Teams could play each other for Ron Silva District 2 title
Riverside, Rumford LL 9-10 All-Stars Advance in Tourney Action
Games this Wednesday and Friday
By Bob Rodericks
Riverside and Rumford 9-10 all-stars are advancing toward a championship final in the 2019 Ron Silva Little League Tourney. Both teams are alive and could face off in the championship game but are taking different paths to get there.
Rumford is battling back strongly after losing its opening game in a very close 8-6 defeat to Newport in an away game on June 29th. Facing tourney elimination, in the double elimination format, Rumford has roared back with three impressive wins. The Rumford team came back with a strong 12-1 victory over Fairlawn of Pawtucket on July 7th in Pawtucket.
The team next played the always competitive Darlington team from Pawtucket on July 10th and came away with a well played 9-6 win. Continuing their winning ways, Rumford next defeated Barrington 6-1. The three-game winning streak pits Rumford against Warren on Wednesday July 17th at 5:45 pm at Kim Rock Field in Rumford. The winner advance to play on July 20th against a team and at a site to be determined. "Come on out Wednesday fans," said Rumford Little League president Eddie Wencis. "Support Rumford LL and have dinner at our great snack shack," Wencis added.
Riverside 9-10's have had an easier road to a potential championship game as they have remained undefeated in the winner's bracket. The team has relied on superb pitching, good defense and timely offense. The team was impressive with an 8-0 opening win on July 2nd over Darlington at Forbes Field in Riverside. The team next easily got by a pesky Pineview, Pawtucket team with a 13-4 victory on July 12th.
The fast start by Riverside has matched them with the tournament's only other undefeated team, Bristol. The highly anticipated game between these two undefeated teams will be played this Friday, July 19th at 5:45 pm at Forbes Field off the Wampanoag Trail in Riverside. "Our kids have worked hard and are determined to keep the streak going," said assistant coach Michael Sabourin. "While we benefit from the play of a few standout players, our strength has really been the good balance shown by the entire team. Everyone contributes," added Sabourin. Head coach Vincent Enright agrees and hopes for a good fan turnout. "Come to Forbes Field this Friday and help cheer on these great kids," said Enright. "Our kids work very hard," the coach added.
Fans on both sides are hoping for a Rumford-Riverside clash on championship weekend, July 27th and 28th. Both teams must continue to win to get there. The game site is to be determined. "That would be lots of fun."