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The North Providence Breeze 07-10-2019

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation JULY 10-16, 2019 valleybreeze.com @ NORTH PROVIDENCE --- The North Providence Little League's best bet to claim a District I championship this week may come from some of its youngest players. All eyes will be on the NPLL's Major Division ages 9-10 all-star base- ball team tonight when it carries a 3-0 record into its 7 p.m. title game at Romano Field against the survivor of Tuesday's losers' bracket final against Johnston and Cranston Western. North Providence has been impres- sive in recording a 9-5 victory over Johnston on July 1, a 10-1 win over Cranston East last Wednesday, and a thrilling 4-3 triumph over Cranston Western on Sunday night. The victory over Cranston Western wasn't an easy one. Ahead by a 4-1 score after 4½ innings, Cranston Western scratched out runs in the home half of the fifth and sixth innings, but reliever Vincent Delisi put out the fire to pick up a save. Tyler Oliver's two-run single in the top of the third inning gave NPLL an early cushion, and after Cranston Western cut its deficit in half, NPLL scored two more runs in the fifth, as J.T. Raftery and Oliver pulled off a daring double steal that scored Raftery and Michael Ryan singled home Oliver. Starting pitcher Bronx DiScullio picked up the win by pitching 4 1/3 innings and striking out four batters, and he also collected two hits in the game. His teammates also backed up Discullio and Delisi with their gloves by recording 12 defensive outs. In last Wednesday's win over Cranston East, DiScullio again picked up the win on the hill by pitching the first three innings, striking out six bat- ters, and NPLL erased an early 1-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the top of the inning inning. Nick Natale and Raftery led the offense by each collecting two hits and scoring twice, and DiScullio also crossed the plate twice. Delisi also pitched three scoreless inning of relief, striking out seven batters. NPLL's victory over Johnston saw the locals collect just seven hits, but take full advantage of 11 walks, as well as a six-run rally in the top of the fourth, to put away their hosts. After Johnston scored three times in the bottom of the third to take a 5-2 lead, NPLL responded with its big rally, as Oliver highlighted the inning with a two-run double. The bullpen came up big for NPLL in this win, as Natale, the winning pitcher, and DiScullio each worked 2 2/3 innings and struck out six batters. Offensively, Oliver had two hits and Raferty scored twice. As for the ages 11-12 all-stars, they suffered their first loss of the tourna- ment late Sunday night with a 10-0 defeat to defending District I champi- on Cranston Western that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule. As a result, NPLL returned to action on Tuesday night in the losers' bracket finals, facing Cranston East for the right to play Cranston Western for the District I crown on Thursday night in Cranston. Cranston Western has won the last eight district titles. Prior to Sunday's loss, NPLL had blanked Cranston East, 4-0, behind a dominant performance from Luca Simonelli, who pitched a superb one-hitter and struck out 10 batters. Simonelli carried a no-hit bid for 5 2/3 innings before losing it with two outs in the sixth inning. The 10-11 all-stars, meanwhile, suffered back-to-back losses in their double-elimination tournament, as NPLL dropped a 10-4 decision to Cranston East in its tourney opener late last Friday, which took seven innings to complete, and a 10-0 con- test to Cranston Western on Monday night in their losers' bracket affair in Cranston. NPLL's 9-10 all-stars eye District I title North Providence hosts championship game tonight at 7 By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, North Providence second baseman RAUL RODRIGUEZ drives an outside pitch to right field during Monday night's District IV Major Division ages 10-11 losers' bracket game in Cranston, which was won by the host team, Cranston Western, 10-0. Right, North Providence pitcher NICO SANTOMARO fires a pitch in the bottom of the first inning. We deliver the highest caliber of medical and rehabilitative care, with the compassion, kindness and respect every patient deserves. Schedule a tour Call Today! Mount St. Rita Health Centre featuring Mercy Rehabilitation 15 Sumner Brown Road Cumberland, RI 02864 (401) 333-6352 Short Term Therapy & Long Term Care We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Our philosophy: (401) 762-2400 • nriah.com We're attentive, grateful, well-behaved (mostly), and always happy to see you. Visit our full-service animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care.

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