Bring on Playoff Season: The End of Spring Sports at EGHS

by Amanda Dronzek

Playoff season is officially among Rhode Island high school sports.

As the spring seasons concludes for East Greenwich High School, the Avengers’ spotlight falls to the girls softball team. Returning from a 2 win season in 2021, and a tragic loss of a team member, the Avengers are 14-3 in 2022. “The atmosphere is remarkable,” head coach Rob Petrucci says. Competing under unprecedented circumstances, Petrucci’s team has made an unbelievable comeback in Division II.  In late April, East Greenwich had their first loss to Ponaganset, snapping a five game winning streak. On Friday, the Avengers defeated the Chieftains, 9-3 in a must win game. Starting pitcher Ava Fairbanks (sophomore) pitched a complete game with 15 strikeouts. “I couldn’t do any of it without my teammates behind me,” Fairbanks beams. Offensively, shortstop Margaret Neville (sophomore) launched a grand slam in the bottom of the third, giving the defense a cushion. Continuing a new tradition, Olivia Passaretti’s number three remains painted in center field for every home game. “I know she’s been helping and has been with us throughout the season,” Petrucci remarks. “She would have loved this.” This Tuesday (5/24), East Greenwich hosts Tollgate, the current number one seed, as the Avengers fight for first place. Also next week, the team’s regular season ends Friday (5/27) in West Warwick, the division title on the line. Following Memorial Day, the Avengers begin their run at the playoffs. 

This Saturday (5/21), the boys baseball team celebrated their senior day with a 13-5 win versus Prout. Standing at 6-14, the Avengers wrap up their season next week. On Tuesday (5/24), East Greenwich faces Cumberland in their final league game of the year. 

Friday (5/20), the girls lacrosse team recognized their seniors with a 13-12 win in overtime over South Kingstown. Junior attacker Mila Navarro tied the game at 12 a piece. In OT, junior midfielder Helena Dunwoody scored the game winning goal. At 4-6, the Avengers battle for a playoff spot next week.

Boys lacrosse has split their season at 4-4. In their most recent game, the Avengers beat Portsmouth, 12-6. 

In the southern division, the boys track and field team ranks fourth with a record of 6-3. The girls team sits at 4-5. With states lurking around the corner, the Avengers train for what they hope will be a positive start to summer.

Entering Division I this season, the boys volleyball team is 7-8. Their regular season comes to a close on Friday (5/27).

Avenger boys tennis wrapped up their season at 0-14. Next season, they have a comeback in store.

East Greenwich golf has seen success this spring, currently holding first place in the central division. More to follow from Coach Marc Brocato’s team.

Two weeks ago, the East Greenwich unified volleyball team took home the Division I championship. Following four years of dedication and commitment, senior captain Joe Gendron leaves his team on a high note. In years to come, Gendron reminds his fellow Avengers to “always play unified,” regardless of wins or losses. 

Stay tuned for more from EGHS.