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April 30th

PawSox drop 15-inning game to Columbus

April 30, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Nobody wants to play extra innings on a day at McCoy Stadium that began with the stands filled with elementary and middle school students hailing from this city and concluded with a small group of diehard supporters.
Tuesday was also getaway day for the Columbus Clippers, a club that certainly wanted to hop on a plane and fly back home to Ohio after partaking in an eight-game, two-city road trip. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off that would be followed by an even rarer day away from the ballpark.

April 29th

Cumberland baseball team mercy-rules Lincoln, 11-1

April 29, 2013

CUMBERLAND — The way Cumberland is playing at this very moment is what skipper Paul Murphy envisioned prior to the season’s first pitch.
Take away the moon shot of a home run that Lincoln’s Nick Zammarelli led Monday’s game off with and Cumberland strung together a performance worthy of its play of late. The Clippers’ 11-1 “mercy rule” victory at the Lions’ expense was the third straight Division I-North victory for Murphy & Co. and the fourth overall.

April 28th

Ex-Red Sox ace pitcher Martinez pays visit to PawSox

April 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It’s hard not to read into Pedro Martinez’s presence at McCoy Stadium on the same weekend that pitcher Alfredo Aceves reported for Triple-A duty.
Despite the angina that Aceves has caused through a series of outbursts and bizarre mound antics, there’s at least a part of the Red Sox brain trust that believes Aceves is salvageable. Their challenge is how to unwrap this enigma in order to prevent future episodes.
This is where Martinez, the former Red Sox superstar, now a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, could prove to be the coaching staff’s ace in the hole.

Hanrahan's fit for return to Boston's bullpen

April 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET — With regards to his right hamstring strain, Joel Hanrahan feels that he has turned the corner and believes that a return trip to the big leagues and Boston is imminent.
There’s just one piece of unresolved business: Will Hanrahan slide right back into the closer’s role that was his prior to landing on the disabled list, or will he become Andrew Bailey’s chief setup option?

April 26th

Conti helps Lincoln baseball team top SRA, 4-1

April 26, 2013

PAWTUCKET — According to skipper Andy Hallam, Lincoln High had spent too much time during the pre-season dwelling on which Division I-North stalwarts it would be playing and when instead of focusing on the task at hand: Winning.
“They got caught up in that,” Hallam stated. “Earlier this week, we talked about taking it one game at a time, and not getting too excited about any particular team.”

McGair: Zammarelli's on radar of Major League scouts

April 26, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

A different type of circus has come to the intersection of George Washington Highway and Old River Road, the characteristics of this particular traveling company unlike the sights and sounds appearing beneath your garden-variety big top.
Sorry to disappoint the youngsters, but you won’t find any elephants, flying acrobats or lion tamers here.

April 25th

Lincoln falls to Smithfield in battle of unbeatens

April 25, 2013

LINCOLN — Lincoln High head coach Mike Ethier and his troops had hoped to derail the express that is Smithfield in a Division III “Battle of Unbeatens” at Tiberii Field on Thursday afternoon.
Despite the fact that the Sentinels had entered the contest as the two-time defending D-III champion and had posted 36 consecutive league wins dating back to 2011, Ethier believed his Lions had the wherewithal to pull off what – at least this season – would be only a mild upset.

April 24th

Nelson, Bertherman lead Cumberland past La Salle

April 24, 2013

CUMBERLAND — There’s no place like home. And for Cumberland, which played eight of its first nine games of the season (two of them non-league contests in Massachusetts and one an Injury Fund non-leaguer) on the road, Wednesday afternoon’s Division I showdown against La Salle in the friendly confines of Tucker Field was certainly a welcomed breath of fresh air.

Lincoln rules softball showdown with Cranston West

April 24, 2013

LINCOLN — Through the earliest section of this season, Lincoln High had serious problems connecting with opposing pitches. Part of that had to do with the foul weather and yet another the absence of sophomore Alyssa Schermerhorn.
Head coach Dick Ryan’s designated hitter, who finished with a .350 average last spring, previously had suffered a broken ankle, and she wasn’t due back until about mid-season.

From Triple-A baseball to the NFL: PawSox's Socci is Patriots' new play-by-play broadcaster

April 24, 2013

A portentous email from an accomplished and revered pro football broadcaster was the first blossoming of the good things to come for Bob Socci.
Now that Socci is officially the lead play-by-play radio announcer for the New England Patriots, the veteran sportscaster and current radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox can look back with fondness at the message of hope Gil Santos delivered a few years back.

