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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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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Cumberland Lincoln Edition Sports & Recreation @ AUGUST 8-14, 2019 Showing off their team's state championship trophy during the post-game cere- mony at McCarthy Field are the "elder statesmen" of the Upper Deck Post 14 baseball team, from left, Josh Slaney, Corey Mayer, Tyler McNulty, Braedon Carney, Drew Szafranski, Steve Andrews, and Dom Cunha. BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Next stop: Northeast Regionals Upper Deck Post 14 repeats as Legion state champs WEST WÅRWICK – Repeating as American Legion state champions was nice. So was getting to return to this week's Northeast Regional Tournament at the College of the Holy Cross' Hancock Insurance Park. But make no doubt about it: Upper Deck Post 14 has its sights set on big- ger and better aspirations down the road – namely its second trip to the American Legion World Series in the last four years. "We want to go to the World Series," remarked Upper Deck right fielder Tyler McNulty. "That's our goal. Forget winning just one or two games (at the regionals). We want to win it and get to the World Series." McNulty talked about his team's goals late Friday night during his team's post-game celebration with its fans in left field after Upper Deck swept a doubleheader from Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20 by scores of 2-1 and 9-3 at McCarthy Field. The championship was the second in a row, fourth in the last five years, and ninth state title since 1985 for Post 14, which had fallen into the los- ers' bracket of the double-elimination tourney by absorbing a 1-0 loss to Gershkoff/Auburn last Tuesday, July 30, but rolled up its sleeves and won its next three games. "It's a testament to the program and the kids from Cumberland and Lincoln," said Upper Deck manager Matt Allard. "They come to play and they're dedicated to the program. We don't show up with just eight or nine guys and hope we can field a team – we have 18 kids who know what to expect from us, and I tip my cap to them. It's unbelievable the success this program has had over the last five years." For two players on the team, cen- ter fielder Drew Szafranski and first baseman Steve Andrews, the state title was their third with Upper Deck. Szafranski, Andrews, and ace pitcher Dom Cunha were also on Post 14's 2016 team that took the field for the program's first World Series trip to Shelby, N.C. "I honestly think this team can make it back," Szafranski said. "When I went (to the World Series), it was a great experience, and I think we can get back there and do really well." But before Upper Deck can book its flight to North Carolina, it will have to top seven other teams from across New England at this week's regional tournament, which began on Wednesday morning with Post 14 taking on the Connecticut state cham- pion from Stamford. A victory in the game will send Post 14 into today's 4:30 p.m. win- By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor Continues on next page Upper Deck Junior Division ballclub falls in state finals WEST WARWICK – The Upper Deck Post 14 Junior Division base- ball team was unable to do what the Senior Division ballclub did late last week – defeat Gershkoff/ Auburn Post 20 to claim the state title – in their "Final Four" champi- onship game last Thursday night at McCarthy Field. Upper Deck pitcher Jack LaRose delivered a strong two-hitter that included four strikeouts and no walks, but Gershkoff/Auburn scratched out runs in the fifth and sixth innings and came away with a 2-0 victory. Andrew Mastin collected two hits for Upper Deck, which had dropped its "Final Four" opener to Post 20 last Monday by a 1-0 score, but battled its way out of the losers' bracket over the next couple of nights to defeat Bruno Painting, 9-5, and Woonsocket Post 85, 7-5. The victory over Woonsocket saw Eddie Mulligan lead the way offen- sively with two hits and three RBIs and J.J. Sanzi also collect two RBI singles. Upper Deck held a 6-0 lead after 2½ innings, but Woonsocket bravely came back to cut its deficit to two runs. Post 85 also loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning, but left them stranded. Upper Deck wraps up its fine season with a 17-7 record, which includes its 13-5 mark during the reg- ular season that was good for second place in the North Division, a game behind Woonsocket's 14-6 record. Upper Deck tryouts for Showcase U17 Aug. 18 LINCOLN -- The Upper Deck Showcase U17 baseball team has scheduled its tryouts for the upcom- ing season on Sunday, Aug 18, at 10 a.m., at Lime Acres Park. Contact Steve Reynolds Sr. at or visit www. for more infor- mation. 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