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The Valley Breeze & Observer 04-11-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation @ APRIL 11-17, 2019 PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced late last week that it is stocking 75,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout into the state's ponds and streams in advance of the freshwater fishing sea- son, which will celebrate its Opening Day on Saturday with more than 40,000 anglers across the state. "Every year on Opening Day, gen- erations of Rhode Islanders head out to a favorite fishing spot to experience the thrill of reeling in the first trout of the season," DEM Director Janet Coit said in a press release. "The DEM is proud to support freshwater fishing through our stocking program so that anglers of all ages can experience our beautiful freshwaters and have fun catching beautiful hatchery-raised trout. And this year, the gorgeous SMITHFIELD – After posting its best regular-season record since 2005 last year, the Smithfield High baseball team is mak- ing the jump from Division II to the state's top league this spring, and after their open- ing week of action, the Sentinels are .500, thanks to their "home and away" series split with Cranston West. It's the first time the Sentinels are playing in D-I since 2012. The program had expe- rienced some mixed results over their past few seasons in D-II, but after Jim Connell Jr. took over as the head coach last spring, they posted a 12-6 record and competed in the playoffs. The RIIL's offseason realignment result- ed in the Sentinels remaining in Division II, but the team volunteered to move up to D-I, allowing Tolman, which had been slated to jump to D-I, to return to D-II. "I want the boys to play against the best competition," Connell said about the move to D-I. "And I think that the guys that we have here can do that, as well as also kind of spark the sport and try to keep people here and know that we're going to be play- ing against the top teams in the state." Connell had previously coached baseball at La Salle Academy, a Division I team, and is also on the coaching staff of the Smithfield boys' hockey team that also competes in D-I. As for his baseball team, Connell said that he has a great coaching staff that includes his father, Jim Connell Sr., Pete Marino, and Tyler Duffy. Marino is a teacher in town, while Duffy is the junior varsity coach and a varsity assistant coach BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Smithfield runner JUSTIN GORGONE, left, slides headfirst into home with the game's first run as Cranston West catcher THOMAS BARBIERI tries to dive across the plate and tag out Gorgone. The Sentinels, who are back in Division I for the first time since 2012, picked up their first victory by defeating the Falcons, 7-6. Smithfield baseball team returns to D-I Sentinels open season by splitting two-game series with Falcons By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Writer Smithfield start- ing pitcher ZACH COLLINS gets ready to deliver a pitch during last week's home opener against Cranston West, which was won by the Sentinels, 7-6. Collins picked up the win by striking out seven batters and teaming up with two relievers on a six-hitter. See SENTINELS, Page 18 Fishing season begins Saturday; DEM stocks 75,000 trout into R.I.'s waters Scituate Rec youth derby is Saturday at Hope Pond See FISHING, Page 17 Creative Pool System, Inc. Swimming Pool Supplies & Services 17 Commerce Street, Greenville (behind A&W) • 949-4400 In shop Salt Cell and Filter Cartridge overnight deep cleaning Get Ready for Pool Openings! FILTERS & PUMPS IN SHOP REPAIRS Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI 401-475-6116 OPEN CAPTION MOVIES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED! Did you know CinemaWorld in Lincoln shows Open Caption Movies Daily! Go to for showtimes FREE MOVIE PASS Ask about a At your next visit at Hear for You!

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