BURRILLVILLE – The phenomenal offensive display Cumberland American Little League’s All-Stars assembled on Fourth of July eve wasn’t lost on the victims, Burrillville skipper Chris Toti included.
PAWTUCKET â Deven Marrero attended Arizona State, the same Pac-12 school that also produced Dustin Pedroia. Both players lined up at shortstop for the Sun Devils prior to getting drafted by the Boston Red Sox.
CUMBERLAND â For those harriers who make the running of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race part of their Fourth of July morning, Race Director Tom Kenwood has a simple message.
In response to the concern over the ever-growing list of reports in reference to Tropical Storm Arthur and the potential it has to wreck havoc on the celebrations that are on the docket for Friday, Kenwood says that until otherwise, its still business as usual as far as the 46th running of Arnold Mills is concerned.
CUMBERLAND â Gloucester/Burrillville All-Stars manager Dave Peloquin admitted after his club had suffered a disgruntling 17-2 loss in a R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale on Monday night that he had a surprise in store for Cumberland I.
In the winner-take-all championship final, he would pitch Rebecca Arndt, a tall, strong hurler with an innate ability for baffling hitters â not to mention strikeouts.
PAWTUCKET â The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce RH starter Anthony Ranaudo and catcher Christian Vazquez have both been selected to the International League All-Star Team for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game that will be played on Wednesday, July 16 at 7:05 pm at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.
CRANSTON â Hanging from the kitchen wall in Dick and Rollie Ernst's cozy Philmont Avenue abode is a laurel he received after his North Smithfield High School icemen captured the R.I. Division III Boys' Hockey Tournament crown with a 6-4 triumph over East Providence at Schneider Arena.
The date: March 26, 2006.
BURRILLVILLE â Cumberland I head coach Steve DâAbrosca had hoped for a premier collective performance from his crew on Monday evening, but wasnât quite sure if heâd get it.
His troops did, and didnât, surprise him.
Righthander Abbie Vallely turned in a magical performance in the circle, yielding just three hits and a trio of walks while whiffing 10, and his offense produced four doubles as Cumberland I coasted to a 15-2 triumph over Glocester/Burrillville in a R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament round-robin finale at Hauser Field.
PAWTUCKET â For Bryce Brentz, slow and steady must prevail in his quest to shake free of the persistent hamstring issue that has his season on pause.
âThe progress has been good and weâre ahead of schedule right now, but we donât want to have any more setbacks,â said the PawSox outfielder when reached Monday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Presently, his days are filled with restoring strength to the right hamstring strain that has kept him out of the lineup since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â Mookie Betts made his Pawtucket Red Sox debut on June 3. Barely three weeks later, the highly-coveted prospect saw the Red Sox call an end to his Triple-A apprenticeship and throw another log into the âMookie Maniaâ fire pit.
PAWTUCKET – Earlier this week, Kevin Boles and Ron Johnson met for lunch at the Old Canteen – a restaurant located on Providence’s historic Federal Hill that made for an interesting backdrop for the two baseball lifers.
PAWTUCKET â Even though several potential suitors were knocking on his door, Andres Torres was not going to sign with a major-league club until he felt fine physically.
âI wasnât ready because I had the surgery (to repair a strained left Achillesâ tendon). It takes time. I just took my time and made sure that I was good to go,â said Torres on Thursday, his first day with the Pawtucket Red Sox. âI [heard] from a few teams, but I was just waiting for the right moment. Once I feel good, I just signed with Boston.â
PAWTUCKET â If you werenât settled into your seat at McCoy Stadium until the second inning Thursday night, you missed a lot.
A five-run first inning highlighted by Garin Cecchiniâs grand slam propelled Pawtucket to a 7-3 victory over Norfolk before 5,297. Cecchini turned on a 2-1 offering from Jason Gurka and deposited it into the right-field bullpen for his third home run of the season.
The homer enabled Cecchini to take over the club lead in RBI with 30. The previous leader was Bryce Brentz with 28. Brentz hasnât appeared in a game for the PawSox since May 15.
PAWTUCKET â Do not confuse the red welt on Anthony Ranaudoâs left thigh as a badge of honor. It stung, but not to the point that the Pawtucket Red Sox right-hander could not go back out for the sixth inning Tuesday night.
PAWTUCKET â There have been three editions to Paul Dicksonâs handy and comprehensive âThe Dickson Baseball Dictionary,â though no revised version has graced bookstore shelves in the past five years.
If and when Dickson gets around to updating the gameâs vernacular â 952 pages of words and phrases suggests that the author has covered all the bases (no pun intended) â he should make it a point to insert the full name of the Red Soxâ current version of a Swiss Army knife: Brock Holt.
BARRINGTON â If PGA stalwarts Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt had their way, they'd return to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic every summer.
The only problem? Given the duo's remarkable success at Rhode Island Country Club over the past two years, tournament co-hosts and local favorites Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade joked about their possible return after a wildly-entertaining finish early Tuesday afternoon.
When asked if there was anything he would change about the event, Faxon grinned, âI wouldn't invite Stricker back. He's too good.â
PAWTUCKET â It wasnât Mookie Bettsâ intention to create a firestorm. Thanks to his strong play since joining the PawSox three weeks ago coupled with Red Sox manager John Farrellâs impromptu âI know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat wellâ remark last weekend, the 21-year-old wunderkind is being seen in a different light.
In response to the attention that goes with the territory of being the flavor of the moment, Betts sought out Kevin Boles. The last thing Betts wanted to do was to make the life of the PawSox manager even more chaotic.
PAWTUCKET â In the world of target dates and timetables, Shane Victorinoâs bid to rejoin the Red Sox during the teamâs current West Coast sojourn came up well short.
With Wednesday marking the final game of a three-game set in Seattle, the best that Victorino can hope for is a return this weekend in New York. In order reach the point where the Red Sox feel comfortable enough to activate him, itâs safe to say that the outfielder will have to withstand the challenge of playing nine innings.
BARRINGTON â Peter Jacobsen found himself in an unusual position when the first round of the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic ended Monday afternoon.
The former PGA star and playing partner Jimmy Walker manufactured a nine-under 62 at Rhode Island Country Club, and he admitted being tied for the lead â with the defending champion tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt â was a spot he didn't anticipate.
âWhat was our secret? I don't know, except maybe my youngest daughter (Kristen Sahler) is in the hospital (in Greenwich, Conn.); she's in labor, so maybe that's it,â he smiled.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Stewart Jolly admitted he had a tremendously difficult decision to make earlier this spring.
Do I travel with my teammates to the prestigious Palmer Cup, or do I keep my word and compete in the Northeast Amateur Invitational?
He struggled with which way to go for days, England or southeastern New England, he said, but the 21-year-old senior-to-be at Louisiana State University couldn't have been happier with the choice at about 3:20 p.m., Saturday.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â Someone turned the wind machine down to low and Mother Nature dropped a bit of rain on Wannamoisett Country Clubâs dry greens and all of a sudden the best players in this yearâs Northeast Amateur field began to make some birdies.
Not a whole lot, mind you. LSUâs Stewart Jolly made four birdies en route to his second straight round of 67 on Thursday, giving him a three-shot lead at the halfway point over Mercer University grad Hans Reimers, who shot par 69 in the second round.