Archive - May 2013 - Sports Article
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.
CUMBERLAND â€” Next year is supposed to be the season Mount St. Charles storms through the first round of the Division I playoffs and gets ready to make some noise in the double-elimination portion of the state tournament.
But somebody forgot to fax that memo to this yearâ€™s Mounties.
Armed by a 15-hit attack, solid defense, and a rare complete game from junior Kylie Finnerty, the 13th-seeded, senior-less Mounties sprung arguably the upset of the postseason on Thursday afternoon with a stunning 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Cumberland at Tucker Field.
LINCOLN â€“ The more things change for the Lincoln High softball team, the more they stay the same.
Gone are the days when head coach Dick Ryan can sit back and watch his squad pile up the runs and achieve mercy-rule status in the blink of an eye. This yearâ€™s Lincoln edition is conditioned to win low-scoring, fist-clenching affairs that largely hinge on the effectiveness of Lindsay Mayer and her powerful right arm.
CRANSTON â€“ Jonathan Wahl left Cranston Country Club with a deeper appreciation of what it means to truly contend to win golf tournaments.
All the Lincoln High junior had to do was look over at what his playing partner â€“ Portsmouthâ€™s Jake Bauer â€“ was doing over the final three holes, then refer back to his own scores. While Bauer closed strong with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16-17 and a par on 18, Wahl went par, par, bogey.
CRANSTON â€“ Lincoln High junior Jon Wahl achieved medalist honors on Day 1 of the two-day Interscholastic League individual and state golf championships, waving his putter like a magic wand just about every time he set foot on the greens at Cranston Country Club.
Wahl finished the day with an even-par 71, and heâ€™ll take a two-stroke lead into Wednesdayâ€™s final round with Barringtonâ€™s Stephen Miller and Justin Matrone each carting round 73. Three additional players sit three strokes off the pace Wahl set.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A doubleheader split was the best St. Raphael and Woonsocket could hope for when the two squads faced each other after dropping their respective 11 a.m. contests on Monday morning.
With the scheduled 2:30 p.m. night cap at Vets Park carrying limited playoff ramifications, both teams hoped to finish their busy day on the diamond with a .500 record. That honor went to St. Raphael by virtue of a 6-5 triumph over Woonsocket.
The final tune-up for this Saturdayâ€™s state meet at Brown University took place Sunday with the boys taking part in the 49th annual Hendricken Invitational while the girls took to the oval at Providenceâ€™s Conley Stadium for the Mount Pleasant Performance Championship.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sheryl Crow was right. A change would do you good.
Last year, race director Melissa Coutu and her committee for the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K Run/Walk made the bold move to separate itself from the Cherry Tree Running Festival and make itself more of a community-oriented event by conducting its own second-annual event at Slater Park.
LINCOLN â€” To be blunt, Lincoln High head coach Mike Ethier didnâ€™t approve of his squadâ€™s overall desire during the opening half of its R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal tilt against Cranston West on windy Thursday afternoon.
The Lions had held a 3-2 advantage at the break, but Ethier and his assistants let loose on the contingent, explaining they wanted to see more spirit and fundamentally-sound lacrosse over the final 24 minutes.
LINCOLN â€” The Division I playoffs donâ€™t begin for another eight days, but Wednesday nightâ€™s marquee clash between longtime rivals Lincoln and Cumberland sure had the feel of the postseason in the air.
And like the two teamsâ€™ showdowns of years past, pitching and defense played key roles in their regular-season meeting before a big gathering at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâ€™s Sullivan Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Concrete evidence as to why Steven Wright is experiencing a downturn on the mound recently was on full display in the first inning of his latest start on Monday.
Dealing with a bases-loaded mess that came about due to a walk and two singles, Wright looked in at Indianapolisâ€™ Jerry Sands, owner of a .168 batting average. As has been the case lately, Wright quickly fell behind, this time 2-0 to Sands.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucketâ€™s new third baseman came out feeling pretty good about his showing at the hot corner on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śIt was fun to see the game from a different angle,â€ť smiled Jose Iglesias after the PawSox came out on top in a wild 9-8 affair against Indianapolis. â€śIâ€™ve never played third base in my life and it wasnâ€™t bad.â€ť
Iglesias was making his professional debut at third after logging 313 games at shortstop between the majors and minors. His first chance came in the third inning where Iglesias one-hopped a throw to first baseman Drew Sutton. He was charged with an error.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Jackie Bradley Jr. is no longer on the disabled list. However, the promising outfielder remains in a holding pattern.
At least for the foreseeable future, Bradley will be subjected to a schedule that the Red Sox put together in an effort to ease him back into full-time duty. He missed nearly two weeks earlier this month due to tendinitis in his right bicep, an injury that he first noticed during Pawtucketâ€™s road trip to Rochester and Buffalo late last month.
LINCOLN â€”â€śNo offense to anyone on the card, but I'm here to steal the show!â€ť
That was the sentence Thomas Falowo typed on his Facebook account on Wednesday morning, two days before the Pawtucket middleweight and Manfredoâ€™s Gym productâ€™s six-round fight on Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ€™ â€śNew Eraâ€ť card at the Twin River Event Center.
Those were bold words, considering Falowo was taking on one of the top middleweight prospects in New England in Hartford, Conn. power puncher Tylon Burris, but Falowo strongly backed up his words with arguably his most impressive performance to date.
This past Saturday was a busy day for the Rhode Island high school outdoor track & field circuit. Below is a list of how area participants fared.
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday â€“ At Cumberland HS
1. Bishop Hendricken 115; 2. East Providence 93; 3. LaSalle 64; 4). Central 57; 5. Coventry 54; 6. South Kingstown 43; 7. Chariho 41; 8. Cumberland 38; 9. North Kingstown 37; 10. Cranston West 30; 11. Woonsocket 15; 12. Hope 2.
100: 1. Ryan Williams (East Providence) 10.90.
200: 1. Williams 22.20.
400: 3. Justin Andrade (East Providence) 52.80.
PAWTUCKET â€” It was deemed a terrific Sunday afternoon showdown between two of the premier pitching prospects in the minors today: Pawtucket Red Sox righty Allen Webster, called by Baseball America Bostonâ€™s No. 2 hill prize, and Indianapolisâ€™ righthander Gerrit Cole, the Piratesâ€™ top overall prospect.
The pairing didnâ€™t disappoint, at least not early on. Through the first three frames, Webster had retired nine straight, the final four via whiff, while Cole had yielded a harmless, leadoff double to Brandon Snyder in the second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A Red Sox-themed game of dominos broke out at McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the playing surface stretching from the plush green grass in left field to the PawSox clubhouse.
As the Pawtucket hitters took their batting practice cuts, pitchers Franklin Morales and Andrew Bailey were positioned in front of the home teamâ€™s bullpen. The two injured arms were occupied with their long-toss program, though they made sure to stop every now again to check out the action in the batterâ€™s box.