Australia loses against Rhode Island
A closer look at the Coventry, Rhode Island’s 15-0, four-inning win over Gold Coast, Australia on Monday at Lamade Stadium.
PLAY OF THE GAME: Kody Fretts’ RBI single –Rhode Island’s first baseman gave his team an immediate spark, hitting a first-inning RBI single. It was just the jolt the New England champions needed and they really started breaking things open an inning later, finishing with a Series-high 10 hits.
RHODE ISLAND PLAYER OF THE GAME: Tommy Turner — One of the team’s most valuable players all summer, Turner closed out his Series about as well as any player can. The center fielder went 4 for 4 with two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored. Turner was in the middle of two big Rhode Island rallies and drove in six runs over his last two Series games.
AUSTRALIA PLAYER OF THE GAME: William Baker — The Australian first baseman played another strong game to cap off his memorable summer. Baker went 1 for 1 and drew a walk, doing his best to try and spark a comeback.
BIG INNING: Rhode Island fourth — The New England champions scored five runs in the second inning and took a 6-0 lead, but it was the fourth when they blew things open and removed all hope of an Australian comeback. Rhode Island scored the nine runs on four hits and also drew four straight walks at one point. Nolan LaPerche highlighted the rally with an RBI double.
BEST EFFORT: Rhode Island’s pitching — Turner, Will Owens and Nolan LaPerche combined on a three-hit shutout and struck out seve. Owens and LaPerche threw the final 3 2/3 innings and was terrific, striking out six. Owens earned the win in relief, throwing 2 2/3 strong innings and striking out six.
FLASHING LEATHER: Australia pitcher Jake Calver showed off his reflexes and athletic ability in the second inning when he bounced off the mound, stretched out his glove and stopped an Aiden Wilkins one-hopper. He then collected himself and made the throw to first for the first out.
WHAT THE ADULTS SAY: “Since June 1 we started practicing together as a team. We put in a lot of hard work and a lot of practices and a lot of games and a lot of ups and downs,” Rhode Island manager Lou Simon said. “It’s a great season to be able to get where we did as a team and to be able to battle and become one of the top eight teams in the United States.”
WHAT THE KIDS SAY: “We have been grinding every day since June 1 and putting a lot of work,” Turner said. “I think we deserved this last win.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Rhode Island caps off the best year in its league’s history with a big win. Australia took another step toward building its baseball culture after playing good opponents tough in both International games.