A shaky start to the season for the Ocean State Waves also included a shaky start to the annual Pell Bridge Series with Newport. The Gulls won the first two matchups in the six-game set by 12-7 and 7-5 scores.
The overall bumpy ride has continued for the Waves into the third week of the season, but the losing skid against Newport is over. The Waves edged the Gulls 3-2 on Sunday at Old Mountain Field for their first win of the 2019 series.
The game was originally scheduled for Thursday. Both teams were at Old Mountain Field warming up and work on a wet field was ongoing, when the decision was made to postpone the game. The field conditions hadn’t improved much, fog blanketed the area and rain remained in the forecast.
Back in action the next day, the Waves split a doubleheader with the Sanford Mainers. They fell flat Saturday with a 14-4 home loss to New Bedford but righted the ship in time for the Gulls’ next visit.
Anthony LoRicco got the start and pitched four shutout innings for the Waves. His Newport counterpart Connery Peters matched him into the fifth before the Waves made a move. Garrett Hodges and Casey Dana drew walks from Peters. Reliever Pat Maybach – a former North Kingstown High School star – was greeted by an Elijah Dunham double that scored both runners and put the Waves ahead 2-0. The Waves added a run in the sixth when Nicholas Elsen doubled and later came around on a wild pitch.
Waves reliever Sam Turcotte pitched three scoreless innings before the Gulls scored two runs in the eighth. But after a Chris Hamilton home run and a Brett Vosik sacrifice fly, Turcotte escaped further trouble to keep the Waves in front. He did the same in the ninth, retiring the Gulls in order to secure the victory.
Dunham led the offense with two hits and two RBI. Hodges, Elsen, Xavier Vargas and Daniel Seres also had two hits.
The Waves continue to boast one of the top offensive attacks in the league, ranking third in runs scored, but the pitching staff is still finding its way. The team ERA is at 5.61, having risen again on Monday when the Waves lost 12-4 to Mystic in their return to action.
A home matchup with Martha’s Vineyard was postponed by rain on Tuesday. The Waves were set to visit New Bedford Wednesday before a doubleheader at Vermont on Friday. The team’s next home game is Sunday against Danbury. The Gulls will be in town again next Tuesday.