1974 Rhode Island State Little League® Tournament Results

Rhode Island State Tournament

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Rhode Island State Tournament
Host - North Providence
At Lee Romano Field

Participating Teams:
District 1 Champions
District 2 Champions
District 3 Champions
District 4 Champions
Cranston Western
Pawtucket Darlington National

Tournament Results:

Cranston Western 16, Burrillville 4
Pawtucket Darlington National 21, Wickford 2

Championship Game:
Pawtucket Darlington National 8, Cranston Western 2 (TITLE)


There was little subtlety at the 1974 Rhode Island State Little League tournament. Over the course of three games, the four participating teams combined for 53 runs and 52 hits, including a remarkable 18 home runs.

Cranston Western and Darlington National each eclipsed the record for most runs in a state tournament game in Rhode Island in their semifinal round victories, and were poised for a high-octane title game.

Mark Feeley had other ideas.

The Darlington National pitcher surrendered just two hits, and retired the last ten batters he faced as Darlington rode an early four run rally to an 8-2 championship game win. Feeley allowed only three baserunners to a team that had scored 16 runs in their semifinal round win.

Darlington overwhelmed both of its state tournament opponents with big innings. In the semifinals, the Pawtucket club slammed seven home runs, and scored 19 runs in the final two innings to break a 2-2 tie and eliminate Wickford 21-2. Brian Mahoney clubbed a grand slam and a three-run homer, while Joe Paulhus (2), Feeley (2), and Steve Jones also launched round-trippers. Darlington collected 18 hits, while Jones held Wickford to two hits and went the distance on the mound.

Two days later, Darlington again struck quickly, but instead of the long ball, it was a 40 foot dribbler that provided the key to the rally.

Cranston failed to score against Feeley in the top of the first inning, and the first two Darlington hitters were retired in the bottom of the frame before the Nationals began to rally. Jones doubled, moved to third on a passed ball, and held his base as cleanup hitter Dave Nield drew a walk. Bob Gaudreau then hit a roller down the third base line. The Cranston pitcher had no play at first, and Jones eluded his tag attempt to score the game's first run. With the rally still alive, Mark Bartley then broke the game open with a three-run homer over the center field fence, and Darlington had an early 4-0 lead.

Cranston narrowed the gap in the third, as Ed McCormick lined a single and first baseman Scott Perry followed with a homer. Feeley responded by shutting the door. The Darlington hurler, who struck out seven, retired the next ten batters he faced to prevent further uprising, and capped his day by clubbing a two-run homer off of the scoreboard in the fourth as Darlington National cruised to its first ever state title.

Cranston Western's offense was more potent in its semifinal round win. The District 1 champions scored multiple runs in five of the game's six innings while cruising past Burrillville 16-4. Dino Micheletti hit a pair of home runs, and Ed Apice added a homer of his own as Cranston topped Edgewood-South Elmwood's four-year-old record of 15 runs in a Rhode Island state tournament game. Darlington National broke the record again the next night.

Perry fired a four-hitter for Cranston, and struck out 13 Burrillville batters. Ron Greenhalgh, Jeff Forgue, and Todd Pascoe homered for Burrillville.

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  Semifinal Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Cranston Western 3 2 3 3 0 5 16 16 1
Burrillville 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 4 0
  Semifinal Round
Darlington National 0 0 0 2 12 7 21 18 0
Wickford 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 5
  Championship Game
Cranston Western 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1
Darlington National 4 0 1 3 0 x 8 9 1

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