Truesdale Hits Century Mark

Here is a look at the eighth week of scheduled games for ORR spring athletics.

Baseball: The Bulldogs had an eventful week this week, playing their four final regular season games. The boys began with a key 6-3 victory over Bourne, which automatically guaranteed them at least a share of the SCC Championship. ORR had a chance to win the title outright, but was unfortunately thwarted by league rival Apponequet, who defeated them 6-1, forcing a tie for the conference crown. The boys would suffer another loss to Bishop Stang, 10-2, before winning their final regular season game against Coyle Cassidy, 8-1. The boys continue their season in the state tournament, where they are currently awaiting their seed.

Softball: The Lady Bulldogs had a tough start to their final week of games, suffering a tough loss to Bourne, 8-7. However, the girls rebounded nicely to finish out their season with two impressive wins, one over Seekonk, 11-2, and the other over Bishop Stang, 5-2. The latter win was especially impressive, as it is the first time the Lady Bulldogs have ever defeated Bishop Stang in softball. Credit must be given to Kaleigh Goulart, who pitched well for the entirety of the game, as well as Michaela Guard, who batted in two runs. Though the girls had a tough season and will not advance to the state tournament, they put together a respectable record and set the groundwork for future success, thanks to graduating seniors Ali Holmen, Arissa Underhill, and Sam Allaire.

Boys’ Track: This week, the Bulldogs competed in the annual SCC meet, where they placed second to Dighton-Rehoboth. Kevin Saccone won the 400-hurdles, 110-hurdles, and triple jump en route to being named the overall athlete of the meet. The Bulldogs also got key points from Mike Wyman, who ran a state-best two mile in 9:11. Colin Knapton and Jack Smith were both double winners on the day, with Knapton claiming the javelin and 100-meter and Smith winning the 200-meter and long jump. The meet also marked the final conference meet for the Bulldogs, who now look to the state divisional meet this Saturday.

Girls’ Track: Like the boys, the girls competed in the SCC meet this week. Unlike the boys, however, the girls easily won the meet, garnering 143 points thanks to some fantastic performances. Paige Santos earned the overall female athlete of the meet, winning both hurdle races as well as the high jump. Morgan DaSilva was also a triple winner on the day, winning the long jump and 400-meter as well as running a leg on the winning 4×400-meter relay. Nina Bourgeois and Riley Shaughnessy placed second and third in the mile, respectively, providing some key points in the distance events. The win marks the Lady Bulldogs’ fifth consecutive SCC title. The girls hope to continue their excellent season at the state level, as they are competing in the Division 4 State meet this Saturday.

Boys’ Tennis: The boys’ tennis team wrapped up their season this week with two wins over Dighton-Rehoboth and Bishop Stang. Thanks to wins from Alex Bilodeau (first singles), Alden Truesdale (second singles), and Maxx Wolski and Doug Blaise (second doubles), the Bulldogs earned their thirteenth conference victory of the season, giving them the outright conference championship. The boys finished off their regular season with a 4-1 victory over Bishop Stang, winning all but one match in third singles. The Bulldogs are now awaiting their seeding for the state tournament.

Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs had a tough finish to their season, suffering a 5-0 sweep to Bishop Stang. Second singles’ player Haley Dickerson was the only Lady Bulldog to win a set in the entire match, as the Spartans won every single match in dominant form. The Lady Bulldogs will not be advancing to the state tournament, but had a great season considering the lack of experience on the team.

Girls’ Lacrosse: The highlight of the week for the girls came from junior Bailey Truesdale, who scored her 100th varsity goal for the Lady Bulldogs in a 7-4 win over Coyle-Cassidy. Truesdale is the first ORR player to reach the milestone in the history of the girls’ lacrosse program. In the win over Coyle-Cassidy, freshman Emily Hiller played well, recording a hat trick, while Maggie Wiggin and Chloe Riley each pitched in with one goal apiece. The Lady Bulldogs finished off their regular season with a win over out-of-conference Silver Lake. The girls received a seventh seed in the Division 2 South Tournament, and will face off against Mashpee later this week.

Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of May 25.

Baseball: (14-6-0) (12-4-0); Softball: (7-11-0) (6-11-0); Boys’ Track (7-1-0) (7-1-0); Girls’ Track (8-0-0) (8-0-0); Boys’ Tennis: (15-3-0) (15-1-0); Girls’ Tennis: (10-7-0) (9-4-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (10-5-0) (8-1-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (16-4-0) (4-4-0).

By Michael Kassabian

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