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July 25th, 2013
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ Summer League is always a little different.
Different players. Different atmosphere. A chance to try different things.
It should not be surprising then that something considered an advantage in a normal game might turn out to be a disadvantage, as was the case Tuesday night in East Greenwichâ€™s matchup versus Prout.
More bodies means fresher legs, which generally produces better results in sports, especially later in games.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When it comes to summer league, it is not always the final score that matters. Coaches will say that the summer is more about their players developing their skills and learning to play better as a team.
Yet, even if getting the win is not the priority, the will to win usually seems to kick in, as was the case Tuesday night when South Kingstown put the hammer down on Coventry for a 31-22 win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€”Old Mountain field has seen its share of firework displays over the years but after the first inning of Wednesdayâ€™s Ocean State Waves game the fans on hand seemed to be in store for quite a show.
Ocean State and the visiting Mystic Schooners combined for five runs and five extra base hits in the opening frame alone.
The wind ultimately let out of the Schooners sails though, and the Waves kept rolling as Ocean State went on for a 9-4 victory Wednesday.
CRANSTON â€” Coventry American Major Division all-star coach Brendon Furtado proved prophetic.
Prior to his teamâ€™s opening round game of the state tournament against King Philip of Bristol, Furtado talked about how it was important for his team to make the simple plays because if they donâ€™t the District 3 championships would be in trouble against the other elite teams in the state.
WEST WARWICK â€” They didnâ€™t want to sound cocky, but the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars entered last weekâ€™s state tournament at McCarthy Field believing they were the team to beat.
After tough wins over Cranston and Warwick PAL, it seemed Coventry would have some competition for the state title.
Thatâ€™s when Coventry took its game to another level. After smothering North Providence/Smithfield in the winnersâ€™ bracket final, Coventry delivered its finest performance in the tournament in Saturdayâ€™s state final against a solid Cranston squad.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”A little over two hours after the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Starsâ€™ season came to an end the EWG seniors followed suit.
Exeter dropped a 9-0 decision to Riverside â€“ its second loss to the District 2 champs in as many games â€“ Tuesday at Sprague Park to bring its summer run to an end.
As was the case in Saturdayâ€™s 8-2 loss to starting pitcher C.J. Woods, Exeter-West Greenwich couldnâ€™t get anything going against Riverside starter Ethan Gervais.
NARRAGANSETTâ€”The run for the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars finally came to an end Tuesday at Sprague Park.
After winning its first game in the state tournament Saturday EWG dropped two straight, the second of which an 11-2 loss to Glocester to officially end Exeterâ€™s tournament.
The defeat came on the heels of a close 4-3 victory over Rumford â€“ in a game that started late Saturday night and finished Sunday afternoon â€“ and a 12-3 loss to Edgewood Sunday night.
WICKFORD â€“ A baseball force is brewing in Wickford and it comes in the form of the townâ€™s 11-Year Old All-Star Little League team.
The team dominated once again last Friday night as they defeated Warwick Continental 10-0 in five innings in the championship game of the District 3 Tournament at Wilson Park.
â€śTough to put into words, really. Awful proud of these guys,â€ť said Wickford manager Joe Walsh. â€śJust a lot of work and they all just came together.
â€śâ€¦District Championship? 10-0? Iâ€™ll take that every day of the week.â€ť
NARRAGANSETTâ€”In each of the past few seasons the North Kingstown boys basketball team has lost strong players to graduation but had enough veterans return to stay amongst the stateâ€™s elite programs.
This summer, however, has marked the beginning of a drastic change for long-time coach Aaron Thomas and his Skippers.
North graduated the top seven players from its rotation this spring and have had to rely on lesser-used reserves from last season in Grant Gillis, Jake Mansfield, Matt Madoian and Chris Lenox.
Despite his teamâ€™s 2-5 record Chariho coach Corey Downey feels his squad is right where it needs to be in the Narragansett Summer Boys Basketball League to see success this winter.
â€śThis summer hasnâ€™t really been about wins, itâ€™s been about figuring out what our strengths and weaknesses are offensively and defensively,â€ť Downey said. â€śWeâ€™re just continuing to play hard and play good defense whatever it is at that time whether it is man or zone.