The Park View Panthers were trounced 15-4 by the Warwick Vets Hurricanes during a middle school baseball clash last week in Cranston.
Elijah Gingras topped Warwick with three hits and three RBI, while his teammate Colby Barker, an eighth grader, pitched four innings and struck out five.
Charlie Adams, a sixth grader, started on the bump for the Panthers and pitched 3 1/3 innings, while fanning two.
In the bottom of the first, Park View got an RBI single from David Gutierrez and went up 1-0. Next, Adrian Pimental scored during a passed ball, and extended the Panthers’ edge to 2-0.
“We played pretty well for the first couple of innings today,” Park View coach Andrew Barron said. “And then, we didn’t throw a lot of strikes and we made a few mental mistakes, and the game got away from us. Other than that, the team improves every week.”
After two scoreless innings, Vets got on the board in the top of the third when Barker helped his own cause by hitting a sacrifice fly to left field and driving in Andrew Fusco. Then, Mark Woods crushed a bomb to deep right for a two-run double and gave Vets a 3-2 advantage.
Next, with the bases loaded, Bobby Vale belted an RBI single and drove in Jadan Rodas, which put Warwick up 4-2. Then, Vets increased its lead to 5-2 when AJ Ferreira launched a sac fly to right and scored Woods.
In the fourth, Vets upped its advantage to 6-2 when Fusco socked an RBI single to left and knocked in Dylan Roberts.
Roberts scored again in the sixth, this time, during a passed ball, which upped Warwick’s buffer to 7-2. After that, Gingras ripped an RBI single by the shortstop and raised the Hurricanes’ lead to 8-2. Next, Barker belted a shot by the shortstop and scored Rodas, which put Vets up 9-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Park View’s John Varin hit an RBI single and scored Gutierrez, while pulling the Panthers within 9-3.
Next, Warwick tried to gun down Varin, who stole second, but instead, the throw sailed into the outfield, and that allowed Varin to come all the way around and score, which inched Park View within 9-4.
But Warwick picked up some more runs in the top of the seventh.
First, Roberts rocketed a shot off the glove of third baseman, Jackson Rennick, which scored Tyler Cote and extended Warwick’s advantage to 10-4.
Then, seventh grader Braxton Pearson socked an RBI single to left and scored Jack McConnell, and extended the Warwick edge to 11-4. Next, Gingras earned a bases-loaded walk, which scored Roberts and put Vets up 12-4.
After that, Pearson scored from third during a passed ball and ascended the Hurricanes’ lead to 13-4. Bobby Court followed that with a bases-loaded walk, which scored Fusco and put Vets on top 14-4.
That should have concluded the contest, but due to a scorekeeping mistake, Vets batted one more time and earned one more run when Henry Kearns walked with the bases loaded and gave Vets a 15-4 win.
Park View beat Riverside Middle School 8-5 the following day and improved its season record to 2-2. The Panthers now enjoy an 11-day break before they play next at Winman Middle School on Monday, April 22.