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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-23-2020

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WINDSOR, Conn. – In what manager Scott Boyd called "the biggest tournament win ever as a team," the Smithfield Storm-Boyd U14 soft- ball team seized the USSSA Northeast National Championship on Sunday at Fastpitch Nation Park in Windsor, Conn. The Storm posted an 8-1 record during the four- day tournament, and on Sunday, in temperatures in the mid 90s, they defeated the Dutchess Debs of New York in the quarterfinals, 4-2, New Jersey Ruthless in the semifinals, 11-1, and the Connecticut Sting Gold in the title game, 12-1. The Storm, which assistant coaches are Tim Bose, Lenny Ellis, and "General" Brandy Narducci, topped a solid field from the Northeast, with teams also hailing from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. The Storm were led by Anna Costello, who received the tourney's Overall MVP and Best Pitcher Awards, and Lauren Boyd, who was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament. Batting leadoff, Boyd batted .708 in the tourna- ment by going 17-for-24 and scoring 15 times, and Leah Saunders, Cayley McCurdy, and Anna Costello hit .526, .476, and .444 respectively. Saunders also scored a dozen runs, and she and Costello each drove in 13 runs. On the mound, Haley Ellis, Costello, and McCurdy all turned in excellent outings. Costello was especially stellar, as she posted a record of 4-0 and also pitched a no-hitter. She was the winning pitcher in the championship game. SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 23-29, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 15 The players on the SMITHFIELD STORM-BOYD U14 SOFTBALL TEAM show off their championship rings after capturing the USSSA Northeast National Championship on Sunday in Windsor, Conn. The players are, in front from left, Lauren Boyd, Leah Saunders, Trinidy Tavares, Lexi DiLorenzo, Ella Bose, and Mackenzie Norton; in back, Madison Narducci, Haley Ellis, Abigail Marino, Anna Costello. Cayley McCurdy, and Lily Ford. Smithfield Storm U14 softball team captures USSSA Northeast crown Ballclub posts 8-1 record, caps tournament title with 12-1 win over Connecticut Sting Gold some time to get Scituate's program back on the map, and he plans to do that in an upbeat manner, by "establishing a cul- ture" and "getting some juice," and of course, by receiving plen- ty of hard work from everyone, from the players to the coaches. Down the road, he'd like to see his program get a new weight room and locker room, and he wants to invite college coaches to the school to talk to his players, but for now, he wants to see an increase in the numbers on his roster, which last year, hov- ered in the 20s. "I guess they've had low numbers over the past few years," said DeSousa, who has already met his players and seen them work out. "Our goal is to get as many kids as we can." As for his coaching staff, DeSousa has an experienced crew, and three of his assistants are Jermaine Monteiro, Ed Inscoe Sr., and Jallah Leonard. "I'm bringing a staff with me that has probably over 100 years of coaching (experience) if I had to add that up," he reported. "And (the staff) has a lot of former college players who coached with me before." If there is a football season this fall that doesn't get canceled or possibly moved to the spring by the RIIL, the Spartans are scheduled to launch their Division IV schedule on Saturday, Sept 12, on the road against the Exeter/West Greenwich-Prout co-op team. DESOUSA From Page 12 Doughty and Chris Olean, who each had two hits and scored a run, with Olean also collecting a big two-out run-scoring single that gave Smithfield/NP a two-run lead after four innings of play. "Chris' single was big for us at the time," added Zammarelli. "It was a tight ballgame to that point, and his hit gave us a little bit of breathing room. He also made a great running catch deep into the left field corner that saved a run. Overall, (it was) a pretty good night for him." Prior to those two victories, Post 29 was coming off a 5-3 defeat to New England Frozen Lemonade Post 101 at North Providence High. McDonough started on the mound and pitched very well, going four innings and allowing just an earned run, and P.J. Rioles got Post 29 out of a jam in the sixth and pitched the seventh, and along the way, he struck out four batters. Doughty also collected three hits to lead the way offensively. Also in action was Scituate Post 19, which evened its record at 2-2 on Monday night posting a 6-1 victory over New England Frozen Lemonade at Warwick's Mickey Stevens Complex. Smithfield/NP and Scituate will face each other next Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Manning Field. pitching by Lopez that lifted Smithfield/NP to its big victory. In the fifth, A.J. Hetu led off with a single to left, Ryan Flynn walked, and Ryan Kennedy singled to right to lead the bases. Shadoian then singled to center to score Hetu and Flynn; Tsonos doubled to left to bring home Kennedy and Shadoian, and Nick Collins doubled to center to drive in Tsonos. Starting pitcher Chris Harvey picked up the 'W' by tossing one-hit ball in his five innings of work, striking out seven, but Riverside didn't go down quietly. The hosts came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and threatened for more when they loaded the bases, but Lopez came in to shut them down and pick up his second save. JUNIORS From Page 12 SENIORS From Page 12 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. Send by e-mail to: news@valleybreeze.com, or mail to The Valley Breeze, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 204, Lincoln, RI 02865. Walid Saber, MD FACC, FSCAL, RPVI Chief of Cardiology - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School Ibrahim Elgabry, MD FACC Director of Cardiac Rehab - Landmark Clinical Assistant Professor Warren Alpert Medical School World Class Care . . . So Close To Home Our Services: Cardiac Testing & Therapy Vascular Testing & Therapy Fully accredited state-of-the-art facility utilizing advanced technologies and expert techniques. www.oscvc.com 191 Social Street, Suite 100, Woonsocket, RI 02895 Phone: 401-597-6500 Ground Breaking Solutions for Varicose Veins!

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