By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston Hurricanes men's baseball team recently won its league championship after going undefeated in the double-elimination playoffs. The Hurricanes compete in the age-50 division of the Roy Hobbs League and finished the season
By ALEX SPONSELLER The Cranston Hurricanes men’s baseball team recently won its league championship after going undefeated in the double-elimination playoffs.
The Hurricanes compete in the age-50 division of the Roy Hobbs League and finished the season with a regular season record of 23-5. The Hurricanes were a force down the stretch, winning 15 of their final 16 games.
The players have been training since last January and competing since the spring. The team is made up of primarily Rhode Island players, but also have players from places such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Despite an almost entirely new roster this season, the Hurricanes overcame some early struggles and became the team to beat down the stretch.
“We turned over the team nearly 100 percent so this was our first season, really. We had some bumps early in the season that we had to overcome. But we love each other and play for one another. That is so important in sports. We did it. Now we are geared toward our winter workouts, signed a few new people. We want to repeat, we want to win and we’re looking forward to getting back out there,” said Hurricanes manager Mike Rice.
Rice and company were thrilled to bring the title back home to Cranston and to celebrate a great ending to the season.
“They’re great guys, all of them. We have guys from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, it’s a great mix. We even had Doug Flutie come down and play and he was the most humble guy you’d meet. It’s just a lot of fun to be a part of and we we’re all very excited,” Rice said.
Members of the Hurricanes included: Joe Pina Jr., Ronnie Cal, Jose Martinez, Eddie Nunez, Ramon Martinez, Jason Brown, Tim Pelletier, Mike Rice, Brad Bacon, Mike Almeida, Joe Pina Sr., Marcos Sanchez, Felix Colon, Nelson Benitez, Francisco Ramirez, Elizer Benitez, Tom Robinson, Charlie Holliday.
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