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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-12-2018

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 12-18, 2018 Smithfield exits District IV playoffs Defending state champions eliminate Major Division ages 11-12 all-star team By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com CUMBERLAND – The Smithfield Little League's Major Division all-star team took charge in the first inning of its District IV losers' bracket game against defending state champion Cumberland American last Friday night, but the ages 11-12 all-stars couldn't get anything else going after that and were ousted from the dou- ble-elimination tournament, 9-2. Cumberland American southpaw Anthony Martin pitched a five-hitter that saw him strike out 11 batters and walk just one. Ryan Flynn left the yard with a two-run homer over the fence in center field in the bottom of the first, but that was all the scoring Smithfield could produce. "(Martin) started mixing up hit pitches a little bit," Smithfield man- ager Dennis Dwyer said after the defeat at Cumberland's Garvin Field. "We've always been pretty good at hitting fastballs. He doesn't have an overpowering fastball, but he located it well, and then (Martin) started mix- ing in some curves and hitting his spots. "They extended the zone a little bit – you could see the catcher setting up outside – and we had talked about going middle away, which is how you hit a left-handed pitcher, but he pitched well. We give him credit. They are a good team." Cumberland American, which was the away team, produced the game's first run in the top of the field when Martin belted a double down the left-field line and scored on Jack LaRose's single up the middle. But Smithfield struck back when Connor Caprio started things off with a base hit to left field and came home on Flynn's homer. Pitching for Smithfield was Lucas Swearad, who tossed a perfect second inning before finishing his night by working 3 1/3 innings and allowing six runs on five hits and two walks. One of the hits that he gave up with a three-run homer by Andy Ray in the third that he hammered over the fence in left field to give Cumberland American a 4-2 lead. After LaRose socked a solo home run later in the inning, Cumberland American added another run in the fourth. With Swearad out of the game, the defending state champs scored three more times by taking advantage of seven walks and only one hit. Smithfield's other players that col- lected hits, all singles, were Michael Sands, Jordan Hurst, and Garett Sala. Throughout the tournament, OBSERVER PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU Cumberland American runner JACK LAROSE, left, is an easy out at third base, as Smithfield third baseman RYAN FLYNN gets ready to field the throw there and tag out LaRose in the top of the first inning of last Friday night's District IV Major Division losers' bracket game at Garvin Field. Cumberland American, which won the state title last season, ended up winning the contest, 9-2. Continues on next page Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. 143B Danielson Pike Scituate, RI 02857 We are located in the of Scituate Village Daycare / Boarding / Grooming For Your Best Friend Manny and Milo, Clients Our Daycare is Structured Socialization www.countrymutt.com 401.764.5955 RI DEM Lic. #1209/940 Insured

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