Former Johnston baseball players, David Iannuccilli and Anthony Scivola, are gearing up for their second season playing baseball for the Rhode Island College Anchors. With all the restrictions and guidelines being followed last year, the two were still able to complete a full season worth of baseball for their freshman year of college. Playing together since the elementary days in Johnston’s Little League program, David mentions that it feels like just yesterday that he and Anthony were introduced to each other. “We have played on every team together in Johnston since we were 9 years old.“ David says. “The only time we weren’t on the same team was for AAU and travel teams. Playing up against each other was always fun. We could never keep a straight face when we would make eye contact on the field. '' Anthony follows. Cal Parrillo, another Johnston native, also played with David and Anthony in their Johnston days, but continued his high school baseball career at Ponaganset High School. Cal reunited with the two once again, playing alongside each other for RIC.
For more than half of their lives, David and Anthony spent four tremendous years at Johnston Senior High School, playing together on the field once again. It was unfortunate however, to see their senior season get cut short due to COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines in place. The Johnston Panthers that season were not allowed to participate in their regular season games. Going into their freshman year here at Rhode Island College was definitely an improvement. “At the beginning of the season in practice, we were put into small groups [of] up to 10 players for hitting, pitching, and fielding drills.“ Anthony said. “That went on for about a month during Fall training and we continued to play scrimmage games about two times a week on top of practices.” Both David and Anthony said that this year alone already is feeling like a college experience. David is living on campus, while Anthony is a commuter from home. “Being able to actually interact with people and practice as a team and not in groups as of right now has been fun, and hopefully we can continue to do that as the school year continues.” David adds.
The Rhode Island Baseball Anchors have team practices every Wednesday and are hoping to start their regular season in the spring, beginning in March. For the latest updates on RIC sports go to www.goanchormen.com.