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June 4th

Gingras' New England light heavyweight title fight vs. Velazquez on Friday at Twin River tops to-do list

June 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Oh yeah, he’s also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.

East Greenwich sends SRA softball team to Div. II losers' bracket with 3-0 victory

June 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Even standout pitchers like St. Raphael junior Kaylee Sylvestre are entitled to a bad inning every now and again.
That’s what head coach Ron LaBree chalked it up to after watching Sylvestre get called for back-to-back illegal pitches in the third inning of Wednesday’s Division II winners’ bracket contest against East Greenwich. The two mistakes enabled the Avengers to score runs in a game that saw them go on to win by a 3-0 count at Rhode Island College.

Cumberland softball team drops Div. I winners' bracket semifinal to undefeated North Kingstown

June 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Cumberland’s return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winners’ bracket semifinal.

June 3rd

This Mookie is sure to be a hit: Top-prospect Betts joins PawSox

June 3, 2014

PAWTUCKET – It used to be that any mention of the first name “Mookie” would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and you’re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesn’t center on key words or phrases such as “groundball,” “through the legs” or “Buckner.”

June 2nd

Gutsy pitching can’t save Tigers’ season in 3-2 loss

June 2, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The final game of Tolman High’s season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.

“Especially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, you’re doing all right,” stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.

June 1st

Tigers now one win away from back-to-back Division II boys' volleyball crowns

June 1, 2014

Sports editor emeritus

PROVIDENCE – Unbeaten Tolman High, which has won two of the last three Division II state volleyball championships, found itself in a heap of trouble on Sunday night in the 2014 tourney semifinals against West Warwick.

The Tigers were tied 2-2 after four games had been completed at the Providence Career and Technical Academy’s sports facility off Westminster Street, right next to Central High’s campus.

“We needed to win,” Tolman’s Eric Silveira admitted after the Tigers pulled out a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth game. “There was a lot of pressure on us.”

Gonsalves once again rules PFC Kyle J. Coutu 5K

June 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- It was tough to guess who was more excited after the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K at Slater Park, the race’s winner, Anthony Gonsalves, or the race committee.

Gonsalves, a 2008 graduate of Tolman High and a middle distance standout for the Tigers’ indoor and outdoor track teams, won for the third time in the four-year history of the event by topping a field of more than 300 runners in a time of 16:42.

May 30th

PawSox' Hill has options to consider

May 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware there’s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.

Lions in do-or-die mode following playoff loss to baseball Hawks

May 30, 2014

WARWICK -- The way Lincoln had been swinging the bats during its eight-game win streak, it was going to take a remarkable pitching performance to cool off the Lions’ assault.

Anthony Graziano provided such an outing on Friday afternoon.

The Bishop Hendricken senior tossed a superb one-hitter that included eight strikeouts and two walks to lead the two-time defending state champs to a 5-0 shutout of the Lions in a Region I winners’ bracket game of the Division I playoffs at Ray Pepin Field.

May 29th

WEB ONLY: De La Rosa will replace Buchholz in Boston's rotation on Saturday

May 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For much of Thursday, the Red Sox were tight-lipped as far as naming a starting pitcher for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay.
To borrow from the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a trail of breadcrumbs was left around McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon prior to Pawtucket wrapping up its four-game series with Gwinnett. The breadcrumbs may have not formed a path that led directly to the locker room of the intended PawSox pitcher who will take Clay Buchholz’ spot, though their mere metaphorical presence did help to shed some light on the matter.

Cumberland softball team shuts down Westerly again for first Division I playoff victory in three seasons

May 29, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland didn’t need to seek the services of a witch doctor or a sorcerer to eradicate the single-elimination playoff round curse that had plagued the team in recent years.
Instead, the Clippers parlayed the strong three-hit pitching of Juliet Nelson with some errorless defense and clutch hitting into a 7-0 triumph over Westerly at Tucker Field that not only exorcised their demons, but also vaulted them into the double-elimination portion of the Division I state tournament.

