August 23rd, 2011
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€” They might not have won the Little League World Series championship, but the Cumberland American Little League all-stars proved one last time on Tuesday afternoon why they are champions.
Connor Mastin, Max Hanuschak and Conor Lavallee delivered clutch sixth-inning hits and Colin Cannata scored the winning run on an error as Cumberland roared back from a four-run, sixth-inning deficit to edge Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8-7, in a consolation game at Lamade Stadium.
Chris Costantino made sure not leave any traces of doubt.
Thanks to a strong showing this with the Laconia (N.H.) Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, any and all speculation the St. Louis Cardinals had in the 19-year-old Lincoln native fell by the waste side. The fact-finding mission might have encompassed much of the summer, but the Cardinals realized that Costantinoâ€™s talents exceeded those of a typical 43rd round selection, which is where he emerged during this past Juneâ€™s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
PAWTUCKET â€” Will Middlebrooks was sitting at his locker stall in the PawSox clubhouse Monday afternoon when Chili Davis dropped by. Naturally the discussion between the prized newcomer and the first-year hitting coach focused on the rough Triple-A start Middlebrooks had gotten off to, one that included six strikeouts and 11 hitless at-bats.
Whatever words of reassurance Davis bestowed upon Middlebrooks seemed to click as the young third baseman went out and collected his first two hits in a PawSox uniform.
What exactly did Davis say to Middlebrooks?
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps the best way to describe the fun and frivolity folks experienced at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night is this: Mayor Donald Grebien's description of his throwing out the first pitch before the PawSox' tilt against the Syracuse Chiefs.
â€śI reached the plate, that wasn't a problem, but it wasn't a strike,â€ť laughed Grebien afterward. â€śThe good news is Mike (Tamburro, PawSox President) did call it one. Congressman (David) Cicilline had said beforehand that he'd give the city a million-dollar grant if it was, so I'll be calling him tomorrow for the check.â€ť
Constance M. Collette
Constance M. Collette, 88 died on Monday at The Holiday in Lincoln. She was the wife of the late Henry D. Collette. Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of the late Leo and Stephanie (Laferriere) Collette, she was a lifelong resident of the Blackstone Valley.
An alumna of River College, she received her R.N. degree from St. Joseph Hospital's School of Nursing. She was a caretaker of the Lawton Dental Clinic in Central Falls, and was an honorary member of the Special Forces. She was also a former parishioner of Notre Dame Church in Central Falls.
Lance R. Langborg, Sr.
FLORIDA - Lance R. Langborg, Sr. 72 formally of Pawtucket died on August 17th at his home in New Port Richey, FL. He was the husband of Barbara (Emond) Langborg. Son of the late Kurt and Grace Langborg.
Joseph Sadak Jr.
SWANVILLE, MAINE - Joseph Sadak Jr. 48 of Swanville, passed away August 22, 2011 at Belfast. He was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on July 29, 1963 to Agnes (Hayek) and Joseph Sadak Sr. He moved to Maine 14 years ago. He enjoyed fishing, boating and hanging out with his friends.
Ronald E. Ferreira Jr.
EAST PROVIDENCE - Ronald E. Ferreira Jr, 58, passed August 23rd. He was the husband of Janice (Rogers)Ferreira.
Ronald was the son Evelyn (Pimental) Ferreira and the late Ronald E. Ferreira Sr.
He had been employed by Auto Parts International for many years.
Besides his wife and mother he is survived by a daughter, Heather Ferreira and a grandson, Avery. He was the brother of the late Judith Borek.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night â€“ pitch deep into the game.
Tony Pena Jr. heeded the wishes of his skipper, the right-hander tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday night as Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 win against Syracuse. The victory enables the PawSox to move into sole possession of first place in the I.L. North after Lehigh Valley was shut out by Indianapolis, 2-0.
For the 11 high school teams in the Blackstone Valley, as well as the others from across the state, the road to postseason glory in December started last week during workouts on hot mid-August mornings and afternoons that were better suited for spending on a beach.
