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The 2022 Joe Charette Memorial Tournament is two weeks of 10U and 12U baseball competition here in Rhode Island. This past week, the 10U teams competed in pool play during the week, were seeded 1 through 8 for the weekend games, then played in a single elimination bracket of games at Dow Field, home of Chariho Little League. Tournament founder and director Chris Charette was there for every pitch this weekend and emailed me this update and set of photos from a very successful 10U Joe Charette Memorial Tournament:

Saturday 8/20/22   Bracket Play

Rumford 2 – Narragansett 0

Rumford was able to hold off Narragansett 2 to 0 despite being outhit.  Narragansett threatened runs in the 1st four innings with runners in scoring position and could not capitalize on it. It was a pitchers duel that ended in Rumfords favor.  Ben Tetreault threw 5 1/3 innings for Gansett striking out 11 while walking 2 and giving up 2 hits. Both Rumford runs scored on passed balls. On the other side Jared Machado threw a great 5 innings posting 9 K’s with 3 walks and 4 hits. Each time Narragansett looked like the momentum was shifting Rumfords defense rose to the occasion and slipped out of danger.  Ryan Pita came in for the close for Rumford.  Narragansett offense was led by Keegan Bellows going 3 for 3 with a double and 2 singles. Ryan Pita scored in the 1st for Rumford after doubling. Carter Schott also scored in 2nd using his speed after a walk and 2 stolen bases, then scoring on a passed ball.

Apponaug 4 – Chariho 3

Apponaug battled to hold Chariho at bay with a 4 to 3 win Saturday.  Chariho posted 2 runs straight out of the gate in the 1st with several errors by the Apponaug squad.  Owen Mckeen and Hudson Vorhes scored on RBI’s by Mason Costa and Nick Disano.  Chariho Struck again in the 3rd when McKeen scored again on a Mason Costa Fielders chose which tallied the RBI.  The 3rd was Apponaugs big swing when they battled back to tie it in the bottom of 3.  Johandry Tranburg started the rally with a single, 2 stolen bases and scored on a throwing error.  Mitch Ryan and John McAniff both singled when Jayden Feeney blasted a 2 run Double.  In the bottom of the 5th Apponaug took the lead when Tranburg scored again on a passed ball.  Apponaug used 3 pitchers to secure the win Connor Lettelier, Jayden Feeney and Beckett Brouillard. Chariho’s Nick Disano threw 4 innings tallying 9 K’s in the loss.

South Kingstown 9 – Exeter West Greenwich 8

SK edged EWG by one in some exciting 6th inning action to move on to the semi -finals. Jack Slocum put SK on the board in the 2nd scoring on a passed ball, but it was the 3rd inning that really put the pressure on when SK put up 6 runs.  Reed Virbila scored after walking driven in on a double by Joey Richards. Henry Whittier singled driving in Richards and  several errors and hit batters resulted in plating Henry Whittier, Link Gurnon, Robert Sama, and Cooper Vale. EWG finally was able to put things together in the 4th. Connor Armstrong and Thomas Lafazia both reached on errors and were driven in by Cooper Barnabe and Chris Kretchman. Barnabe would also score on a passed ball. Cooper Vale drove in Whittier in the SK 4th to add to the lead. EWG battled in the 5th and 6th plating 2 and 3 respectively to tie the game. Lucas Mckeen, Connor Armstrong Thomas Lafazia all had RBI singles in the 5th and Armstong and Lafazia drove in the runs in the 6th also.  Joey Richards walked to lead off the bottom of the 6th for SK and began to create chaos on the bases with his speed. Reaching 2 on a PB, the next pitch stealing 3 which led to a wild throw that got away from the 3rd baseman Richards took off for home able to beat out the throw and take home the win to advance. 

Warwick Continental 13 – Burrillville 3

Continental made quick work putting up runs straight out of the gate and scoring every inning.  Charlie Mackowitz led the squad with a single, 2 walks and scoring 3 times. Multiple scores from Elijah Costello, Jimmy Louth, Maci Hall and Tyler Dale added to the effort.  Tyler Dale had a day at the plate with 2 doubles and a single with 3 RBI’s.  Trevor Murphy, Cal Bren and Owen Graney all scored for Burrillville. WCA saved  their pitching running 4 pitchers 20 pitches to take home the win.  Tyler Dale, Maci Hall, Jimmy Louth and Dillan Murray all threw great on the mound. Dale had 4 K’s in 1 2/3 innings giving up 12 Hits and 1 run with no walks. Maci Hall went 1 1/3 innings with 2 K’s 1 Hit and no runs. Jimmy Louth came in for the 4th striking out 2 and walking 2 with 1 hit and 2 runs. Dilan Murray closed the game throwing to 2 batters. The young Burrillville squad (7, 8 and 9) were overpowered but Warwick but grinded all the way until the end.  They will certainly be a team to watch in the coming years.

