NP-Smithfield Babe Ruth League’s best-of-three semis begin tonight

NP-Smithfield Babe Ruth League’s best-of-three semis begin tonight

NORTH PROVIDENCE – FOP Lodge 13 and Barone Construction advanced to this week’s best-of-three semifinal-round series in the North Providence-Smithfield Babe Ruth League by sweeping their quarterfinal-round matchups last week at North Providence High.

Third-seeded FOP Lodge 13 improved to 10-5 by cruising past last-place Pauly Penta’s Deli by scores of 10-0 and 11-1, and 4th-seeded Barone, which is 6-9, defeated 5th-seeded KFC by scores of 4-1 and 5-3.

Awaiting those two teams are top-seeded Admiral and the defending champion, 2nd-seeded Genesis Marketing, which earned quarterfinal-round byes.

The best-of-three semifinals will begin tonight with a doubleheader. Admiral, which is 12-2, will face Barone in the 5:30 p.m. opener, and immediately after that contest will be a game between Genesis, which is 11-3, and FOP Lodge 13.

Another doubleheader is scheduled for tomorrow, with FOP and Genesis facing each other in the 5:30 p.m. opener and Admiral and Barone taking the field after that game. If a third and deciding game is needed in either series, it will be held on Friday at a time to be announced.

The best-of-five championship series will start next week.