August 12, 2022

Riverside/EP & Rumford Major All-Stars fall in Sunday action

EP still alive advancing to July 6th in bracket play

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East Providence plays Newport at Hogan Field in Newport on July 6th

Entering second round little league play on Sunday June 26th was not kind to both East Providence teams in RI District Two Major Division all-stars. Riverside/EP Central playing in the winners bracket, lost to Portsmouth 5-2 at Portsmouth. Rumford was eliminated from majors all-star play with their second loss, a 6-1 defeat to Newport. Rumford lost a close 3-2 game to Pawtucket in its first-round play on Saturday.

East Providence, which is a combined Riverside/EP Central team, was in the winner’s bracket after an opening round victory over Barrington on Saturday. However East Providence fell to Portsmouth pushing them into the loser’s bracket in the next round of play. East Providence scored in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead early. With two outs, Jonathan “JJ” Renaud singled and then scored on Chris Charbonneau’s double to left-center field. The score remained 1-0 until the third inning.

Tristan Lawton led off the top of the third with a single but a strike out and double play by Portsmouth ended the inning. Portsmouth went on top in the bottom half of the third after getting three hits and a fly ball to center field, making the score 3-1 at that point.

With one out in the top of the fourth, JJ Renaud hit a homerun over the left field fence to bring the score to 3-2. Chris Charbonneau and Wyatt Andrews each added a single but a hard line drive by Alex Enright was snared by Portsmouth’s second baseman Kane Brule and two strikeouts closed out the EP rally attempt.

Portsmouth picked up two more runs in the fourth inning on a walk and a couple of hits. After leading off the bottom of the fifth with a single Portsmouth hit two high drives to right field which were caught by Bryce Levesque and a strikeout ended the frame. Alex Enright and Jose Figueroa pitched well for EP.

East Providence led off the sixth with a strikeout and JJ Renaud missed a bid for his third homerun in two days with a drive caught just in front of the left field fence. With two outs Chris Charbonneau was hit by a pitch and Jose Figueroa singled. The two-out late inning rally was stopped with a groundout. East Providence, the defending Division Two Champions, remains alive in all-star play with its next game on Wednesday, July 6th, 5:45 pm at Hogan Field in Newport. EP has not yet been assigned a home field in the tournament.

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