SRA softball team blanks Burrillville in playoff opener

May 29, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Hayley Microulis, the lone senior on St. Raphael Academy’s roster, took charge on Thursday when the Saints opened the Division II playoffs against Burrillville in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
“I wanted to make a statement about how much I love playing softball for St. Raphael Academy,” Microulis said after knocking in three runs and scoring another in a 4-0 victory that sent the Saints into the double-elimination phase of the playoffs, probably on Saturday against the Moses Brown-Cranston East survivor.

May 28th

Drew goes 1-for-3 in PawSox's win over Gwinnett

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.

Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucket’s 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, there’s also a sense of urgency on the shortstop’s part.

Stephen Drew’s high school coach: ‘I know he was itching to play’

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — At long last, Danny Redshaw can enjoy all the perks that come with subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings package.

“It will be nice to turn on the TV and see a young man who you were fortunate enough to coach in high school and has gone on to play Major League baseball,” Redshaw admitted when reached via cell phone.

May 26th

PawSox, BoSox both in dire need of offense

May 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The PawSox offense is abysmal this season, ranking as one of the most futile in the International League.

That is not exactly “stop the presses material” to anyone who has watched this team up close. They’ve seen plenty of 3-2 victories and 4-1 defeats. The PawSox bused back to Rhode Island in the wee hours Monday morning possessors of a seven-game losing streak, a dubious mark that has seen them bat .212 over that span. The weekend in Syracuse saw the locals go 23 innings without scoring a single run.

Portland power surge puts Shaw back on radar

May 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For Travis Shaw, the process of getting out of Double-A Portland began in earnest at last year’s Arizona Fall League.

“Last year was a fluke, that wasn’t me. I got so far away from my approach,” stated the 23-year-old Shaw prior to making his Triple-A debut with the PawSox Monday night.

The first baseman was referencing his 2013 numbers with the Sea Dogs, ones that consisted of a high strikeout total (117 whiffs in 444 at-bats), low batting average (.221 in 127 games) and a career low on-base percentage (.342).

May 23rd

Yankees confident former DALL standout Williams will turn around slow start for Double-A Trenton

May 23, 2014

Two high-ranking members of the New York Yankees’ minor-league branch believe that the offensive struggles that Mason Williams has endured for nearly two months are not cause for panic.

Williams, a 22-year-old who spent his formative years growing up in Pawtucket before moving to Winter Garden, Fla. following the completion of seventh grade at St. Teresa School, is in the midst of a deep slump. There’s no easy way to sugarcoat the .199 batting average and .295 on-base percentage he brought into Friday’s game for Double-A Trenton (he stood at .191 prior to Thursday’s two-hit performance).

May 20th

PawSox pitching coach believes young starting pitchers will 'start in the big leagues' someday

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSox’ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseball’s highest level.

“Whether it’s with Boston or with somebody else, they’re going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,” said Pawtucket’s pitching coach with a straight face. “I couldn’t tell you when or with who, but they will.”

PawSox fail to produce clutch hit in loss to 'Riders

May 20, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Springtime may have finally sprung in southern New England, but Pawtucket’s bats remain in a deep slumber.
The offensive doldrums that have plagued the locals for much of the season perhaps simmered to a boil during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s disheartening 3-0 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, winners of three games in this four-game set. With two runners on base and the potential tying run at the plate, the PawSox turned to their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in the hope seeing a ball disappear over the McCoy Stadium fence.

Nelson's clutch eighth-inning hit helps Cumberland walk off with softball victory over rival Lincoln

May 20, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland and Lincoln have hooked up in some interesting late-season matchups over the years, and on Tuesday afternoon, they continued this tradition with an extra-inning barnburner at Tucker Field.
After watching Lincoln score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland came back to snag a dramatic 8-7 victory in its half of the frame on a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field by ace pitcher Juliet Nelson.

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