EAST PROVIDENCE — First in the standings for a second consecutive regular season, the Riverside Post 10 Junior Division American Legion baseball team will attempt to claim the state title for a second summer in a row beginning this weekend.
Post 10 entered the Rhode Island American Legion Baseball League playoffs as the top seed after winning the North Division regular season title with a 16-2 record.
Riverside next swept both of its best-of-three postseason series en route to the championship round. The locals beat Pezzuco Construction Post 64 by the scores of 10-0 and 18-0 in the quarterfinals.
They next defeated Woonsocket Post 85 by a 4-2 score on Wednesday, July 30, and a 5-3 count Thursday night, July 31, in the semis. Kam Gianlorenzo was the winning pitcher in the clincher for the locals. Adam Duarte earned the save.
Post 10 faces Warwick PAL Post 101 for the state title starting Post 101 won the South Division with a 14-5 regular season record and is the second overall seed in the playoffs. Warwick, likewise, swept its preceding series, taking out Auburn Post 20 in the quarters and cross-city rival Shields Post 43 in the semis.
Riverside hosts Post 101 in the Game 1 of the teams’ championship series Sunday afternoon, Aug. 3, at Barrington High School at 5:30 p.m. Game 2 s set for Monday, Aug. 4, at the Mickey Stevens Complex in Warwick at 5:30 p.m. A third game, if necessary, would be played Tuesday, Aug. 5, back at Barrington High also at 5:30 p.m.
Both the state champion and the runner-up advance to the 2014 Northeast Regional Tournament at Gill Stadium in Manchester, N.H., Saturday, Aug. 9 through Monday, Aug. 11. Post 10 is also the reigning region champ.
— Photos by Alex Watrous