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May 15th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â radar guns, stopwatches and âcheat sheetsâ that record the data of players down on the field.
âThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. âIâve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â
PAWTUCKET â If the Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher and turned to Pawtucket to fill the void, which PawSox hurler would get the call?
If your answer is Brandon Duckworth, congratulations. From the first day of the season Duckworth has been the most consistent and dependable arm at Pawtucketâs disposal. The 35-year-old strengthened his resume Friday night, holding first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in seven innings in what amounted to a 2-1 loss by the PawSox before 4,512 at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â The rave reviews keep on pouring in for Jose Iglesias. The latest person to throw bouquets of adoration at the promising shortstopâs feet is Frank Menechino, the former big league infielder and current coach for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Menechino first laid eyes upon Iglesias last year while serving as the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton. Iglesias was busy cutting his teeth in Portland, but Menechino could already tell the Cuban defector was a special talent.
CUMBERLAND â The twins are going off to college. And thatâs big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs no secret: Tolman High can hit. And on Thursday afternoon, the Tigers put on a hitting clinic at the expense of one of the Division IIâs top teams.
Leadoff batter Alex Lacoste went 4-for-5 with three runs batted in to spark a season-best 17-hit attack and help the Tigers claim their sixth straight contest, a 9-5 triumph over the Prout School in Division II crossover action at Slater Park.
PAWTUCKET â Nobody wants to play extra innings on a chilly afternoon at McCoy Stadium, not when the wind is blowing hard across the outfield and runs are hard to come by.
Thursday was getaway day for the Gwinnett Braves and they certainly wanted to get on a plane and fly back home to balmy Georgia, where the temperature is 30 degrees warmer. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael broke out the bats in a 17-7 mercy-rule triumph against Smithfield Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park. The Saints, now 8-8 in Division I-North, scored nine runs in the third inning, sending up 13 to the plate.
Andrew Veiga enjoyed a productive day for SRA, the sophomore finishing with three hits and five RBI. Veiga collected two of the five extra base hits the Saints recorded.
Ty Karalis and Julian Diaz each collected two his for the Saints, who return to Vets Park this afternoon against North Providence.
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PAWTUCKET â Thereâs always been a soft spot in Tommy Harperâs heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Thatâs why it pained Harper, a 15-year big league veteran, to see the Red Sox speedster get abused and mistreated â both from media members and teammates alike â the way he did in 2010.
âA lot of people turned on him,â noted Harper on a visit to McCoy Stadium Wednesday night. âSometimes in team meetings, you would give an opinion, but it stays right there. But if a media person says it, itâs all over because itâs out in the public.â
CUMBERLAND --- An undefeated team, one of the stateâs best pitchers, and some chilly weather were unable to cool off red-hot Cumberland High on Tuesday afternoon.
The Clippers used a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning and a strong outing from ace pitcher Bethany Paul to knock Chariho High from the unbeaten ranks and grab a 7-2 triumph in their Division I crossover showdown at Tucker Field.
The Chargers came into the game with a 9-0 mark that saw them outscore their opponents by a 71-22 margin, but bused out of Cumberland with a one-sided loss.
PAWTUCKET â On a cold and damp night, the Pawtucket Red Sox found themselves undone by a pair of defensive shortcomings in a 5-1 loss to Gwinnett.
One was not ruled an error, as centerfielder Josh Reddick dove but could not come up with a sinking line drive off the bat of Gwinnettâs Wilkin Ramirez, who scooted into third base with a triple. The play loomed even larger as the next Braves hitter, Shawn Bowman, sent a chopper to shortstop that Jose Iglesias would have cleanly fielded for the third out in the seventh inning.
Is it too early to start printing Governorsâ Cup tickets? Yes, it probably is, but winning sure does change a personâs outlook, doesnât it?
