Good morning and Happy Saturday to everyone in the Rhode Island Baseball Community. I was going through my notebook and photos and saved social media posts this morning and wanted to share some of my thoughts on the Rhode Island High School Baseball season so far. There are a ton of storylines already in this 2022 RIHS Baseball season and we are just about at the halfway point schedule wise. I was lucky enough to get out to a few games already and have several games left that are circled on my calendar. Here are some photos, some notes, some shared photos I received from baseball parents, social media posts I was tagged in, and some thoughts on the season from my perspective. And if you have photos, notes, and thoughts you would like to share with me, so I can share with others, I will post my contact information at the bottom of this article.
- This year marks the first time in nearly 3 years that Rhode Island High School baseball was played in April. Coming off the 2019 season, the 2020 season was cancelled due to Covid-19. And the 2021 season was delayed due to restructuring fall sports into a Spring II situation state wide. Now in 2022, Fall Sports were played and completed in the Fall. Winter Sports were played and completed in the Winter/Spring. Which leads us to Spring Sports (like baseball) starting on time, with indoor tryouts and practices in March, and a game schedule start date of April, very much reminiscent of Rhode Island High School sports seasons of the past.
- 47 Rhode Island High School (that are part of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League) baseball teams took the field in April and played at least 5 games, some as many as 11 games. Quick math, 47 schools playing an average of 5 games each, that means well over 1 million baseball memories were made in April!!! All kidding aside, April baseball is a return to normalcy for many student-athletes, schools, baseball communities, and fans of Rhode Island High School Baseball.
- Sadly, we lost two members of the Rhode Island Baseball Community in April – Jim Spearman and Wilcar Moreno. Coventry families messaged me about the passing of their beloved Coach Spearman and I was able to share their tributes, photos and stories here – Coach Jim Spearman. I saw a few social media posts sadly reporting the passing of Wilcar Moreno. I didn’t know this player but was really sad to read about the passing of Wilcar Moreno, a former Mt. Pleasant High School baseball player who played at UMass-Dartmouth. Moreno, according to the tribute on UMass-Dartmouth’s baseball page, “passed away following a courageous battle with cancer.” I encourage you to read more about Coach Spearman and Wilcar and please take a moment to tip your cap today at your baseball game for these members of our Rhode Island Baseball Community and their families.
- On the most recent April Vacation, I was able to get out to several RI High School baseball games. I was happy to see that games were scheduled early enough for me to go to the games, take in a few innings, shoot some photos and videos, and then get to work in Seekonk by 1pm. In total, I have been out to 6 games this Spring and I have many more to attend, including today at Portsmouth Abbey School. And wow, the talent I got to see was so worth the drive.
- Bishop Hendricken vs LaSalle Academy
- North Kingstown vs Mt. Hope
- East Providence vs Central
- Prout vs South Kingstown
- Barrington vs Middletown
- North Providence vs Tolman
As for performances on the field, social media has been buzzing all month long about Rhode Island High School baseball talent! Every game – a parent, a player, a fan, and even yours truly – has a ton of social media coverage including posts, photos, videos, tweets, and whatever the other social media apps call “announcements.” Here are some snapshots of social media posts that caught my eye in April:
3 students from Saint Raphael Academy who hit their 1st high school home runs in the same game against Mount Saint Charles on April 16, 2022. (On the left), Michael Frausto, sophomore, hit his 1st home run, (middle) Tim Breen, junior, hit a 2-run home run and (down 5-3 in the top of the 7th), (on the right) Harold Fernandez, freshman, hit a 3-run home run that put the Saints ahead for the win.
BULLDOGS WIN 10-0! Moving to 11-0 on the season. Dean Pons Jr 2022, pitched 5 innings in the shortened game. Striking out 14 and making the put out at first to account for all 15 outs
Baseball: Bradshaw, Clippers stun Hawks. Michael Bradshaw tossed a complete game six-hitter to a 10-4 victory over Hendricken. Scotty Penney had 4 hits, while Cam Harthan hit a pair of doubles, and Luke Plummer had 3 hits.
Oliver Rey (@Oliver_Rey17 on Twitter) – photos from the start of the season
Just saw this on IG –
@HendrickenHawks P Alex Clemmey throws a perfect game vs. Cranston East. The BHHS hitters were on their game as well. Congrats to Alex Clemmey on an incredible pitching performance! And the entire Hendy Baseball team on a big time win today!
From RIIL’s Twitter Page – “Pleased to announce Mt. Hope’s Eva White & Hendricken’s Brandyn Durand are the recipients of the 2021-22 RIIL Student-Athlete of the Year Award, presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI! Congratulations also to the 2022 RIIL Distinguished Achievement Award winners!“
Today is the last day of April and wow has it been a busy month on the Rhode Island High School baseball calendar. According to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s baseball pages, two teams (Westerly and North Kingstown) remain undefeated. Many, many teams are still in the playoff thick of things and have all May to prove themselves ready for a championship run. Stars are shining this season all over Rhode Island baseball at North Kingstown, Westerly, LaSalle, Cumberland, Mt. Hope, Central, Saint Raphael’s, Bishop Hendricken, Woonsocket and every school program in between! I can’t wait to get the opportunity to watch more and more stars in May. Huge thanks to all the parents, fans, and local sportswriters for including me in your stories and posts and tweets. You can see all of them on this page and all my social media pages daily.
Today I am off to Portsmouth Abbey for my first game there and I hope to share notes, photos, and highlights with you throughout today. And if you would like to share some game notes, photos, and recaps of your high school game today, tomorrow, and all of May, here is where you can contact me: