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July 18th, 2013
COVENTRY â Strong pitching and solid defense were the two reasons the Wickford and Coventry American 10/11-year-old all-stars reached Sundayâs District 3 winnersâ bracket final.
Wickford, after an ugly first inning where two hits, a walk and an error allowed American to open the scoring, continued to pitch and defend well.
NARRAGANSETT â Changes are on the horizon for the Narragansett High School boys basketball program.
Come next winter, not only will the Mariners be adjusting to a new lineup after losing key contributors from last yearâs playoff squad, but they will be doing so while adjusting to a new head coach as David Gee has left the program after six seasons.
It is an adjustment process, however, that is already well underway as Narragansett is now five games into their summer season, once again playing in the high school summer league at Christofaro Park.
NORTH KINGSTOWNâItâs the league that almost wasnât.
For the better part of the last decade, every summer the Community College of Rhode Island has hosted a league for Rhode Island girls high school basketball programs to help them stay in shape and keep their skills honed during the offseason.
It was a tradition that was set to continue in 2013, but once former head coach Kate Lynch left the CCRI program in early June, with no one to run the league, the school pulled the plug just two weeks before play was set to begin.
WAKEFIELDâIf thereâs one thing that should not be lost amidst the unexpected termination of manager Phil Davidson itâs this; the Ocean State Waves are playing good baseball.
The Waves may be just four games into the Rian McCarthy era â one officially as of Tuesdayâs 6-5 victory over the Sanford Mainers at Old Mountain Field â but the change has had little effect on the field as Ocean State won its third straight.
WAKEFIELDâOnly 30 games into the franchiseâs first season the Ocean State Waves have fired manager Phil Davidson.
âThe Ocean State Waves (OSW) announced today that on July 13, 2013, Jeff Sweenor, owner of OSW, terminated the employment of Phil Davidson as OSWâs head coach and manager,â the team said in a press release Tuesday. âMr. Davidsonâs duties are now being handled by OSWâs assistant coach, Rian McCarthy.â
Last summer the Wickford 11-Year Old All-Stars were involved in two of the most exciting games in the District 3 Tournament regardless of age level â albeit both in losing efforts.
After running the table in the winners bracket they faced off against Chariho only one win away from winning the district.
At the time Wickford coach Ryan Gwaltney called the first game of the district finals âa rollercoasterâ and it might have been an understatement in retrospect.
It became their M.O. for the tournament. For their third straight game, the South Kingstown National 11/12-Year Old All-Stars came out and spotted their opponent a big lead in the early innings. Unfortunately, the SK bats went cold after they fell behind early on Tuesday night and they dropped a 9-2 decision to Warwick West Side.
After a tough loss to East Greenwich in the second round of the 11/12-Year Old All-Star District 3 tournament last Sunday, the SK American baseball team came out swinging on Tuesday night, putting a 16-4, four inning hurt on Westerly to keep their title hopes alive.
âWe took it right to them,â said Americans manager Ken Munroe. âAll the kids hit.
ââŠThey were in the zone for hitting yesterday.â
COVENTRYâAfter watching three strikes go by in his first at-bat 11-year Loren Vaughn wasnât about to make the same mistake twice at Paine Field Tuesday.
âItâs just that the first time up I was nervous,â 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 Unionâs 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 Thursdayâs NBA Draft.