden Truesdale, and Doug Blaise claiming the first, second, and third singles’ matches, respectively. Freshmen Maxx Wolski and Sean Nutter won at first doubles, 6-1, 6-3, while Connor Blagden and Steven Burke won 6-3, 6-1 at second doubles. With the win, the Bulldogs claim their first conference and second overall win.
Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs had an exciting match against Bourne this week, where they just edged out the Lady Canalmen, 3-2, to earn their first conference win. Julia Nojeim won yet again at first singles, and sophomores Charlotte Levine and Amy Bichajian also won at second doubles. The heroes of the day, however, were senior Rachel Brown and freshman Sophie Church, who bounced back after a tough first set loss to win 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 at first doubles. The duo, which had never played together, was pivotal to the ORR win and allowed the Lady Bulldogs a chance to remain in the hunt for the competitive SCC title.
Boys’ Lacrosse: Thanks to strong performances by Ethan Lizotte and Connor Severino, the Bulldogs won their lone game this week against Pope John Paul II in a 12-1 blowout. Severino and Lizotte each scored four goals apiece to lead ORR, which had eight players score in the game. Also contributing were Chris Nadeau (three goals), Nic Suprenant and Landon Goguen (two goals apiece) and Charlie Tirrell, Ryan Manning, and Mikey Pruchnik (one goal apiece).
Girls’ Lacrosse: The Lady Bulldogs had a strong start to their week, easily defeating Sturgis West, 15-5. Bailey Truesdale was the leading scorer of the game with five goals, while Mikayla Demanche and Ali Grace each had a hat trick. Goalie Madison Thomson made seven saves on the game. The win against Sturgis West lengthened the girls’ undefeated streak to three games. Unfortunately, that streak was snapped later in the week as the girls suffered their first loss of the season to Bourne, 16-13. Truesdale played fantastically during the loss, scoring eight goals, while teammate Demanche notched four and senior Rachael Chandler added one. The Lady Bulldogs trailed 9-7 at the half and were never able to recover despite a strong offensive effort.
Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of April 13.
Baseball: (2-2-0) (1-1-0); Softball: (1-4-0) (1-3-0); Boys’ Track (2-0-0) (2-0-0); Girls’ Track (2-0-0) (2-0-0); Boys’ Tennis: (2-1-0) (1-0-0); Girls’ Tennis: (2-1-0) (1-0-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (2-2-0) (1-0-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (3-1-0) (1-1-0).
By Michael Kassabian