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COVENTRYâ€”After watching three strikes go by in his first at-bat 11-year Loren Vaughn wasnâ€™t about to make the same mistake twice at Paine Field Tuesday.
â€śItâ€™s just that the first time up I was nervous,â€ť the Coventry American center fielder said.
After that it was pretty clear nerves were no longer a factor.
Vaughn hit three home runs in his final three at-bats â€“ including two in the third inning and a grand slam in the fourth â€“ and recorded nine RBI as Coventry National walloped North Kingstown 22-0 in the consolation bracket of the 12-Year Old All-Stars District 3 Tournament.
When training camps open in the fall, South Kingstown native Erik Murphy will be looking to pull off a feat very few Rhode Islanders have; become just the seventh player from the Unionâ€™s smallest state â€“ and first from South County â€“ to play in the NBA.
Murphy â€“ along with Providence native Ricky Ledo, the 40th overall pick â€“ will be looking to join the likes of Marvin Barnes, Ernie Calverly, Ernie DiGregorio, Tom Garrick, Joe Hassett and Owen Wells after being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round, 49th overall, in last Thursdayâ€™s NBA Draft.
Thanks to an eight-run third inning the South Kingstown American 9/10-Year Old All-Stars are in the District 3 Winners Bracket finals.
SK American scored a 16-3 victory in four innings over South Kingstown National Sunday at Tuckertown Park and will now host Warwick Continental Saturday at 10 a.m. with a berth to the district championship on the line.
â€śWhen you stay in the winners bracket you get more rest for your pitchers,â€ť American coach Dave Palazzetti said. â€śIt is helpful to get out of the blocks quickly.â€ť
SMITHFIELDâ€”For 81 of Rhode Islandâ€™s best high school seniors Saturdayâ€™s 2013 Senior All-Star Classic was a chance to lace up the cleats one last time before moving on to the next chapter in their lives.
â€śIt was awesome. I missed it,â€ť Narragansettâ€™s Dillon Sheridan said. â€śPlaying with a whole new group of kids I never had played with before was a good experience.â€ť
COVENTRY â€” Coventry American 11-year-old Lucas Garcia is getting used to the closer role.
After earning the final two outs in Sundayâ€™s win over Wickford, Garcia entered Tuesdayâ€™s District 3 Major Division winnersâ€™ bracket semifinal with East Greenwich in the third inning of a tie game.
All Garcia did over the final 3 1/3 innings of his outing was strike out six batters and allow just one run. Offensively, Garcia belted a crucial three-run home run in the fifth inning, while first baseman Anthony Braddock crushed two home runs and delivered four RBIs in a 16-8 victory at Wood St.
Great pitching, timely hitting propels â€™Gansett to first title in baseball in school history
PAWTUCKETâ€”Over the years a number of great baseball players have come through Narragansett but in that time the Mariners had never won a championship in the springâ€™s marquee sport â€“ until now.
A six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning helped â€™Gansett beat Westerly 7-2 Thursday in the second game of their best-of-three series to lock up the Division II Championship.
â€śItâ€™s just awesome, especially for me, Ross [Hodnett], Zack [McKanna], Taylor Fleet and Connor Butler,â€ť senior shortstop Jimmy Kershaw said. â€śItâ€™s just awesome to go out with a bang in your senior year.â€ť
EXETERâ€”All it took was one swing of the bat for Chariho to pull away in its game against Exeter-West Greenwich Tuesday at Wawaloam Field.
A grand slam over the right field fence in the second inning from senior Dave Champlin gave the Chargers a five-run cushion as Chariho went on to down the Knights 8-0.
â€śDavidâ€™s been a three-year starter as long as Iâ€™ve been here and he can swing the bat,â€ť Chariho coach Dave Cunningham said. â€śWhen heâ€™s in the zone he can hit good pitching. Today he was in the zone and he obviously laced the ball a couple time.â€ť
KINGSTON â€” No matter how good Rhode Island football coach Joe Trainer felt about his teamâ€™s preparation, mindset and execution last season, the reality was the Rams suffered through an embarrassing 0-11 season with 10 of the losses coming by three touchdowns or more.
Needless to say, there needed to be some changes heading into spring practice.
The Rams had a chance to show off the changes theyâ€™ve made in Saturdayâ€™s annual Blue-White game at Meade Stadium.
EAST GREENWICH â€“ Games are scheduled for seven innings, taking upwards of two hours to play.
Funny how all that time is intended but just one half inning, one moment, one swing can change the entire story of a game.
That was the case on Monday afternoon as the East Greenwich softball team kept their division record clean with a 3-2, walk-off win over Exeter-West Greenwich.
PAWTUCKET â€” The offensive artillery the Coventry softball team brought out in its blowout win over La Salle last week was no where to be found Tuesday afternoon at Slater Park.
As it turned out, the Oakers didnâ€™t need much offense against Division I neophyte Tolman because senior pitcher Kerrie DeLiberis looked a lot like the DeLiberis who pitched the Oakers to last yearâ€™s state final.