Riverside Post 10 Juniors expect to vie in one-off summer baseball competition

Rhode Island 19/20 Elite Baseball League seeks to start play in July

By Mike Rego
Posted 6/18/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — Some good news has apparently emerged from what has been a rather bleak period for local youth sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Riverside Post 10 Junior American …

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Riverside Post 10 Juniors expect to vie in one-off summer baseball competition

Rhode Island 19/20 Elite Baseball League seeks to start play in July

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Some good news has apparently emerged from what has been a rather bleak period for local youth sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Riverside Post 10 Junior American Legion baseball team is making plans to take the field sometime this summer.

The league will be conducted apart from Legion, which has at the national level decided not to sanction play because of the pandemic. The competition will be called the Rhode Island 19/20 Elite Baseball League, “19/20” indicating the relation to COVID-19 and it being 2020.

The intention is to play a 14-game regular season and playoffs running from on or about July 6-August 15. Eight teams are expected to participate. The postseason will feature all teams beginning with a single-elimination tournament capped by a best-of-three championship series.

The local program remains under the administrative direction of Kevin Lethbridge, but he is stepping away from coaching duties. City native and long-time school administrator/coach Frank DeVall is the new manager of the squad. He’s assisted by former East Providence High School and Community College of Rhode Island standout pitcher C.J. Woods.

In addition, EPHS head coach Bobby Rodericks as well as aides Ed Renaud and Chris Kennedy will be volunteers. Noted local Little League coach Bobby Long, who has mentored the Junior Legion team in recent years, is also expected to assist while also maintaining his role with Rumford Little League Junior/Senior Division programs.

A total of 18 players registered to compete for the Post 10 Juniors this summer, 15 of whom are members of the EPHS baseball program, something that excites all involved especially considering the cancellation of the high school season this past spring because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“I was really bummed out about losing this year’s spring season, but this is a great opportunity to build the program from within and get them all on the path to being future Townie ballplayers,” Rodericks said of the role Junior Legion baseball serves as a conduit for the high school level.

The roster of expected players includes: Dylan Palumbo, Kyler Lorenz, Jack McKnight, Chico Santos, Brian Petsch, Jacob Palumbo, Vin Enright, Tyler Jordan, Ryan Heatherton, Colin McCarthy, Brandon Landry, Michael Sabourin, C J Hess, Oliver Andrews, Grayson Sparr, Eli Barber, Billy Roche and Xavier Botelho.

The Post 10 Juniors, featuring many of those who are likely to return this year, performed well last summer, qualifying for the state playoffs before losing in a two-game sweep to eventual tourney runner-up Upper Deck Post 14 of Cumberland in a best-of-three quarterfinal round series.

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