The George Donnelly Sunset League, like every other baseball organization here in Rhode Island, was hopeful that Summer, 2020 baseball would happen. Momentum started happening in early June for participation sports like baseball to begin organizing. And the announcement that baseball could be played in Phase 3 came in late June, early July. The Sunset League, in operation for over 100 years here in Rhode Island, was off and running in early July with a full schedule of games. First game was July 8th – Westcott vs Brother’s – and the Sunset League was officially a part of Rhode Island summer baseball once again.
Sharing the famed Cardines Field in Newport with the Newport Collegiate Baseball League, as well as sharing players, the Sunset League teams logged about 15 regular season games this summer, then onto the playoffs. In the end, R&R Construction won the 2020 Sunset League Championship. Here is a team photo, courtesy of the official website for the George Donnelly Sunset League – www.gdsunsetleague.com.
Post season awards were announced this week on social media pages and the website of the George Donnelly Sunset League. Here are the awards handed out to players from this summer’s league play:
- Rookie of the Year – Sean Helfrich, LaSalle Academy, Wheaton College
- Playoff MVP Isaiah Rivera – Tolman High School, Rhode Island College
- Pitcher of the Year – CJ Tsoumakos, LaSalle Academy, Rhode Island College
- MVP – Alex Martinez, Cranston East High School, Rhode Island College
Congrats to all the players, coaches, and families who navigated through a very unusual summer baseball season to play in the George Donnelly Sunset League. Special thanks to Chris LaRose for giving me updates on the season, playoffs, and more. And make sure you check out this great article on MLB.com and learn some really cool facts about Cardines Field and the Sunset League – https://www.mlb.com/news/newport-has-oldest-baseball-league-in-country. And we are already looking ahead to another great season of baseball in Newport for the 2021 George Donnelly Sunset League!!!