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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-30-2020

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Smithfield Scituate Foster Glocester Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ JULY 30-AUGUST 5, 2020 SCITUATE – Scituate Post 19 need- ed this win. And the Senior Division team needed to hold off a big comeback in the final inning by Smithfield/North Providence Post 29 in order to end up with a wild 11-10 victory in front of a large gathering at Manning Field and even its R.I. 19-20 Elite Baseball League 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. Scituate will now turn its attention to a four-game-in-five-days stretch that begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a game against South Kingstown Post 39 (2-6) at Manning Field. A game against Howard Rogers (3-4) and a double- header against R&R Construction (1-5) will follow. As for Smithfield/NP, which was coming off a loss last Wednesday night to Gershkoff/Auburn, Post 29 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. 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, which committed seven errors in the game, made five 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, Scituate holds off Smithfield/NP Road racing comes back to Smithfield Ocean State Multisport gets OK to host state's first races since March on Aug. 9 at Deerfield Park By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com SMITHFIELD – Like most road race directors who saw their events get kicked to the curb by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ocean State Multisport's Gary Menissian organized a couple of informal virtual races this past spring to help keep runners involved and on their home roads during this trying time. But in Menissian's eyes, there's nothing better than race day, from setting up his event and marking off his things-to-do checklist early in the morning to welcoming the runners and walkers – most of whom are regu- lars on his race schedule – and touring the course in a rental van to check on his participants and volunteers and make sure everything is running according to plan. Virtual races? To paraphrase a song in the late '60s by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, 'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing.' "And nobody wants to do virtual races right now," he added. "Nobody cares." As a result, Menissian, who has hosted the Sour Apple Half Marathon & 5K for the past two summers in Smithfield, is going to host the first Post 29 evens record in R.I. 19-20 Elite League with wild 11-10 victory By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze & Observer Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See RUNNING, Page 10 DEMITRI SAMPALIS See SCITUATE, Page 10 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 . . . 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