Baseball: EG, EP Tied 1-1 in D2 State Final

by | Jun 18, 2023

Above: Casey DeLorenzo comes in to seal the deal Friday. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Game 3 Monday will decide who is state champ

East Greenwich and East Providence are showing their mettle in the Division 2 state baseball final, with EG taking the first game Friday, 3-2, then EP taking the game Sunday 1-0. The Avengers are seeking their first state title since 1998.

On Friday, East Greenwich used a pair of aces to move within one game of the Division 2 championship on Friday. Seniors Michael Ucci and Casey DeLorenzo combined for a 3-2 victory over East Providence at Rhode Island College. 

Ucci (6-1, 80 Ks in 53.1 innings) and DeLorenzo (8-0, 6 complete games) have set the tone for the Avengers on the mound all season. In this one, Ucci struck out 10 over six innings before handing the ball to DeLorenzo with the score tied 2-2 going into the top of the seventh. DeLorenzo kept the Townies at bay with two scoreless innings, which gave the Avengers time to push across the winning run. That came in the bottom of the eighth when Grogan O’Brien slashed a hard single to left to score Ucci from third.

Alex DeTomasis scored EG’s first run on a wild pitch in the third after reaching on a single. Cade Thomas (2-3) drove home  Robert Brooks in the fifth with a massive shot that nearly cleared the fence in right.

On Sunday, East Providence beat East Greenwich 1-0 in a thrilling pitchers duel to send their best of three Division 2 championship series to a winner-take-all Game 3. Casey DeLorenzo pitched more than good enough to win, but it wasn’t to be as an unearned run in the fifth was the difference. 

The Avengers hit the ball hard all day, including a Michael Ucci blast in the first that hit the wall in left for a double. EG couldn’t get him home, though, a harbinger of things to come the rest of the day. EG went down fighting, loading the bases in  the seventh before the final out was recorded.

Game 3 is Monday at 4:30 at Rhode Island College.

The Avengers celebrating the win Friday. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Ryan Sheeran stretching for a catch Friday. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Ryan Marcantonio is safe at second on Friday. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Cade Thomas works the team up at third on Friday. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Friday’s starting pitcher Michael Ucci. Photo by Chip DeLorenzo

Michael Ucci makes the play at first during Sunday’s game (6/18). Photo by Chuck Nadeau

Cade Thomas watches it into the mitt Sunday (6/18). Photo by Chuck Nadeau

Casey DeLorenzo comes in to pitch Sunday (6/18). Photo by Chuck Nadeau

 

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Bruce
Bruce
June 19, 2023 8:30 am

Way to go Avengers ! One more time !
( Michael get under it a little more and it’s gone).
ps: The grass is waiting.

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