Three Little League All Star teams from East Providence win respective District 2 championships
EAST PROVIDENCE — Representatives from East Providence Central Little League recently won two District 2 Softball All Star tournaments while one of their counterparts from Rumford won the Junior Baseball title and another fell in the Major Baseball championship round.
The EPCLL Major Division Softball Stars went undefeated en route to winning the championship, including an 8-2 win over Barrington in the final.
East Providence opened the tournament with a 21-0 win over Portsmouth, defeated neighboring Riverside 15-1, then beat Barrington in the winners' bracket final, 4-0.
Riverside defeated Middletown, 8-2 and Newport, 5-4, before falling to Barrington, 6-5, in the losers' bracket final.
In the state tourney hosted by District 4 at Pacheco Park in North Smithfield, East Providence Central went 1-2 in three games to fall out of the event.
The locals lost to Warwick West Side, 8-5, in their opener. They then defeated Elmwood, 12-2, but lost to West Side once again, 4-2, in the losers' bracket. Cumberland went on to defeat West Side, 3-1, to claim the state title.
In the 9-10 Softball tourney, EPCLL also went unbeaten. The locals defeated Riverside, 17-1, to open the event then handed Tiverton an 8-5 setback and Middletown a 12-2 defeat before winning the district crown with a 13-0 victory over Portsmouth.
Riverside won its first game in the losers' bracket, 10-9 over Barrington, before falling to Portsmouth, 14-3.
Forbes Field in Riverside is the host of the 9-10 Softball State Tournament, which begins Saturday, July 20. East Providence Central awaits the winner from District 3 in the opening round. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. The state event continues at Forbes through at least Friday, July 26.
Rumford was the lone local to participate in the Junior Baseball All-Star district tourney, rallying from the losers' bracket to win the title and advance to the state tournament this week in Narragansett.
The locals defeated Pine View, 4-2, in their opener before losing to Darlington, 13-2. Rumford then beat Pine View again, 7-5, in the losers' bracket final, setting up a rematch with Darlington for the district title. The locals won the first final round game, 4-3, then handed Darlington a 10-6 defeat to claim the title.
Rumford begins play in the 2013 state tournament Saturday night, July 20, at 8 o'clock at Narragansett's Sprague Field against District 3 champ Exeter-West Greenwich.
The Rumford Little League 11-12 Baseball Stars suffered consecutive close losses to Bristol in the championship round of the district tourney.
The locals, unbeaten at the time, fell to Bristol 5-3 in the first final round outing. Bristol then handed Rumford a 7-5 defeat in the "if" game for the title.
Rumford opened the event with an 8-0 win over E.P. Central then beat the same Bristol team 8-5. The locals defeated Barrington, 8-6, in the winners' bracket final.
Central lost to Middletown, 5-4, in its next outing to drop out of the tournament. The Riverside entry won twice (7-5 over Newport and 2-0 over Pine View/Pawtucket) before losing its next two (3-0 to Barrington and 8-5 to Middletown) to likewise fall from contention.
East Providence was the lone local entry in the 9-10 Major Baseball district event, winning its opener over Tiverton, 5-4, before falling to eventual champ Portsmouth, 7-2. East Providence then lost to Middletown, 5-3, in the losers' bracket final.
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Rumford was the last of the locals to survive in the 9-10 Minor Baseball district tournament, starting off with a pair of wins before dropping into the losers' bracket where it remained as of mid-week. Rumford defeated Bristol, 15-10, and Barrington Blue, 7-6, before falling to Barrington Yellow, 5-4. Rumford then beat Bristol again, 15-3, and was scheduled to face Barrington Blue Thursday, July 18, at home at 5:45 p.m.
Riverside defeated East Providence Central, 10-7, in its 9-10 Minor opener then lost to Barrington Yellow, 9-4. Pine View ended Riverside's stay with a 9-4 win.
Central stayed alive with 11-9 and 12-11 victories over Tiverton and Newport, respectively, before dropping out of the event with a 13-7 loss to Bristol.