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Strong Start
Rays start strong at nationals

The Rhode Island Rays are currently competing at AAU U13 National Championships at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orland, Fla., and they’ve gotten off to strong start.

The Rays are 2-0 so far. They beat Daytona, Fla., 14-1 in their opener on Sunday. On Wednesday, the Rays beat Charlotte, N.C., 7-1.

With Tropical Storm Debbie moving in, the opening game was played in the rain, but it didn’t slow down the Rays. Three pitchers – Casey Carreau, Andrew Almonte and Nick Woodruff – combined on a three-hitter to set the pace. Offenisvely, Kyle Beaulieu, Kyle Tweedy and Kyle Dupuis combined for six hits and six RBI.

The win was the Rays 44th straight and 28th by mercy rule. After that game, though, the storm caused the next two days of games to be postponed. Back in action Wednesday, the Rays beat Charlotte behind a combined three-hitter by Zack Pipa and Steven Salisbury. Warwick’s Elijah Brown and Andrew Almonte combined to score three runs.

The tournament itself is divided into eight pools of five teams, and the top two teams from each pool advance to a 16-team single elimination bracket, beginning on Friday.

The other teams in the Rays pool are Daytona, Tallahassee, Fla., Charlotte, N.C. and Atlanta, Ga.

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