West Warwick 9-Year-Old All Stars have a Memorable Summer Run!
The West Warwick Cal Ripken league has had a long history of success during All-Star play in the summer. After going eight years (2007) without winning the 9-year-old State Championship, West Warwick staked claim to their second consecutive title by sweeping through the State Tournament.
With the win, they represented Rhode Island in the New England Regional held in Keene, New Hampshire.
A recap of their All-Star season follows:
State Tournament – Opening Round: West Warwick 15 Washington Park 1
After a slow start, the 9-year-old All Stars of West Warwick scored a bevy of runs late in the game to defeat Washington Park, 15-1, in the opening round of the Rhode Island State Tournament.
In the top of the first inning, West Warwick took a 1-0 lead when Josh Pedus singled with one out, stole second base and scored on a single by Karl Swanson. In the third inning, WW extended their lead to 4-0 when they scored three runs on four hits, one error and a fielder’s choice. After Mason Costello reached on an error, James Proulx, Josh Pedus Karl Swanson (two-run single) and Tyler Garafalo (rbi single) had four consecutive hits.
While Dominic Carollo dominated the Washington Park line up with 10 strikeouts in four innings of work, West Warwick built a commanding 8-0 lead.
The flood gates opened up for West Warwick in the top of the sixth inning when they scored seven more runs on six walks, one hit batsmen and hits by James Proulx (rbi double) and Josh Pedus (rbi single).
Offensively, the 9’s received contributions from James Proulx (2/4, one double, two runs scored and one rbi), Josh Pedus (2/3, three runs scored and one rbi), Karl Swanson (2/3, two runs scored and three rbi’s) Tyler Garafolo (1/1, three walks, two runs scored and one rbi), Max Costello (1/3, one scored and one rbi), Joseph “Joey” Riviera (1/3), Owen Stearns (two walks and two runs scored), Mark Grover (one walk and one run scored) and Mason Wallad (one walk and one run scored).
State Tournament – Winner’s Bracket Final: West Warwick 15 CLCF 6
Led by an onslaught of 17 hits, West Warwick came from behind to defeat CLCF, 15-6, in the Winner’s Bracket Final. Trailing 6-4 after three innings,
West Warwick exploded for 9 runs over the last three innings against CLCF.
Picking up the victory in relief was Josh Pedus, who retired ten consecutive batters to end the game. In four innings of work, Pedus allowed no hits, struck out ten and walked only one.
Offensively, West Warwick, which scored in five of the six innings, received hits from CJ Bousquet (1/1, one run scored, Mason Wallad (2/4, one run scored and three rbi’s), Joey Riviera (1/4, one run scored), Max Costello (1/3, one rbi), Dominic Carollo (3/3, two doubles, one run scored and two rbi’s), Tyler Garafalo (2/2, one triple, three runs scored and three rbi’s), Karl Swanson (2/4, two runs scored and two rbi’s), Josh Pedus (3/4, two doubles, two runs scored and two rbi’s) and James Proulx (2/4, three runs scored).
State Championship: West Warwick 15 CLCF 3
After breaking up a scoreless game after two innings, West Warwick cruised to a 15-3 victory in four innings.
In top of the third inning, the WW 9’s sent 12 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on four walks (Owens Stearns – twice, Mason Wallad and CJ Bousquet) and seven hits provided by James Proulx (rbi triple), Josh Pedus (single), Karl Swanson (rbi double), Dominic Carollo (rbi single), Max Costello (rbi single), Mason Wallad and CJ Bousquet (rbi single).
In the fourth inning, they added seven more runs to build a 15-3 lead. After receiving hits from James Proulx, Josh Pedus (rbi single), Tyler Garafalo (rbi double) and Dominic Carollo (rbi double), the 9’s took advantage of five consecutive walks (Julian Threats, Mark Grover, Owen Stearns, Mason Wallad and CJ Bousquet) to score the last three runs of the inning.
Picking up the victory for WW was Dominic Carollo who struck out nine batters in four innings of work.
New England Regional – Pool Play Game One: Londonderry (NH) 10 West Warwick 2
After traveling and participating in team night, the 9-Year-Old All Stars from West Warwick lost their first game of pool play to Londonderry of New Hampshire, 10-2.
