Archive - Jun 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â Bernie Carbo assumed custody of his grandson when he was two. This same lad has matured into a 14-year-old with big-league hopes, no doubt fueled by a grandfather who authored one of the most memorable home runs in Red Sox lore.
PROVIDENCE â While far from finalized, several realignment proposals were shared and discussed amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs Principalsâ Committee on Athletics Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the realignment committee, Prout Athletic Director Mike Traficante presented modifications to the formula that has been the determining factor in placing teams in corresponding divisions. The earliest these changes would take effect is the 2014-15 academic year, the first year following the expiration of the current two-year realignment agreement.
PAWTUCKET â This knuckleballer had the Wright stuff on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Wright impressed a large Fatherâs Day crowd at McCoy Stadium with his finest start of the year. Throwing a season-high eight innings -- the Pawtucket Red Sox starter to do so this year -- Wright struck out seven batters and gave up just five hits, a run, and no walks to help the PawSox notch a 5-3 triumph over the Buffalo Bisons.
PROVIDENCE â To Emily Bouthillette, a whack to the face never felt so good.
Minutes after Lincoln High had clinched an easier-than-anticipated 5-1 victory over Coventry to claim its second straight R.I. Division I Tournament title on Sunday afternoon, Bouthillette's fellow senior tri-captain, Lindsay Mayer, accepted the state championship plaque.
When Mayer heard fans screaming from the third-base gate to spin and hoist it â of course for photos â she accidentally struck her teammate, and immediately responded, âEm, I'm so sorry!
PROVIDENCE â In two previous regular-season meetings with Division II-West champion North Providence High, league runner-up St. Raphael Academy suffered losses of 5-0 at Notte Park and 1-0 at the Hank Soar Complex.
SRA skipper Ron Labree and assistant Kevin Shea discussed the nuances of those defeats on the team bus, one carrying the Saints to one final showdown against the mighty Cougars in the R.I. Division II Tournament championship game, on Saturday morning.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts wasted little time in making himself feel quite at home in his new surroundings.
All the 20-year-old did in his PawSox debut was a little bit of everything, his efforts going a long way in Pawtucket grabbing both ends of Fridayâs doubleheader against Buffalo. The home team won the first game in dramatic 1-0 fashion as Alex Hassan delivered a walk-off hit with two down in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
â Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).
PROVIDENCE â Immediately after the final point had been recorded, the on-court Tolman High players mobbed each other nearest their fan base, jumping up and down in a massive group hug.
Their classmates naturally joined in the celebratory scrum, and each Tiger â including those cheering wildly from the bench â then broke off individually for more personal congratulations with parents, girlfriends and the like.
PAWTUCKET â The worst-case scenario that Xander Bogaerts envisioned never came to pass.
Initially, Bogaerts thought he was being summoned to the managerâs office because he didnât protest a strike three call that came with the count full. Portlandâs Kevin Boles felt the decision that went against the highly-touted prospect was egregious. Protesting balls and strikes usually results in a swift ejection, which Boles eventually received after attempting to stick up for his shortstop.
PROVIDENCE â St. Raphael Academy head coach Ron Labree had heard from a select group of people that his troops had coasted through their regular season because they played in a less-than-strong Division II-West.
Those same naysayers seemed to infer that the lone ârealâ team to be concerned about was North Providence.
Labree mentioned that to his girls before their playoff debut, and â excepting one hiccup â they've been on a roll ever since.
LINCOLN â It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.
PROVIDENCE â A simple but well-executed bunt that St. Raphaelâs Kamryn Labree laid down in the top of the sixth inning Monday proved a turning point in Monday's Division II losersâ bracket semifinal contest against North Smithfield.
If the freshman doesnât get the ball down, the tenor of the game may have been drastically different. Both pitchers, SRAâs Kaylee Sylvestre and Karissa Carlton of North Smithfield, may have gone on flummoxing hitters and maintaining what was a scoreless, rain-soaked affair at Rhode Island Collegeâs Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.
Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked âcollegeâ â as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled âprosâ â as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Perhaps itâs fitting that Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli got to share his special moment â that of getting selected by the hometown Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of Major League Baseballâs First-Year Player draft, No. 833 overall â with his teammates and coaches.
After all, both groups were generous with their support and encouragement through every twist and turn of his career.
LINCOLN â Andy Souvalian had been trying to complete his usual business as an assistant administrator at Amica Insurance Co. headquarters on the afternoon of Monday, April 15 when he heard the horrifying news, that someone had exploded two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
His immediate thought: âOh, no! How's Roup?â
His best friend, Rhode Island State Police Trooper Roupen Bastajian of Greenville, had been running in the grueling 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and he wondered if his pal had suffered any injuries.
LINCOLN â In a spring season that has seen their son operate in a fishbowl and subjected to seemingly never-ending interactions with pro baseball scouts, Nick Zammarelli Jr. and wife Lisa have been with Lincoln High senior standout Nick III every step of the way.
The journey leading up to Major League Baseballâs first-year player draft has been part eye-opener, part draining ordeal. Frequently, the player's dad has been forced to deal with endless questions from talent evaluators, all of them clamoring to know about Nick and what his future plans may entail.
PAWTUCKET â PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina experienced one side of Major League Baseballâs draft when he served as the Angelsâ on-site representative during the televised portion of the 2011 edition.
Sitting in a studio room at MLB Networkâs Secaucus, N.J. headquarters, DiSarcina turned in the card that contained the name of the player that the team would select with its first-round selection.
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs no doubt that getting drafted into professional baseball ranks is a pretty significant milestone. Yet as several inhabitants of the PawSox clubhouse explained earlier this week, there are several behind-the-scenes variables that are just as important as learning your name has been called.
PAWTUCKET â Based on the comments John Farrell made Wednesday, it wouldnât classify as a tremendous shock to see Will Middlebrooks remain with the PawSox beyond when heâs eligible to come off the disabled list, which is Saturday.
Position players are allotted a 20-day rehab window with Wednesday serving as Day Two of Middlebrooksâ on-the-mend stint. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI, Farrell mentioned that itâs just not a matter of the third baseman shaking off the cobwebs after landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
PAWTUCKET â These No. 2 pitchers looked an awful lot like No. 1s.
Unfortunately for Tolman, Narragansettâs Zachary McKanna pitched a lot better than his counterpart, the Tigersâ Richie Marshall, and his solid performance allowed the Mariners to move one win away from the Division IIâs âFinal Fourâ round.