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Archive - May 31, 2013

WEB ONLY: Diaz' hit enables PawSox to top Chiefs in 12 innings

May 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET – 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.
Diaz’ 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.

Spread-out playoff schedule pleases local baseball playoff teams

May 31, 2013

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 losers’ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.

Wilson savors seven weeks in Boston's bullpen

May 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET – As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.

Area AAU girls' hoop team qualifies for nationals

May 31, 2013

PAWTUCKET – At about this time last season, Team Providence Athletics – then an Under-14 girls' basketball travel squad under the direction of Pawtucket hoop legend Walter “Bunky” Gonzalez – 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.

Gist addresses testing, teachers' criticism

May 31, 2013

LINCOLN – Despite all the hubbub about “high stakes” standardized testing as a graduation requirement, Education Commissioner Deborah Gist told the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Friday, “no student in the state will be prevented from graduating if they are truly ready to graduate.


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