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August 3rd

Official: KR Baseball Academy coming to Lincoln

August 3, 2014

LINCOLN – The association of Ken Ryan’s name and this particular dateline can only signify that KR Baseball Academy is officially coming to town.

 

Everything became certified this past Friday when Ryan signed a lease to occupy space for his indoor baseball facility on 100 Higginson Ave. located in the Lonsdale section of town. A Pawtucket native who pitched for both the PawSox and Red Sox, Ryan hopes to open the doors either the first or second week in October.

 

Importance of good sportsmanship not lost on Cumberland American

August 3, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. -- On the evening of Thursday, July 24, after the Cumberland American All-Stars had clinched the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship with a thrilling 8-7 victory over gritty Cranston Western, manager Dave Belisle’s crew lined up for the usual post-game handshakes with its foe.

Gary Bucci’s players couldn’t have been all too happy with the loss, but both teams’ athletes  were seen high-fiving each other. It was the consummate exhibition of sportsmanship at its best.

August 1st

Cumberland American set to take on New England's best

August 1, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn.  – Cumberland American All-Stars mentor Dave Belisle received a phone call from pitching coach Matt Wright late Tuesday night, and it had everything to do with the Massachusetts Little League state championship game between Barnstable and Holden.

Wright had good reason to make the 75-plus-mile trek to Beverly; after all, he wanted to scout the contest, as the victor would face Belisle’s bunch in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at 2 p.m., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center.

Oh Henry!: Top pitching prospect joins PawSox

August 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — While teammates in Double-A Portland, Matt Spring had the opportunity to catch many of Henry Owens’ day-after-he-started side sessions. 

Mechanics and pitch repertoire aside, those informal bullpen outings allowed Spring to acquire a deeper sense of what makes Owens tick. Even in low-pressurized situations, the lanky left-hander still displayed a competitive zest that really wasn’t all that different when Owens took the ball for the Sea Dogs once every five days.

July 31st

R.I. Thunder Gold travel team takes top honors in national tournament

July 31, 2014


The Rhode Island Thunder Gold 12U-Needle are the 2014 PONY National Champions after the team won the PONY Fast Pitch Softball Nationals in Sterling, Va., held the week of July 18-23.
 
The team, composed of players from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, had a phenomenal run throughout the season, with had a phenomenal run this season, with an overall record of 71-4-1.
 

July 30th

Collette Vacations sweeps R&R Construction to claim R.I. American Legion state title

July 30, 2014

WEST WARWICK -- Just before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament championship tilt began late Wednesday afternoon, skipper Jim Mello huddled his troops outside the first-base dugout and issued a few simple thoughts.

“There is no tonight if we don’t take care of business right now,” he stated. “Think about this game and what you need to do. It’s do-or-die; now go out there and have some fun.”

July 29th

Mitsmenn pitches Collette to victory in third-straight must-win game with gem against top-seeded Post 74

July 29, 2014


WEST WARWICK  –  With Collette Vacations Post 79 facing their third-straight elimination game on Tuesday, Zach Mitsmenn dazzled the tournament’s top-seeded squad for nine innings, sending home the highly-touted Senerchia Post 74 and propelling Collette into the final day of play at the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament.
 

July 26th

Reflections on the Rocket: Fellow Texans Workman, Clemens treading a similar path decades apart

July 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For reasons no doubt discussed ad nauseam in other forums, “Rocket” Roger Clemens will not be featured during this weekend’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Brandon Workman, Clemens fan, fellow Red Sox pitcher and fellow University of Texas Longhorn, hopes that changes someday.

July 22nd

KR Baseball Academy on the move

July 22, 2014


KR Baseball Academy is on the move after a successful 10-year run in Pawtucket. 
 
Though nothing is official, the owner hopes everything regarding the academy’s new Lincoln location will be signed, sealed and delivered by the middle of next week. More specifically, Ken Ryan plans to inhabit space on 100 Higginson Ave., which is situated in the Lonsdale section of town. 
 

July 21st

St. Raphael alum Gray jumps to Division I coaching ranks at Maine

July 21, 2014

The running joke between Bob Walsh and Antone Gray became a rite of spring.

