Semifinal-round series begin in NPWLL playoffs

Semifinal-round series begin in NPWLL playoffs

The players and coaches on the Councilman Feola baseball team pose for a picture with their championship trophy after winning the North Providence West Little League’s Major Division regular-season title with an 18-1-1 record. The members of the team are, in front from left, Luca Stone, Abdollab Awal, Nathan Souza, Paul Tacelli, Nicandro Pistacchio, Gianni Estrada, Bradyn Shadoian, Tobias Ritter, Michael Ficocelli, Domenic McNeil, and Ryan Pallotta; in back, manager Josh Johnson and coaches Alan Pistacchio and Anthony Ficocelli. Carmine Boni is also a member of the team.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Barone Orthodontics and Zammarelli Law punched their tickets to the best-of-three semifinals of the North Providence West Little League’s Major Division playoffs last Saturday night at Romano Field by capturing their opening-round playoff games, with Barone defeating Mayor Lombardi, 5-4, and Zammarelli downing Christiansen’s Fine Milk, 6-4.

Both teams began their semifinal-round series on Monday night by taking on the league’s top two teams, regular-season champion Councilman Feola and runner-up FOP-13 NPPD.

The second game of both series is scheduled for Thursday, with FOP-13 facing Barone at 5:30 p.m. and Feola playing Zammarelli at 7:30 p.m., and if a third and deciding game is needed in either series, it will be held on Saturday night at a time to be announced.

In Barone’s victory over Mayor Lombardi, Corey Coughlin won the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a walkoff double to deep left field that drove in Thomas Malloy, who led off the frame by legging out an infield single and raced around the bases to score the winning run.

Carl Picerno picked up the victory in relief for Barone by pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and striking out seven batters, and Matthew Previte pitched a complete game for Lombardi, fanning six. Malloy also had two hits in the game, and Jimmy Gambardella drove in two runs for Lombardi.

Zammarelli, meanwhile, battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Christiansen’s. Down by a 3-2 score in the bottom of the fifth, Zammarelli won the game when Mazeo DiScullio doubled home the tying run, and with the bases loaded, Nathan Bautista was hit by a pitch to score the go-ahead run. Nick Micheletti then followed with a two-run single.

Bautista picked up the win for Zammarelli by pitching five solid innings, and offensively, DiScullio collected two doubles and as many runs batted in, Nick Micheletti added two hits, and Jayden Abdullah also scored twice. Jason Doucette collected two hits and three runs batted in to lead Christiansen’s.

Prior to last Saturday’s games, Councilman Feola sewed up the regular-season title by defeating Barone, 5-3, and Christiansen’s, 12-2. Those wins allowed Feola to head into this week’s playoffs with an 18-1-1 record that was two games better than FOP-13, which wrapped up its 16-3-1 regular season by downing Barone, 8-6, and Mayor Lombardi, 10-0.

Barone ended up in third place with a 9-11 record, and Zammarelli, thanks to victories last week over Christiansen’s, 9-2, and Mayor Lombardi, 12-6, was able to move into fourth place with an 8-12 mark that was a game better than Christiansen’s 7-13 record.