WOONSOCKET â€” East Woonsocket, Lincoln, Burrillville, and Cumberland American came away with impressive victories on Saturday in a quadrupleheader at Aylsworth Parkâ€™s Hartnett Field that kicked off the R.I. District IV Major Division all-star tournament.
In Pool A action, East Woonsocket was the winner of a 5-4 thriller with Glocester in the dayâ€™s opening game. Down 4-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning, EWLL tied the score on a solo home run by Jimmy Cabral and went ahead later in the frame with an unearned run.
Cabral also belted a three-run homer in the third, but Glocester came back to take the lead.
While Cabral was one of the dayâ€™s top performers, so was Lincolnâ€™s Connor Sheehan in his teamâ€™s 12-0 victory over North Smithfield that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule.
Not only did Sheehan belt the gameâ€™s first pitch for a long home run, but he also pitched four outstanding innings of no-hit ball, striking out 11 batters. N.S. picked up its only hit in the fifth off reliever Kyle Marrapese.
In Pool B play, another splendid pitching performance was turned in by Burrillvilleâ€™s Jason Cabral in the dayâ€™s finale, as he struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 innings of work and gave up a sixth-inning unearned run in his teamâ€™s 7-1 victory over Cumberland National.
Burrillville also received a solo home run from Sam Hetu and a three-run homer by Tyler Richards.
Cumberland American, the defending New England champion with a new cast of players this season, began its title defense with a 6-3 victory over Scituate-Foster. The winners used a three-run rally in the fourth inning and received some solid pitching from Mike DeBlois.
The schedule resumes Monday with a pair of Pool A games that features Smithfield visiting North Smithfield and East Woonsocket hosting Lincoln in 5:30 p.m. games. In Pool B action, a doubleheader at Garvin Field will pit Bernon against Cumberland National at 5:30 p.m. and Burrillville against Cumberland American at 7:30.