New England Roundup: Rhode Island

In baseball, batting .300 is indicative of success. But what Hendricken has accomplished would short-circuit any computer.

Rhode IslandCoach Ed Holloway’s Hawks are “batting” .700 over the last 10 years because they captured their seventh Division I state championship over that span.

Altogether, Hendricken has won 17 state titles since 1977.

Hendricken almost made it look easy as it swept South Kingstown 12-2 (the game was called after five innings because of the Interscholastic League’s mercy rule) and 5-0 in the best-of-three finals.

Senior right-hander Tom Pannone, who’s signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Miami, went the distance on a one-hitter in the clincher – striking out 13 Rebels in the process.

The Hawks, who finished with a 23-2 overall record, never gave the Rebels a chance in Game 1 by building a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Bobby Indeglia, another senior, improved to 9-0 by allowing two runs on four hits (Hendricken did commit two errors).

Pannone, who plays the outfield when he isn’t pitching, singled and homered while junior Matt Murphy added three hits and five RBI.


Johnston won the 2011 Division II state title with a team that was loaded with seniors.

Understandably, the Panthers weren’t expected to repeat this season given the plethora of underclassmen on coach Steve DeMeo’s team.

Wrong! Johnston swept Prout 11-1 (in another mercy rule game) and 7-1 in the best-of-three finals.

Panther pitching dominated the series as Johnston finished with a 24-2 overall record.

Glen Bianchi allowed one run on one hit over six innings in Game 1 while James Picchi allowed one run on two hits while going the distance in Game 2. Picchi faced just two batters over the minimum and needed a mere 76 pitches to complete his assignment.


Lincoln High junior Lindsey Mayer was named the Rhode Island Gatorade Softball Player of the Year after compiling a 16-0 record with a 0.67 ERA replete with 163 strikeouts in 104 innings during the regular season.

Mayer lived up to that accolade by tossing a two-hitter as Lincoln completed an undefeated (22-0) season with a 4-1 victory over Coventry in the Division I championship game.

En route to the first softball title in school history, Mayer fanned 10, issued zero walks and allowed the one run on two hits. During one stretch, she retired 16 consecutive Oakers.


In 2010, East Greenwich compiled a dismal 5-15 record in Division II softball.

Two years later, the Avengers are the two-time state champions.

The Avengers retained their crown by edging West Warwick, 2-1, in the finals with Mollie Anderson allowing the one run on three hits.

First-inning, run-scoring singles by Lauren Duvall and Karen Lockhart accounted for all the runs Anderson would need as East Greenwich capped an 18-1 season.


John-David Kraunelis became the latest in a long line of Barrington golfers to excel at the state championship.

Kraunelis shot a combined 3-under 139 over the two-day event at the Cranston Country Club and finished seven strokes ahead of Portsmouth’s Jake Bauer.

Movever, Barrington continued to dominate the team competition.

The Eagles annexed their ninth state championship in the last 11 year by out-distancing Portsmouth by five strokes (600-605).

Kraunelis shot a 2-under-69 in the first round and followed up with a 1-under-70.


Prout junior Nicole Scola annexed her third consecutive individual girls’ state championship and thus became only the third player in the history of Interscholastic League girls’ golf to capture at least three titles.

Scola carded an 84 on a blustery, rainy day at Point Judith Country Club.

As a result, she edged out Pilgrim’s Susan Cavanagh by two strokes in the one-day tournament.

Cavanagh led by one stroke (45-46) after the front nine. But Scola made par on five of the last six holes for a 1-over-26 and her third title.


North Kingstown and La Salle Academy emerged as the state boys’ and girls’ team champions, respectively, due in large part to their depth.

North Kingstown edged Chariho and Westerly who tied for second, 53-50.

Westerly and Chariho led the Skippers by five points entering the final event, the 4-x-800-meter relay.

The NK quartet of Demontee Cawley, Ryan Glanta, Ben Steward and Zach Enrich finished second while both Westerly and Chariho placed out of the money.

In the girls’ meet, Molly Keating (who will run for Providence College) and Dakota Dailey-Harris (who’s headed to the University of Miami) combined for 44 points as La Salle won its third consecutive championship.

The Rams amassed a total of 82 points – 12 ahead of second-place Hope.

Dailey-Harris, who won high jump titles in the state, New England and New Balance National High School Track & Field Championships, also earned high school All-America honors.


At a June 1 meeting, the West Warwick School Committee proposed eliminating all high school and middle sports plus every other extra-curricular activity in an attempt to help plug a $2.9-million deficit.

But in late June, the Town Council and the School Committee reached an agreement to restore sports and other activities.

A Superior Court judge must approve the agreement which would restore the money that would have been eliminated and raise what the town contributes to the School Department to $29.1 million.

Conversely, North Kingstown may not be as fortunate.

The School Committee in June voted to eliminate funding for freshman sports plus varsity ice hockey and gymnastics.

In addition, the town would reduce the director of athletics to a part-time position.

Mike Scandura has been covering high school sports, college basketball, football and hockey plus minor league baseball in Rhode Island since the early 1970s. A native of Oswego, N.Y, he’s a member of the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame which is the statewide organization of sportswriters, sportscasters and sports publicists.