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Hawks Baseball vs. Curry College Colonels

Sage Shuster-Wright
A grand slam is hit during the game.

The Roger Williams Hawks dominated the field in an impressive win against the Curry College Colonels on April 2. The Hawks victory wasn’t solely based on the final score, but rather, their victory was outlined by a strategic approach and pursuit of excellence on the field. 

From the outset, the Hawks focus was clear. “Our primary focus remains firmly on our next opponent and the process, not the results,” Head coach Kevin Kelley emphasized, setting the tone for the baseball team’s approach to their matchup against Curry College. 

Junior Dennis Folan wasted no time igniting the scoring for the hawks with a homerun over the center-left field wall, evening the score 1-1 after the second inning. This immediate offensive spark set the stage for what would be a dominant performance for the Hawks. In the third, the Hawks would take a 2-1 lead after a bases loaded walk. Shortly following this walk, Junior Rory Lynch would deliver a momentum-swining grand slam homerun, a hit that would breath life into the Roger Williams dugout. “This year’s team is a group of guys who just feed off of each other and enjoy being here,” Senior Captain, Jack Morin remarked, highlighting the palpable camaraderie among teammates that fuels the Hawks success. Lynch’s grand slam extended the Hawks lead 6-1, leaving the Colonels scrambling to mount a comback. 

While the offense dominated, the Hawks showcased their depth on the mound. Connor Qunlin led the charge, displaying athleticism and composure as he secured five strikeouts over five innings pitched, allowing only two earned runs. “At the end of the day, baseball is a game so having fun while playing is what makes teams great,” says Sophomore pitcher Louie Mosca, reflecting on the team’s positive mindset and approach to the game. This year, the Hawks baseball team plays by a new seven pillar philosophy; Love, Family, Unity, Availability, Fortitude, Confidence, and Grit, which head coach Kevin Kelley believes is the driving factor behind the Hawks collective and individual success. 

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As the game progressed, the Colonels had a brief resurgence in the fourth inning with a solo homerun, however, the Hawks remained unfettered. Junior Jack Morin would quickly respond with a homerun of his own in the fifth inning, further solidifying Roger William’s lead. “We look at games as if we’re the best team on the field,” Mosca asserted, highlighting the team’s belief in their abilities. 

The Hawks performance against the Colonels marked a significant turnaround from their previous 3-9 loss against Curry College last season. “Our mindset never changes no matter the opponent,” Morin stated, emphasizing the team’s determination. 

As the final innings unfolded, the Hawks maintained their offense with a sacrifice fly ball from Junior, Aidan Hawley, giving Roger Williams an 8-2 lead. In the seventh, the Hawks would bring in three more runs, sealing their 12-2 victory via mercy rule. The Hawks next matchup will be a doubleheader in Wenham, MA. against Gordon on Saturday, April 6. 


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Caleb Coelho
Caleb Coelho, Herald Reporter
Caleb is a junior studying Political Science with a minor in Marketing. He loves spending time outside, going on hikes, and playing with his dog. Caleb is enthusiastic about sports, particularly baseball and hockey. Caleb also enjoys spending time with friends and family on the weekends.
Sage Shuster-Wright
Sage Shuster-Wright, Herald Photographer
Sage is currently a freshmen at Roger, in her first year with the Hawks' Herald. She is a double major in Educational Studies and Psychology, with the plan to become an Early Childhood Teacher. She is also apart of the Photography and Outing clubs.

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