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A little of this, a little of that âŠ
David Ortiz is a well-compensated baseball player. Heâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High skipper Theo Murray had just sat at a table under the right-field barbeque tent at McCoy Stadium on Saturday, and â with Tigers' Athletic Director John Scanlon and Pawtucket Red Sox' President Mike Tamburro stationed at both sides â he continued chomping on the food the home team's cooks had prepared.
PAWTUCKET â 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 â from a point-blank view â 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.
PAWTUCKET â The telling numbers from the high-school baseball summit that transformed McCoy Stadium into a special place Saturday werenât five and three â five being the number of runs Tolman High produced compared to the three scored by the guests of honor â Connecticutâs Newtown High.
PAWTUCKET â The Tolman-Newtown high school baseball game thatâs scheduled for Saturday morning (11:30 start) at McCoy Stadium should be embraced as a celebration of the human spirit.
The non-league contest isnât 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.
PAWTUCKET â 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 PawSoxâs 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 wasnât much else to smile about on the homefront.
LINCOLN â One by one, Division I squads are coming for Lincoln High, all of them mounting serious challenges.
On Thursday, it was East Providenceâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â At this stage of his rehab assignment, David Ortiz is more concerned about feeling good when he steps out of the batterâs box as opposed to actual results.
The Red Sox star came out of Wednesdayâs 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.
PAWTUCKET â If first impressions do indeed count, then Mitch Maier put his best foot forward upon formally introducing himself to PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina.
âHeâs very driven and focused,â was the takeaway DiSarcina had of Pawtucketâs new outfield addition. âI didnât have to ask him to come into the office and go over the signs. He walked right in that first day.â
PAWTUCKET â 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.
PAWTUCKET â For members of the PawSox family with Massachusetts blood running through their veins, the horrific and tragic events that marred the Boston Marathon hit particularly hard.
âItâs a special day for race fans and baseball fans; thereâs a (Boston Bruins) game at night. Itâs a great time for the town,â explained manager Gary DiSarcina, a native of Malden, Mass. and current resident of Plymouth. âWhen you least expect it, thatâs when these things happen.â
PAWTUCKET â What David Ortiz is attempting to do is adhere to spring-training protocol.
The question is, will the Red Sox slugger be able to get everything ironed out over eight or so at-bats in the coming days with the Pawtucket Red Sox? In 2010, Ortiz received 62 at-bats in spring training and equaled the total the following year. In 2012, he collected 57 Grapefruit League at-bats.
WOONSOCKET â In an impressive 26-game win streak that dates back to its season opener a year ago, Lincoln has experienced only a handful of close games that not only tested the teamâs mettle, but also presented some anxious moments for its players, coaches, and fans.
But while most of those tight contests were decided by three or more runs, only one was a one-run nailbiter â Tuesday afternoonâs chilly Division I affair against host and longtime foe Mount St. Charles.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox, already off to its finest start to a season in club history, seemed poised to move to 10-1 after holding a 3-1 cushion through seven innings on Monday night.
But righty reliever Chris Carpenter surrendered the Lehigh Valley IronPigs five runs in the top of the eighth, and the PawSox ultimately suffered an 8-3 International League-North beatdown before 3,849 fans at McCoy Stadium.
WOONSOCKET â A walk-off win that results in Woonsocket Highâs first triumph of the season. That was the narrative of the Villa Novansâ come-from-behind performance on Monday.
You hate to associate âmust winâ with a game that takes place during the second week of the regular season. Standing at 0-2 in Division I-North and 0-3 overall, Woonsocket understood that halting the slide was imperative against a St. Raphael outfit that was seeking to maintain its pristine ways.
BOSTON (AP) â How runners from Rhode Island finished in Monday's Boston Marathon.
182, Jason T. Reilly, Cumberland, 2:37:27.
767, Philip A. Kiesling, Cranston, 2:49:49.
1012, Roy Smoot, Providence, 2:53:02.
1286, Lukasz Willenberg, Barrington, 2:55:55.
1334, Jeffrey J. Walker, Westerly, 2:56:16.
99, Karolyn A. Bowley, Middletown, 2:57:41.
1596, Peter Harley, Bristol, 2:57:59.
1753, Clay Howland, Providence, 2:58:51.
1847, Jeffrey Vuono, Westerly, 2:59:20.
120, Megan C. Jaswell, Johnston, 2:59:25.
2468, David Constantino, Cumberland, 3:03:43.
A little of this, a little of that âŠ
Thereâs plenty of blame to go around now that a Massachusetts group has been given the responsibility to assign, evaluate and train officials for Ocean State-based games.
Itâs the result of an embarrassing fallout exposing unfortunate and regrettable decisions made by all involved parties in the saga over the fate of Rhode Island high school football officials.
PAWTUCKET --- Itâs been said time and time again that life begins at 40, but in Linda Bachandâs case, running careers can also begin at that age.
Four years ago, Bachand, a 44-year-old detective and 18-year veteran of the Pawtucket Police Department, stumbled upon a health and wellness expo with a co-worker during a work conference in Florida.
The expo was being held in conjunction with a nearby marathon that was scheduled that weekend, and when Bachand, who was looking to kill time, toured the expo, something inside her clicked.
PAWTUCKET â The story on Saturday afternoon wasnât so much that the Pawtucket Red Sox assembled a mammoth sixth-inning rally to snag a 7-1 Game 1victory over the Rochester Red Wings at McCoy Stadium, but instead that David Ortiz played a key role in it.
The 37-year-old designated hitter, on a 20-game rehab stint with Pawtucket after suffering a right Achillesâ injury in a triumph over the Chicago White Sox last July 16, delivered a two-run ground single to right to help his club extend its lead to 4-1 â and continue Pawtucketâs finest-ever start to a season.
CUMBERLAND â For runners like Dave Constantino, the unicorn on the logo of the Boston Marathon has been fitting.
For nearly a decade at the hallowed 26.2-mile race, the 43-year-old Cumberland native has tried to track down his own personal unicorn â that is, break the 3-hour mark â but each time, heâs fallen short.
And he has come oh-so-close. Two years ago, his time was 3:04:46. The previous year, he ran a 3:07:40. And in 2006, his second trip to Boston, he turned in a 3:09:27.