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The North Providence Breeze 06-13-2018

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18 SPORTS & RECREATION JUNE 13-19, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION olds to round out the team. "Both our MVPs from last year are back in Mark Catone and Roger Marano," Walker said. He added that a lot of the players on their team were on the La Salle Academy freshman baseball team, while two players were on the North Providence High junior varsity team. And with the championship series being played in high school baseball for D-I and D-II this week, all the players are back and playing Babe Ruth full- time. The Babe Ruth season began on Thursday, May 3, and will run through the end of June before the All-Star break. The league still holds six teams, but with a new sponsor, and replac- ing what had been LL Data Design is Genesis Construction, which is still coached by Eric Seaberg. Last Wednesday, KFC faced off against Genesis. Seaberg said that his team has seen a season of ups and downs so far and not really had its start- ing nine players altogether in the lineup at the same time because of high school baseball and other commitments. Now that the high school baseball season is basically over, the players are back, and the pitching should improve as well. Despite not having most of its start- ers, KFC still pulled off an 8-6 victory over Genesis. Jordan Tobin was on the hill for the defending champs, and after giving up two runs in the first inning, he settled down nicely and watched his team provide him with a 4-2 lead in the second inning. KFC lost its season opener, 13-11, to Pauly Penta, but answered back with its six-game win streak that includes three victories by nine or more runs. "We've had good pitching," reported Walker. "The other night, our pitcher, Nate Potter, struck out 13 of 15 guys. And we've had good fielding." Potter is new to the team and has also been catching for them, and offen- sively, both John DeCarmo and Preston Cunha have been standing out. "John has been crushing the ball, with two inside-the-park home runs and seven RBIs," Walker said. "He's carry- ing the load offensively. And Preston has had at least two hits every game. He is consistent for us." On KFC, everyone has been pulling their weight. "The young guys are making the plays to help the older guys out," Walker said. The only other game that took place last week was FOP's 10-4 victory over Barone last Thursday night. FOP needed extra innings to pull off the win, as well as six-run rally in the top of the eighth that saw Jacob Hall break the tie with a bases-loaded walk and Joe Pitrone highlight the inning with a bases-clearing triple. Pitrone, who was the winning pitcher, had three hits and reached base five times, Alex Cadden's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped Barone send the game into extra innings. As schools close and the season gets deeper, there will be more games played during the week, with some Thursdays and the weekends as off days. There will be two games a night, at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m., at the North Providence High baseball field. And of course, the goal of every team is to get to the championship series and win it. "We want to finish the year strong and play our best baseball entering the playoffs," said Walker. "But it's one game at a time." NORTH PROVIDENCE – Senator Ciccone and FOP-13 NPPD earned a share of the North Providence West Little League's Major Division regular-season cham- pionship by capturing their respec- tive finales at Romano Field and concluding their schedules with 14-2 records. On Monday night, Senator Ciccone posted a 9-0 triumph over Christiansen's Fine Milk that was the ballclub's fourth straight victory. Nathan Bautista pitched a superb one-hit shutout that saw him strike out 13 batters and Mazeo DiScullio led the offense with three hits and as many runs scored. FOP-13, meanwhile, will head into the postseason with an eight- game win streak, thanks to its 12-5 victory over Mayor Lombardi last Wednesday night. Ethan Leveillee delivered the game's biggest hit, a grand slam home run over the left- field fence. Mayor Lombardi, which ended the regular season in third place with a 6-10 record, grabbed a 6-2 win over Barone Orthodontics, as Jacob Weidinger picked up the win by striking out 10 batters in five innings of work, and Brady Cabral guided the offense with two hits and four runs batted in. Barone (4-12) also clinched fourth place with a 6-0 victory over Christiansen's (2-14) that saw Corey Coughlin not only earn the win by pitching 5 2/3 innings and strik- ing out 11 batters, but also lead the offense with three hits. Both teams will face each other again tonight at 7:30 p.m. in a play-in game for the fourth spot in the playoffs. As for the rest of the playoffs, Senator Ciccone will be the top seed in the playoffs and FOP-13 will be the second seed. The tiebreaker for seeding in the playoffs is head-to- head competition, and since both ballclubs went 2-2 against each other during the regular season, the league flipped a coin to determine who would be the number one seed. The best-of-three semifinals will begin on Friday night and continue next Monday, and if a third and deciding game is needed, it will be held next Wednesday. The winner of the Barone/Christiansen's game will take on Senator Ciccone, while Mayor Lombardi will face FOP-13. The best-of-three champion- ship series will be played after the District I all-star tournament. Sen. Ciccone, FOP-13 share NPWLL regular-season title BREEZE PHOTO BY KAYLA PANU KFC pitcher JORDAN TOBIN gets ready to deliver a pitch to the plate during the second inning of last Wednesday night's game against Genesis Construction. KFC posted an 8-6 victory that improved its first-place record to 6-1. Jean places 16th in triple jump at N.E. track meet DURHAM, N.H. – Recently graduated North Providence High senior Ralph Jean wrapped up his superb high school track and field career at last Saturday afternoon's New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire by placing 16th out of 31 athletes in the triple jump. Jean, who also starred on last year's boys' soccer team and became the first NP athlete in school history to claim an outdoor state title at the RIIL Championships on June 2 at Brown University by deliver- ing a school-record leap of 43 feet, 10½ inches, finished 16th by producing a leap of 42-8¾ on his second of three attempts. His first jump was 40-6¼ and his final one was 42-4¼. The cut to reach the final round of eight was 44-7¾, and the winner was Maine state champion Cayden Spencer- Thompson, who aired out a leap of 48-3¾. BABE RUTH From Page 17 Cougar standout delivers leap of 42 feet, 8 3/4 in. NP Women's Softball League offers signups for summer season NORTH PROVIDENCE – Registration for the North Providence Women's Softball League's summer sea- son is currently underway, and any inter- ested players ages 18 and older can sign up any weeknight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the snack bar at Olney Park. Players can also visit www.npfastpitch- to download a registration form and hand it in at the snack bar. The season will run on Wednesday nights at Olney Park, starting on July 11 and concluding on Aug. 29. The fee is $50, which includes player insurance, umpire fees, and a T-shirt, and can be paid with cash or by check made payable to NPGFS. Email for more information. 2044 Smith St., North Providence, RI (401) 231-2370 fax (401) 232-9220 Congratulations! You're Engaged! FREE Grooms Tux! With any wedding party of 5 or more. Groomsmen will get $20 OFF their Tux Rental! Rachel A. Baboian, Au. D. Doctor of Audiology Licensed Audiologist Today's hearing aids are barely visible, highly effective and easy to afford. Come hear for yourself with a RISK FREE 30-day trial! FREE Hearing Screenings FREE Hearing Aid Checks & Cleanings Just call to schedule an appointment! 401-475-6116 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 3, Suite 307, Lincoln, RI

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