NCMS softball team falls in semifinals of state playoffs

NCMS softball team falls in semifinals of state playoffs

PROVIDENCE – The North Cumberland Middle School softball team saw its bid for its first state championship in four years come up short in Monday afternoon’s semifinals of the state tournament at Rhode Island College, as top-seeded Western Hills Middle School of Cranston earned a spot in Thursday’s title game by posting a 3-0 victory.

The loss concludes a superb season for NCMS, which had posted a 10-2 record during the regular season to repeat as North Division champions. To reach the semis, NCMS, which was the fourth seed, blasted 20th-seeded Deering in its playoff opener, 14-4, and blanked 5th-seeded Portsmouth in the quarterfinals, 5-0.

Lincoln also reached the playoffs with a 6-6 mark that was good for fourth place in the division and the 19th seed in the playoffs, but the Lions suffered an 11-6 loss to 3rd-seeded Chariho in its tourney opener.

In baseball, North Cumberland and Lincoln reached the state playoffs, but were blanked in the first round, as 4th-seeded NCMS was upset by 13th-seeded Feinstein, 4-0, and 10th-seeded Lincoln dropped a 3-0 decision to 7th-seeded Curtis Corner.

NCMS had captured the Northeast Division regular-season crown with a 13-1 record – the team’s fourth division title in the last five years (and sixth in the last nine) – and Lincoln finished two games behind NCMS in second place with an 11-3 mark.