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On Saturday, May 21, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation Department advanced 30 local winners from the local Aquafina Pitch, Hit, N’ Run competition to McCoy Stadium for the state competition in softball and baseball. The South Kingstown delegation represented themselves very well.
McKenzie LaBoeuf lead the South Kingstown contingent (Girls 13/14) to a sweep of the Top 3 at the state competition. Her score has also earned her the chance to go to Fenway Park for the sectionals on Saturday, June 4. The other Top 2 finishers were Hannah Etter and Abby Duhamel respectively. LaBoeuf won the individual hitting and running events while Etter won the pitching event with a perfect score.
In the Boys’ 13/14 age division, Matt Gutelius placed 3rd in the overall standings and tied for the pitching crown with Chris Collins who finished 4th overall.
Jessica Kazounis took 3rd place in the Girls’ 11/12 while Brendan Blessing followed suit in Boys’ 11/12. Shane Jedson won the running event taking him to a 3rd place finish overall. Molly White won the hitting event in Girls’ 7/8 which gave her a 4th place finish overall. Jack Wentworth and Bo Brutti each had respectable showings finishing in the Top 12, with Bo capturing the running event.
Others who represented South Kingstown were:
Age 7/8 Divisions: Andrew Sprague – Harrison Lurgio - J. Baker Murphy-Garies – and Courtney Essex
Age 9/10 Divisions: Colin Egan – Ryan Wilson – Charlotte Robbin – Mackenzie Essex – Catie Briggs – and Olivia Santucci
Age 11/12 Divisions: Thomas Whitford – Jason Fera – Asa Nyblom – Sarah Hackey – Madison Walker – and Cyan Pizarro
Age 13/14 Divisions: Tayler Beckman, Frankie Miller, and Emily Piers.
If you are going to buy a new glove, please think about the players age and and the ball size. Majors and seniors use a 12" ball. Minors use an 11" ball.
Ages 7 to 10 should buy a glove that is an 10.5 to 12 inch*. Ages 10 to 13 should buy a glove that is 12 to 13.5 inches*. Remember that baseball gloves have a smaller pocket than softball gloves.
If you are going to buy a bat, again please think about the players age and size. The correct length* of a bat is found by having your athlete stand upright with her arms hanging straight down by her side. Rest a bat along side her arm, with the head of the bat on the ground. A good length bat should find the knob of the bat reaching between the middle of the palm of the hand and the wrist. If the bat reaches above the wrist, it is too long. If the bat reaches below the middle of the palm, it is too short.
The weight of the bat is determined by the length. Today's bats are mostly 11 ounce, 10 ounce and 9 ounce drops. For example, a bat that is a 10 ounce drop would have a length of 32 inches, and 22 ounces. An 11 ounce drop would be a 32 inch, and 21 ounce bat. The correct weight* of a bat is found by having your athlete stand upright, extend the left arm horizontally and hold the bat with the left hand (if she is right handed). If the bat or arm dips or sags, then the bat is too heavy for her.
It is better to buy a bat that is lighter than one that is heavier. A lighter bat will allow the player to generate more bat speed and hit the ball farther. Most High School players use bats that weigh 21 or 22 ounces.
*These are only guidelines, every player is different. Just remember to choose a bat or glove that fits properly. A bat or glove that is too big or too small will hinder the child's development.
Rhode Island District 3 Little League has released information regarding Rhode Island Title 16-91 School and Youth Programs Concussion Act, sections 16-91-3 and 16-91-4 (attached). Title 16-91 will be in effect at all District 3 Tournament games and all State Tournaments hosted by District 3.
More information may be found at the CDC site.