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PAWTUCKET â It was akin to the calm before the storm Tuesday afternoon inside the PawSox clubhouse.
Some 24 hours before Wednesdayâs 4 p.m. Eastern Time non-waiver trading deadline, Pawtucket took the field for batting practice. There was perfect attendance as Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts â two names that have swirled amidst the trade winds in recent days â joined the rest of their Triple-A teammates in heading back inside for a cool, air-conditioned sequester.
PAWTUCKET â The conversation started out as a prime chance to look ahead for PawSox players Alex Hassan and Dan Butler. The pair is listed on Bostonâs 40-man roster, meaning thereâs a pretty good chance that each will make their big-league debuts when MLB rosters expand come September.
It wasnât Gary DiSarcinaâs intention to throw this reporter off the trail, but not soon after the two aforementioned names and the particular circumstances surrounding them were brought to his attention, the Pawtucket manager made a point that helped place everything in proper perspective.
PAWTUCKET â On the surface, it seems fitting that Jose Contreras and Brandon Lyon are locker room neighbors in the PawSox clubhouse.
One stall stands between the two veteran right-handed pitchers who by happenstance reported to the Triple-A ballclub on the same day (July 19). At this stage, Contreras, 41, and Lyon, 33, are intriguing due to the perception of bullpen depth thatâs already in the fold â something the Red Sox at the moment seem to have in abundance considering Franklin Morales and Alex Wilson are in town this week for rehab assignments.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs always nice to start the postseason slate with your top arm grabbing the ball for the first game.
That luxury becomes even better when your pitcher hurls a top-notch performance, as Elmwood Sportsâ Bryan Quinlan exemplified in his squadâs 7-1 win over Westerly on Monday night in the opener of the best-of-three Connie Mack playoff series.
PAWTUCKET â Prior to Sunday, the Pawtucket Red Sox had captured only two of 12 contests against North Division foe Lehigh Valley this season.
During that horrible slump, their hurlers had mustered a dismal ERA of 7.04, while their offense had contributed an equally horrendous collective batting average of .215.
In the third of this four-game set Sunday afternoon, Pawtucket would have its mettle tested for sure, as it would face talented Ethan Martin, who had been tied for second in International League wins with 11.
BRISTOL â The unimaginable happened to Cumberland Americanâs best on Saturday morning.
In their opening tilt of the R.I. Little League Major Division (10-11) Tournament at King Philipâs Roger W. Pigeon Field, three of manager Dave Belisleâs hurlers â including usually-stellar Nick Croteau, Addison Kopack and Sean Meers â had serious problems finding the plate, and Johnston took complete advantage.
That trio surrendered six straight walks, in the process digging themselves a 5-0 hole after the top of the first frame.
CRANSTON â The Lincoln All-Stars didn't just dominate their games among Rhode Island's best, but turned all of them into cakewalks.
Their mastery of the bat was a major reason why.
Skipper Matt Netto's offensive-minded crew once again derailed Cranston Western, this time by a 13-2 count, to claim the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament title at CWLL's Michael P. Varrato Field home on Friday night.
LINCOLN -- It will certainly be âGame Onâ for four fighters with local ties to the Blackstone Valley this weekend when Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. hosts an action-packed card at the Twin River Events Center.
Pawtucket middleweight Thomas Falowo will make his co-feature debut in an eight-round showdown, and Woonsocket super middleweight Joe Gardner will try to erase the sting of a close loss in May to Richard Gingras in a six-round battle.
BRISTOL, Conn. â The final game of pool play of the Little League Eastern Regionals may very well prove a harbinger of things to come.
Yes, the Cumberland Major Divisions All-Stars and the George J. Hummel Little League from Seymour, Conn. still have to get through its respective quarterfinal-round clashes before meeting with a spot in the regional championship hanging in the balance.
After the performance these same two teams staged Wednesday night at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex, itâs certainly within the realm of possibility that a rematch could be in the fold come Friday.
CUMBERLAND â Perhaps the only thing Cumberland American's All-Stars didn't do as a team Wednesday night was hit for the cycle.
There were no triples, but it didn't really matter much.
Manager Dave Belisle's contingent amassed 15 hits, including four doubles and a dinger, and took advantage of eight errors as CALL posted an astonishingly-lopsided 22-5 âmercy-ruleâ victory over East Woonsocket's best in the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (10-11) Tournament championship game at Garvin Field.
Jay Rainville decided, one day two years ago, to put his right arm to the test.
âI knew immediately that it wasnât going to happen,â he remarked one recent Friday while standing by the home dugout at Chet Nichols Field.
