The Narragansett softball team needed a late-season surge to be in the playoff mix and got it last week, even as the competition heated up. The Mariners won three games in a span of four days, getting past top contenders Johnston and Barrington to do it.

After a win over West Warwick started the streak, Narragansett out-slugged Johnston 12-6 on Thursday. Reilly Clancey and Kiana Fanning racked up three hits and three RBI to power the offense, which started fast with a four-run first inning and never looked back. Amelia Beauchemin was the benficiary of the offensive explosion, tossing a complete game for the win.

The next day, Narragansett matched up against Barrington. With Eagles ace Paige Concannon sidelined by an injury suffered the day before against Prout, the Mariners took full advantage for a 5-2 victory. Abigail Foster had an RBI triple to lead the offense and Fanning drove in two runs. Hannah Foster scattered five hits and allowed two runs in a complete game victory.

Scituate star Haley Venturini slowed the Mariners down in a 4-1 victory Monday, but last week’s success has Narragansett in position for a playoff berth. The team’s records sits at 6-8.

Crusaders back with a bang

The rollercoaster ride continues for the Prout baseball team, but they won’t complain about the latest twist. After snapping a five-game losing streak last week, the Crusaders toppled first-place Chariho 7-1 Tuesday for their biggest win of the season.

The Chargers had won 13 games in a row since opening the season with a loss, but Prout got the best of them. Thomas Oates went 6.2 innings and limited the Chargers to just the one run. Kyle McCutcheon came on for the final out and finished the win. Jared Irons led the offense with a double and three RBI and Nick Caruolo added a two-run double.

Prout improved to 8-6 with the victory.

SK’s Hutchins selected for MLB softball program

South Kingstown’s Faith Hutchins has been selected to participate in Major League Baseball’s Softball Breakthrough Series May 24-28 in Compton, California. The series is designed to promote softball as a viable collegiate option for youth from underrepresented and underserved communities. The event is completely cost-free for participants, who are selected by invitation only. The program focuses on developing players on and off the field through seminars, mentorship, gameplay, scout evaluations, video coverage and the highest level of instruction.

Approximately 60 girls from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico will partake in competitive tournament play and receive instruction and direct insight from U.S. Olympians – including MLB Youth Softball Ambassador Jennie Finch – and former national team members and coaches.

Hutchins is a sophomore standout for the South Kingstown High School softball team and also plays basketball and soccer for the Rebels.

Skippers take Cumberland Invitational

Six days after missing out on the Southern Division championship, the North Kingstown High School girls track team toppled several strong teams to win the Cumberland Invitational Sunday. Kaitlyn Brayman won the pole vault and Maya Gamble took first in the javelin to lead the charge. Other place-winners were Keara Fontaine, Lauren Toland, Cassidy Poe, Julia Kershaw, Sydney Brickle, Leah Browning, Ashley Williams, Erynn Field, Amanda Santos, Lauren Moretti, Mckensie Lennon and Maya-Jane Lima.

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