And while the ultimate goal of every team is to reach the Super Bowl in their respective divisions, two teams from the area, Woonsocket and Tolman, are hoping to get back to the championship game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Luis Exposito finally heard the words heâ€™s longed to hear â€“ the catching responsibilities for the Pawtucket Red Sox are his and his alone.
No longer is Exposito subjected to a strict platoon partnership, one that can test even the most patient of souls. Thanks to Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s promotion to Boston and the Red Sox shipping off prospect Tim Federowicz at the July 31 trade deadline, the 24-year-old Exposito holds the title as the primary backstop.
Naturally, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler wasted little time in delivering the message to Exposito.
PAWTUCKET â€” If there was ever a night to celebrate the hometown spirit, itâ€™s tonight at McCoy Stadium. City officials, local business leaders and volunteers have pulled out all of the stops to mark the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of Pawtucket as a city.
CUMBERLAND - Edwood Anderson, formerly of Blue Mist Drive, Manville passed away Sunday at home in Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Anna (Crociata) Anderson.
He resided in Attleboro for the past year, previously residing in Cumberland, and the Manville section of Lincoln.
He trained as a pilot in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Anderson was self-employed in the computer industry as a consultant.
Ed was an avid builder and craftsman, lover of science fiction, and movie buff.
PAWTUCKET - Geraldine (McCaffrey) Smith, 84, of Mowry St. passed away Saturday at the Philip Hulitar Center, Providence. She was the wife of the late Newman J. Smith.
Born in Ashton, she was a daughter of the late William and Rose (Lavender) McCaffrey. She resided in Pawtucket for the past thirty-one years previously living in Cumberland.
She was employed by American Cord and Webbing as machine operator for many years until her retirement.
PAWTUCKET â€” Odds are good that the Pawtucket Red Sox will secure a berth in the International League playoffs before the regular season ends on Sept. 5. The PawSox and Lehigh Valley are locked in a virtual dead heat for first place in the I.L. North standings.
Pawtucket also owns a 3-game bulge on Gwinnett, which is the closest wild-card contender to the two North leaders.
Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters arenâ€™t built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that canâ€™t be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epsteinâ€™s evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the teamâ€™s long-term answer at third base.
LINCOLN â€“ Just up the road from Lincoln High School is Kirkbrae Country Club, a private golf course measuring 6,549 yards from the back tees that plays to a par of 71 (and 74 for the women).
Kirkbrae has been home to many great players since its inception back in 1960. Several of its members have captured the R.I. Amateur championship, including Marc St. Martin (1976, 1984, 1988), Mark Zyons (1985) and Tom McCormick (2005).
Ed Kirby, a Cumberland High grad who turned professional in the mid-1980s, owns the course record of 63.
LINCOLN â€” You know Linda Oliveira is sincere and serious when she says she loves her massive, long-haired German shepherd Smokey, and has since she first gave him a home at seven weeks.
Still, about the time he turned 10 months old, Oliveira â€” the owner of Sunset Stables at Lincoln Woods State Park â€” became worried. Whenever she walked him on nearby trails, he would become overly belligerent with his own kind.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Following Fridayâ€™s opening Little League World Series loss, Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle promised his team would play better Saturday against home-town favorite Clinton County, Pa.
He was right. But it was not enough to save Cumberlandâ€™s historic season.
Christopher Wright pitched 4 2/3 brilliant innings of six-hit baseball and repeatedly threw well under pressure Saturday night at Lamade Stadium, but Pennsylvania pitcher Alex Garbrick and Tyler McCloskey stymied Cumberland, combining on a three-hit as Cumberland lost, 2-0.
When the wave of transactions swept through Gillette Stadium at the start of training camp, two names expectedly stood out among the rest.
Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco.
The former, no stranger to controversy on and off the field, has not practiced since Aug. 4 because of an undisclosed injury. The latter, his first-quarter touchdown in the Patriotsâ€™ 31-14 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Thursday notwithstanding, continues to build a rapport with Tom Brady.
I foresee another New England newcomer having a more immediate impact than both Haynesworth and Ochocinco.