It was the same right arm that in its heyday produced fastballs that lit up the radar gun and generated a resounding pop from the catcherâs mitt. It was the right arm that enabled this Pawtucket native and Bishop Hendricken alumnus to become a No. 1 draft choice of the Minnesota Twins and unlock the door to the exclusive world of professional baseball.
BRISTOL, Conn. --- After watching his All-Star team nearly mercy-rule the Mount Abraham All-Stars of New Haven, Vt. in an easy victory on Sunday, Cumberland manager Chris Bodington knew that his girls had probably seen their last lopsided win of the Eastern Regional tournament.
On deck was a pool play contest against a team that took Cumberland extra innings a year ago in the tourney, two-time Maine state champ Scarborough, and the next game was against a tougher opponent, the George J. Hummel All-Stars of Seymour, Conn.
PAWTUCKET -- Almost simultaneously, co-managers Matt Bergeron and Luke McLaughlin leaned back in their office chairs rather amused when asked the question, âHow the heck did you do it?!â
âWeâre still trying to figure that out!â Bergeron exclaimed of the miraculous, comeback 13-12 victory recorded by the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars over the Jersey City, N.J./Jackie Robinson Mets in Queens, N.Y. back on Saturday, July 13.
WARWICK â Upper Deck Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Sr. admitted before his squad's final regular-season tilt against Senerchia Post 74 early Monday night that he'd be a bit shorthanded, as four or five of his players were home nursing minor injuries.
âIt's a long season, and those things are going to happen,â he stated. âWe're OK.â
The club was much better than that after recent Cumberland High grad and southpaw Dylan Boisclair scattered five hits and three walks while mowing down a half-dozen Senerchia batters in a satisfying 3-1 victory at Hendricken High's Ray Pepin Field.
CRANSTON â If the Lincoln All-Stars had any concerns during their R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament opener on Saturday afternoon, they didn't relate to their collective performance but the weather conditions, which slowly deteriorated.
As the skies overhead grew dark and thunder resounding in the background, righty reliever Dave Bordieri put the finishing touches on Cranston Western, the crushed victim of relentless Lincoln's 13-0 âmercy ruleâ triumph at Michael P. Varrato Field.
BRISTOL, Conn. â Jocelyn Bodington delivered one of the finest outings of her young softball career, Alex Pina knocked in five runs to lead a potent attack at the plate, and the Cumberland All-Stars made their presence felt in a very big way on Friday afternoon in the Eastern Regional tournament.
The three-time Major Division state champions kicked off their New England pool play by parlaying Bodingtonâs dominant pitching and an 11-hit assault into an 11-1 win over Charlton, Mass. that went all six innings at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
LINCOLN â On Tuesday afternoon, Lincoln All-Starsâ manager Matt Netto still didnât know which opponent his team would face in the opening round of the upcoming state Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament.
Because Cranston Western upset winnersâ bracket titleist Johnston, 11-6, Monday night, those two District I representatives faced off in a winner-take-all championship game on Wednesday night at Cranston Westernâs home site.
CUMBERLAND â When the Cumberland Major Division All-Stars arrive at the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn. sometime later this morning, theyâre going to have the perfect guide to direct them around the facilities in Jocelyn Bodington.
Thatâs because the 12-year-old standout is the only member of last seasonâs ballclub â coaches included â that participated in the Eastern Regionals and was two victories away from capturing the regional championship and earning its way into the Little League World Series.
LINCOLN â Most skippers would agree: You take 'em how you can get 'em.
Upper Deck Post 86-14 took advantage of seven walks, a hit batsmen and three errors â all in a nine-run fifth frame â to register a stunning, come-from-behind 11-6 marathon victory over Navigant Post 85 at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday night.
With the triumph, Upper Deck â which mustered only three hits in the contest â remained in first place in R.I. American Legion League-North Division action at 13-3 (18-5 overall), while co-manager Jim Gauthier's club fell to 12-5 in league play.
By JON BAKER
LINCOLN -- Southpaw Kyle Marrapese hurled four-plus innings of superb relief and teammate Dominic Cunha went 2-for-2 with a double, walk, three RBI and two runs scored on Sunday night.
With that and more, the Lincoln All-Stars snatched an easier-than-expected 13-2 victory over Cumberland National in the R.I. Little League District IV Tournamentâs title tilt at Randy Hien Field late Sunday night.
In the process, Lincoln inked its return to the state tourney, and will begin play on Saturday at Cranston Westernâs home.