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Crocenzi, Hien lead Lincoln in 12-2 rout of Smithfield

July 11, 2014

Lincoln’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 couldn’t hold on to the ball, however, and Crocenzi scored Lincoln’s third run during Friday night’s District IV loser’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 Call.
 
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