Sports Report: Hurricanes sparkle on defense in Opening Day loss

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:15am

A sluggish and somewhat hesitant day at the plate did not stop the Block Island Varsity Baseball team from conducting a defensive clinic in a 5-3 loss on Monday, April 3, at Times Squared Academy in Providence.

Block Island's offensive struggles could easily be blamed on the uncooperative spring weather and the uncanny command of the crafty left-handed Times Squared hurler.

Regardless of the reasons, Block Island was hitless through the first three innings. Already leading 1-0, Times Squared strung together three walks and a triple in the second, extending their edge to 4-0.

The lead grew to 5-0 in the bottom of the third as Times Squared looked to blow the game wide open. Things could have been much worse, had it not been for the defensive prowess of the young Hurricanes. Andrew McGarry played steadily at shortstop. Dani Pineda recorded three put-outs and an outfield assist from his station in center field. Mathias Heinz squelched a Times Squared rally with a couple of slick plays at second base, and Jacques Boudreau thwarted another Times Squared threat by tracking down a potential extra base hit in left field.

Beset by inherited baserunners, Silas Monje and McGarry pitched admirably in relief for Block Island. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run.

Block Island finally got on the board in the fifth. A couple of hit batsmen, an infield hit by Pineda, and RBI knocks from McGarry and Heinz brought the Hurricanes within striking distance.

In the end, Times Squared wriggled out of a late inning jam with some solid defense of their own to hang on to the 5-3 win.