July 18th, 2013
WARWICKâMost 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 âGansett took a two-run lead after the first inning of Saturdayâs 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 wouldâve 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.
EXETERâAfter 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 Lynchâs 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.
âThat was a terrific game,â EWG coach Jack Kaveny said. âIf youâre going to have a championship game, thatâs the kind of game you want where itâs in doubt and close the whole way.â
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.
âIt was a very good game,â East Greenwich coach Eric Barnes said by phone Wednesday. âA lot of offense.â
COVENTRY â Strong pitching and solid defense were the two reasons the Wickford and Coventry American 10/11-year-old all-stars reached Sundayâs District 3 winnersâ bracket final.
Wickford, after an ugly first inning where two hits, a walk and an error allowed American to open the scoring, continued to pitch and defend well.
NARRAGANSETT â Changes are on the horizon for the Narragansett High School boys basketball program.
Come next winter, not only will the Mariners be adjusting to a new lineup after losing key contributors from last yearâs playoff squad, but they will be doing so while adjusting to a new head coach as David Gee has left the program after six seasons.
It is an adjustment process, however, that is already well underway as Narragansett is now five games into their summer season, once again playing in the high school summer league at Christofaro Park.