Rhode Island Baseball Season In Review
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The year in high school baseball was defined by upsets, great pitching, and the Johnston Panthers dominating Division II. Check out the highlights from an unforgettable year on the diamond.
Hendricken Wins D-1 Title
Pannone, Kapstein Drafted
Knowing that he would be pitching in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system probably helped calm Pannone’s nerves as he took the mound for Hendricken in the championship-clinching game. Chicago selected him in the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball draft earlier this month. The 6-0, 180-pound lefty put up an obscene 0.19 ERA in 47 innings this season and also hit .380 as an outfielder for the Hawks.
D-1 Tournament Upsets
The Division 1 tournament was full of Cinderellas making deep upset runs. 8th-seeded Cumberland pitched its way to the Final Four, knocking off top seed North Providence twice and sending the Cougars home. Led by its many seniors, 11-seed Coventry advanced to the Final Four and gave Bishop Hendricken all it could handle in two tough 3-2 losses. 14th-seed Chariho advanced to the final eight by knocking out 3rd-seeded North Kingstown, defeating the Skippers twice, and 15th-seeded East Greenwich advanced to the final eight by taking down Portsmouth and Cranston West.
Johnston Rules D-2
Next Year's Favorites
It’s never too early to look ahead to next season. Hendricken loses a dugout full of talent, but the Hawks don’t rebuild; they reload. If you’re looking for a sleeper pick, North Kingstown isn’t a bad choice. The Skippers return 12 players from a 15-3 season in Division I.
It’s tough not to think of Johnston as the clear-cut favorite in Division II, especially with Picchi and Bongiovanni coming back. Those two were the Panthers’ best pitchers all season long and will have the confidence and experience to get them through big spots in the playoffs.
- Johnston Pushes Past Prout, Wins Second Straight D2 Baseball Title
- Pannone Fans 16, Hendricken Sweeps South Kingstown for D1 Baseball Title
- Chaos Reigns In D1 Baseball As No.1 North Providence Falls to Cumberland
- Introducing: Baseball Notes