Sen. Ciccone captures NPLL crown

Sen. Ciccone captures NPLL crown

The members of the Senator Ciccone baseball team that won the North Providence Little League championship last week at Romano Field are, in front, J.T. Raftery, in middle row, left to right, Liam Beauchamp, Mark Picerno Jr., Jaden Dexter, Joe Clark, Bronx DiScullio, Cole Richard, Jayden Allard, Gavin Fortes, Bobby Rossi, and Mike Calderon; in back, coaches Paul Dexter and John Raftery, manager Richard Brassard, and coach Nick DiScullio.
Close victory over Barone in deciding game of title series gives ballclub sixth L.L. championship in last 12 seasons

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Senator Ciccone captured its second title in the last three seasons and sixth championship since 2009 last Tuesday, Sept. 8, by grabbing a 4-1 win over Barone Orthodontics in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three North Providence Little League title series at Romano Field.

Ciccone, which wraps up its superb season with a 12-6 record, dropped a 5-3 decision to Barone in their series opener on Sept. 3, but evened the series two nights later by posting a 4-1 victory.

In last week’s winner-take-all affair, Joe Clark pitched an outstanding game for Ciccone to pick up the win, as he tossed no-hit ball for the first five innings before giving up a hit in the sixth. He ended up working 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight batters and only allowing two hits and Barone’s run.

Clark also legged out an infield single in the top of the first inning that allowed Jayden Allard to score the first run of the night. In the fifth, Jaden Dexter’s two-out infield single scored Bobby Rossi to make it a 2-0 game, and in the sixth, Clark and Gavin Fortes doubled Ciccone’s lead by scoring on passed balls.

Barone scored its run in the bottom of the sixth on Logan LaPlante’s RBI single, but Allard relieved Clark and recorded the final two outs to pick up the save and nail down the title.

Barone, which had won the regular-season title and was making its first appearance in a championship series since 2014, concludes its exceptional season with a 13-4 mark. Barone had also captured five straight games before suffering its back-to-back 4-1 losses to Ciccone.