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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 07-29-2020

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Pawtucket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 29-AUGUST 4, 2020 PAWTUCKET – Howard Rogers Post 25's solid season hit a minor speed bump last Friday night. Taking on two-time defend- ing R.I. American Legion Senior Division champion Upper Deck Post 14 for the second time in five nights at Max Read Field, the Pawtucket ballclub mustered a season-low three hits in suffering a 10-0 loss that dropped Post 25's R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League record to 3-4. "(This was) a very tough game," said Post 25 assistant coach Cory Morel, who han- dled the post-game duties of talking to the media for man- ager Jim LaRose. "We stole the first game from them – a very well-played game – and I think (Upper Deck) came out tonight and had a little chip on their shoulder that we took one from them." Howard Rogers' first game with Upper Deck took place last Monday, July 20, at Cumberland's Tucker Field, and Post 25 escaped with a 4-3 victory that saw Post 25 erase a 3-2 deficit by scoring twice in the top of the sev- enth inning on Sean Filipe's RBI double to left-center field and Manny Ortiz's go- ahead, run-scoring single up the middle. But while Post 25 collected eight hits in that game, the team was unable to pro- duce half that many against Upper Deck starting pitcher Ben Hale and reliever Nick Croteau, who teamed up to blank Howard Rogers and strike out five batters while walking three. Two of the hits came from speedy center fielder James Coleman, who recently moved to the leadoff spot in Post 25's lineup. Coleman also stole two bases and was Upper Deck's only runner to advance as far as third. "He's a very fast player," Morel said of Coleman, who is a newcomer to the ballclub. "In the first couple of games, he was (batting) lower in the order until we could actually see what he could do." Upper Deck, which improved to 4-3 with this victory, did the bulk of its damage in the top of the BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, Howard Rogers Post 25 pitcher MANNY ORTIZ delivers a fastball to the plate during last Friday night's game against Upper Deck Post 14 at Max Read Field. Ortiz, who graduated from Shea High last year after enjoying an outstanding baseball career with the Raiders, was a reliever on this spring's CCRI ballclub. Above, Howard Rogers center fielder JAMES COLEMAN, right, dives back into first base on a pickoff attempt, as Upper Deck first baseman RYAN THOMPSON applies the late tag. Coleman, who also plays for CCRI, went 2-for-2 with two stolen bases, but Post 14 ended up winning the game, 10-0. Post 25 hangs tough in R.I. 19-20 Elite league Howard Rogers' Senior Division baseball team takes 3-4 record into second half of season By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com Continues on next page

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