It was another exciting week of baseball leading up to this past weekend’s Joe Charette Memorial Tournament, 12U Division. Teams from all over Rhode Island competed in pool play to determine the weekend brackets of games. Come Saturday, the games shifted to Dow Field, home of Chariho Little League for an exciting bunch of quarterfinal games. (I was able to get to the Narragansett vs Westerly game on Saturday to see my All Star nephew Finley Hohl play.) Then, onto Sunday for the semifinals and championship game. Chris Charette, tournament director, was there for every pitch and sent me this recap of the Joe Charette Memorial Tournament weekend of games at Dow Field:
Good evening Noel, 2 weeks straight of great Rhode Island Baseball. The 1st annual Joe Charette Memorial Tournament is in the books. We hope to continue the tournament for many years to come. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and sponsors. Below is the recap of 12U Bracket play.
(7) Lincoln vs (2) Portsmouth. Portsmouth edged out Lincoln 3 to 2 to advance to the semi finals. Lincoln struck first in the 2nd inning when Luca Coppolino ripped a double to the left field fence followed by an RBI single by Will Aiken. Portsmouth responded in the bottom half with Carter Doran reaching on an error and an overthrown ball to reach 2nd. This set the table for Mason Smith to drive a single to the left field fence which was enough to score Doran. In the 3rd Lincoln threatened with a Double by Owen Richardson but ended up stranded at 3rd. Portsmouth turned it in in the bottom half. A well placed lead of bunt from Jacob Labonte and a single by Sam Smith started the inning. The bases then loaded up on a walk but Lincoln stopped the run at home on a force out. A fielders choice drove in Smith followed by some aggressive base running by Ben Humm gave Portsmouth the lead. Mason Smith Pitched 5 innings giving up 5 hits and 1 run. He struck out 7 and walked 2. AJ Purvis closed the final inning out for Portsmouth. Joey Cunha took the loss for Lincoln giving up 5 hits and 3 runs. He struck out 7 and walked 1. Emery Lopez closed out with 3 K’s for the final innings.
(3) Chariho White vs (6) North Kingstown. Chariho White (12’s) grinded through 6 innings to edge NK 2 to 1. Chariho seemed to have their bats alive in the 1st 3 inning but NK’s defense was shutting them down. Chariho pitching kept NK quiet until the 3rd. 2 walks and a stolen base set up Cam Ward to leg out an infield single which scored Garrett Boddington from 3rd. Chariho snuck out of the inning only dropping 1 run to them. The 4th inning brought some timely hits to put Chariho back into it. Sam Simoes hit a lead off double to right center followed by Rohan Downing reaching on an error and stealing second. Milo Clarke then smashed a single to left to drive in 2 runs. Pitcher Sam Ellis and the Chariho D shut NK down the remainder of the game giving up no more hits. Ellis pitched a complete game giving up only 2 hits and one run while striking out 10 and only 2 walks.Jaiden Maxwell only gave up 3 hits with 2 runs and struck out 5. He gave up zero walks on the day.
(4) Westerly vs (5) Narragansett. Steve Maynard and the Westerly team shut out Narragansett 5 to 0 to move on to the semi finals. Westerly struggled to catch up with hard throwing righty Greg Fleury until the 3rd inning Jack Zerbarini drove a single to right. Steve Maynard then followed suit as well as a perfect bunt for single by Tyler Falcone. Zerbarini ended up scoring on a past ball before Fleury locked and and closed the inning with 3 K’s. Narragansett struggled to string hits together with only 4 hits on the day by, Eddie Audet, Finley Hohl, and Aiden Sullivan 2 for 2. Fleury went 4 innings holding Westerly to 1 run while striking out 11 and walking 3. In the 5th Westerly sealed the game up with a big inning. Maynard led of with a single and Matteo Hacket reached on an error. Logan Cronin then hit an rbi single followed by Trent Bessette and a 2 rbi single by Jack Parker. Liam Jacobson also singled in the inning. Maynard finished the game 6 innings pitched on 76 pitches with 4 strikeouts. Westerlys defense was flawless until the 6th when 2 errors gave Narragansett an opportunity only to be have that stripped away on a line out 1 -3 – 6 triple play.
(9) Chariho Blue vs (1) Rumford. The Chariho Blue (11’s) came out of the gate swinging to take the upset win over the 1 Seed Rumford. A 6-run 1st inning put the pressure on Rumford. Lead off single by Jacob Holland and a bunt single by Sean O’Leary and a walk loaded the bases up and 4 hitter Sean Dorgan did what 4 hitters do, drove the run in. Rumford stopped one run at home on a fielders choice but an error cost 2 runs on a hard hit ball by Riley Conroy. 2 walks then loaded the bases again and Holland on his 2nd at bat of the inning drove in 2 with a deep single to center. Riley Conroy came out throwing hard and Chariho’s D was shaky allowing a run on 2 errors. Chariho added 3 runs in the 2nd and 2 more in the 5th. In the 4th Rumford put 1 run up with a lead off single by Jamison Sydney a double by Jerry Gagnon and Beckett Keogh drove in a run on an error. The 5th gave Rumford another score on Max Correiro double which then scored on an RBI 4-3 play. Conroy threw 5-2/3 innings. Gave up 6 hits and 3 runs. He struck out 9 and walked 1. Landon Charette entered for the close and threw 19 pitches striking out 2 .Jacob Holland (2-3), Sean Dorgan (3-5), Sean O’Leary (3-5), and Danny Kocab (2-4) all had multiple hits on the night. Final score Chariho 11 Rumford 3.
