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September 15th, 2013
SMITHFIELD â The score could've been so much worse at halftime, and Cumberland High head coach Chris Skurka knew it.
That's why, after the horn signifying intermission had sounded, Skurka clapped his hands (although not with pleasure but more for self-healing), spoke with a few assistants and shuffled his squad back to its team room underneath Bryant University's Bulldog Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â Not very long ago, before the Boston Red Sox bullpen became seemingly overrun with young, hard-throwing arms, there was Alex Wilson.
Wilsonâs current status is Triple-A reliever, while former PawSox like Brandon Workman, Drake Britton and Rubby De La Rosa are getting the call late in games for Boston. But back in July, it was Wilson who held down a major-league spot. What ensued was a thumb injury for Wilson that temporarily pushed the 26-year-old to the back burner and presented a chance for others to come forward.
PAWTUCKET â After suffering a disgruntling 2-0, 14-inning loss to Durham in Game No. 3 of this Governorsâ Cup best-of-five championship final â the two runs both unearned due to a three-base error, throwing miscue and two grounders â the Pawtucket Red Sox hoped to put the ugly, immediate past behind them and look ahead.
They wanted desperately to post a Game 4 win on Saturday night and force a deciding contest today, the lone desire the chance to claim the franchiseâs second straight Cup title and fourth in club history.
PAWTUCKET -- Shea committed 16 penalties for 126 yards, turned the ball over three times, and did a few other things that drew the ire of head coach Dino Campopiano in its regular-season opener against Lincoln on Friday night.
But all that didnât prevent the Raiders from walking out of Max Read Field with a three-touchdown victory, as special teams and defense played a large role in their 28-8 triumph over their longtime foes.
Woonsocket High head coach Carnell Henderson believes it, and so does Shea mentor Dino Campopiano.
Both understand that those teams that make up the stateâs Division I is still superior in talent, but that the league in which they compete is the toughest from top to bottom.
Really, who can argue? This season, the Villa Novans will face in their II-A bracket the likes of Coventry, Chariho, Johnston and Mount Hope, while Campopianoâs Raiders will have the task of battling defending league champion Cumberland, St. Raphael, North Kingstown, Central and Rogers in II-B.
WOONSOCKET â âIâm doing this for the betterment of these two kids,â declares George Nasuti.
It is the intent of the longtime Woonsocket High athletic director to exhaust all options in the hopes of obtaining a hardship waiver for two currently enrolled student-athletes. Due to their circumstances, these Villa Novans â for identity purposes, they are referred to as a boysâ soccer player and a baseball player â do not meet the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs basic eligibility principles.
DURHAM, N.C. â The Durham Bulls capitalized on two mistakes by the Pawtucket Red Sox to post a 2-1 win over them in Game 2 of the Governorsâ Cup championship series at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
That win knots the best-of-five series at a game apiece as it shifts back to McCoy Stadium on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Game 4 is Saturday at 6:05 p.m., and if a Game 5 is needed, it will be held on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigersâ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
âThey listened; theyâre a very coachable group,â Tow said.
PROVIDENCE â The margin for error in Divi-sion II looks pretty slim so far this season.
Lincoln High, which lost in the D-II playoff semifinals last year, edged Moses Brown by a 1-0 margin on Tuesday afternoon in a contest that featured a total of two shots on goal, one for each side.
PAWTUCKET â Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ Cup championship, it doesnât mean the roster is untouchable.
Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.
CUMBERLAND â With exactly 13:24 left in regulation, Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello called a timeout to express her dismay at her troops failing to heed her halftime advice.
âGirls, we just talked about this!â she stated to the huddle around her. âWe need to improve, or weâre not getting anyway. Youâre still swinging at the ball instead of passing it. Now letâs do a better job!â
PAWTUCKET â Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
âThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâs locker.
PAWTUCKET â Hear Matt Barnes talk about recently-arrived catcher Christian Vazquez and itâs clear that whoever takes the mound on a given day is in good hands.
PAWTUCKET â Steven Wright returned to McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. His Pawtucket Red Sox teammates didnât get back from Rochester until 5:30 on Friday morning.
The move to make sure that Pawtucketâs Game 3 starter was well rested paid off handsomely. Wrightâs knuckleball baffled the Rochester hitters to the tune of 6.1 scoreless innings as the PawSox downed the Red Wings, 5-1, before 4,681 enthusiastic and supportive fans Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN â Fans flocked to Lincoln High's Ferguson Field on Thursday afternoon/evening to catch a glimpse of what their varsity grid teams may offer this season in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's four divisions.
Perhaps the most tense tilt for the crowds attending this R.I. Injury Fund quadruple-header came in the form of Shea's 7-0 victory over Woonsocket, that a battle of usual Division II mainstays. The most entertaining contest, however, was the third, a free-for-all between D-I's East Providence and D-II's St. Raphael Academy.
PAWTUCKET â After her squad had sealed a satisfying 2-1 victory over Masters Regional Academy of Smithfield, Shea High head coach Danielle Bishop spent perhaps 10 minutes with her girls addressing their collective strengths and weaknesses.
Conditioning certainly wasn't an issue in the Raiders' Division 3-B opener at Max Read Field on Wednesday afternoon. Now she's hoping the collective mind-set for a long season will follow suit.
The Pawtucket Red Sox â correction, the 2013 Eastern Division champion Pawtucket Red Sox â will begin the Governorsâ Cup playoffs Wednesday night on the road against wild-card entry Rochester.
Just let that marinate for a second.
The PawSox captured the division flag with the Red Wings ending up 3.5 games off the pace. To borrow from A Few Good Men, âThese are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed.â
To that end, why pray tell is this best-of-five first-round series starting at Frontier Field as opposed to McCoy Stadium?
Good question, and below is the actual answer.
PAWTUCKET â Back in February, Pawtucket Youth Soccer Association President Fatima Daly attended, as always, a Soccer Rhode Island meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
This one in particular sparked her interest more than any other. The reason: One of the subjects was educating developmentally or physically disabled children about the game so many others had been enjoying.
PAWTUCKET â Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâs apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.
PAWTUCKET â Megan Jaswell was a little disappointed she was unable to defend her womenâs title at Saturdayâs PawSox 5K, but that didnât wipe the winning smile off her face after completing the second annual race at McCoy Stadium.
âEvery race is completely different, and you can never expect to do as well as you did in the last one,â said Jaswell. âBut this is a fun race, and itâs nice to come out and support something good like this.â