R.I. North Coyotes sweep Cranston Bulldogs, begin ABL playoffs on Saturday

R.I. North Coyotes sweep Cranston Bulldogs, begin ABL playoffs on Saturday

CRANSTON – The R.I. North Coyotes will head into this weekend’s best-of-three quarterfinal-round series in the Autumn Baseball League on a high note, thanks to their doubleheader sweep of the Cranston Bulldogs last Saturday afternoon.

The Coyotes, who are 4-6 and the fifth seed in the playoffs, will pay a visit 4th-seeded Chariho on Saturday at 10 a.m. and play the first two games of their series against the Chargers. If a third and deciding game is needed, it will take place on Sunday at Max Read Field at a time to be announced.

The Coyotes had swept a doubleheader from Chariho in their season opener, but ended up forfeiting those victories when the ABL found out that the Coyotes inadvertently used two ineligible players.

Regular-season champion Riverside-ATC and the runner-up Ocean State Titans are the top two seeds in the R.I. Division and received quarterfinal-round byes, and the 3rd-seeded Granite City Jays and 6th-seeded Bulldogs will face each other in the other quarterfinal-round series in Westerly.

In the opening game of last Saturday’s twinbill, the Coyotes defeated the Bulldogs, 10-5, by collecting 17 hits, as four of them came from Ethan Leary. Matt Brackett also socked a pair of doubles, and Brandon “Bam” Ribeiro, Jeff LaRose, Nathan Potter, Trey Thibeault, and Jacob Faria added two hits apiece.

The winning pitcher was Leary, who worked the first four innings, striking out six batters and walking one, and Potter earned a save by pitching two-hit ball over the final three innings, fanning four and walking one.

The second game saw the Coyotes top the Bulldogs, 9-2, and Chase Joubert lead the way by collecting two doubles and a base hit at the plate and getting the victory on the mound by tossing three-hit ball, striking out seven batters, and walking three in his 5 1/3 innings of work.

Thibeault pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, striking out two batters and allowing a hit, and also sparking the Coyotes’ 13-hit attack were LaRose, who also doubled twice and added a base hit; Matt Brackett, who added a single and a double, and Potter, who also joined the multiple-hit club.