Providence Local 51 Escapes Portsmouth 577, Sweeps 38th Annaul U. A. “B” Division At Expressway Park
Milford, Oh.—Providence, RI Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 51 rallied for ten runs in the bottom of the 7th to stun Portsmouth, Oh. Local 577 15-14 in game one, then steamrolled their next five opponents en route to a six-game sweep of the class “B” division of the 38th Annual United Association National Tournament June 26-28 at Expressway Park.
Local 51 polished off Boston, MA Local 537 20-4 in the winners’ bracket finals and 17-2 in the championship game to complete the sweep of the 20-team field.
Rhode Island also recorded victories over Sprinklerfitters Kentucky 669 16-1, Cleveland, OH 120 8-3, and Pittsburgh, PA 449 24-6
The champions outscored their opponents by a 100-30 margin, and mercy-ruled four of their six victims.
Escaping with a 15-14 victory against Portsmouth in the opening round was the key to winning the tournament, said Providence manager Dave Marland.
“In that first game we came from ten runs back and it made us wake up,” said Marland. “There might have been a little jet lag. But that game turned on a switch. Our ten-run 7th turned the whole tournament around. From that point on, we just played our game, and everything went well from there. We came to play.”
Jeremy DiMicco was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
“He went 21-for-25 and batted.840 and had fifteen rbi’s,” said Marland. “That’s why we gave it to him.”
John Amore, who batted a sizzling .740, was also considered for MVP honors.
“It was a tough decision,” said Marland. “John also played shortstop and he was involved in five double plays and made some spectacular defensive plays.”
Other hitting leaders included Mike Kelly at .700, Ryan Hadfield at .667, and Al Charron at .619. Local 51 batted .622 as a team.
“Jeff Coelho also pitched a fantastic tournament,” pointed out Marland.
“But overall it was a total team effort,” underscored Marland. “Some guys just pinch-ran for us, and we didn’t get there without them either.”
Providence appeared destined for the losers’ bracket after six and a half innings in game one, as they headed into the bottom of the 7th trailing Portsmouth 14-5. But there they rallied for ten runs, plating the final two on a two-out, walk-off single by Anthony Dupre. Local 51 scored the final four runs with two outs.
John Amore banged out five hits, and Ben Libbey and Jeremy DiMicco each went 3-for-5. Ryan Hadfield had a big three-run homer in the 5th where his club trimmed the deficit from 11-1 to 11-5.
A four-run 1st and an eleven-run 2nd carried Providence past Kentucky 669 in game two. Mike Kelly, whose two-run single put Local 51 on the board in the top of the 1st, also contributed a two-run double in the 2nd. Kelly went 3-for-4 along with Jeremy DiMicco.
Game three was the only contest in which Providence scored fewer than fifteen runs, as they eased past Cleveland 8-3. The winners put up one in the bottom of the 1st on a base hit by Ryan Hadfield, one in the 2nd on Butch Byrne’s base hit, then four in the 4th on a two-run single by Jeremy DiMicco, and back-to-back bases loaded walks to Jeff Coelho and Mike Kelly. DiMicco picked up another rbi with a triple in the 5th to make it 7-0. Cleveland rallied for three in the 6th to cut the deficit to four, but Kelly singled home a run in the bottom of the inning to close out the scoring.
Byrne and DiMicco were both perfect in three at bats.
An eleven-run 1st was all Rhode Island needed to roll past Pittsburgh 24-6 in five innings in game four. Ryan Hadfield and Jeff Coelho each had a two-run single in the 1st, Al Charron delivered a two-run double, and Jeremy DiMicco a two-run triple. Pittsburgh answered with three in the bottom of the 2nd, but then Local 51 broke the game open with four in the 3rd, five in the 4th and four in the 5th. Hadfield clubbed a two-run home run in both the 3rd and the 4th, while John Amore and Anthony Dupre each contributed an rbi double in the 5th.
Amore and DiMicco combined for ten hits, and Dupre chipped in three. Hadfield knocked in seven runs with his two home runs.
Local 51 jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Boston in the winners’ bracket finals with one in the 1st and six in both the 2nd and 3rd en route to a 20-4 spanking. Ryan Hadfield got the scoring underway with an rbi double in the top of the 1st. John Amore doubled in two runs to cap off the 2nd, and cracked a three-run homer to cap off the 3rd. Boston averted a shutout with four in the bottom of the 5th, but Providence erupted for seven in the 5th to secure the win. Jeremy DiMicco ignited the scoring with an rbi triple.
DiMicco, Amore, Mike Kelly, Al Charron and Scot Ferreira shared fifteen hits. Local 51 turned a pair of double plays in the contest.
Boston drew first blood in the finals with a run in the top of the 1st, but it was all Providence from there, as the eventual champions put up four in the bottom of the 1st, five in the 2nd, two in the 3rd and six in the 4th to overpower Boston 17-2 in four. Ryan Hadfield singled home two runs in the bottom of the 1st to give his team the lead for good at 2-1. Hadfield struck again with a slammer in the 2nd, then Jeremy DiMicco belted a two-run homer in the 3rd. The 4th was highlighted by a Mike Kelly solo shot, a bases-clearing Ben Libbey double, and a walk-off two-run bomb by Jeremy DiMicco.
Libbey and DiMicco combined for eight hits to power the champions.
Local 51 manager Dave Marland said his team has “a little mini-rivalry” with finalist Boston 537.
“We work with them on a lot of jobs,” explained Marland. “They want to beat us just as much as we want to beat them. But we got to them early in the winners’ bracket finals and they never quite recovered from it.
“But going into the finals it was more we go out and do our thing, and we jumped on them early,” said Marland. “There was a big play in the 4th inning. One of their guys burned our right fielder, Butch Byrne, and he threw a relay to John Amore, and John threw a relay to Al Charron and we got the guy at the plate, and they were done. That closed the door. And when we came in to bat in the bottom of the inning, we scored six runs, and that sealed it for us.
“It was a team effort,” stressed Marland. “I want to thank John McMullen, our co-manager, for his help coaching the bases and taking care of the team. Also all the guys who pinch-ran, like Paul Adamonis, Mike Corona, Jeff Hunt, Gary Evans and my son, Dan Marland. We used a lot of runners. Without them, it doesn’t happen. We don’t win.”
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