Townies shut down Panthers in opening round


The No. 4 Johnston baseball team was shut out by visiting East Providence 2-0 on Tuesday night to be bumped to the losers bracket of the Division II playoffs.
The Panther bats were held in check from start to finish as they only collected two hits, each coming in the fourth inning from Matt Clements and Armani Arias. Each of East Providence’s runs came in the top of the first inning, which proved to be enough to get the opening round win.
Despite the loss, Johnston starting pitcher Emmanuel Rios was strong on the mound for the Panthers. Rios tossed a complete game and allowed just one earned run while striking out four batters. The two teams played once in the regular season, with the Townies picking up a 1-0 decision.
The Panthers went on to face No. 9 Burrillville on Wednesday night, but the results were not available at press time. The Broncos handed the Panthers back to back losses in the regular season.
For more photos of Tuesday night’s playoff game, turn to page 16.


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