By BRENDEN SOARES A pair of young arms that previously suited up in the red of Cranston West are now starting to make some waves in the circle at the collegiate level, as Livia Feole and Caitlin Lopez have both experienced recent individual success on
By BRENDEN SOARES A pair of young arms that previously suited up in the red of Cranston West are now starting to make some waves in the circle at the collegiate level, as Livia Feole and Caitlin Lopez have both experienced recent individual success on the softball field. Feole is currently a sophomore at Johnson & Wales, playing in her first full season after the pandemic curtailed her freshman campaign, which was nothing short of the rudest of awakenings. In five appearances for the Wildcats, she surrendered 21 hits, 18 runs and had an earned run average above 11 while only managing to pick up three strikeouts on her way to an 0-3 record. One year later, and Feole has managed to dramatically turn things around as JWU has started the season with a perfect 10-0 mark, with the former Falcon contributing to the Wildcat ledger with a pair of those triumphs. She picked up her first victory at the collegiate level on March 24, coming on in relief to hurl the final two frames of a come-from-behind 3-1 win for the Wildcats over Roger Williams, retiring the Hawks in order in the seventh to seal the win. Feole had a busier day three days later, as she was in action in both ends of a doubleheader versus Norwich, throwing eight innings across the two games as she nabbed the win in the opener before getting the save to close out the twinbill with the Cadets. As a result of her streak-continuing exploits, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference tapped the sophomore righty as its pitcher of the week for the week ending March 28, marking the second week in a row that a JWU pitcher earned the honor. Across town, Lopez is making her first steps as a member of the Rhode Island College squad, who are currently 2-7 on the year after dropping three of four from Southern Maine in a home-and-home series over the weekend. The freshman righty was responsible for the Anchorwomen’s lone triumph, going the distance in the back end of Saturday’s doubleheader versus the Huskies, striking out four as RIC rode a ten-run first inning to a 13-3 decision. Of the trio of pitchers that the Anchorwomen have used to date, Lopez is the only one to be credited with a win, as she also picked up the victory in a 14-4 triumph against Mitchell on March 26, scattering three hits in four innings of work. Lopez has now made six appearances on the campaign, compiling a 2-2 record with a team-high ten strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work, whereas Feole has gone 2-0 with a save and five strikeouts over ten innings with an ERA of zero.
Cranston West graduate Danielle Carmody has played in eight games for the Merrimack softball team to date, picking up eight hits and driving home a run in the Warriors’ 3-0 shutout of Maine on March 13...Ex-Falcon Matt Lonardo is hitting at a .267 clip for Assumption, drawing a team-high five walks for the 2-4 Greyhounds...Former Thunderbolt Mackenzie Richards went 5-for-12 with a pair of runs scored in Assumption’s four-game series versus Franklin Pierce this past weekend, with the Greyhounds splitting the set with the Ravens.