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June 13th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – As an outstanding, three-sport athlete at Tolman High School in the early 1990s, Joey Wilson often would peer into the stands during the heat of competition, secretly hoping his mom and dad would surprise him by being there, witness him carry the pigskin into the end zone or hit a fastball over the fence.
It didn't happen, and it both hurts and irks him to this day.
Mason Williams is now a major-league outfielder for the New York Yankees, a move the team made official on Thursday.
The 23-year-old native of Pawtucket put himself on the radar by batting .318 with a .397 on-base percentage along with a .795 OPS. Serving as the leadoff hitter for both Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Williams has stolen 13 bases in 54 games.
WARWICK – This time, Tolman was determined not to let Warwick Vets back in the game.
Peter Microulis spun seven innings of two-run ball and came through with a clutch base hit as the Tigers held off the Hurricanes, 6-2, in the Division II Regional Pod I playoffs on Tuesday. The win places Tolman in the driver’s seat as either Warwick or West Warwick will have to beat the Tigers twice in order to advance to the Division II finals.
CUMBERLAND – Once again, Cumberland junior Chris Wright lived up to his billing as ace of the pitching staff.
Wright tossed six shutout innings on Monday as the Clippers advanced to the Final Four portion of the Division I tournament courtesy of a 4-0 win over Central at Tucker Field. The victory enabled Cumberland to clinch the Regional Pod IV portion of the tournament.
PROVIDENCE – Just as it had in a previous regular-season game on May 18, St. Raphael Academy allowed Moses Brown to pounce to a quick advantage during Sunday’s R.I. Division II Tournament winners’ bracket semifinal at Rhode Island College.
PAWTUCKET – Fittingly, it was a few minutes after high noon on Sunday when the epic pitcher’s duel between Tolman High’s Steve Otis and West Warwick’s Tom Doran reached its conclusion.
After the two traded zeros for seven full innings, Otis stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth and ripped an RBI double to deep center field to claim a 1-0 walkoff win for the Tigers in their Division II/Region I tournament preliminary at Ted McConnon Memorial Field.
PAWTUCKET – Just call them the No-Quit Lady Clippers.
Less than 24 hours after surviving a grueling 18-17 contest Cranston West, No. 6 seed Cumberland was asked to once again rally, this time against third-seeded Tolman in a Division I winners’ bracket contest. Down 6-1 in the top of the fifth inning on Saturday morning at Slater Park’s Bailey Field, the Clippers scored six times in the frame and added three runs in the seventh to prevail by a 10-6 count.
CUMBERLAND – With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, junior Kat Kent ripped a triple to right-center, and scored on sophomore Emily Anderson’s timely two-bagger to deep center, to lift Cumberland High to a seemingly-safe 18-12 lead.
The Clippers didn’t know it at the time, but that proved to be the clinching run during a wild 18-17 win over Cranston West in a R.I. Division I Tournament preliminary game at Tucker Field on Friday.
PAWTUCKET – Student-athletes who participate in spring interscholastic sports at Tolman and Shea high schools were recently recognized and awarded The Key Player Spirit Award.
This award sponsored by Key Group, Mortgage Division and Spirit Recognition. The award is presented to one athlete from each fall sports team who exemplify perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, role model, determination and academics.
LINCOLN – To exhibit how calm 6-5 senior righthander Mason Palmieri seemed prior to his Lincoln High contingent’s R.I. Division I Tournament prelim tilt opposite Middletown on Wednesday afternoon, teammate Alex Levin coaxed him into a little fun.
Palmieri, holding two bats to his head to portray a bull’s horns, galloped at Levin, who waved a warm-up jacket to resemble a matador.
Those crazy antics drew laughs galore from their teammates.
PAWTUCKET – If there was any question whether Tolman High’s bats would be ready for a R.I. Division I Tournament prelim against East Greenwich on Wednesday afternoon, they answered it but fast.
The Tigers exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, then bludgeoned the Avengers for nine more in the second to coast to a 19-1 “mercy-rule” triumph at Slater Park’s Bailey Field.
PAWTUCKET – St. Raphael Academy took care of business in the preliminary round of the Division II playoffs, dispatching Warwick Veterans by a 9-0 score on Wednesday afternoon at Hank Soar Park.
“It gets harder from here,” Saints coach Ron LaBree said after the game ended. “We’ll play the winner of West Warwick-Portsmouth in the next round and we also have (unbeaten) Moses Brown in our side of the bracket.”
Like the sound produced when nails scratch a chalkboard, the PawSox offense has been far from harmonious.
That’s not news to anyone who has followed this team closely; Sunday’s 5-1 loss to Louisville marked the 25th time in 51 games that Pawtucket had scored three or fewer runs in a game.
PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High senior goalkeeper Mike Stock believed he and his teammates could pull off an upset of top-ranked Prout School in the R.I. Division II Lacrosse Tournament championship final at Brown University’s Stevenson Field on Sunday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND – The board inside the Cumberland boys’ lacrosse locker room tells the story of what is needed to become Division II champions.
PAWTUCKET – At some point you knew the Red Sox were going to call on one of the PawSox’ prized left-handed starters.
The organization has deemed that now is the time for Eddie Rodriguez – arguably the most advanced in the current class of Triple-A arms, that also includes Brian Johnson and Henry Owens. Thursday night in Texas, the 22-year-old Rodriguez will make his big-league debut against the Rangers, who entering Wednesday had scored the fourth-most runs in the American League (210).
PAWTUCKET – As is the custom, the scouting report for the next day’s opposing starting pitcher showed up in manager Kevin Boles’ email box.
Mind you the PawSox on Wednesday are not scheduled to face your garden-variety Triple-A pitcher. This particular arm comes with a heavy price tag and perhaps holds the fate of his major-league team’s chances in his hand.
PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy left this world on Saturday night, clutching a baseball in one hand while feeling the love of family caressing his faltering heart.
PAWTUCKET – Playing their first home game since the passing of Jim Skeffington, the Pawtucket Red Sox held a brief but poignant tribute for their late team president prior to Monday’s game against Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre.
PAWTUCKET – In order to enjoy a homecoming befitting a native son, Mason Williams had to demonstrate to the Yankees that he was worthy of a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Thanks to strong numbers in Double-A Trenton, coupled with an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury that set off an organizational chain reaction, Williams found himself promoted to Scranton last Thursday, filling the void created for the RailRiders when Slade Heathcott was assigned to the major league club.
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