Sports Report: JV Hurricanes drop opener
On a sunny, breezy day that was perfect for playing baseball, the Block Island School’s Junior Varsity baseball team, absent two of its starters, had a hard time getting things going against a tough and talented Narragansett team, losing 14-4. The slow start was due in part to some early season jitters, and a crafty and athletic opponent that presented a formidable challenge for the Block Island boys at Sprague Memorial Field on April 14.
Despite the lopsided score, starting pitcher and team co-captain James Arnott pitched four solid innings, demonstrating good command of his fastball, keeping the Narragansett lineup at bay. Unfortunately, Arnott was the victim of some bloops, miscues and tough bounces, as Narragansett’s speedy lineup took advantage of the righty’s bad luck to break the game open in the fourth inning. At the plate, Arnott helped his own cause, going 2 for 3, including a double, with one run scored.
Also shining in the game was centerfielder Jayden Smith, who used his speed to steal four bases, score a run and make some plays in the outfield.
Another standout performer was Hector Muñoz, who belted a ringing triple to the deep left center field gap in his first at bat of the season, driving in two runs.
The JV Hurricanes next game is April 28 at 2:30 p.m. against the San Miguel School in Providence.