(3) Chariho White. Vs (2) Portsmouth. Pitching was the key for 3 shutout innings in this matchup for Portsmouth. Tyler Boiani threw 3 hitless innings and then the Portsmouth offense came up and was patient at the plate drawing 3 straight walks. Boiani then helped his own cause on a 6-3 RBI to plate the QST run of the game. Ben Humm then singled to left to drive in another Ryan Campion. But in the 4th Chariho had an answer. A solo Home run to straight away center by Sam Ellis started the bats up for the squad. Milo Clarke singled a legged out infield hit and Liam McGloin dropped one into right. Hunter Simas then ripped a single to score Clarke. The top of the 5th looked like Portsmouth was going to break the tie as Luke Brule singled followed by Campion reaching 2nd on an error. Liam McGloin then entered at pitcher and struck out 2 followed by a pop out to end the inning. Chariho put 2 more on the board on a single by Derek Brodeur and a double by Ellis. Rohan Downing then came to the plate to smash a 2 run double. McGloin shut down the Portsmouth crew with 3 K’s in the 6th. Chariho won 4 to 2 in the effort. Boaini 4-2/3 innings. 6 hits and 2 runs with 9 K’s and no walks. Purvis 1-1/3 innings 3 hits 2 runs with 3 K’s , no walks. Downing 3 hits and 2 runs with 8 K’s and 4 walks. McGloin with the save, 5 K’s 1 hit given up.
(9) Chariho Blue vs (4) Westerly. The Westerly bats were too much for the young Chariho squad and cruised past on a 15 to 5 win. Westerly put up 5 in 2 innings holding Chariho scoreless. Liam Jacobson led off with a single. And scored on a sac fly by Steve Maynard in the 1st. In the 2nd 4 hits and 2 walks allowed 4 runs to score. Chariho battled back in the 3rd putting up 3 runs. A lead off walk by Landon Charette and 2 errors allowed 2 runs followed by another walk and error to add the 3rd. Westerly could not be held at bay scoring 5 more in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th. Chariho was able to put 2 more up in the 4th inning on a walk, a double by Landon Charette and a 2 rbi double by Jacob Holland. Westerly had multiple hits by Liam Jacobson (3-3) with 3 scores, Logan Cronin (2-2) with 4 scores, and Cam McDonald (2-3) 1 score in the effort.
(3)Chariho White vs (4) Westerly. 3.5 hours, 8 pitchers 7 intentional walls and 12 innings. That’s what it took to decide the winner of the 1st annual Joe Charette Memorial Tournament. Westerly picked up where they left off with the 11’s Blue team hitting the ball and hitting it hard vs Chariho White. Jack Zerbarini launched a ball over the high left field wall to start a 3 run 1st inning. Singles by Steve Maynard and Tyler Falcone. Then a ground out by Matteo Hackett to score Maynard. Luke Gwaltney then crushed a double to the left wall to score Falcone. Chariho’s Derek Brodeur (3-5) blasted a double to start the 1st and was driven in by Rohan Downing. Chariho starter Liam McGloin then settled in the 2nd retiring 3 of 4 batters . Bottom of the 2nd Hunter Simas (2-4) crushed a single off the center field wall followed by Caleb Locke hitting an opposite field double. Brodeurs hot bat then doubled to drive in 2. Sam Ellis then drove in Derek on a single. In the 4th Westerly got back into the game. Jack Parker started the push with. Single. Liam Jacobson (2-6) also singled. A fielders choice moved runners over. Tyler Falcone (2-3) drove in Parker. Gwaltney (3-5) singled for an RBI and Logan Cronin walked for an RBI. Down 6 to 4 Derek Brodeur reached on an error and red hot Sam Ellis came up to the plate. Ellis blasted a no doubt home run over the left field wall for a 2 run blast to tie it up. 2nd of the day. Sam was intentionally walked the remainder of the day. The game continued scoreless for another 6 innings. At inning 9 a runner at 2nd base was added to start each inning. Great coaching, some clutch pitching and solid D kept the game scoreless. In the top of the 12th Westerly loaded the bases and was able to draw 2 walks to go up 2 runs. With a runner on 2nd and 1 out Dayton Lee drilled the hardest hit ball of the day right back at the face of Pitcher Jack Zerbarini, and quite simply he awed the crowd. Somehow lying flat Matrix Style in reaction and still gloving the ball he secured the 2nd out. Now with 2 outs Hunter Simas drilled a double to score Milo Clarke from 2nd. Jack Zerbarini then calmed his adrenaline and regained composure on the mound and closed the game out with a K.
This was by far one of the most entertaining games I have watched in a long time. Both teams played their hearts out and left it all out on the field. Congrats to the Westerly team on a great tournament.