North Smithfield beats Classical in battle of D-III’s top baseball teams

PROVIDENCE – The baseball always has a way of finding the player who least wants it hit in his direction. On Monday at Davis Park, that was North Smithfield second baseman Tyler Albino.

But after a tough sixth inning against Classical, the freshman made the play that mattered most.

Albino got a boost of confidence by getting on base and scoring an insurance run in the seventh, then stabbed a one-hop shot to start a routine 4-6-3 double play that sealed the Northmen’s 5-1 win over the Purple in a battle of the two top teams in Division III.

“I can not speak for everyone else, but I was excited going into it,” said Danny White, after North Smithfield improved to 8-0 in D-III with the win. “I was ready to step up our game and step it up to the next level.”

For the first five innings, the story of the game was the pitching of North Smithfield’s Ethan Harnois and reliever Kayden Artruc, who had a combined no-hitter and a 2-0 lead heading to the sixth. They needed it against a stellar pitching performance from Classica’s Tyler Lee.

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