By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate baseball team features one of the younger rosters in its division this spring but has started with a 3-5 record. The Titans have picked up some nice wins, including an early season victory over Cranston West. Toll Gate
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Toll Gate baseball team features one of the younger rosters in its division this spring but has started with a 3-5 record.
The Titans have picked up some nice wins, including an early season victory over Cranston West. Toll Gate has also dropped a couple tough ones, including its past two against La Salle.
In the win against West, Dylan Penney and Zachary Scotti each recorded two RBI to lead the Titans to a 4-3 decision.
Toll Gate also beat Chariho 10-8 in a big offensive performance. Tyler Amore, Greyson Pasquina and Brayden Ogden all knocked in multiple runs while Penney, Sean Dunphy and Dylan Aunchman also recorded RBI.
Pasquina also led Toll Gate to a 5-4 win over East Providence, recording three RBI while Devin Farrell and Zachary Scotti each added another.
The Rams topped Toll Gate 5-3 in a weekend clash at Vets, followed by another 8-1 win on Monday afternoon.
Despite the rough patch that the Titans have found themselves in, coach Nick Durand has been pleased with the team’s fight in the early going.
“We are young, we have a solid core of seniors, but beyond that were pretty young. We figured that we would have some early growing pains, but the kids have come to compete every day,” said Durand. “The three games that we have one, they all were come from behind wins. This team competes for each other. They’re buying into the culture that we’re trying to build here, and they don’t feel like they are out of any game. They’re battling.”
Things will not get any easier for Toll Gate down the stretch, as it is slated to take on perhaps its toughest list of opponents yet. The Titans squared off against South Kingstown on Wednesday, and still has games against Mount St. Charles, Moses Brown, Portsmouth and Ponaganset.
As the Titans continue to gain some valuable experience, Duran is confident that the team has yet to play its best baseball and has a chance to make some noise in the postseason.
“It’s going to be a tough schedule the rest of the year. But I have no doubt that the boys will come to play. Our goal since the beginning of the season has been to make the playoffs,” said Durand. “We are young, but we feel that we have a shot to make it and maybe even win a game or two once were there. We’ve already beaten a couple of good teams and have competed with some other good teams. The boys know that they can be anyone on a good day.”