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Narragansett’s London Sudduth, left, celebrates with teammate Eddie Blessing after a run scored during the Mariners’ win Tuesday against Tiverton.

TIVERTON — The Narragansett High School baseball team’s last trip to Tiverton ended with a playoff loss. That weighed on the minds of head coach Keith Vellone and assistant coach Dave Smith when the teams met again on Tuesday.

“I can’t remember the last time we beat them over here,” Vellone said. “I know we haven’t had much success.”

For five innings on Tuesday it appeared the Mariners were heading for another setback at the hands of host Tiverton. The Tigers had the lone run of the game and pitcher Mason Farias had kept Narragansett bats in check.

“Mason just shut us down,” Vellone said. “He was getting ahead of the hitters right away with a nice fastball and an off-speed pitch. I think we only had two hits going into the sixth and neither one of them left the infield.”

But everything fell apart for Tiverton in the sixth inning and the Mariners took full advantage. Narragansett sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs en route to a 7-1 victory. A misjudged fly ball that fell for a triple started the rally and Tiverton contributed two errors, a wild pitch, passed ball, hit batter and a walk to further fuel the Mariners spark.

“We gave a game away. It’s not that they crushed the ball and beat us,” Tiverton coach Bob Murray said. “I said to [my players] before the game, the team that’s going to win is the one that responds best after they make a mistake. And we didn’t respond well in that inning.”

Up 1-0 thanks to a scoring single from Farias in the third inning, Tiverton made mental and physical miscues that aided and abetted the Mariners in the sixth.

Narragansett cleanup hitter Jack Betts started the frame by belting a high fly ball to deep right field. The outfielder turned and ran back, but he turned the wrong way. By the time he recovered, the ball had fallen to the sod and Betts was on third base.

“It was definitely a momentum switch right there,” said winning pitcher London Sudduth. “Jack’s been hitting the ball good and that was really good.”

Brian Vaganek followed with a line single off of Farias’s forearm to tie the score. Vaganek advanced to second on a wild pickoff attempt and Alex Boutin bunted him to third. Vaganek scored the go-ahead run on Matt Rocchio’s fielder’s choice grounder and the floodgates opened.

“We knew we had to stay confident,” Sudduth said. “We had to stay aggressive in the batter’s box. (Farias) was throwing strikes the whole game so we knew we would see some pitches.

“After (Betts) got on third they made a couple errors in the field. We had a couple hits and we just capitalized on their mistakes.”

After the Mariners went ahead 2-1, a hit batter and an intentional walk loaded the bases. Eddie Blessing and Vaganek each came through with scoring singles and Tiverton helped with an error, a passed ball, a balk and a walk as Narragansett went ahead 7-1.

“We led off with a triple and found a way to score him and it led to a big inning,” Vellone said. “When you put the ball in play in high school anything can happen. An error here, a little juggle there, anything can happen. I give our guys credit. We battled.”

A key play in the rally was Blessing’s infield single that chased home Rocchio and an alert Brady Butler, and made the score 4-1. Blessing sprinted from the batter’s box to just beat the throw to first. Butler rounded third and continued home when he noticed the Tiverton first baseman still splayed on the ground from stretching trying to get the ball before Blessing got to the bag.

“Eddie hit a slow ground ball to short with the bases loaded and the ball came up on the shortstop and he made just a little juggle,” Vellone said. “Eddie hustled the whole way. If he hung his head a little bit and slowed down they’re out of that inning.

“And I credit some of my guys with some good aggressive base running coming around third and realizing the first baseman is in a split position and coming around to score another run. We finally put some pressure on the defense and it worked for us.”

Sudduth went back out and pitched the sixth inning to end his day with 100 pitches. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out four. Reliever Blessing needed just eight pitches to retire the side in the seventh inning.

“I just tried to throw strikes,” Sudduth said. “My arm was a little sore so I was struggling a little bit. My curveball was working kind of well so that helped.”

Narragansett made two errors but neither figured in Tiverton’s run as the Mariners climbed to 2-0 in the league and to 2-1 overall.

“We’ve been preaching good defense and we played pretty good defense today and that certainly helped us,” Vellone said. “Hopefully, that will keep propelling us.”

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