The CLCF 8U team is at it again. After winning the Dighton Baseball Dighton Baseball 2012 Battle for the Banner 8U championship and finishing second in the Rehoboth 2012 Summer Slam tournament, the pitching and bats are on fire in
the 2012 Christopher Andreozzi Memorial Tournament at Slater Park in Pawtucket.
The annual tournament, which CLCF won last year, includes 23 teams from Rhode Island. CLCF won its first six games, out-scoring opponents 92-7 along the way. The team was scheduled to play in the semifinals on Wednesday, with results unavailable at press time.
CLCF beat Darlington National 13-2, Fairlawn 15-0, Pineview 14-3, Darlington American 12-2 and Riverside 22-0. The team beat Darlington American again in the quarterfinals on Monday night, winning by a 10-0 score.
The CLCF 8-year-old squad is made up of Robert Fatorma, Joe Petrella, Mike Panichas, Michael Lamond, Owen Smith, Evan Dacey, Matthew Barbarino, Allan Kevorkian, Jack Gecawich, Devante Viveiros, Tyler DiNezza, Shaun McCaughren and Andrew Travieso. The team is coached by Craig Barbarino Steve DiNezza and Mick Lamond.
CLCF 9’s bow out at regional
After winning the state title, the CLCF 9-year-old all stars ran into some tough competition and went two-and-out at the New England regional in Hebron, Conn., over the weekend.
CLCF lost a close one in its first game to Berwick, Maine, 5-2. That set up a meeting with perennial powerhouse Newtown, Conn., in the losers’ bracket and Newtown pulled away from CLCF for a 14-4 victory.
The summer was still a success for the team, though, and the future looks bright.
“The kids had a great time,” said coach John DeRuosi. “It was a learning experience. They saw what it takes to compete in a regional. They’re looking forward to hopefully being back at the regional level in the future.”