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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-10-2019

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 10-16, 2019 PAWTUCKET – Brayden Slack's three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning lifted the Pineview Little League Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all- star baseball team to a dramatic 8-6 victory over Rumford last Tuesday, July 2, and a spot in the winners' bracket finals of the double-elimination District II playoffs. Pineview, which kicked off the tournament on June 27 with a 6-4 win over Middletown, was scheduled to host Riverside on Tuesday night, with the winner of that showdown moving just one win away from winning the district title. "I think this is the furthest Pineview has made it in the win- ner's bracket in a very, very long time," said Pineview manager Jay Tremblay. "We have the team that can go far, but we also have a team that could go two and barbecue." When Rumford scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 6-5 lead, there were a lot of grim faces on the Pineview bench. With a push from their coaches, the Pineview kids real- ized that the game was not yet over as they went to bat in the top of the sixth. Ethan Torres and Cameron Force led off the inning with walks. Slack was reinserted back into the lineup, and on a 2-1 pitch, he drove the ball over the center-field fence as the Pineview bench exploded. "I was explaining to the kids that when you're sitting on the bench, you have to be paying attention to the game," Tremblay said. "You have to be involved. (Slack) didn't swing for the fence; he just hit it like he normally does, and that's what happened. He's a great hitter, and anyone on this team can do it." Torres then sealed the victory on the mound in the bottom of the sixth by pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a groundout to the shortstop, a strikeout, and a lin- eout to short. PAWTUCKET – Jim LaRose decided last year to bring the Howard Rogers Post 25 baseball team back to Pawtucket, as well as the R.I. American Legion ranks, after a nearly two-decade absence. And after enjoying a successful season as a Junior Division team, Howard Rogers is now fielding a Senior Division team that contains several high school players from the city that came back for another year of summer baseball, as well as its Junior Division ballclub. LaRose manages the team, along with his two brothers, Jeff and John, and Pawtucket native and Tolman alum Cory Morel, who is also the head coach of the Junior Division team. "Our junior team from last year is actually now our senior team," Morel added. "We're very young. We only have one 18-year-old (player) and the rest are 17 and 16, so we're facing all pretty much 18 and 19-year-old teams." There are 15 players on both rosters for Howard Rogers, and some returnees who have gone up to the Senior Division team are St. Raphael Academy's A.T DiPina, East Providence's Evan French, and Shea's Brandon Ribeiro, Jacob Faria and Manny Ortiz. The program takes players from Pawtucket, Central Falls, the Providence area, and East Providence, and while Morel said they do not have any players from Central Falls this season, they do have a Cumberland transplant in Trey Thibeault, as well as a player from Cranston, Henry Stanton. Another new player to the team who played for Shea is Ian Montanez. Morel said he came from Puerto Rico and is playing third base on the senior team as a freshman. As for pitching, the team's num- ber one pitcher is SRA lefty Adam Gomes, with Thibeault being the two. Morel said that Gomes was the winning pitcher is both of the team's victories – Post 25 entered Monday night's action with a 2-7 record – and Thibeault will also play some first base. Last Wednesday night at Vets Park, Howard Rogers took the field for a doubleheader against Warwick's New England Frozen Lemonade, but lost both games by scores of 11-1 and 4-1. In the opening game, Ribeiro was at first while Thibeault was pitch- ing. Ortiz caught for him, but when Gomes pitches, DiPina will be behind the plate. Brandon Landry will also play first, and Eddison Ramos, a returnee from Hope High, is the team's starting sec- ond baseman. Among the new addi- tions are Tolman shortstop Lonnie Santiago and third baseman Aaron Carrion. As for the outfield, it features French is right, Davies player Nick Rossi in center, and Stanton in left. Sean Filipe was in right in last Wednesday's opener. Despite his team's losing record, Morel said the team is focused more on building up its team than wins and losses. He said that the team is already looking better and should improve as the season goes on, as well as next year. "(This is a) new franchise; we're not in it to win it right now," he said. "We're looking at a three- to five-year span. We're very young. Our biggest loss so far was against Cranston's team, and their entire team is college freshmen. We were overpowered." Howard Rogers joins Senior Division ranks American Legion team looks to 'piece it together' against veteran competition By KAYLA PANU Valley Breeze Sports Writer kayla@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTOS BY KAYLA PANU Left, Howard Rogers batter BAM RIBEIRO, who starred for the Shea High baseball team, hits a double down the left-field line during last Wednesday's doubleheader against New England Frozen Lemonade. Above, Howard Rogers runner HENRY STANTON, right, dives back to first base on a pickoff attempt. 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