Warwick West Side Team 1 opened the 27th annual Red Andrews Tournament with a bang on Monday evening, beating Warwick American 10-0 in four innings.
For a team that would like to bring home West Side’s first-ever Red Andrews title, it was a perfect start.
“I’m proud of the way the kids played,” manager Derek Moreau said. “Our pitcher was awesome, and we played well overall. Some of these kids didn’t play those positions in the regular season, but they went out there and did well with it. We’re very happy with the way things turned out, obviously.”
American looked like it would strike early when Robert Thuotte lined a double to right with one out in the top of the first inning. But West Side pitcher William Martino struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
And American would never threaten again.
Martino was perfect the rest of the way. The lefty struck out five and needed just 38 pitches to get through the four-inning complete game. The defense was solid behind him, with Will Pariseau and Scott Campbell leading the way from the left side of the infield.
“Thirty-eight pitches in four innings is really good,” Moreau said. “He was just throwing strikes. He was hitting the zone. He knows his spots.”
Martino’s performance set the stage for a victory, and the West Side offense delivered it, scoring one run in the first inning, one in the second, five in the third and three in the fourth.
Jeff Alves started the scoring in the bottom of the first when he led off with an infield single. Alves stole second, then came around on a hit by Branden Bento.
In the second, Matt Perreault legged out an infield single, moved to third on consecutive walks and scored on a base hit by Jaymin Gilroy.
In the third, West Side broke the game open.
Nick Jaggi and Russ White walked to start the frame. A wild pitch and an ensuing error allowed Jaggi to score before a walk to Bento. American pitcher Devin Budlong settled down and got two outs, but an error allowed two more runs to score. Hits by Jake White and Perreault kept the line moving, and both runners later came around.
When the dust settled, West Side led 7-0.
American tried to mount a charge against Martino in the fourth, but after Nathan Miller grounded out, Martino struck out the next two batters.
Back at the plate, West Side finished off the win. Miller, on in relief of Budlong, got two outs before Alves legged out an infield hit. A walk and an error sent two runs in before Bento singled to left to score White with the 10th and final run.
“Some of these kids feel they should have been all stars so they’re trying to say, ‘Hey, we can play too,’” Moreau said. “They did well.”
West Side’s second entry in the tournament also won on Monday, beating Warwick National. The West Side squads will now play each other on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the tournament semifinals. The winner of that game will play for the championship on Saturday at 8 p.m.
“They’re very excited about the opportunity,” Moreau said. “We talked about it and what the tournament means. The kids are aware of what they need to do. West Side has never won it before so we’re striding for that.”