R&R Construction returns to glory

R&R Construction returns to glory

The North Providence-based R&R Construction baseball team recently captured the George Donnelly Sunset League championship at Newport’s Cardines Field. The members of the team are, in front from left, Mitch Barylski, John Sapia, Phil Rhule, Sam Alkins, Ryan Dolan, Cam Santerre, Ryan Depatie, and Sam Franco; in back, coaches Brendan Walker and Lou Bobola, Izaiah Rivera, Harrison Loud, Nathan Pearce, P.J. Rioles, Ray Zincone, Cole Peterson, Nate Donovan, Cal Parrillo, Stephen Maybach, Joey Coro, manager Dom Coro, and coach Mike Walker. Mike Webb and ball boy Connor Coro are also members of the team.
North Providence-based baseball team claims first Sunset League title since 2014

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence-based R&R Construction baseball team recently captured its third George Donnelly Sunset League championship in the last eight years by posting a 6-2 victory over the Brothers Baseball Club in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three title series at Newport’s Cardines Field.

A member of the Sunset League since 2012, R&R quickly made its presence felt in the league by winning back-to-back titles in 2013 and ‘14. In seasons past, R&R was primarily comprised of North Providence players, but this season’s ballclub was mostly made up of current and former Rhode Island College players, with two-thirds of its players having suited up for the Anchormen.

R&R finished its season with a 12-7 record that included a 9-6 mark in the regular season that was good for second place in the standings behind Brothers, which went 10-4.

In the title series, Brothers rolled to a 13-6 victory in the opening game, but R&R walked off with a 7-6 win in the bottom of the ninth inning of the next game by scoring the winning run on a two-out infield error.

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The winner-take-all game saw three players lead the way in R&R’s triumph. Pawtucket’s Izaiah Rivera, who was making his first start of the season on the mound, pitched a six-hitter that included five strikeouts; former Ponaganset High standout Cal Parrillo went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two runs batted in, and leadoff batter Cam Santerre went 3-for-4 with two RBIs,

Two North Providence players who also helped their hometown team claim the championship were outfielder/first baseman Joey Coro, who currently plays for RIC, and first baseman P.J. Rioles, who is a member of the Clark University baseball team and a newcomer to R&R’s roster.

Those two players teamed up to go 6-for-17 at the plate in the playoffs, with Rioles also belting a solo home run in the opening game of the finals. In R&R’s 7-4 victory over Westcott in the semifinals, Coro had a big game that saw reach base five times by going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Unfortunately for Coro, who has played with R&R since 2015, he got plunked in the elbow by a pitch in his final at-bat that forced him to sit out the opening game of the finals. But according to coach Mike Walker, “he played the last two games of the series with basically one arm.”

During the regular season, infielder Ray Zincone led R&R with a .409 batting average (18 hits in 44 at-bats) that was tied for third place among the league leaders. Rounding out the league’s top 10 in batting were Parrillo (.381, 16-for-42), Coro (.378, 17-for-45), and Santerre (.353, 12-for-34).

Santerre also swiped a league-leading 13 stolen bases and was tied for the league lead in runs scored with 15; Coro collected 10 doubles to lead the league in that department, and Zincone was issued a league-high 16 walk.

On the mound, R&R’s pitching staff was led by Pawtucket’s Ryan DePatie, who went 3-1 with a 3.36 ERA, striking out 15 batters and walking three in 16 2/3 innings; Joe Nicolace, who went 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA and a team-high 34 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings, and Mike Belcher, who posted a 3.07 ERA with 15 punchouts in 13 2/3 innings.

The coaching staff consisted of longtime manager Dom Coro, who has been involved in the Sunset League for 31 seasons and is a member of 12 championship teams as a player, coach, and manager; and coaches Lou Bobola, who has been with R&R since 2014, and Mike Walker and Brendan Walker, who are in their first seasons with the ballclub.

R&R also had dedicated this season to two important members of the program who died last year. Sponsor Ron MacDonald passed away last Sept. 2, and coach Ernie Votta, a lifelong resident of North Providence who had also been involved with youth baseball, died on Oct. 3.