The Johnston Little League senior team had an impressive summer season, winning the District I championship and competing in the state tournament.
The team kicked off the district tournament with an 8-0 shutout win over Cranston East. Pitcher Cam Frenier went the distance, holding East to one hit while striking out eight batters.
Johnston’s offense was led by Dylan Martins, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored. Martins hit a double to right field and Jonah Pecchia followed up with a double to left to put the Johnston All Stars up 1-0 after the first inning.
The Johnston bats exploded in the fourth when Giancarlo Villavicencio, Antonio De’Falco, Aiden McGarry, Craig Scorpio and Steven Finegan all got hits to score four runs and extend the lead to 5-0. Johnston would put up another three runs en route to the victory.
Johnston then took home a 6-3 win over Elmwood in the next round.
Pitcher Jonah Pecchia went seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits.
Down 6-3 in the top of the seventh, Elwood was working on a comeback with runners on second and third. Elwood’s designated hitter would hit a rocket into the left center gap, but Johnston’s Armani Arias made a diving catch to end the game.
Finegan Jr. led Johnston at the plate with a 3-for-3 outing, while Chris Civetti went 2-for-4.Dylan Guernon and Davian Nunez each scored runs in the win.
Johnston finished the District tournament by rolling to a 10-0 win over Elmwood in the championship match.
Frenier took the ball for Johnston and pitched five hits while giving up just one hit.
Johnston was up just 1-0 in the fourth before its offense took off. Xander Polofsky, Kevin Biscelli, Finegan Jr., Martins. Villavicencio, Civetti and Guernon all scored runs to run away with the victory.
“Our team motto throughout the run was, ‘None of us are as good as all of us.’ That really helped the team camaraderie. The support the kids had in the dugout, they deserve kudos. The way that these kids became a team, it was a testament to their selflessness and team spirit. These kids are all good players, All-Star individuals, so for them to come in and play as a team and win their district says a lot about them,” said manager Steve Finegan.
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