Rivera, Depatie, Webb help R&R Construction capture Newport’s Sunset League championship

Rivera, Depatie, Webb help R&R Construction capture Newport’s Sunset League championship

NEWPORT – Former Tolman High baseball standouts Izaiah Rivera and Ryan Depatie and Pawtucket pitcher Mike Webb recently helped the North Providence-based R&R Construction team capture its third George Donnelly Sunset League championship in the last eight years.

R&R grabbed 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. As a result, 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.

The winner-take-all game saw Rivera, who was making his first start of the season on the mound, pitch a six-hitter that included five strikeouts. It was the perfect way for Rivera, who plays for Rhode Island College, to end a superb postseason – he also batted .357 with five hits, including a solo home run in the series opener, four runs scored, and four stolen bases.

During the regular season, DePatie, who pitches for Johnson & Wales University, went 3-1 with a 3.36 ERA, striking out 15 batters and walking three in 16 2/3 innings, and Webb, who did not pitch in the postseason, worked two innings out of the bullpen, struck out six batters, allowed two hits, a walk, and no runs, and earned a save.

Speaking of Webb, the championship was his third of the summer. Webb, who pitched for Rhode Island College and will continue his career next spring at the University of Rhode Island, also struck gold with Kettlebottom of the Newport Collegiate Baseball League and the Braintree White Sox of Massachusetts’ Cranberry League.