North Providence/Smithfield Wins Opener in 15-Year Old Babe Ruth Regional in New Hampshire

By Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

AT THE 15–YEAR OLD BABE RUTH REGIONALS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE…THE COMBINED TEAM OF NORTH PROVIDENCE/SMITHFIELD FACING PORTLAND MAINE IN THE POOL PLAY OPENER..

2–1 PORTLAND IN THE FOURTH…LOOKING FOR MORE BUT RYAN O’CONNELL COMES IN AND MAKES THE DIVING CATCH IN CENTERFIELD.

PORTLAND TAKES A 5–1 LEAD BEFORE PROVIDENCE RALLIES IN SIXTH..O’CONNELL THE SINGLE TO SCORE PETE PIMENTEL AND THE GAME IS TIED AT 5..

GAME WENT TO EXTRAS…PORTLAND LOOKING TO TAKE LEAD IN EIGHTH…BUT GIANCARLO RICA MAKES THE CATCH IN THE RIGHT CENTER FIELD GAP..

NORTH PROVIDENCE/SMITHFIELD  GOES ON TO WIN 6–5 IN NINE INNINGS.