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WEST WARWICK â€” Matt Laferriere personifies everything West Warwick Post Two coach John Parente wants his program to be.
The CCRI righty wasnâ€™t feeling well in the first game of his squadâ€™s best-of-three opening round series with Cranstonâ€™s Gershkoff-Auburn Post 20, but the former Coventry Oaker grinded into the eighth inning to give his team a chance to win the game.
WEST WARWICK â€“ Post Two's American Legion playoff run ended just six hours after it started.
After dropping the opening game in their best-of-three series with No. 9 Gershkoff-Auburn Post 20, No. 8 West Warwick scored the opening run in the second half of the doubleheader but wound up dropping a 7-4 decision to lose the series 2-0.
â€śWe played probably our two crispest games defensively in a long time,â€ť West Warwick coach John Parente said. â€śWe got good innings out of both of our starting pithcers. We played two errorless games and we showed a lot of mental toughenss.
NEWPORTâ€”Playing from behind is never a recipe for success.
Ocean State found that out first hand Tuesday night at Cardines Field as the Newport Gulls hung five on the scoreboard in the second inning and never looked back en route to a 14-3 victory.
â€śWeâ€™ve had trouble scoring runs the last couple games,â€ť Waves manager Rian McCarthy said. â€śWhen they get ahead early like that thereâ€™s really nothing else we can do.
The Gordon Greene Post 27 American Legion baseball team has seen their share of success of late, with multiple trips to the Final Four in recent years. There was different â€śfourâ€ť of note this summer, however. That being the total number of wins the team amassed over the course of a disappointing 2013 season, which came to an end last week.
After a 4-18 regular season, Greene qualified for the playoffs as the 14 seed. Set to play East Bay-Riverside Post 10 in a play-in game last Thursday, Greene forfeited the contest, ending their season.
JOHNSTONâ€”As one door closes, another opens for Narragansettâ€™s Jimmy Kershaw.
The now former Mariner saw his baseball career come to a close Monday at Johnston War Memorial Park but heâ€™ll have little time to think about the end of what had been a great run on the diamond.
Saturday Kershaw will head to training camp as he begins a new chapter in his life as a member of the University of Rhode Island football team.
JOHNSTONâ€”No one ever wants to lose.
If you have to though, youâ€™d like to think it would be the way South Kingstown Post 39 fell in Mondayâ€™s best-of-three series finale with Hurd Auto Mall-Post 88 in the second round of the American Legion Baseball playoffs at Johnston War Memorial Park.
Post 39 erased a three-run deficit in the top of the ninth but ultimately could not complete the improbable comeback as SK lost 6-5 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Results organized by paper:
Place, name, town, time
NARRAGANSETT â€“ With the rains that plagued the start of the walkers race an hour before having subsided, the perfect backdrop had been set for the 42nd running of the Narragansett Lions Clubâ€™s Blessing of the Fleet Road Race Friday evening.
The race lived up to the perfect conditions left by the earlier weather as Sam Alexander of Waterford, Conn. commanded the race nearly the entire way, edging out Bishop Hendricken graduate Brian Doyle for the win, completing the 10-mile course in a time of 51:12.
It began as a simple road race 41 years ago.
Since then the Narragansett Lions Clubâ€™s annual Blessing of the Fleet Road Race has become not just one of the most recognized races in New England, but also one of the signature events in the state of Rhode Island. On Friday, it is a legacy that will be furthered when the Blessingâ€™s 42nd running takes place.
Sometimes things just fall into place.
This is the best way to describe what happened for the Eastern Surfing Association New England Summer Surfing Championships that ran this past Saturday at Second Beach in Middletown.
For the entire previous week, the surf was hopelessly flat and the surf zone at Second Beach was riddled with an odd form of sea life that resembled small, biting insects.
On the morning of the contest, the winds went strong onshore, kicking up a solid head high swell and blowing away all of the unwanted sea pests from the line-up.