Portsmouth 10-year-old All-Stars in state title game Friday

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PORTSMOUTH — Manager Bob Yates and his 10-year-old Majors Little League All-Star team knows all too well what they're up against when they take on Cranston West in the state championship game Friday night.

Cranston West's bats put a beating on Portsmouth Monday night. It was 13-0 by the third inning and Portsmouth ended up losing 14-4.

"(Cranston West) is a very good hitting team," said Mr. Yates. "They're a powerhouse."

He hopes things will be different when his squad plays them again Friday night. The game begins at 7 p.m. at Warwick Continental Fields, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick.

"We heard they're pretty good," Mr. Yates quipped. "We're gonna be loose and switch things up a little bit."

If Portsmouth loses Friday night, Cranston West will be crowned state champions. If Portsmouth wins, a second game for all the marbles will be held Sunday.

Portsmouth earned a berth in the state tournament after winning the District 2 championship against rival Middletown July 14. The team won its first game Saturday against host Warwick Continental — 14-4 in four innings.

"Simon Roy had two hits and two RBIs, and Jacob Bloom and Ben McGowan each had two hits," said Mr. Yates.

Things didn't go as well Monday against Cranston West, but a few Portsmouth players distinguished themselves. "Robbie Yates had two hits and an RBI, Tim McGuire had two hits and Will Pierce had a hit," said the manager.

On Tuesday night Portsmouth again faced Warwick Continental and won, 10-5.

"Brewster Mott was the winning pitcher and he also had a hit," said Mr. Yates. "Robbie Yates had two hits. Tim Chlaupek made two nice defensive plays in the game. Connor Freitas had two hits and he got the save."

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