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The North Providence Breeze 06-12-2019

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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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 12-18, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 North Providence High senior JESSICA RIZZO was one of 60 high school softball players across the nation who took part in a Major League Baseball/USA Softball camp – the 2019 Softball Breakthrough Series – on Memorial Day weekend at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City, Mo. The camp was an all-expense paid trip for four days, and the instruc- tors were former and present U.S. Olympic team players, as well as players from the U.S. Women's National Team. Among the camp's highlights for Rizzo included receiv- ing catching instruction from U.S. Olympic catcher Aubree Munroe, serving as a catcher for a pitch- ing lesson with legendary pitcher Jennie Finch, and attending a game between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium. Rizzo takes part in MLB/USA Softball camp in Kansas City NORTH PROVIDENCE – Barone Orthodontics became the talk of the North Providence Little League on Sunday night, as the fourth-place team stunned regular-season champion Councilman Amoriggi, 5-2, in their best-of-three semifinal-round series opener at Romano Field. Barone Orthodontics pitcher Jeremiah Nouel kept Councilman Amoriggi's bats off-balance all game as he struck out 11 batters in 5 2/3 innings. The loss snapped Councilman Amoriggi's six-game win streak. The other semifinal-round series, featuring second-place Senator Ciccone and third-place Christiansen's Fine Milk, was scheduled to begin late Monday night. The second games of both series is slated for Thursday at Romano Field, with Amoriggi playing Barone at 5:45 p.m. and Ciccone facing Christiansen's at 7:45 p.m. If a third and deciding game is needed in either series, it will take place on Saturday night. The best-of-three championship series will begin next Monday night. In the opening round of the playoffs last Friday night, Christiansen's rolled to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over last- place Mayor Lombardi that was its fourth straight win, and Barone blanked fifth-place FOP-13 NPPD, 3-0. Christiansen's victory saw Ronnie Paux pick up the win on the mound by striking out seven batters, and at the plate, he collected two hits and four runs batted in. Sean Francisco added three hits, three runs scored, and four runs batted in, and Domenic Pistacchio also had two hits. In Barone's win, Vincent Pontarelli picked up the win by pitching 5 2/3 scoreless innings. The final regular-season standings: Councilman Amoriggi (14-1), Senator Ciccone (11-4), Christiansen's (10-5), Barone (5-10), FOP-13 (3-12), and Mayor Lombardi (2-13). Barone shocks Amoriggi in semifinal-round series opener of NPLL playoffs Senator Ciccone awaits Christiansen's Fine Milk; action continues tomorrow RIIL Athletic Hall of Fame inducts NP's Dandeneau on Oct. 30 NORTH PROVIDENCE – North Providence's Jerry Dandeneau will be among the members of the Class of 2019 that will be inducted into the Rhode Island Interscholastic League High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Beginning with his days as the girls' basketball and boys' soccer coach at the R.I. School for the Deaf in the mid-1970s, Dandeneau has served the state's high school student-athletes for the better part of five decades. Dandeneau also served stints as the North Providence High and Scituate High baseball coach, worked as a basketball official since 1984, and acted as the RIIL's sport director for Unified Basketball and Unified Volleyball since 2010. Joining Dandeneau in the Class of 2019 are Mount Saint Charles hockey figures David Belisle and Brian Boucher, former North Smithfield High girls' basketball standout Linda Cimino, former Bishop Hendricken and NFL football player Will Blackmon, and former Barrington boys' soccer coach Ed Bradley. Also in the class are the late Bill Falk, who was a nationally-respected pole vault mentor, as well as a cross country and track and field coach, former Providence Journal sportswrit- er John Gillooly, former Cranston East three-sport athlete David Harrington, and longtime football, cross country and track coach Robert Littlefield. Chelsea Marandola, who played basketball for Johnston High in the early 2000s and became the all- time leading scorer among R.I. high school female hoop players with 2,631 career points, ex-Barrington See DANDENEAU, Page 22 Summer Special Sign a Year leaSe bY June 30 th and live rent free during month 2 & 4 Call todaY! (401)232-5577

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