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PAWTUCKET â The learning curve is steep and slippery for Tolman Highâs talented but inexperienced squad.
The Tigers, who started off this breakthrough Division I campaign with four wins in their first five league games, hit a wall over the past two days. First they dropped an 11-2 verdict to unbeaten North Kingstown on Thursday and then on Friday they fell to Toll Gate by an 8-5 score in eight innings.
While most New Yearâs Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the stateâs capitol.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.
WOONSOCKET â For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesnât get much better these days.
On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University â9â beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincolnâs 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.
PAWTUCKET â The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes itâs only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.
When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox âŠ letâs just say thereâs a cloak and dagger element in play.
âI donât know when Iâm leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,â said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. âIâll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.â
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PAWTUCKET â Itâs still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.
LINCOLN â Avid readers of this newspaper may remember the graphic photo tucked into the upper left corner of the front page back on Nov. 10, 2013.
Photographer Ernest A. Brown captured the shot of Lincoln High goalie Jack Bacon laying in front of his own net, obviously pained at the devastating occurrence seconds before.
There on the Rhode Island College soccer field in the championship tilt of the R.I. Division II Tournament, the Lions and Toll Gate High were involved in a dramatic shootout, and â with it knotted at 3-3 â it was up to Bacon to stop Zach Bromage's final attempt.
CUMBERLAND â The keys to the Clippersâ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.
The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. Thereâs plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.
PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman Highâs fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.
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PAWTUCKET â Woonsocket play a crisp baseball game befitting the cool April afternoon on Thursday, rolling to a convincing 9-1 victory over St. Raphael Academy at Veterans Park field.
The Villa Novans got six strong innings of three-hit pitching from Miguel Raymond and backed their junior right-hander with a 12-hit offensive splurge that featured two perfect hit-and-run plays.
LINCOLN â Itâs over.
Lincoln Highâs incredible and season-spanning winning streak can officially mentioned in past terms after Tolman staged a 6-2 victory over the two-time defending state champs Thursday afternoon at Saylesvilleâs Sullivan Field. It officially goes into the record books as a 44-game winning streak for the Lions.
PROVIDENCE â Scratch off the biggest need on Ed Cooleyâs off-season âto-doâ list.
Shoring up the point-guard spot for next season as well as future ones has been a top priority for Cooley and the Providence Friars since the moment the 2013-14 campaign came to an end. With the verbal commitment expressed by Compton (Calif.) High School senior Kyron Cartwright, PC now has a second floor general to pair with Kris Dunn, who has missed significant time in each of his first two collegiate seasons.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs always nice to put on a good show when the brass is in town.
With Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Director of Player Development Ben Crockett checking out the action, the Pawtucket Red Sox thumped Syracuse, 7-1, Tuesday night before 2,675 fans. Allen Webster rebounded from a sub-par first start to his season with six shutout innings while Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway stoked the offense with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
PAWTUCKET â For a different change of pace, Bryce Brentz is garnering more headlines for his nifty glovework than his ability to deposit souvenirs over the fence.
Long known as a power hitter with a strong arm, the PawSox outfielder is doing his best to bring attention to his defense. With two down in the fifth inning of Mondayâs game against Syracuse, Brentz robbed Eury Perez of surefire extra bases as he went full extension on a sinking liner in the left-center field gap.
PAWTUCKET â Brock Holt thought he had it all mapped out. With Will Middlebrooks on Bostonâs 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated âfill-in guyâ would encompass the next few weeks or so.
PAWTUCKET â No high schooler wears the badge of courage better than the Kelly twins, former Davies Tech student-athlete Waleska and Tolman Highâs Francheska.
It was back in July that Waleska, the elder by a few minutes, suffered a stroke following a summer league basketball game. Through several confusing, worrisome months for the sisters, their family members, friends, teammates and mentors, Waleska now is back on track and enjoying things most of her peers take for granted.
CUMBERLAND â Juliet Nelson supplied some heat on a chilly 41-degree afternoon.
The Cumberland ace pitcher also brought her âAâ game to her teamâs home opener on Friday against visiting Toll Gate, as she struck out nine batters and allowed just two batted balls to reach the outfield grass in a masterful one-hit gem and a 2-0 victory that took just 80 minutes to complete.
PAWTUCKET â After a dismal previous 13 offensive frames to open this 2014 campaign, the Pawtucket Red Sox finally broke out of their collective offensive funk on drizzly Friday night..
Lehigh Valley had seemed destined to record another âcrooked numberâ triumph after jumping out to a 4-0 cushion, but the PawSox manufactured eight runs in the back half of the fifth and cruised to a 9-4 victory before a sparse crowd of 2,652 at McCoy Stadium.
Umpires had halted the game after the top of the eighth due to rain, but the tilt was quickly called official after a 15-minute delay.
PAWTUCKET â It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan tossing out the ceremonial pitch to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
PAWTUCKET â If eight PawSox players show up late to McCoy Stadium this afternoon, donât fret. Their potential tardiness has already been taken under advisement.
âIt will be okay,â smiled manager Kevin Boles. âOpportunities like this donât come around too often, so youâve got to take advantage of them.â
At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesnât pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether thereâs enough offense to carry the day.
After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?