Championship Weekend Rumford-Riverside Littlers
All East Providence Final in 9-10 Little League Tourney
Mid-summer means all-star play and the district features a 9-10 year old tournament. District Two is the largest of the state's four Little League districts. Teams participating in the double-elimination tourney are Riverside, Rumford, Tiverton, Barrington, Warren, Portsmouth, Newport, King Phillip, Pineview and Darlington Americans. It is mandatory that each player is in the field for at least 6 outs and has at least 1 at bat regardless of the number of players on the roster.
The tournament is named the Ron Silva 9-10 District Two Tournament. Ron Silva was a long time Riverside Little League volunteer and a District Two official. The 2018 tournament has been exciting and will culminate this weekend, July 28 and 29. Two East Providence teams have reached the finals. Rumford will play Riverside Saturday at 5:45 pm at the Kim Rock Little League complex in Rumford. Rumford, playing from the winner's bracket with a 3-0 tourney record, can win the tournament with a Saturday win. Rumford has defeated King Phillip, Pineview and Warren to reach the finals.
If Riverside wins on Saturday, the championship game will be played at 5:45 pm on Sunday at the Riverside Forbes Field little league complex. Riverside was thrown into the loser's bracket with an opening round loss to Warren on July 2nd. However the Riverside club stormed back to reach the finals with 5 impressive wins over Barrington, Portsmouth, Pineview, Darlington and a 10-1 win over Warren, avenging that earlier loss.
"These boys continue to work hard. A great 10-1 win over Warren, the team that sent us to the losers bracket in game 1. They have worked hard and not given up. On to Rumford Saturday for the final series," said Riverside coach Kris Hallene.
"Our kids have had a great time. Especially that big win over Warren. Down 5 - 1 heading into the 5th inning, we came back to tie the game and went on to win 6 - 5 in extra innings. Great plays in the field and clutch at bats for both teams as well as some timely pitching. On to the championship this weekend," said Rumford coach Eddie Wencis.
Indeed, on to the Rhode Island 9-10 District Two Championship. It's an all East Providence party. Bring an appetite for baseball and food. Both leagues have extensive concession stands. A win-win for the locals.