2013 Rhode Island State Little League® Tournament Results
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Rhode Island State Tournament
Host - Cranston Western (District 1)
At Michael P. Varrato Field; Chaffee Complex

Michael P. Varrato Field is located at 450 Hope Road in Cranston.

Participating Teams
District 1 Champions Cranston Western
District 2 Champions King Philip (Bristol)
District 3 Champions Coventry American
District 4 Champions Lincoln

Click here to view 2013 district tournament results for Rhode Island.

Tournament Results:

Opening Round:
King Philip 10, Coventry American 5
Lincoln 13, Cranston Western 0 (4 innings)

Elimination Bracket Semifinal (four teams remain):
Cranston Western 17, Coventry American 7 (elim.)

Winner's Bracket Final:
Lincoln 11, King Philip 0

Elimination Bracket Final (three teams remain):
Cranston Western 11, King Philip 3 (elim.)

Championship Game:
Lincoln 13, Cranston Western 2 (4 innings; TITLE)


Four teams came into the 2013 Rhode Island state tournament hoping to extend their international tournament runs.

Lincoln Little League left no doubt that they were the Ocean State's gold standard team.

Lincoln won a trio of mercy rule-shortened games, and outscored their state tournament opponents by a combined 37-2 margin in sweeping to the Rhode Island state championship at Cranston Western Little League's Michael P. Varrato Field. The third of these victories, a 13-2, four inning victory over Cranston Western, gave Lincoln its eighth state championship in the major baseball division, and advanced the District 4 winners into the New England Region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut.

"We've been lucky enough that our bats have been hot," said Lincoln manager Matt Netto. "They stayed hot throughout the whole tournament. (Our kids) stayed disciplined. We have a certain approach that we practice going into games, and they executed."

Lincoln and Cranston Western had met earlier in the tournament, when Lincoln scored in every inning of a 13-0 victory on the tournament's opening day. In the title game, Lincoln scored nine times before Cranston came to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, and added additional tallies in the next two innings of the four inning contest.

Lincoln jumped on Cranston Western from the game's opening batters. Aaron DeSousa reached on an error to open the contest, David Bordieri doubled, and Steven Andrews then sent a pitch over the right field fence to give Lincoln a 3-0 lead three batters into the game. Braeden Carney added a two-run single that extended the lead, and Bordieri capped the inning with a three-run homer beyond the center field fence that gave his team a 9-0 advantage.

"I knew this was going to be a mountain and a half, and rightfully so," said veteran Cranston Western manager Gary Bucci. "They're extremely talented."

Lincoln pounded 14 hits in the game, with Blake Zanoil (3-for-3) and Bordieri each collecting three hits, and Carney adding two. Carney's second hit, a two-run homer in the second, extended Lincoln's lead, and Zanoil added a run-scoring single in the third.

Cranston tallied its runs when Michael DiCenso and Jake Procaccianti opened the fourth inning with singles before both eventually scoring on wild pitches. Lincoln pitcher Kyle Marrapese struck out nine batters and surrendered just four hits while earning his second win of the tournament.

Marrapese was on the mound on the tournament's opening day, when Lincoln opened the tournament with its first win over Cranston Western. Marrapese struck out five and held Cranston to three hits over three innings, while Lincoln collected 13 hits and capped the game with four run bursts in the third and fourth innings. Bordieri and Connor Benbenek each collected three hits in the win, while DeSousa (2-for-3 plus a walk) and Andrews (two-run homer) adding to the Lincoln offense. DeSousa and Bordieri, the first two hitters in Lincoln's batting order, scored a combined seven runs.

"I have to say, I didn't think it would end up that lopsided of a game," said Netto after the win. "Cranston Western's a good team, no doubt."

Lincoln followed its opening round win with an 11-0 victory over Bristol's King Philip Little League. Carney, DeSousa, and Dominic Cunha each homered for Lincoln, and Cunha struck out five and allowed just three hits in the four inning win.

Cranston got its offense untracked after the opening round loss to Lincoln, scoring in double digits in a pair of elimination bracket games to earn the championship game rematch. Cranston spotted Coventry American an early 4-0 lead, but roared back with a nine-run second inning rally en route to a 17-7 victory. Procaccianti delivered a three-run homer for Western, and Anthony Eacuello added a two-run shot.

Cranston then topped King Philip, 11-3, in the elimination bracket final. Procaccianti homering twice, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs.

The victory lifted Cranston Western into the Rhode Island championship game for the 12th time in the league's history. Cranston has earned seven state championships, and won the U.S. championship in 1996.

"I've had some magical summers," said Bucci, who managed Cranston Western's 2005 and 2008 state championship teams. "I've been so lucky, and this is right up there."

Lincoln, meanwhile, recalibrated its sights toward the New England Region tournament.

"It's tough to put into words how well these guys have played," said Netto. "Every challenge we put in front of them, they rose up to it. It's been a fun ride, and we're looking forward to doing some damage in Bristol."

Follow Lincoln at the New England Region Tournament -- Click here to view results.


  Championship Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Lincoln 9 2 2 0 13 14 2
Cranston Western 0 0 2 0 2 4 4

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