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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-21-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Little League's Major Division (ages 8-10) fall ball team put the finishing touches on a marvel- ous 8-0 season by rolling past Cumberland American Little League, 12-0, in their cham- pionship game last Saturday morning at Pacheco Park. North Smithfield, which had defeated Smithfield, Lincoln, Cumberland American, and Cumberland National during the regular season, reached the finals by posting an 11-1 victory over Cumberland National on Oct. 26. The top player in the championship game was N.S. pitcher Koda Small, who threw 71 pitches in throwing a perfect game. With Jake Voyer catching, Small struck out 14 batters and recorded the 15th out on a ball hit back to the mound. The fall ball title comes on the heels of the champion- ship that North Smithfield captured in August at the Woonsocket Little League's Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund Tournament at Woonsocket's Lajoie Field. North Smithfield posted a 4-0 mark in the double-elimina- tion tournament, which fea- tured seven Major Division (ages 8-10) all-star baseball teams from northern Rhode Island, and N.S.'s title in this tourney was its first since the 1980s. The North Smithfield players have taken the field together since they were six years old in the coach- pitch division, and they are coached by manager Dan Voyer and head coach Zac Small. Voyer and Small have four championships under their belts, as they have also led their spring team, Mc T's, to the North Smithfield Little League's AAA championships during the past two seasons, going 11-1 in 2018 and 11-0 this past spring. 20 SPORTS & RECREATION NOV. 21-27, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION The members of the NORTH SMITHFIELD LITTLE LEAGUE'S MAJOR DIVISION (AGES 8-10) FALL BASEBALL TEAM, which won the championship last weekend, are, in front from left, Ethan Flores, Alex Sevegny, Nick Marsh, Jayden Lynch, Zach Paiva, Wyatt Pullen, Sammy Garrepy, Daniel Roden, Jake Bliss, Koda Small, and Jake Voyer; in back, assistant Coach Dan Flores, manager Dan Voyer, head coach Zac Small, and assistant coach Kyle Bernier. Stats keeper Dave Pullen is also a member of the team. North Smithfield wraps up superb season with fall ball championship Perfect game helps unbeaten team put away Cumberland American in finals to see the Villa Novans (4-3 in Div II-A play, 6-4 overall) and the Kilties (4-2 in Div. II-B play, 7-3 overall) advance to the noon title game. Count Woonsocket head coach Charlie Bibeault among the folks who feel the exact opposite. "We're not surprised," he said. "We knew we'd be here in the long run, as long as we stuck to our script. We were banged up early on, and we benched kids for disciplinary reasons, but as soon as they cleaned all that stuff up and we got healthy, we knew we could make our run." And make a run they did. A 42-12 victory on Oct. 11 at West Warwick put the Novans in the win column, and lopsided wins at Barry Field over Johnston, Classical, and Rogers soon followed, and it was the Villa Novans' 35-7 victory over Rogers in their regular-season finale which gave them the Division II-A's third seed in the playoffs. But in order to return to the finals, they had to topple two teams that beat them in the regular season. The first was Westerly two weekends ago in the quarterfinals an hour away at the Bulldogs' field, and the Novans, thanks to 19 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and a three-touchdown night from junior Eric Agyemang, were able to bus home with a 33-15 victory. That set the stage for last Saturday's showdown with the Avengers, who dealt the Villa Novans their fourth straight loss on Oct. 4, 41-19, and posted eight of their nine victories by 20 or more points, and a defensive battle that was worth the price of admission. The opening half was scoreless, but Woonsocket sophomore quarterback Tarik Robinson-O'Hagan put some points on the board at the start of the third quarter by breaking free for a 42-yard touchdown run. That was fol- lowed by what turned out to be the difference in the game, junior Clinton Kittavong's extra point. As for Woonsocket's defense, the Novans forced the Avengers to turn the ball over twice in the opening half on an interception by Xavier Alvarez and a fumble, and in the third quarter, Davonte Lavallee delivered a huge goal-line interception to keep the hosts off the board. With 12 seconds to play in the game, the shutout was finally broken when quarterback Conrad Swanson scored the Avengers' touchdown on a one-yard keeper. But instead of going for the extra point and sending the game into overtime, the Avengers rolled the dice and went for the win by attempting a two-point conversion. Swanson lofted a screen pass to Jack McMullen, who tried to scamper the extra five yards into the end zone, but he stopped less than a yard short of the goal line, thanks to a game-saving tackle by Robinson-O'Hagan. "We pride ourselves on defense," Bibeault added. 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