April 23rd

McGair: Ortiz crossed the line with his choice of language

April 23, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

David Ortiz is a well-compensated baseball player. He’s also an adult.
When the time came to address the Fenway Park masses last Saturday, the Red Sox star should have exhibited better judgment. Enough bombs went off in the city of Boston last week. Yet there was Big Papi, dropping an expletive-laced one that ended up casting a pall over a touching pre-game ceremony.

April 21st

Tolman tops Newtown, Conn. in benefit game, 5-3

April 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Tolman High skipper Theo Murray had just sat at a table under the right-field barbeque tent at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, and – with Tigers' Athletic Director John Scanlon and Pawtucket Red Sox' President Mike Tamburro stationed at both sides – he continued chomping on the food the home team's cooks had prepared.

Newtown players revel in playing at McCoy Stadium

April 21, 2013

PAWTUCKET — After it ended, Newtown (Conn.) High senior quad-captain Stephen Conway paused for a moment just outside the first-base gate to the barbeque tent near shallow right field and scanned – from a point-blank view – nearly-empty McCoy Stadium.
About 20 minutes prior, the Nighthawks had dropped a 5-3 non-league decision to host Tolman High, but Conway refused to allow the defeat bother him.

April 20th

Show of support for Tolman-Newtown evident at McCoy Stadium

April 20, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The telling numbers from the high-school baseball summit that transformed McCoy Stadium into a special place Saturday weren’t five and three – five being the number of runs Tolman High produced compared to the three scored by the guests of honor – Connecticut’s Newtown High.

April 18th

Make plans to check out Tolman-Newtown at McCoy Stadium

April 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The Tolman-Newtown high school baseball game that’s scheduled for Saturday morning (11:30 start) at McCoy Stadium should be embraced as a celebration of the human spirit.
The non-league contest isn’t intended to reopen still-fresh wounds or provide a semblance of closure to the cruel sequence of events that shattered the lives of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. This is an event that is woven in companionship while lending support, with the game of baseball serving as the common thread that brings everyone to the same table.

Big Papi provides thrill in final game with PawSox

April 18, 2013

PAWTUCKET — The good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon was that rehabbing Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who had struggled at the plate in his first five games with the Pawtucket Red Sox, smacked a home run leading off the sixth inning of the PawSox’s game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
But aside from that, and a four-run rally in that inning by the PawSox that tied the contest at 5-5, there wasn’t much else to smile about on the homefront.

Lions survive scare from Townies to stretch winning streak to 27 straight

April 18, 2013

LINCOLN — One by one, Division I squads are coming for Lincoln High, all of them mounting serious challenges.
On Thursday, it was East Providence’s turn to put Lincoln through its paces. The Townies did not back down in the slightest, moving to within a run after scoring three times against Lions ace pitcher Lindsay Mayer in the sixth inning.

April 17th

PawSox top Lehigh Valley; Ortiz is 0-for-4 again

April 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — At this stage of his rehab assignment, David Ortiz is more concerned about feeling good when he steps out of the batter’s box as opposed to actual results.
The Red Sox star came out of Wednesday’s contest admitting that his injured heels are doing just fine. He finished hitless in four at-bats as Pawtucket bid adieu to a two-game losing streak with a 6-1 triumph against Lehigh Valley.

Maier makes good first impression with PawSox

April 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — If first impressions do indeed count, then Mitch Maier put his best foot forward upon formally introducing himself to PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina.
“He’s very driven and focused,” was the takeaway DiSarcina had of Pawtucket’s new outfield addition. “I didn’t have to ask him to come into the office and go over the signs. He walked right in that first day.”

SRA baseball team bows to North Providence, 4-2

April 17, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Minutes after St. Raphael Academy had suffered a 4-2 Division I defeat to previously winless North Providence High at Vets Park early Wednesday afternoon, veteran head coach Tom Sorrentine stood by the first-base line, trying to wrap his thoughts around what had just transpired.
Think of it: Senior southpaw Zach Mitsmenn scattered only six hits and three walks while whiffing a whopping 11, but still took the loss and, incredibly, fell to 1-1.

 

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