Archive - May 31, 2013
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.
PAWTUCKET â€“ At about this time last season, Team Providence Athletics â€“ then an Under-14 girls' basketball travel squad under the direction of Pawtucket hoop legend Walter â€śBunkyâ€ť Gonzalez â€“ bused into the Bay State to qualify for the AAU National Girls' Under-14 Division II Tournament, always held at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Unfortunately, it dropped a heartbreaking four-point loss to the North Central Blaze of Gardner, Mass. in the championship final.
LINCOLN â€“ Despite all the hubbub about â€śhigh stakesâ€ť standardized testing as a graduation requirement, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, â€śno student in the state will be prevented from graduating if they are truly ready to graduate.