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You take what you can get.
With that mantra in mind, the NCAAâs decree to lengthen college basketballâs preseason is a welcome development in a sport where the run-up to the regular season barrels down on coaches and players like a fastbreak. Earlier this month, the governing body of collegiate athletics ruled that menâs programs can begin practicing six weeks prior to their first game.
The 2013-14 season is set to tip-off on Nov. 8, meaning teams can begin laying the groundwork in earnest on Sept. 27.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International Leagueâs South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, a little clarification to âmanagerâs decision.â
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didnât come straight from the horseâs mouth.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.
SCITUATE â Showdowns donât get any better than this â first place sitting on the line, ace pitchers dueling each other, and extra innings needed to decide the outcome.
For Tolman, victories donât get any better than the ones they nailed down on the road on Monday afternoon against Division II-North foe Scituate at Manning Field.
PROVIDENCE â Thereâs a hearty dose of local talent on this yearâs baseball team at La Salle Academy. More precisely, there are five players whose contributions to date represent a key reason why head coach Geoff Marconeâs ball club is positioned near the top of Division I-North.
What makes this particular quintet so distinctive is that each of them brings something different to the field. In Cumberlandâs Caleb Gardner and North Smithfieldâs C.J. Dandeneau, the Rams are buoyed by a rock-solid 1-2 punch at the front-end of the rotation.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. â The creed that Daniel Bard swears by nowadays is simple enough.
Jams on the mound are going to arise â but how he reacts and responds to those situations is what matters most. Even the most successful professional pitcher can never be flawless, and therefore he must have an unflappable disposition when confronted with an inevitable first-and-second, no-out jam.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar easily could have refused an interview on Monday night, especially given the fact his club had just suffered an unfathomable 3-2 Division II crossover loss to the South's marginal Warwick Vets contingent.
He nevertheless acquiesced, despite the fact his Tigers, at the time, fell to 10-2 overall and 9-2 in II-North and remained on the ceiling of the league standings.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
There are some sports writers and columnists who believe that one of the jobâs requisites is to put themselves in the shoes of a professional athlete. Itâs as if the power of the pen and computer grants these gatekeepers of the locker room the ability to read millionaireâs minds or to step inside their bodies.
And thatâs when the real trouble ensues.
CENTRAL FALLS â After dropping two straight, Shea High skipper Dino Campopiano has been trying to hammer home the honest truth: If his kids wanted to see any semblance of post-season action, they had to start winning â and fast.
Thanks to senior righthander Bryan Quinlan, the Raiders took their first step toward that ultimate goal Wednesday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â Gary DiSarcina learned a valuable lesson during his first month managing the Pawtucket Red Sox â the importance of individualism.
Naturally, players who are on Bostonâs 40-man roster tend to warrant more attention, yet itâs important to remember the rest of the clubhouse inhabitants, too. To DiSarcina, itâs paramount to establish a set of guidelines with each player rather than have everyone fall under the same umbrella.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberlandâs inability to get the big hit on Tuesday afternoon cost the Clippers an opportunity to pick up a big win.
The Clippers stranded 10 runners on base â five of them in scoring position â and saw La Salle use a three-run uprising in the top of the third inning and some strong pitching from Caleb Gardner to produce a 4-1 victory at Tucker Field.
The Rams, who are 10-1 in Division I-North play (and in second place behind unbeaten Bishop Hendricken) and have now won eight in a row, didnât need a big hit to take their 3-0 lead off Cumberland starter Rob Reedy.
CUMBERLAND â A year ago at these Northern Division Championships, then-Central Falls High junior Tiffany Jenkins finished third overall in the high jump â courtesy of a leap of five feet, one inch â but truly wanted to improve that placement this time around.
Now a senior captain, she accomplished the same 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon, but found herself in a different situation. With the height, she earned the title, so is looking forward to bigger and better things with the premier meets just around the corner.
PAWTUCKET --- If Mount St. Charles learned anything about Tolman over the past six days, itâs that the Tigers have plenty of pitching to go around.
Less than a week after Carlos Sanabria blanked Mount on four hits, the Tigers topped the Mounties with another four-hitter on Monday afternoon â this time coming from starter Richie Marshall and reliever Joey Fernandes â and parlayed that with a 14-hit assault to beat their Division II-North opponent, 8-3, at Slater Park.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. --- The Pawtucket Red Sox bounced back nicely from their no-hit loss at home on Sunday by kicking off their eight-day road trip on Monday night with a 5-1 victory over the Gwinnett Braves.
The PawSox, who collected 10 hits to hand their hosts their ninth straight loss, used two of them to break out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as Ryan Lavarnway collected a two-out single and Mark Hamilton followed with an opposite-field home run to left field.
PAWTUCKET â Rubby De La Rosa has turned the corner with his pitching lately. As a result, the teamâs harness on the young prospect is getting loosened.
After being subjected to a stringent pitch count during the first month of the season, the hard-throwing phenom is expected to throw in the neighborhood of 70-75 when he takes the mound for Pawtucket Monday night in Gwinnett. De La Rosa has been limited to around 50 pitches in his previous five starts, none of which have seen him toss more than three innings.
PAWTUCKET â Leave it to a Rhode Island native to earn a slice of immortality at McCoy Stadium.
By zipping a 92 miles-per-hour fastball that produced a swing-and-miss by Pawtucket outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, Durham reliever and Johnston native Jeff Beliveau etched his name into the teamâs annals. Brought on to nail down the final out, Beliveau preserved the Bullsâ combined no-hitter and secure a 2-1 victory over the PawSox on Sunday.
CUMBERLAND â Prior to Cumberland Highâs Division I showdown with Tolman on Friday afternoon, head coach Marty Crowley issued a message to his players.
âI just told them that Tolmanâs a great team, and â like every game â they need to be ready to play, and play hard,â he stated. âI also said that theyâre brand new to the league (division), and we havenât seen them, but we needed to take them like any other (force). The good news is we heeded that warning.â
PAWTUCKET â Allen Webster brought out his best to nab his first Triple-A victory on a cold Friday night.
The 23-year-old prospect delivered six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine batters and walking none, to help the Pawtucket Red Sox produce a 4-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Aside from a shaky third inning that saw Webster hit the first batter he faced and the Bulls collect both their hits and score their run, Webster was simply on top of his game.
PAWTUCKET â Gary DiSarcina wasted little time in explaining why the PawSox are refraining from employing a six-man starting rotation.
âChris Hernandez will be in the bullpen,â the Pawtucket skipper stated prior to Thursdayâs game, which was started by Alfredo Aceves.