Above: Ava Fairbanks tries for home on a fly out against Ponaganset. Photos by Chuck Nadeau (find all his photos at chuckn.com).
The Avengers Softball team played the first of a double elimination against Prout on Monday. This game was nothing to nothing going into the seventh inning – a good-ole-fashioned pitching duel. Prout scored 2 runs and then it was up to EG. Prout’s pitching held up and the Crusaders went on for the win 2-0.
But double elimination meant the Avengers had another chance Tuesday.
In that game, the Avengers met Ponaganset. East Greenwich had its bats moving early, and the score after two innings was 7-0.
Then Ponaganset started to connect and made it a game. Going into the final inning, the score was 7 to 6, with EG still in the lead. Then Margaret Neville hit a solo home run, giving the Avengers a bit of a cushion. The final score was 8-6.
“We played great defense behind Ava yesterday and Monday too actually, so we are looking to keep that going heading into tomorrow,” said Asst. Coach Karen Lockhart Wednesday. “Margaret Neville hit a solo shot to score our 8th run, but her defensive plays at short were really what stood out to me most yesterday. After a close loss on Monday, our offense really was able to bounce back.”
She added, “Resilient is the word I would use to describe our team right now. They don’t quit, and they have faced adversity time and time again.”
The team plays Mount Hope Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Bristol in the single-elimination bracket.