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April 8th

Cougars claw Saints in Div II-West softball clash

April 8, 2013

NORTH PROVIDENCE — North Providence made quick work of St. Raphael in their showdown for first place in the Division II-West standings on Monday afternoon at Governor Notte Park.
The Cougars used a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning and the steady five-hit pitching of senior Lindsay Cabral to help produce their third shutout victory in as many games, a 5-0 win that took just 70 minutes to complete.

WEB ONLY: Unearned runs plague PawSox in first loss of season

April 8, 2013

ALLENTOWN, PA -- The Lehigh Valley IronPigs scored 13 unanswered runs to rally from an early deficit and hand the Pawtucket Red Sox their first loss of the season, 14-5, on Monday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Jeremy Hazelbaker led off the game by belting the third pitch he saw for his third home run of the season, and a few batters later, Bryce Brentz launched a two-run homer to give the PawSox a quick 3-0 lead.
The PawSox then upped their lead to 5-1 in the second on an RBI single by Jonathan Diaz and a sacrifice fly by Justin Henry, but things went downhill for them after that.

Sox run over RailRiders, 6-2, complete sweep

April 8, 2013

MOOSIC, Penn. — Terry Doyle admits that the Pawtucket Red Sox were playing with house money.
With the PawSox having won the first three games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the main question heading into Sunday’s series finale was whether the RailRiders could save face and avoid falling victim to a season-opening four-game sweep at PNC Field.

April 7th

Cauton flag out for PawSox' De La Rosa; Might Big Papi be part of McCoy opener festivities?

April 7, 2013

MOOSIC, Pa. – It appears the Red Sox are electing to take a cautious approach with pitcher Rubby De La Rosa.
The fifth member of Pawtucket’s starting rotation will make his first start of the season at Lehigh Valley on Monday night. Unlike the team’s other four starters, all of whom have thrown around 85 pitches, De La Rosa will be limited to about 50 pitches. Graham Godfrey, who tossed two innings in Thursday’s season opener, is expected to serve as backup.
“Just taking it easy on him,” said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur about De La Rosa. “No rush.”

In eyes of PawSox hitting coach, Jackie Bradley ahead of the curve

April 7, 2013

MOOSIC, Pa. – The book on Jackie Bradley Jr. is that he possesses a keen eye at the plate and is a very disciplined hitter. In his first week with the Boston Red Sox, the highly-touted outfielder did little to sway how he’s perceived.
Entering Sunday’s road-trip finale in Toronto, Bradley had seen 92 total pitches in five games. The 18.4 pitches-per-game average furthers the belief that despite beginning just his second full pro season, the 22-year-old already has a thorough understanding of what is a strike and what isn’t.

April 5th

DiSarcina credits post-playing career duties in preparing him to manage PawSox; Mauro Gomez still in baseball limbo

April 5, 2013

MOOSIC, Pa. – There are baseball lifers, and then there’s someone like Gary DiSarcina.
In short, the 45-year-old is a man who’s worn many hats since retiring 11 years go. He’s enjoyed successful stints in three totally different realms with all roads leading back to the game that saw him carve out a 12-year major-league career. Thanks to experiencing life as a manager, television analyst and trusted front-office contributor, DiSarcina can speak comfortably on a number of topics.

Tolman tennis team drops 7-0 verdict to Mount

April 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET — When the Mount St. Charles team bus rolled into the parking lot fronting Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Friday afternoon, and head coach Sean McClelland stepped from it, a chorus of boos rang out from the Tolman High netters.
Most mentors would've been flabbergasted, and spoken immediately to the opposing coach about a lack of respect.
Not McClelland.

April 3rd

Shea steals 17 bases in 19-9 softball win over C.F.

April 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET — It wasn't pretty, not by any stretch of the imagination.
Still, Shea High utilized more-than-aggressive base-running and several stellar offensive performances to cruise past extremely inexperienced Central Falls, 19-9, in both squads' Division III season debut at Max Read Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Area coaches angered by actions of ex-Rutgers coach

April 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – In the wake of Rutgers University's Wednesday afternoon firing of men's basketball coach Mike Rice for physically and orally abusing his players, some local – and legendary – high school coaches/athletic directors chose to “weigh in” on the subject.
Rice's dismissal came at the helm of a video that news outlets nationwide carried throughout the afternoon and evening hours. It showed numerous clips of Rice rifling basketballs at players' backs, legs, etc., grabbing them by their jerseys and shoving them; he also could be heard screaming obscenities and homosexual slurs at them.

April 2nd

PawSox feature roster worthy of Governors' Cup defense

April 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET – After ending a 28-year Governors’ Cup drought last season, the Pawtucket Red Sox will defend their title while holding true to the organization’s No. 1 creed — put players in a position where if an opportunity arises in Boston, they’re ready to answer the call.

