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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 23-29, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 19 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Westcott runner NICK CROTEAU, right, hustles back to first base on a pickoff attempt during last Saturday's Sunset League game against R&R Construction. Croteau batted .400 in eight games this past spring as Wheaton College's third baseman. From preceding page said Molis, who landed a spot on Westcott's roster before the start of his first season in Bridgewater. "I knew there would be some competition, but when everything got canceled and everyone heard every- one was playing here, I knew this was definitely going to be the best place to play this summer." One of those players who are pulling double duty between the Sunset League and the R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League, which is replacing the state's American Legion season this summer, is Croteau, who hopes to play in at least 30 games this sum- mer before shipping back to Wheaton at the end of August. "I was just going to be playing Legion, but my col- lege coach wanted me to play as much as I could, so he was able to get me on (Westcott)," admitted Croteau, who returned to Upper Deck Post 14's Senior Division team this summer. "Luckily, I don't have that many conflicts with my teams." While this is Croteau's and Molis' first taste of the Sunset League, former Lincoln High pitcher Brandon Kelly is back for his second season with Westcott. A reliever for Rivier University who set a program record for appearances by a freshman last year, as well as pitched in eight of Rivier's 10 games this spring, Kelly helped Westcott win the Sunset League championship last summer. "Last year, we had a couple of guys who were in their 30s, but this year, I think the oldest guy may be Keith Grant, who went to JWU, and he might be 24 or 25," Kelly added. "(The league) has totally changed from this year to last year, but I'm glad I got to come back to this team instead of scrambling to find one at the last minute. Last year was a lot of fun and (manager) Harold (Tillinghast) is a great guy. It's good to play for him again." As for the competition, "we faced some pretty good pitching in our first few games, but we have a pretty good team," Molis said. "The competition's only going to get better as the summer goes on and everyone starts to get back into it. It's been an inter- esting summer, but it's been a lot of fun so far." No team in the Sunset League boasts more local flavor this summer than the Brother's Baseball Club, which has Cumberland closer/outfielder Addison Kopack, Cumberland infielders Shane Calabro and Tyler Calabro, and Lincoln pitcher Mason Palmieri among its young stars. Palmieri recently graduated from Bryant University, and Kopack, who pitches for the University of Rhode Island, and Shane Calabro are also members of Upper Deck's ballclub. Lincoln infielder Nate Donovan, who played for Rhode Island College last year, is also on R&R Construction's roster. Entering Tuesday's action, Kopack (six) and Donovan (five) were 1-2 among the league's leaders in walks. In the four-team NCBL, the top local player is Cumberland's Dante Baldelli, who saw his senior season as Boston College's center fielder get cut short by the pandemic, but plans to return to Chestnut Hill next spring. Playing for Team Orange, Baldelli has batted .294 (5-for-17) in five games with a .400 on-base percentage, three doubles, and three stolen bases. 3 Sherman Ave., Lincoln, RI 334-3937 Like our Facebook Page Golf and Dining Open to the Public Monday thru ursday $ 15 Friday thru Sunday $ 17 KITCHEN SPIRITS & FAIRLAWN GOLF @ WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT ON THE DECK! Saturday- Charlie Tick- 7-10 pm Sunday- Mike Coletta 3-6 pm. CHARLIE ROCK 7-10 P.M. OUTDOOR DINING ON OUR COVERED DECK! NEW Indoor Dining and Function Room OPENING SOON! SATURDAY July 25 SUNDAY July 26 MIKE PERELLA 3-6 P.M. LINE AND PREP COOKS WANTED 20 HOURS Beat The Heat! OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT ONLY LINCOLN MALL PLAZA 401-334-3200 Open Daily at 11 a.m. 401-356-4344 Open Late On Fridays 6 p.m. NEW TEMPORARY HOURS THURS. 6 A.M.-2 P.M.; FRi. 6 A.M.-6 P.M. SAT. & SUN. 6 A.M.-2 P.M. 29 Winter St., Manville, RI Fish & Chips $ 10 3 Clam Cakes & Cup of Chowder $ 5 Fish & Chips 3 Clam Cakes & 3 Clam Cakes & 3 Clam Cakes & Lobster Roll $ 15 Lobster Grilled Cheese $ 15 Lobster Benedict $ 15 AvAilAble FridAy ONly 11 A.m.-6 p.m. IndooR SeatInG now avaILaBLe Local Eats

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