EASTERN OFFER – RI North Coyotes pitcher Nathan Potter delivered his best start to the Autumn Baseball League season on Sunday by throwing a two-hit to lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 win over first-place Riverside-ATC in the opening game of their double-header at Dellefemine Field.
Potter exchanged zeros with Riverside ATC pitcher Eli Barber until the Coyotes hit for their two races at the top of the fourth inning on a two-out single by Matt Brackett. This hit was scored by Brandon “Bam” Ribeiro, who led with a single, and Potter, who moved Ribeiro into scoring position with a separate base hit.
Potter, who allowed an unearned run in the sixth, ended the match with seven strikes and four walks, and Ribeiro ended up producing two of the Coyotes’ five hits outside Barber.
Unfortunately for the Coyotes, they suffered a 7-2 loss to Riverside-ATC in their next game which dropped the record to 2-6.
Riverside-ATC, which is 6-2, took a 3-0 lead in the second half and never looked back. The Coyotes scored their runs in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Potter that drove in Sammy Diaz and a pass that allowed Ribeiro to score.
Offensively, Ribeiro collected two of the four hits that Riverside ATC pitcher Jack McKnight allowed in his complete combat effort, and on the ground, Coyotes Ethan Leary Riverside-ATC shone with 1 1/3 rounds of hitless relief.
The playoff-based Coyotes will end their regular season on Saturday with a double-headed 10 in Cranston against the Cranston Bulldogs.