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June 18th, 2014
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EAST PROVIDENCE â Using a steady wind as its most effective punch, Wannamoisett Country Club more than held its own on Wednesday in the first round of the 53rd Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Only five of the 87 contestants broke par with medalist honors going to LSU junior Stewart Jolly, who teed off last and came home first, birdieing his final two holes for a two-under par round of 67.
Four players tied for second with 68s â UNLVâs Kurt Kitayama, Purdueâs Adam Schenk, Mississippiâs Blake Morris and Mercer University grad Hans Reimers.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs not unusual for the Pawtucket Red Sox organization to schedule a summertime event at McCoy Stadium while the primary tenants are off waging International League wars at another teamâs ballpark. Through the years, McCoy has opened its doors to headline performers such as Bob Dylan and the Dropkick Murphys to welcoming Team USA Baseball.
PAWTUCKET â The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenât the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
PAWTUCKET â Walking into McCoy Stadium didnât seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâs a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâs footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.
PAWTUCKET â Despite an early lead and a dominating five-inning performance from Felix Doubront (see related story), the PawSox couldnât close out Charlotte on Fatherâs Day.
Left-hander Drake Britton came on in the ninth with Pawtucket guarding a 1-0 lead they had held since their first turn at bat. Britton got the Knightsâ Matt Davidson to foul out to first to start the inning, but yielded a ground single to left to Matt Tuiasosopo. The Sox then caught a break as Tyler Saladino botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and fouled out to catcher Christian Vazquez.
PAWTUCKET â Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the gameâs finer points. Thereâs no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because heâs lived and experienced it.
PAWTUCKET – At least Clay Buchholz’ trip to McCoy Stadium was not a complete washout – no pun intended, considering the deluge that blanketed the area all day Friday.
PAWTUCKET â In rather brisk fashion, the winds of change have swept through the top tier of the athletic department at St. Raphael Academy.
PAWTUCKET â To say that Felix Doubront was merely okay in his rehab outing for the PawSox on Tuesday would be a fair and accurate assessment.
There were times when the lefthander appeared in control, mainly when he utilized his changeup and curveball. His velocity, however, suggested a pitcher who was content with the idea of keeping things under wraps â at least for now.
It all added up to a 4.2-inning stint where he was charged with two runs on six hits â all of which were struck with authority â as Pawtucket rallied to knock off Louisville in 10 innings, 4-3.
PAWTUCKET â Even though he has one more rehab start lined up, Felix Doubront didnât beat around the bush when asked about the significance of Tuesdayâs mound assignment for the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â It took one of the top hitters in the National League to ruin what would have been one of the most memorable afternoons of Pawtucket Red Sox southpaw Chris Hernandezâs career.
Hernandez carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of Sunday afternoonâs contest against the Louisville Bats, only to watch rehabbing Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto break it up with a leadoff single.
PAWTUCKET â With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâs hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâre talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâs Vladine Biosse for Biosseâs super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
PAWTUCKET â St. Raphael Academy found its missing offensive attack on Friday during a 22-6 rout of The Prout School that sent the Saints into the Division II losersâ bracket semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
SRA, which had scored just seven runs in its first three tournament games, netted 13 runs on 11 hits in the first inning alone on Friday.
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PROVIDENCE â Tolman Highâs emerging volleyball dynasty showed off its teamwork on Wednesday night during a convincing 3-0 victory over East Greenwich in the Division II championship finals.
âWe got contributions from everyone,â head coach Neil Nachbar said after the Tigers answered every challenge from the Avengers while prevailing by scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-19. âOur team is not carried by one or two players. We spread the ball out on offense and on defense everyone chips in.â
PAWTUCKET â Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinsonâs Disease.
Oh yeah, heâs also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.
PROVIDENCE â Even standout pitchers like St. Raphael junior Kaylee Sylvestre are entitled to a bad inning every now and again.
Thatâs what head coach Ron LaBree chalked it up to after watching Sylvestre get called for back-to-back illegal pitches in the third inning of Wednesdayâs Division II winnersâ bracket contest against East Greenwich. The two mistakes enabled the Avengers to score runs in a game that saw them go on to win by a 3-0 count at Rhode Island College.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberlandâs return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winnersâ bracket semifinal.
PAWTUCKET â It used to be that any mention of the first name âMookieâ would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâre bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnât center on key words or phrases such as âgroundball,â âthrough the legsâ or âBuckner.â
PROVIDENCE â The final game of Tolman Highâs season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
âEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâre doing all right,â stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.