ORR Tennis Rides Winning Streak to Start Season

            Both Old Rochester Regional (ORR) boys and girls tennis have started the 2019 season on a hot streak with both winning their first three respective matches.

            On the girls’ team, first singles Delaney Pothierwas dominant in the Bulldogs most recent matchup against Barnstable. She took the first set 6-2 and went on to win the second 6-0. This performance came on the heels of a win against Somerset Berkley where she faced some adversity, losing her first set 6-0. She would go on to win the next set 6-3 and took the final set 6-1.

            ORR won the matches against Barnstable and Somerset Berkley by the same 5-0 score.

            Danielle Nutterhas been lights out at second singles, winning her match against Barnstable 6-1, 6-0, and took both sets against Somerset Berkley 6-0. It’s been much of the same for Ella MacIntyreat third singles. She also swept her Somerset Berkley match 6-0, 6-0. She took the Barnstable match 6-2, 6-0.

            For the boys, ORR first singles Ray Williamswas able to grind out a win against one of the top tennis players in the state, Barnstable’s Trevor Blaze. After dominating the first set 6-1, Williams lost the second set 6-4. He would go on to rally to a 10-6 finish, securing the win against Blaze.

            Williams’ match against Somerset Berkley went more smoothly as he cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win. Like the girls, the boys’ tennis team knocked off Somerset Berkley and Barnstable by the same score, 5-0.

            The Bulldogs have not surrendered a point from second singles over the last two matches, despite relying on two different players in each. Marc Pothierwon 6-0, 6-0 against Somerset Berkley, and Geoff Noonandid the same against Barnstable.

            Old Rochester Regional alum Will Hopkinscontinues to make strides with Suffolk University’ baseball team. The sophomore outfielder is hitting a whopping .381 with a .451 on-base percentage through the first 29 games of the season. He has nearly tied his 2018 RBI total (27) knocking in 20. He also has four triples (two more than last year) five doubles, a home run, and 18 stolen bases (seven more than last year).

Old Colony

            Old Colony baseball’s pitching staff has been dominant through the first four games of the season, putting together a collective 2.07 ERA between Jacob WordenMatt Bumpus, and Nick Hedlund.

            Worden is the only one who has made two starts, posting a 1.62 ERA with 19 strikeouts over 13 innings of work. Bumpus has a 2.21 ERA and struck out seven over 6 1/3. Bumpus also has one save. Hedlund has also made one start and a relief appearance, logging a 2.74 ERA with eight strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings.

Tabor Academy

            Marion native and Tabor Academy alum PJ Poulincontinues to represent the Tri-Town area on the baseball diamond, now in his first full season of professional baseball after being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.

            While with short-season Boise in 2018, Poulin had a 1.96 ERA while working as the team’s closer. He struck out 33 and walked 10 in his 23 innings while saving all seven of his save opportunities.

            Poulin remains in the bullpen with Single-A Asheville, though there has only been one save opportunity for the Tourists this year and he was not the one thrown into the situation. However, in his five appearances, he’s logged 7 1/3 innings with one walk and eight strikeouts, churning out a 2.45 ERA and an impressive 0.82 WHIP.

High School Sports Update

By Nick Friar

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