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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 23-29, 2020 SCITUATE – In a coaching career that has spanned nearly two decades, Derek DeSousa has seemingly done it all in the state's football ranks. He started his career in his early 20s as an assistant at his alma mater, East Providence High, and he spent the past six seasons as the defensive coor- dinator for another Division I school, Cumberland High. In between those stints, DeSousa spent five seasons as the head coach of the Ocean State Vipers' semi-pro squad in the New England Football League, and he also won four straight championships at the Pop Warner level with the East Providence Mohawks and Mount Hope Cowboys. The only thing that seemed to be missing on DeSousa's long resume was a head coaching job for an RIIL team, but this year, he's getting an opportunity to lead his own high school program. DeSousa was recently named Scituate High's head coach, and on Monday afternoon, he took a few minutes to talk about his new role, his expectations, and his excitement in leading the Spartans into their upcom- ing Division IV season and playing on Caito Field's year-old pristine turf facility. "I'm not from this town, but I'm learning that it's really a football town and people want to come out and support (the team)," DeSousa added. "We just have to try to get this football program back on track." DeSousa, who graduated from East Providence in 1999, had an outstand- ing career on the gridiron with the Townies. A linebacker and an offen- sive guard who captained the Townies as a senior, DeSousa helped the Townies post an undefeated record and capture the state championship his junior year. After spending a postgraduate year playing football (and serving as a captain) at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., DeSousa attend- ed the University of Rhode Island and soon began his coaching career under his head coach at East Providence, Sandy Gorham. Almost 20 years later, DeSousa finds himself replacing Mark Reed, who was one of the state's longest tenured head coaches. Reed, who stepped away from the Spartans' post for per- sonal reasons, inherited the program in 1996 when it returned to the RIIL after taking a 20-year hiatus, and in 2014, he led Scituate to a 6-2 record and its only Division IV Super Bowl appearance. But the program fell on hard times after that season, and in the past five years, the Spartans won just six league games. Last season, Scituate won just twice, and both victories came against Davies' first-year program. DeSousa knows it's going to take DeSousa takes over Scituate football team Former EP, Cumberland assistant coach embraces new role with Spartans New Scituate High head football coach DEREK DESOUSA shows off his new Spartans apparel. DeSousa, who gradu- ated from East Providence High in 1999, spent the past six seasons as Cumberland High's defensive coordinator. By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Bats finally come alive in Smithfield/NP's Senior Division win over S.K. SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 Senior Division baseball team raised its R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League record to 3-2 on Sunday afternoon by rolling to a 12-5 victory over South Kingstown Post 39 at Old Mountain Field. Post 29 erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning by taking advan- tage of five singles, a walk, and a hit batter and never looked back. Jake McDonough was the winning pitcher, as he threw four innings, and Kyle Haberle worked the last two for his second save of the year. Offensively, Zach Collins led the way by collecting two doubles and driving in three runs, and Joe Pitrone, Tom Sheppard, Jordan Golato, and Brayden Shadoian each added mul- tiple hits. Shadoian, who had been called up earlier in the day from Post 29's Junior Division team, singled in each of his first two at-bats. "It was good to see the bats finally break out," added manager Lou Zammarelli. "From our first game of the season to now, you can really see the difference in the at-bats. The players are getting better swings, their timing is getting better, and their plate discipline is improving. "You have to remember that up until last week when we started the season, most of these guys hadn't seen live competition for close to a year," he continued. "We knew that it would take some time to get going offensive- ly, but we're starting to see that now." Last Friday night, Post 29 avenged a season-opening 1-0 loss to Howard Rogers Post 25 by grabbing a 3-1 vic- tory over the Pawtucket-based squad at Smithfield High. Smithfield/NP was led by the pitch- ing of southpaw Dom Pontarelli, who went six strong innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four batters. Pontarelli needed just 61 pitches to notch his second win of the season. Haberle pitched the seventh inning for his first save of the season. Post 29's offense was led by Morgen SMITHFIELD – After dropping its season opener two weeks ago to Upper Deck Post 14, the Smithfield/ North Providence Post 29 Junior Division baseball team came back to enjoy an outstanding week that result- ed in three victories. After opening last week with a 6-4 victory over Howard Rogers Post 25 and continuing it with a 6-2 tri- umph over Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20 at Smithfield High, Smithfield/NP grabbed a 7-6 win over Riverside-ATC last Friday night at Pierce Field. In the victory over Howard Rogers, starting pitcher Connor Guilfoyle and reliever Chris Lopez teamed up to deliver a three-hitter, with Guilfoyle working the first five innings to pick up the win and Lopez finishing the game to earn a save. Offensively, Nick Tsonos went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, and Brayden Shadoian delivered the big hit of the contest by drilling a ground- rule double to left field that drove in two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Last Wednesday night's win over Gershkoff/Auburn saw Post 29 pitcher Rob Squillante strike out nine batters in a complete-game effort, collect two hits at the plate, and benefit from a four-run rally by his teammates in the home half of the sixth. That inning started when Tommy Ferri singled to left field, Anthony SanMartino belted a triple to center that scored Ferri, and SanMartino came home on a throwing error. 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