Things started out well for West Warwick as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when James Proulx walked and two outs later scored on Dominic Carollo’s rbi double.
Unfortunately for the Rhode Island team in orange and black that would be the only highlight for them. Over the next five innings, the New Hampshire champion displayed some solid hitting with four extra base hits (one double and three triples) while scoring in each inning.
West Warwick received hits from two players: Tyler Garafalo (1/3) and Dominic Carollo (3/3, two doubles and two rbi’s).
New England Regional – Pool Play – Game Two: Gorham (Maine) 4 West Warwick 2
Despite the strong pitching effort of Josh Pedus, West Warwick lost their second game of pool play, 6-2 to Gorham, Maine.
Pedus, who pitched five innings, allowed just three earned runs on three hits while striking out four batters.
In the top of the second inning, WW took a 1-0 lead when Tyler Garafolo reached on a triple and scored a sacrifice bunt by CJ Bousquet.
That lead lasted until the bottom of the third when Gorham scored three runs on two walks, one error and one extra base hit.
Down 3-1, West Warwick scored a run the top of the fifth inning when Max Costello walked and scored on a two-out rbi single by Josh Pedus. Unfortunately for the 9’s, they could not garner one run, leaving the bases loaded.
Offensively, WW received hits from James Proulx (1/2), Josh Pedus (1/3, one rbi) and Tyler Garafalo (2/3, one triple and one runs scored).
New England Regional – Pool Play – Game Three: Freetown/Lakeville (Massachusetts) 12 West Warwick 2
In their final game of pool play, West Warwick simply ran into the hot bats of Freetown/Lakeville who had 9 hits including two doubles and one triple. The Eastern Massachusetts’ representative jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and coasted to a 12-2 victory in five innings of play.
Down 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, WW scored one run when Josh Pedus (2/2) singled, advanced to second base and scored on Dominic Carollo’s rbi single.
After giving up three run in the top of the fifth inning, WW received back to back double from Julian Threats and CJ Bousquet to make the score 12-2.
New England Regional – Elimination Round – Game Four: Marlboro (Massachusetts) 7 West Warwick 6
After going 0-3 in pool play, one would have thought that West Warwick would have been an easy team to face in the first game of the Elimination Round.
However, the Western Massachusetts’ Champion, Marlboro, found the Orange and Black 9-Year-Old All Stars the toughest draw the tournament.
After falling behind 1-0, West Warwick tied the game at 1-1 when Karl Swanson led off with a single, stole second based and advanced to third base on a single by Joey Riviera. Swanson scored the tying run when Mason Wallad and Owen Stearns worked back to back walks.
While Dominic Carollo, who struck out ten batters in six innings, shut down Marlboro’s offense for the first four innings, the 9’s built a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the third inning, they scored two runs on three walks (James Proulx, Tyler Garafalo and Joey Rivera) and timely hits by Josh Pedus (rbi double) and Karl Swanson (rbi single). With the bases loaded, it seemed that they would break open the game when Mason Wallad scorched a line drive headed to right-centerfield which was caught by Marlboro’s second baseman.
In the fifth inning, WW added another run for a 4-1 lead after Josh Pedus (lead-off triple) scored on a single by Dominic Carollo. Marlboro, who had been stymied by Carollo’s efforts on the mound, opportunistically scored four runs on two errors, one walk and two hits for a 5-4 lead.
West Warwick staged a magical comeback with two-outs in the sixth inning. Owen Stearns started the rally with a walk. After advancing to second base, Stearns scored on a single by James Proulx to tie the game at 5-5. Josh Pedus followed with his third hit of the game to score Proulx for a 6-5 lead.
Down 6-5, Marlboro staged a memorable comeback of their own by scoring two runs to escape with a 7-6 win. Offensively,
West Warwick received hits from James Proulx (1/2, two walks, two runs scored and one rbi), Josh Pedus (3/4, one double, one triple, two runs scored and one rbi), Dominic Carollo (1/4, one rbi), Karl Swanson (2/3, one runs scored and one rbi) and Joey Riviera (1/2).