by Amanda Dronzek
The 2022 East Greenwich High School sports season officially came to a close this week (6/8). Here’s what you may have missed from your Avengers:
Tuesday (5/31), the Avengers golf team teed off in the state championship at Cranston Country Club. East Greenwich placed fourth overall. Individually, junior Ryan Marcantonio was tied for tenth in Rhode Island +11 to par. Marcantonio landed in the top six for total points scored throughout the season. Additionally, senior Cam Warrener tied for seventeenth in the state +14 to par.
Tuesday (5/31) and Saturday (6/4), East Greenwich was made proud by the track and field team’s success. At JV states, sophomore Alicia Chen finished third in the 800 meter run. During Saturday’s varsity state championship, junior Rylee Shunney won the 1500 meter run and the 3000 meter run for the Avengers. Shunney, along with three other teammates qualified for New Englands: Sophomore Ava Peters placed fifth in the 1500, senior Boston University commit Jacob Connolly came in fifth for the 3k, and sophomore Javien David landed in fifth for the javelin.
Last week, the girls softball team clinched the north division with a final regular season record of 18-3. Earning a bye in the preliminary round, East Greenwich advanced to the first round in the state’s double elimination tournament. This past Thursday (6/2), the Avengers played Middletown on their home field. East Greenwich racked up 10 runs in five innings. On the mound, ace Ava Fairbanks threw a no hitter. Monday (6/6), the Avengers hosted Prout in their first quarter final game. The score remained 0-0 until the top of the seventh inning. A line drive into right center field brought two runs home for the Crusaders. The final: 2-0, Prout. Tuesday (6/7), East Greenwich and Ponagansett fought for a spot in the final four.
And fight the Avengers did. In a nail-biting defensive and offensive battle, EG came out on top, 8-6. Wednesday (6/8), the team made the trip to Mount Hope for their third consecutive game this week. The Huskies defended their home field, putting up six runs in seven innings. The final score: 6-0, Mt. Hope. Climbing from a 2-17 season in 2021, to the fourth best team in Division II, the Avengers have started a new conversation. Just how far can this team go in years to come?
Congratulations to all EGHS athletes on a great year!
Photo credit to Chuck Nadeau from EG vs Middletown on 6/2