July 18th, 2013
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It had become something of a habit for the Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars in their games leading up to last Thursdayâ€™s District 3 consolation bracket final at Tuckertown Park against South Kingstown American. They would start slow, allow their opponent to build up a big cushion and then surge back for the win.
This time around it was Narragansett jumping out to the early lead before South Kingstown fought back from a six-run deficit.
Ultimately, however, Narragansett managed to hold on for an 11-10 win.
KINGSTON â€“ It has been some time since South Kingstown Post 39 has taken the field and found themselves in the win column at gameâ€™s end.
Entering Monday nightâ€™s contest with Gershkoff Auto Body â€“ Auburn Post 20, Post 39â€™s only win in July came via forfeit.
The team, however, carried over some strong play in their recent losses and finally translated it into a win, taking down Post 20 8-3 at the University of Rhode Islandâ€™s Bill Beck Field.
â€śI told them forget about that,â€ť Post 39 coach Gary Lessard said of the losing streak. â€śWe had a couple days off and now weâ€™re on a roll.â€ť
WARWICKâ€”Most coaches will tell you getting off to a good start goes hand in hand with success.
Narragansett 9/10-Year Old All-Stars coach Jason Laurie is not one of those people.
Throughout the District 3 Tournament his squad has ritually started slowly but found a way to come from behind for the victory.
So when â€™Gansett took a two-run lead after the first inning of Saturdayâ€™s District 3 Championship at Warwick Continental Laurie had a bad feeling.
CHARIHO â€” The journey ended far earlier than anyone associated with the Chariho Major Division all-star team wouldâ€™ve hoped.
Chariho, which came out of the losersâ€™ bracket last year to claim the District 3 title on its way to the 11-year-old state title, entered the Major Division tournament as the favorite, but the kids from Dow Field were knocked into the losersâ€™ bracket by eventual District 3 champion Coventry American.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ It was a tale of two teams for the South Kingstown National 11-Year Old All-Stars last week. After dropping their first game of the District 3 tournament in a runaway against Warwick Continental on Tuesday, the team came back on Thursday and did the same to their opponent, taking down East Greenwich by a score of 11-2 at Tuckertown Park.
EXETERâ€”After a dramatic, extra innings victory over a scrappy Chariho squad the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars are joining the senior team in the state tournament.
Tyler Lynchâ€™s run in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference as EWG escaped with a 4-3 victory in the District 3 Championship Monday at Wawaloam Field.
â€śThat was a terrific game,â€ť EWG coach Jack Kaveny said. â€śIf youâ€™re going to have a championship game, thatâ€™s the kind of game you want where itâ€™s in doubt and close the whole way.â€ť
After a lopsided game between the East Greenwich and Exeter-West Greenwich Senior Little League All-Stars last Thursday the two teams returned to action Friday for what turned into a back-and-forth championship battle.
The two teams alternated leads at Wawaloam Field all game but ultimately EWG emerged with a 12-8 victory and the District 3 Championship banner.
â€śIt was a very good game,â€ť East Greenwich coach Eric Barnes said by phone Wednesday. â€śA lot of offense.â€ť