2018-05-17 / Around Town

Islanders Slip Past Cougars Behind Reynolds Arm

GAME OF THE WEEK
By Leif Walcutt and Kirby Varacalli


Middletown’s sophomore third baseman, Jack Nelson (5), throws on the run to first base to get the first out in the sixth inning. 
Photos by Meri Kellerwww.merikeller.smugmug.com Middletown’s sophomore third baseman, Jack Nelson (5), throws on the run to first base to get the first out in the sixth inning. Photos by Meri Kellerwww.merikeller.smugmug.com When Middletown High School sophomore pitcher Alex Bowley deftly snared a pop fly behind the mound for the second out of the second inning, little did he know that it would be his last play of the season. On the play, Bowley collided with junior first baseman Preston Walker, suffering a severe ankle injury.

The Islanders trailed North Providence 1-0 at the time, but they would rally for a 3-1 victory on May 14 at Gaudet Field, thanks largely to senior pitcher Justin Reynolds.

“Justin is exactly what the doctor ordered today after what happened to Alex,” head coach Eric Godin said.

Reynolds fired 5 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief, striking out four Cougars and not walking a batter. North Providence never threatened to score again.


Islanders’ pitcher Alex Bowley (left) catches a pop up behind the mound as teammate and first baseman Preston Walker (right) slides to avoid running into him. A collision occurred and Bowley was seriously injured. Islanders’ pitcher Alex Bowley (left) catches a pop up behind the mound as teammate and first baseman Preston Walker (right) slides to avoid running into him. A collision occurred and Bowley was seriously injured. Middletown evened the game in the bottom of the third when freshman Ryan Andrade stroked a leadoff single. After moving to second on a passed ball, Andrade scored on a two-out throwing error.

The Islanders took the lead for good in the fourth, and Reynolds got it started with a leadoff walk. One out later, another Cougar error allowed senior Grady Richard to reach base, setting the stage for senior Gunnar Rinkel, who ripped a two-run double to the fence in right-center to make it 3-1.

Reynolds did the rest. “He’s done this before,” Godin said. “This isn’t the first time Reynolds has come on in a pinch.”

With their second straight win, the Islanders raised their Division I record to 3-11. The Cougars fell to 4-12. With four games left, Middletown will travel to face Pilgrim on Thursday, May 17, return to Gaudet to duel North Kingstown on Friday, May 18 and Lincoln on Monday, May 21, before closing out the season at Coventry on May 23.



Justin Reynolds follows through on a pitch against the Cougars. The Islanders’ senior hurler entered the game in relief in the second inning and shut out North Providence the rest of the game for the win. Justin Reynolds follows through on a pitch against the Cougars. The Islanders’ senior hurler entered the game in relief in the second inning and shut out North Providence the rest of the game for the win.

Senior Gunnar Rinkel doubles to right center on this swing for two RBIs that proved to be the game-winning hit for Middletown. Senior Gunnar Rinkel doubles to right center on this swing for two RBIs that proved to be the game-winning hit for Middletown.

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