Forget for a moment that itâs the second week of May and thereâs plenty of baseball on the docket between now and Labor Day. Your PawSox kicked off an eight-game homestand Monday night sitting just one-half game behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the top team in the I.L. North. Itâs also the same Scranton/WB outfit that Pawtucket won three of four games against over Motherâs Day weekend.
PAWTUCKET â Citing a strategic decision rooted more in viewer feedback rather than budgetary constraints, Cox Communications has opted to dramatically scale back its television coverage of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
MOOSIC, Pa. â What is the PawSoxâ response to all the injuries and call-ups currently sweeping through the clubhouse? In the immortal words of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, âjust win baby.â
On a day that saw the promotion of shortstop phenom Jose Iglesias to Boston, the PawSox maintained their winning edge, besting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5-4, at PNC Field. The victory allows second-place Pawtucket (17-13) to move within a half-game of Scranton, the top team in the I.L. North. The PawSox wound up taking the four-game series, 3-1.
WOONSOCKET â No regrets. No bitterness. No remorse.
Pride and a sense of accomplishment can remain intact even if the ultimate goal is never reached. No matter if he didnât reach the sportâs ultimate holy grail after toiling for nine years in the minor leagues. Karl Allaire does not have a sense that something is missing, that somehow his career should have âincompleteâ rubberstamped on it because he never reached the majors. The Woonsocket native can look back in earnest and take comfort that he put his best foot forward, that he gave it his best shot.
LINCOLN --- It was six years ago today when Mike Monteleone, a 14-year-old freshman on the Lincoln High junior varsity baseball team, tragically died of cardiac arrest during his teamâs afternoon practice.
Monteleoneâs untimely passing not only affected the community and the high school, it also hit home at Lincoln Middle School, where Monteleoneâs sister, Jenna, was a sixth-grade student.
WOOD RIVER JUNCTION â Back in February Central Falls coach Brian Palazzo remarked that junior Steven Vazquez, âhas a motor that doesnât stop.â Palazzo also added that he expected Vazquez to flourish during the outdoor season, given that Vazquez would not be divvying up his time between basketball and high jumping, which is the case during the winter months.
PAWTUCKET â Tolman High earned one of its biggest victories of the season Friday afternoon, knocking of Division II-Central leader Central with a 5-1 decision at McCoy Stadium.
Trailing by a score of 1-0, Justin Otis keyed a two-run fifth inning with an RBI double. The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by a run-scoring single from Zach Vivieros. Andrew Larson was effective on the mound, hurling a five-hitter with five strikeouts.
âIt was a very good win,â said Tolman coach Theo Murray.
PAWTUCKET â When Tolman Highâs golf team gathered at Pawtucket Country Club on Thursday afternoon for a dual-meet with North Providence, the Tigers represented a varsity sports program whose success is not based on its win-loss record.
âIn the case of golf, our first goal is to just expose the kids to the game,â Tolman athletic director John Scanlon admitted. âA large number of kids (at Tolman) have not played golf. Weâve always felt golf is a lifetime activity.â
The sport is among the least expensive to fund in the schoolâs athletic budget, Scanlon admitted.
WOONSOCKET --- Winning close games hasnât been a strong point for Mount St. Charles Academy this year, but on Thursday afternoon, the Mounties found a way to take a tight battle with St. Raphael Academy.
The Mounties broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and received a strong outing from senior pitcher Collins Uttermann to down the Saints, 5-2, in their Division I-North meeting.
The victory was a much-needed one for the host Mounties, who raised their record to 5-7 and came into the contest with losses in four of their last six games.
LINCOLN --â Lacrosse is a game where goals are often scored in large numbers and multiple tallies by any one individual is not uncommon.
But for Lincoln High junior Jillian DeSimone this spring, it just may be bordering on the ridiculous.
DeSimone has averaged more than eight goals per outing in nine league games for the Lions in Division II. On Wednesday, it was status quo for the high-scoring attack as she netted 10 scores â all coming in the first half â to lift the unbeaten Lions to a rather routine 22-13 decision over North Providence at Ferguson Field.