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2019 Rhode Island Connie Mack State Champions


The Cranston Bulldogs came back from being down in the championship series to win the deciding game Sunday afternoon (8/11) at Providence Country Day by defeating a very good LaSalle team 3-0.

Cranston scored its first run in the top of the first on a one out triple by Ranier Vargas, followed by an RBI single by Jake SanAntonio.

Ranier Vargas’s speed on the base paths created havoc for LaSalle defense all day. His presence allowed Cranston to score it’s second run as Griff Martin came home from third on an errant throw by an infielder who was attempting to throw a speedy Vargas out. The Bulldogs final run was scored when Vargas came home from third base on a fielder’s choice after stealing two bases in the sixth inning.

However, the story of the game was the MVP of the series, pitcher Noah Rennick. Noah was in complete control the entire game, allowing only one runner to advance to third base. While keeping LaSalle’s big bats in check with his off-speed pitching, he maintained his poise throughout the game. It was his second shutout of the playoffs. This game was befitting of a championship game between two well-coached teams. LaSalle made some outstanding diving stops by their shortstop and third baseman as well as a diving catch by their Centerfielder. Both pitchers had their best stuff and Cranston’s outfield speed played a major role in keeping LaSalle in check. For the Bulldogs, who avenged last year’s loss to Narragansett, they captured their third Connie Mack championship since joining one (2012) of Rhode Island’s most competitive wooden bat league for players 18 and under.

The Cranston Bulldogs and LaSalle Rams will take on each other in the 2019 State Championship Series for Rhode Island Connie Mack baseball.

LaSalle Rams 2-0

Game One: LaSalle 4 Flood Ford 1
Led by the solid pitching of Kyle Palardy, LaSalle won their fifth playoff game (only one loss) in eight days over Flood Ford, 4-1.

Game Two: LaSalle 1 Flood Ford 0 (10 Innings)
Led by the solid work of Jack Gannon, the Rams were able to beat Flood Ford Auto, 1-0, in ten innings to advance to the 2019 state finals. Gannon, who pitched all nine innings, stuck out seven batters and scattered six hits in the extra-inning affair. Andrew Florio provided the Rams with the walk-off win with a hit in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Cranston Bulldogs 2-0

Game One: Cranston 4 Narragansett 2
In game one, Rainer Vargas pitched 6 1/3 solid innings to lead the Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over the Lions. Cranston, who lost last year’s final to Narragansett, jumped out t o a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on hits by Caleb Joubert, Nate Lanigan and Jake San Antonio.

Game Two: Cranston 3 Narragansett 2
Led by the strong relief pitching of Matt Winn and a key sixth inning rbi double by Noah Rennick, the Cranston Bulldogs advanced to the state final for the second consecutive year by beating the Narragansett Lions, 3-2. Winn, who struck out four batters, allowed just one hit in four innings of relief. After Zack Cole reached on a two-base error in the bottom of the sixth inning, Rennick lined double to left-center, allowing Cranston to advance to the championship series for the second consecutive year.

The document RI_Connie_Mack_Baseball_2019_Playoff_Bracket.pdf was attached to this post.


Quarterfinal Results:
Game Three: LaSalle 14 West Warwick 2 (LaSalle wins series, 2-1)
Game Three: Narragansett 12 Chariho 1 (Narragansett wins series, 2-1)

The document RI_Connie_Mack_Baseball_2019_Playoff_Bracket.pdf was attached to this post.


Quarterfinal Results:
Game Two: LaSalle 4 West Warwick 0 (Series tied at 1-1)
Game Two: Flood Ford Auto 6 Tiverton 0 (Flood Ford wins series, 2-0)
Game Two: Cranston Bulldogs 7 Stonington (Cranston wins series, 2-0)
Game Two: Narragansett 6 Chariho 3 (Series tied at 1-1)

Flood Ford 6 Tiverton 0
Led by the combined one-hit pitching of Cam Adamec and Jonas Kendra (pictured), Flood Ford advanced to the RICM State Semifinals with a 6-0 win over Tiverton.

Brendan McCaffrey led the way with two hits (one rbi double).

LaSalle 4 West Warwick 0
Led by the solid pitching of Andrew Florio, LaSalle tied their series with West Warwick with a 4-0 win. Florio, who struck out twelve batters in seven innings of work, allowed just four hits while stranding three runners at third base.

Ryan Perkins had the key hit for LaSalle in the bottom of the third inning with a two-run double to right-centerfield.

West Warwick received hits from Kyle Kortick, Quinn Kortick and Colby Knott (2/3, one double).

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