PawSox OF Brentz ready to turn the page following near tragedy

April 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- After hitting bullets last September to help spark the Pawtucket Red Sox’s magical run to the Governors’ Cup championship, Bryce Brentz nearly had a bullet end his 2013 season long before it began.
What started out as a routine cleaning of a handgun three months ago in his Knoxville, Tenn. home nearly resulted in tragedy for the power-hitting right fielder, who was tabbed as the No. 8 ranked prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization by Baseball America.

Season done, PC's Cooley eyes busy offseason

April 2, 2013

PROVIDENCE – In his travels around the state following the 2012-13 season, whenever Ed Cooley has crossed paths Providence College basketball fans, they have met him with big smiles and thanks for providing hope for the future.
As far away as it may seem, PC’s fan base can’t wait for the 2013-14 season to tip off. They see the cast that is scheduled to return for the Friars – fingers crossed on that front –along with two transfers and two incoming freshmen, and hope the mix contains the necessary ingredients to end what is a near-decade NCAA Tournament drought.

April 1st

Lincoln's Veiga to play college baseball at Albany

April 1, 2013

Spend time in the company of Andrew Veiga and you’ll discover why this young man possesses such a keen sense of direction. The course he mapped out is so precise, with every last detail accounted for, that it’s easy to confuse him for a cartographer rather than a high school student-athlete whose forte is baseball.

March 31st

Lincoln looks like the team to beat again in softball

March 31, 2013

It wasn’t that long ago when parity was the name of the game in the Division I ranks.
In those days, the competition was so balanced that as many as 9-10 teams entered each season with a realistic chance at state championship glory. And during in an 11-year stretch from 2001-2011, nine different teams enjoyed their moments in the spotlight with the championship plaque.

March 28th

DH Hitting, LLC swings into business in Pawtucket

March 28, 2013

PAWTUCKET --- You can tell a business is booming when after three months in operation, the owners have been so busy that they haven’t found the time to plan a Grand Opening ceremony.
That’s been the case with the ownership group of DH Hitting, LLC, a baseball and softball indoor training facility on 70 Vineyard St. in Pawtucket that opened its doors last Nov. 16 and hasn’t slowed down since the very first swings were taken in their batting tunnels.

Local ADs welcome fresh source of funds from RIIL's revenue-sharing program

March 28, 2013

What is one telltale sign that an organization is doing well from a financial standpoint? Answer: When a revenue-sharing plan is met with a ringing endorsement by the powers-that-be.
“We’re all in this together,” is the phrase Tom Mezzanotte, executive director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, used shortly the approval of a revenue-sharing program at the March 18 Principals’ Committee on Athletics meeting. The unanimous vote (10-0) green lights the distribution of profits that are leftover once all the RIIL’s expenses are all squared away to the 55 member high schools.

March 26th

Ready to give it the old college try: Tolman softball players Clark, Hessler sign LOIs

March 27, 2013

Tolman High softball players Ashley Clark (left) and Ashley Hessler signed their respective Letters of Intent during a ceremony held last week inside the school’s library. A Second Team All-State selection as a junior, Clark will continue her playing career at Division II Assumption College. A Se-cond Team All-Division selection as a junior, Hessler will take her talents to Connecticut’s University of Bridgeport, a Division II participant.

McGair: Friars’ GPS: Go to Texas, turn right on Broadway

March 27, 2013

Within every road trip, there lies a theme. Sometimes it’s apparent the moment the car pulls out of the driveway. Other times, you may elect to start impulse free, the mind filled with vagaries. Then the theme emerges later.
The main objective of Providence College’s sojourn deep into the heart of Texas is short and succinct. The theme is this – “Get to the Garden.”

March 24th

Bryant's O'Shea knows a thing or two about PC's next NIT foe

March 24, 2013

PROVIDENCE — A small, sly grin quickly formed on Ed Cooley’s face upon being asked about reaching out to members of the coaching fraternity with firsthand knowledge of Robert Morris University.
Venturing a guess based on his facial expression, the Providence head coach set some time aside over the weekend to put feelers out. If undertaking the quest of learning more about the Colonials is Cooley’s pleasure, a valuable resource is located just up the road.

March 21st

PC transfers Desrosiers, Harris making good use of down time

March 21, 2013

PROVIDENCE – The wounds from Providence College’s 17-point loss to Cincinnati were still in need of suturing when Ed Cooley sat down at a podium inside Madison Square Garden. Clearly determined to not wallow in self-pity following the Friars’ latest one-and-done result in the Big East Tournament, the head coach elected to use the forum to look down the road.

 

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