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PAWTUCKET – Shea High still owns the kind of speed that can turn a game around in a heartbeat.
The Raiders got an 80-yard kickoff return from Momodou Mbye to start the second half on Friday night. Mbye's burst broke open a close game against Lincoln, which trailed by just eight points at intermission. The Raiders then piled it on, rolling to a 41-21 in the Division II opener for both sides.
DURHAM, N.C. – After dropping a heartbreaking, 4-3, 11-inning loss at McCoy Stadium late Wednesday night, the Pawtucket Red Sox were hell-bent on evening the score against the Durham Bulls in the third game of the best-of-five Governors' Cup finals set 24 hours later.
PAWTUCKET – One down, two to go.
PAWTUCKET – A disclaimer right off the bat: Rivalries in minor-league baseball do not exist, no matter how hard some in the business wish they did.
PAWTUCKET – Inside Ray Tanguay’s office – located a jump shot away from the basketball court inside St. Raphael’s Alumni Hall – is a textbook example of an athletic director who emphasizes staying ahead of the curve.
Hanging on one of the walls are several dry erase boards that contain the schedules for all SRA fall sports teams at the varsity and junior varsity level. If there’s a postponement, all Tanguay needs to do is wipe and write the rescheduled date in its new slot.
PAWTUCKET — After two years of battling Division I stalwarts like Hendricken, La Salle, Portsmouth and Barrington, Tolman High coach Dave Caito believes his Tigers, now back at Division II-A, could have a special season in front of them.
Cumberland American Little League coaches and players acknowledge the applause from the Fenway Park crowd prior to Friday night's Blue Jays-Red Sox game. Joining the New England champs is Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster.
SYRACUSE — Pawtucket clinched a trip to the Governors’ Cup finals with a three-game sweep of the Syracuse Chiefs, capped off by a roller-coaster 7-6 win on Friday night on the road.
After playing from behind the entire night, PawSox DH Ryan Lavarnway delivered a two-run, game-tying single in the seventh, his first hit of the series. Blake Swihart followed with a base hit to score Lavarnway for what proved to be the winning run.
PAWTUCKET – Taking center stage following two rather quiet Injury Fund scrimmages, Tolman High all but set Max Read Field’s gridiron on fire Friday night during a 25-7 romp over Cumberland.
PAWTUCKET — During the regular season, Pawtucket Red Sox righty Matt Barnes was 2-1 in three starts with a bloated 7.18 ERA.
But any resemblance between the regular-season Barnes and the post-season Barnes was pure coincidence.
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PAWTUCKET -- Garin Cecchini didn’t exactly crush the ball in the 10th inning Wednesday night. But his three-hop single over a drawn-in infield gave the Pawtucket Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs in Game 1 of a best-of-five Governors’ Cup semifinal series.
Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday with a pair of right-handers on the mound – Syracuse’s Scott McGregor (1-2, 3.91 ERA) and Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes (8-9, 3.95 ERA).
PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will vie for their second Governors’ Cup crown in three years when they takes on International League-North Division champion Syracuse in a five-game semifinal set to begin tonight at 7:05 at McCoy Stadium.
The PawSox earned a club-record fourth straight post-season appearance when they clinched the wild card berth on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET – Four consecutive trips to the second-season derby known as the Governors’ Cup playoffs: since 2011, no other International League can lay claim to this feat.
PAWTUCKET — Ten years have gone by since Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo first laced up a pair of boxing gloves, and this weekend in Las Vegas the Pawtucket-based pro will bring to bear every bit of that experience as he steps onto the biggest stage of his career.
CUMBERLAND – Following the blueprint that has churned out plenty of athletic success in recent years at Cumberland High School is the mission that new Cumberland High athletic director Chris Tashjian sees for himself during the 2014-15 interscholastic season.
PAWTUCKET — PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero swears by a motto that proves quite handy whenever he’s scuffling at the plate: “If I’m not getting hits, they’re definitely not getting any hits,” Marrero said recently while seated at his McCoy Stadium locker.
PAWTUCKET â On the surface, Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his reassignment to the PawSox just fine.
âWhen you donât perform to the best of your capabilities, itâs not a surprise,â the centerfielder acknowledged while recently standing in front of his locker inside the PawSox clubhouse.
Having a thick skin has undoubtedly served Bradley well in a season where nothing has gone right offensively. He credits his upbringing for providing him with a foundation of confidence that he says keep slumps and critics at bay.
CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The world championship dream is over.
The memories will last a lifetime.
Cumberland's Little League World Series run ended Monday night at Lamade Stadium as it made another furious comeback only to watch Chicago score two fifth-inning runs and win an 8-7 thriller.
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