Whenever Walsh’s name was linked to prospective Division I men’s basketball head coaching jobs, he would receive a reminder from a player who never seemed to stray too far from the mentor’s mind. Gray first placed the bug in Walsh’s ear during their point guard/coaching partnership at Rhode Island College. He continued to do so after his graduation in 2011.

“Even when Antone was a sophomore playing for me, he would say, ‘Don’t leave me here, don’t leave me here,” Walsh recalled.

With offense on fire, CALL awaits foe in Little League state finals

July 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Even dating back to last summer, skipper Dave Belisle had a feeling his Cumberland American Little League All-Stars wouldn't have much of an issue with the bats.

But even he's surprised with how his roster of 12 has produced this time around.

Consider these statistics: In four straight triumphs over Smithfield (11-3) and Lincoln (9-6) in the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) event, then two more against Coventry American (5-4) and Cranston Western (17-4) in the state tournament, his squad has outscored its opponents, 42-17.

July 20th

CALL pounds Cranston 17-4, moves one win from state title

July 20, 2014

 

BRISTOL  –  Sean Meers clubbed two homers, drove in five runs and scored three on Sunday as Cumberland American delivered a 17-4 mercy-rule bushwhacking of Cranston Western's best in a winners' bracket final at King Philip Little League's Roger W. Pigeon Field.

July 19th

More dramatics as CALL walks off with win in state tourney opener

July 19, 2014

BRISTOL – When Cumberland American standout Addison Kopack launched a one-out, opposite-field “tater” over the right-center field fence to tie Coventry American, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth – as a result forcing extra innings – Lincoln All-Stars' manager Charlie Hien responded as only he could.

“Honestly, it's like they have nine lives,” he said, shaking his head. “That team just doesn't quit.”

July 18th

Cumberland American starts state tournament play today

July 18, 2014


The Cumberland American All-Stars begin play Saturday in the Rhode Island State Little League Major Division Championship, their first appearance there since 2011.
 

College pals Verdugo and Ranaudo reunited at McCoy

July 18, 2014


PAWTUCKET – The newest member of the PawSox pitching staff had a familiar face waiting to greet him at T.F. Green Airport.
 
Make that a good friend who also doubles as an offseason housemate down in Baton Rouge.
 

July 17th

Vazquez could make himself Boston’s top backstop

July 17, 2014

 

PAWTUCKET – Whether it’s promoting him to a new level or putting more responsibilities on his plate, the Red Sox have never shied away from challenging Christian Vazquez.

“Whether it’s going to the Arizona Fall League or his first big-league (spring training) camp, this guy has exceeded expectations every time,” gushed Red Sox Minor-League Catching Coordinator Chad Epperson on Thursday when asked about the recently-promoted-to-the-majors Vazquez.

July 16th

Districts in rear view, CALL preps for states

July 16, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Twenty-four hours after their epic, come-from-behind 9-6 victory over gritty Lincoln in the District IV championship game, it was back to business as usual for the Cumberland American All-Stars.
 
They returned to practice at their Garvin Field home on Tuesday night, ready to move on from one of the most exciting and memorable contests in R.I. Little League Tournament history.
 

July 15th

Lincoln, CALL gave it their all in unforgettable D.IV finale

July 15, 2014


BURRILLVILLE -- For participants and fans alike, Monday night’s R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship game was something like a Six Flags water slide – jam-packed with thrilling twists and turns, while getting everyone soaked.
 

July 14th

Lincoln captures 9-10-Year-Old District IV title

July 14, 2014

Members of the Lincoln 9-10-Year-Old District IV All-Star team take a victory lap around Burrillville's Sherman Park after capturing the district title Monday night

Cumberland American captures District IV Major Division title in thrilling fashion

July 14, 2014

BURRILLVILLE — If you have a penchant for the dramatic, and you attended the Cumberland American-Lincoln All-Star Game on Monday night, your appetite was whetted.

In the end, Jayden Struble walloped a three-run home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to deliver to CALL a 9-6 walk-off victory over Lincoln at Sherman Park. With the triumph, Cumberland American not only captured the Rhode Island District IV Major Division crown, but also sealed a berth in next weekend’s state tournament in Bristol.