Good news, bad news for Smithfield L.L. all-star teams

Good news, bad news for Smithfield L.L. all-star teams

Smithfield pitcher Shaun Dwyer gets ready to deliver a pitch to the plate during Sunday night’s District IV Major Division losers’ bracket game against Cumberland American at Whipple Field. Smithfield took a quick exit in the double-elimination playoffs by suffering a 10-2 loss. (Breeze photo by Kayla Panu)
Major Division ages 8-10 squad reaches Saturday’s District IV title game; 11-12 ballclub suffers early exit

SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Little League’s Major Division (ages 11-12) all-star baseball team suffered an early exit from the District IV double-elimination playoffs by losing twice to teams from Cumberland.

After beginning the tournament on June 29 with a 10-1 loss at home to Cumberland National, Smithfield was dealt a 10-2 defeat to Cumberland American in their losers’ bracket opener on Sunday night back at Whipple Field.

While that was the bad news for the town, the good news was that Smithfield’s ages 8-10 and 10-11 all-star teams were still alive in their respective District IV tournaments.

Prior to the Smithfield-Cumberland American contest at Whipple Field, the 8-10 all-star team opened its tournament with a 1-0 victory over Lincoln that saw three pitchers combine on a no-hitter.

That win put Smithfield in the winners’ bracket final against Woonsocket, and on Monday night, the all-stars punched their tickets to Saturday afternoon’s championship game at Lincoln’s Hien Field by rolling to a 10-0 victory over Woonsocket.

And the 10-11 all-stars also reached the winners’ bracket final of its tournament by posting a 9-1 victory over Lincoln in its opening game. Unfortunately for Smithfield, which also faced Woonsocket on Monday night, the all-stars fell into the losers’ bracket by dropping a 3-2 decision at Whipple Field.

Smithfield was back in action on Wednesday night, facing Lincoln again for the right to play Woonsocket in Saturday afternoon’s title game at Lincoln’s Hien Field.

In the 11-12 all-star team’s loss, which saw a 40-minute delay, because umpires were trying to be found, Cumberland American scored two quick runs on a home run by Joshua Lyon in the top of the first inning, and throughout the game, took advantage of some Smithfield mistakes.

Both teams then traded runs, but the fourth inning was not great for Smithfield in the field. Being down by a 3-1 score to start the inning, Smithfield left it trailing 7-1, with Aidan Roy’s two-run double to center capping Cumberland American’s rally.

“It came down to us making too many errors – catching and throwing errors,” Smithfield manager Dan Snowman said. “Cumberland is an excellent team. They had hits and we just couldn’t really hit the ball.”

Smithfield’s first run came in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk to starting pitcher Shaun Dwyer that forced in Marco Senerchia, who had reached base on an infield error with one out. Michael Villandry and Nathan Dorsey had also walked to load the bases.

Dwyer also scored Smithfield’s second run in the fifth

“The season’s over for us and (Cumberland) moves on,” Snowman said. “That’s life.”

Despite not being in the tournament very long, Snowman said his team did have a positive experience this summer.

“We’re in a very tough district, competing with Cumberland, and both of their teams, and Lincoln,” he said. “We did our best, but we came up short this year.”