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The North Providence Breeze 07-29-2020

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North Providence Edition Sports & Recreation JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 @ SCITUATE – Despite commit- ting a season-high seven errors and stranding a dozen runners on base in its Senior Division showdown with Scituate Post 19 on Monday night, Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 still had an opportunity to escape Manning Field with its fourth R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League victory of the summer. But Scituate found a way to hold off a big comeback in the final inning by Smithfield/North Providence and ended up posting a wild 11-10 vic- tory in front of a large gathering that evened its record at 3-3. The win pushed Scituate into fourth place in the standings behind Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20, which is 7-1, and Upper Deck Post 14 and New England Frozen Lemonade Post 101, which sit at 5-3 – Upper Deck rolled to an 8-1 victory over NEFL on Monday night in Cumberland. Smithfield/NP, which was coming off a loss last Wednesday night to Gershkoff/Auburn, is now 3-4 with a big game on tap tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Warwick's Mickey Stevens Complex against NEFL. On Friday at 5:30 p.m., Smithfield/NP will host Upper Deck at Smithfield High. Post 29 owns the same record as Pawtucket's Howard Rogers, and sit- ting below them in the standings are South Kingstown Post 39 (2-6) and R&R Construction (1-5). As for Monday night's game, each team scored twice in each of the first two innings, but Scituate only produced one hit during that time – Garrett Baldwell two-out RBI double in the bottom of the second that tied the game at 4-4. Post 29 made five errors during those two innings that resulted in four unearned runs and made life a bit difficult for its starting pitcher, Nick Rioles, who only lasted three innings and gave up an earned run in the third and just three hits and a walk. "Nick was pitching awesome," said Post 29 coach Jim Connell Jr. "He was getting us groundballs, but we couldn't pick up the rock and then we threw some balls away. We gave them those extra outs, and the next thing you know, it's four runs." The earned run that Rioles allowed, which came on an RBI single to cen- ter by Lucas Pierce, gave Scituate a 5-4 lead, but again, Post 29 answered back in the top of the fourth on an RBI single to left by Chris Olean. Scituate eventually reclaimed the lead for good in the fourth on the first of two run-scoring singles from Evan Pendergast, and in the fifth, the hosts tacked on four runs, with Jake Levine highlighting the inning with a two-run single. In the top of the sixth, Smithfield/ NP cut its deficit to three runs on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to John Golato that was followed by an RBI single by Joe Pitrone, but Scituate pro- duced its final run in the home half of the inning on Post 29's final error of the night. Down, but not out, Smithfield/NP put together a neat comeback in its final swings, as Nick Conte and P.J. Rioles led off with walks and Ron Baccala and Jordan Golato followed with RBI singles. A sacrifice fly by Olean knocked in Baccala with the run that made it a one-run affair, and when Post 29 loaded the bases with two outs, that put everyone at the field on the edges of their seats. Up stepped John Golato, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and two runs batted in, but Golato hit a hard, sinking line drive to third that third baseman Demitri Sampalis snagged with a nice grab to end the threat and the game. Before Post 29's dramatic rally, "I told them, 'The best thing to do is to show some character,' and they did," Connell recalled. "They came back and they hit the ball – everybody had a piece of the game today – and the good thing is that we fought and clawed back and cut it to one." Speaking of Sampalis, who re- entered the game in the top of the seventh as a defensive replacement, he was the winning pitcher, as he worked the first four innings before exiting the mound with 73 pitches under his belt. Offensively, Cal Parrillo led Scituate's attack by going 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, while Smithfield/NP saw P.J. Rioles reach base four times with two base hits and two walks, Morgen Doughty collect two singles, and Baccala also wind up with two RBIs. Scituate and Smithfield/NP had faced each other in the second game of their seasons on July 8 at North Providence High, and Post 29 was able to roll to a 13-0 victory that saw the ballclub collect just four hits, but take advantage of 11 walks and three hit batsmen. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Barone Orthodontics took another thriller in the North Providence Little League last Friday night at Romano Field by grabbing a 3-2 victory over Senator Ciccone that raised Barone's record to 3-1. Barone, which also won a tight game with Councilman Amoriggi in its season opener by a 4-3 score, snapped a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning when Travis Gammon led off with a hustle double that bounced off first base and later scored on a passed ball. Winning pitcher Nick Natale, who recorded the final out of the fifth inning, then struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth to end the drama. Barone's starting pitcher, Jeremiah Nouel, only allowed one hit in his 4 2/3 innings of work, and Joe Clark, Jayden Allard, and Bronx DiScullio also pitched well for Ciccone. Last week's NPLL action also saw Mayor Lombardi improve to 4-0 by rolling past Councilman Amoriggi, 11-1, and D. Palmieri's, 9-0. Barone also topped D. Palmieri's, 11-1, and Senator Ciccone took a 15-8 slugfest with Amoriggi. Barone takes 3-2 thriller from Sen. Ciccone in NPLL Smithfield/NP suffers tough loss to Scituate Late-inning rally falls short in Post 29's 11-10 setback in R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 start- ing pitcher NICK RIOLES delivers a pitch to the plate during the second inning of Monday night's game against Scituate Post 19 at Manning Field. Post 29, which fell to 3-4 in the R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League by suf- fering an 11-10 loss, will take on New England Frozen Lemonade Post 101 tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Warwick's Mickey Stevens Complex. In your time of need, The North Providence Breeze will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our Web site,, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. 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