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PAWTUCKET â€” These No. 2 pitchers looked an awful lot like No. 1s.
Unfortunately for Tolman, Narragansettâ€™s 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 IIâ€™s â€śFinal Fourâ€ť round.
PAWTUCKET â€” The good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was that Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks kicked off his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox on the right foot â€“ with five innings in the field and a 1-for-2 effort at the plate with a walk.
The bad news was that the PawSox fell victim to a pair of rallies by the Charlotte Knights in the fifth and sixth innings and were never able to pick up a clutch hit when they needed one, and as a result, the hosts came out on the losing end of a 5-1 score.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Rainouts during high school spring sports are always problematic. Sure, thereâ€™s comfort in knowing that you can reschedule, but what happens if the same issue arises on the rescheduled day? Canâ€™t keep pushing the games or matches further and further down the road forever, you know.
A rainout like the one that washed away the vast majority of Mondayâ€™s baseball and softball playoff contests brings with it a whole host of complications.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s been said that all good things must come to an end, and for Peter Manfredo Sr., nearly a quarter of a century of running his boxing gym in Pawtucket has heard the final bell.
The longtime owner and trainer of Manfredoâ€™s Gym in Pawtucket wonâ€™t be making any more hour-long drives from his Charlestown residence to Conant Street. Instead, he will only need to take a short drive to his fairly new Narragansett center on 140 Point Judith Road to train his boxers and conduct his fitness classes.
PAWTUCKET â€“ One day after Jose Iglesias went deep for his first big-league home run of the 2013 season, PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina was asked to weigh in on the suddenly red-hot Red Sox infielder.
The blast at Yankee Stadium continues a stretch that has seen Iglesias shift from short-term fill-in to possibly serving as a full-time backup. The official answer wonâ€™t come until Boston activates third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list, yet if Iglesias continues to perform at a high level, itâ€™s hard to imagine that the 23-year-old will be back with Pawtucket.
LINCOLN â€“ After watching Bay Viewâ€™s Shannon McArthur bloop a shot that hugged the left-field foul line, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan got up from his dugout perch and asked the home plate umpire to grant him time.
With the infielders and star pitcher Lindsay Mayer gathered around him on the mound, Ryan conveyed the following decree â€“ donâ€™t let the Bengals bring the potential tying run to the plate. If the hitter that was next in line to face Mayer was fortunate enough to blast one out of Sullivan Field, the Lions would remain ahead by one run.
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.