Sunday 8/21/22 Semi Finals

Warwick Continental  5 – Rumford 1

Rumford struggled at the plate vs 2 strong pitchers from Continental.  Ryan Pita produced 3 singles and was the only score for Rumford.  They attempted some small ball with several bunt attempts and good base running but Warwick’s defense was perfect on the field allowing no errors. Tyler Dale threw 4 inning with 5 K’s, 2 Walks, 2 Hits and no runs. Colby Fales Closed the game out with 3 K’s a walk and a Hit allowing 1 run.  Jimmy Louth and Maci Hall had the hot bats, Louth with a double and a single and 2 scores Hall with 2 singles, 2 scores and an RBI. 

Apponaug 5 – South Kingstown 4

This well fought battle fell to the side of Apponaug.  Apponaug capitalized on a lead off walk by Mitch Ryan and was aggressive on the bases eventually scoring on an over thrown base. SK came out swinging in the 1st with a lead off walk for the speedy Joey Richards who was then moved over on a single by Link Gurnon and driven in by Robert Sama.  On this same play the ball went into the right center gap and Johandry Turnburg threw a perfect strike to the 3rd baseman who caught Gurnon trying for 3rd. This play saved Apponaug a 2nd run in the inning. In the 3rd Sama put up 2 more runs driven in on a fielders choice which followed by an overthrow at 3rd to score the other run. Apponaugs bats were quiet until the 5th. A lead off double by Mitch Ryan sparked the team to produce the 1st run in the come back. Later in the 6th Connor Lettelier led off the inning with a walk and a stolen base. For Dylan Fogerty to drive him in with a deep double to left.  Tranburg would eventually drive Fogerty in as well and score himself. 5 to 3 going into the bottom of 6 SK came right out and looked as though they were going to make the comeback with a lead off single by Robert Sama. He later scored on a passed ball. To bring the game within 1. Landon Fay singled and moved into scoring position with 1 out . Followed by a walk by Nolan Fitzpatrick.  Mitch Ryan refocused on the mound and his team had his back. Charles Gaglione knocked a ball down that Short stop Jayden Feeney assisted with on an impressive fielders choice to out the lead runner at 3rd. With 2 outs Ryan was able to get a pop out to close the game out and keep SK at Bay. Moving onto a Warwick vs Warwick Showdown in the Finals.

Warwick Continental 8 – Apponaug 3

This game was exciting. Both teams being from Warwick sparked a great balance of competitiveness along with some great sportsmanship. Both teams working hard to try and win the game while also complementing their friends from town on great plays on the field which was awesome to see. Apponaug struggled vs starting pitcher Colby Fales, as he struck out the 1st 8 batters in the order when finally Johandry Tranburg put a ball in play on 4 -3 put out. Fales threw 3 1/3 innings with 8 K’s and 1 Walk. No Hits, No runs. On Offense, Colby Fales was the spark for Continental as well. Blasting a 2 run Homer over Dows left field monster with an impressive swing of the bat to start off the 1st. Dilan Murray singled and Jimmy Louth followed with an RBI single. In the 3rd Colby Fales scored again after a walk and stealing his way to 3rd followed by a passed ball.  The 4th the WCA squad capitalized on some costly errors and walks and Charlie Mackowitz then drove in 2 runs . Warwick would score 4 runs in the inning.  Dilan Murray was now in for Continental to close out the game. Apponaug finally started to put some things together in the 6th but it fell short. Plating 3 runs on a lead off double by Tranburg then scoring on an error. With Mitch Ryan and Steve Defusco on base Beckett Brouillard drove a double to the fence scoring 2. The final out was a battle at the plate for Murray to win. Multiple foul balls with 2 strikes Murray eventually put the game to bed for a back to back Tournament win for WCA with a strikeout.

Congratulations to Warwick Continental American Little League for winning the 2022 Joe Charette Memorial 10U Tournament. WCALL repeats as 10U champs, having won the title in the Summer of 2021 as well. Congrats to all the teams who competed last week and this past weekend at Dow Field. Thank you to the volunteers and the sponsors for supporting the tournament and giving these Rhode Island baseball players, coaches, and families an amazing experience. And thanks as always to Tournament Director Chris Charette for the photos, game schedules, and updates all week.

Joe Charette Memorial 12U Tournament starts this week with pool play followed by the single elimination tournament next weekend at Dow Field, home of Chariho Little League. Good luck to all the players, coaches, and families competing this week and into next weekend.

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