Crocenzi, Hien lead Lincoln in 12-2 rout of Smithfield
Lincolnâ€™s Domenic Crocenzi arrives home plate after tagging up from third base on a second-inning fly out by Aidan Murtha, as Smithfield catcher Danny Smith tries to apply the tag. Smith couldnâ€™t hold on to the ball, however, and Crocenzi scored Lincolnâ€™s third run during Friday nightâ€™s District IV loserâ€™s bracket final at Deerfield Park.
(Photo by Ernest A. Brown)
SMITHFIELD – His teammates call him “Hien Machine.”
“He got that nickname because he’s a machine – at the plate, on the mound and in the field,” said Lincoln All Stars head coach Charlie Hien of his younger brother and star pitcher/shortstop, Randall Hien, on Friday.
The younger Hien powered his team with a triple, home run, three RBI and three runs scored to help Lincoln eliminate Smithfield, 12-2, in the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament losers’ bracket final at Deerfield Park’s DiNoble Field.
“They’ve called him that since he was seven,” Charlie Hien said. “He’s relentless; he’s just a bulldog. It doesn’t matter where he’s playing or what he’s doing, the kid’s tough as nails.”
With the win, the All-Stars not only improved to 5-1 in the district event, but also earned a berth in the championship final against superb Cumberland American, which earned the winners’ bracket crown with an 11-3 win over these same Smithfielders on Monday.
For full story and photos, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.
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