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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition JULY 12-18, 2018 Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ LINCOLN – It's been said time and time again that good pitching beats good hitting, and last Friday night, one of the top hitting teams in the District IV Major Division all-star baseball tournament was silenced by one of the area's top Little League pitchers. After averaging 11 runs and 13 hits in tournament-opening victo- ries over Cumberland National and Burrillville, Woonsocket fell victim to the superb one-hit pitching of Lincoln's Donavon Lopez in last Friday's winners' bracket final of the double-elimination tourney at Randy Hien Field. And not only did Lopez enjoy a banner day, but so did his team- mates, who pounded out 13 hits to help fuel an 11-0 victory that took just 67 minutes to wrap up and was halted after 3 1/2 innings by the mercy rule. Woonsocket, which was making its first appearance in the winners' bracket final since 2015, was sched- uled to play in Wednesday night's losers' bracket final against defend- ing state champion Cumberland American, which stayed alive in the tournament on Monday night by blanking Burrillville, 7-0. Wednesday night's ballgame, like Woonsocket's last three, was on the road, no thanks to damage late last month to the outfield grass at Lajoie Field that made the venue unplay- able. The winner of Wednesday's affair will head to Smithfield's Whipple Field on Saturday at 7 p.m. to battle Lincoln in the championship game. Lincoln would have to win either that game or a winner-take-all contest the following night in order to capture its third district title in the last four years and fourth since 2013. If Woonsocket makes it to Saturday night's title game, it would mark the first time in 15 years that a Little League team from the city played for the championship (East Woonsocket lost to Lincoln in the finals), and if Woonsocket gets there, it will look to put forth a better effort, especially defensively. After playing near-flawless defense in its first two games, Woonsocket BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Woonsocket shortstop SHAYNE GODIN gets ready to swing at a fastball during last Friday night's District IV winners' bracket final against Lincoln, which was won by the host team, 11-0. Woonsocket faced defending state champion Cumberland American in Wednesday night's losers' bracket final. Difficult defeat for Woonsocket Loss to Lincoln sends Major Division all-stars into District IV losers' bracket By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See WOONSOCKET, Page 18 Your guide to nursing home/Medicaid Protection Wills & Trusts Medicaid Planning Probate Northern RI's Premier Full Service Law Firm Jarret Law, LLc 176 Eddie Dowling Highway, Suite 202, North Smithfield, RI 401-769-2929 www P. Jarret III, Esq. "Jay" Aram P. Jarret, Jr., Esq. Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! 30% OFF * Selected Products Local: 401-356-4770 *Ask for details.

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