Three Warwick teams won games in the 11-year-old District 3 tournament, but none could navigate their way to the finals. Warwick Continental, Warwick West Side and Warwick National all won their first games, and Warwick Continental made it to the winners’ bracket semifinals. Each of the teams was eliminated after falling to the losers’ bracket.
Continental beat Warwick American 10-0 in its opener then outlasted West Side 21-13 for a spot in the winners’ semis. There, Continental ran into a strong Wickford team and lost 6-2.
In the losers’ bracket, South Kingstown National bounced Continental with a 3-0 shutout.
West Side won its first game 10-2 over South Kingstown National. After the loss to Continental, West Side fell to Narragansett 8-2.
National slipped past Westerly 8-7 in its opening round game before falling 18-8 to Chariho. In the losers’ bracket, National rolled over Exeter/West Greenwich 13-3 to stay alive but dropped its next game 11-6 to South Kingstown National.
Wickford and Chariho were the final two teams standing and were scheduled to play a winner-take-all championship game on Monday, with results unavailable at press time.
D-3 champ one win from state title
Coventry American, which beat Warwick National for the District 3 championship last week, is one win away from capturing the 12-year-old state title.
The Coventry club beat Cranston Western 4-1 in the opener of the four-team tournament then earned a spot in the title game with an 8-1 victory over Barrington. Coventry American now awaits the winner of Tuesday’s losers’ bracket final between Barrington and Cranston Western.
The title game will be played Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Hien Field in Lincoln. If necessary, a winner-take-all championship would be played Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Johnston wins 10-year-old crown
The Johnston Little League 9/10-year-old all-stars will represent Rhode Island at the 2012 East Region Invitational in Cranston after capturing the state title last Friday.
Johnston went 2-0 to start the tournament before Smithfield forced a decisive championship game with a 3-2 win last Thursday. The next day, Johnston came back with an 8-3 win to clinch the title.
Johnston is the third different team to represent Rhode Island in the regional tournament, which has been held in Cranston since 2010.
The East Region Invitational is scheduled to start on Saturday.