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May 28th, 2013
CRANSTON â Lincoln High junior Jon Wahl achieved medalist honors on Day 1 of the two-day Interscholastic League individual and state golf championships, waving his putter like a magic wand just about every time he set foot on the greens at Cranston Country Club.
Wahl finished the day with an even-par 71, and heâll take a two-stroke lead into Wednesdayâs final round with Barringtonâs Stephen Miller and Justin Matrone each carting round 73. Three additional players sit three strokes off the pace Wahl set.
PAWTUCKET â A doubleheader split was the best St. Raphael and Woonsocket could hope for when the two squads faced each other after dropping their respective 11 a.m. contests on Monday morning.
With the scheduled 2:30 p.m. night cap at Vets Park carrying limited playoff ramifications, both teams hoped to finish their busy day on the diamond with a .500 record. That honor went to St. Raphael by virtue of a 6-5 triumph over Woonsocket.
The final tune-up for this Saturdayâs state meet at Brown University took place Sunday with the boys taking part in the 49th annual Hendricken Invitational while the girls took to the oval at Providenceâs Conley Stadium for the Mount Pleasant Performance Championship.
PAWTUCKET â Sheryl Crow was right. A change would do you good.
Last year, race director Melissa Coutu and her committee for the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K Run/Walk made the bold move to separate itself from the Cherry Tree Running Festival and make itself more of a community-oriented event by conducting its own second-annual event at Slater Park.
LINCOLN â To be blunt, Lincoln High head coach Mike Ethier didnât approve of his squadâs overall desire during the opening half of its R.I. Division III Tournament quarterfinal tilt against Cranston West on windy Thursday afternoon.
The Lions had held a 3-2 advantage at the break, but Ethier and his assistants let loose on the contingent, explaining they wanted to see more spirit and fundamentally-sound lacrosse over the final 24 minutes.
LINCOLN â The Division I playoffs donât begin for another eight days, but Wednesday nightâs marquee clash between longtime rivals Lincoln and Cumberland sure had the feel of the postseason in the air.
And like the two teamsâ showdowns of years past, pitching and defense played key roles in their regular-season meeting before a big gathering at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâs Sullivan Field.
PAWTUCKET â Concrete evidence as to why Steven Wright is experiencing a downturn on the mound recently was on full display in the first inning of his latest start on Monday.
Dealing with a bases-loaded mess that came about due to a walk and two singles, Wright looked in at Indianapolisâ Jerry Sands, owner of a .168 batting average. As has been the case lately, Wright quickly fell behind, this time 2-0 to Sands.
PAWTUCKET â Pawtucketâs new third baseman came out feeling pretty good about his showing at the hot corner on Tuesday afternoon.
âIt was fun to see the game from a different angle,â smiled Jose Iglesias after the PawSox came out on top in a wild 9-8 affair against Indianapolis. âIâve never played third base in my life and it wasnât bad.â
Iglesias was making his professional debut at third after logging 313 games at shortstop between the majors and minors. His first chance came in the third inning where Iglesias one-hopped a throw to first baseman Drew Sutton. He was charged with an error.
PAWTUCKET â Jackie Bradley Jr. is no longer on the disabled list. However, the promising outfielder remains in a holding pattern.
At least for the foreseeable future, Bradley will be subjected to a schedule that the Red Sox put together in an effort to ease him back into full-time duty. He missed nearly two weeks earlier this month due to tendinitis in his right bicep, an injury that he first noticed during Pawtucketâs road trip to Rochester and Buffalo late last month.
LINCOLN ââNo offense to anyone on the card, but I'm here to steal the show!â
That was the sentence Thomas Falowo typed on his Facebook account on Wednesday morning, two days before the Pawtucket middleweight and Manfredoâs Gym productâs six-round fight on Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ âNew Eraâ card at the Twin River Event Center.
Those were bold words, considering Falowo was taking on one of the top middleweight prospects in New England in Hartford, Conn. power puncher Tylon Burris, but Falowo strongly backed up his words with arguably his most impressive performance to date.
This past Saturday was a busy day for the Rhode Island high school outdoor track & field circuit. Below is a list of how area participants fared.
CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIPS
Saturday â At Cumberland HS
1. Bishop Hendricken 115; 2. East Providence 93; 3. LaSalle 64; 4). Central 57; 5. Coventry 54; 6. South Kingstown 43; 7. Chariho 41; 8. Cumberland 38; 9. North Kingstown 37; 10. Cranston West 30; 11. Woonsocket 15; 12. Hope 2.
100: 1. Ryan Williams (East Providence) 10.90.
200: 1. Williams 22.20.
400: 3. Justin Andrade (East Providence) 52.80.
PAWTUCKET â It was deemed a terrific Sunday afternoon showdown between two of the premier pitching prospects in the minors today: Pawtucket Red Sox righty Allen Webster, called by Baseball America Bostonâs No. 2 hill prize, and Indianapolisâ righthander Gerrit Cole, the Piratesâ top overall prospect.
The pairing didnât disappoint, at least not early on. Through the first three frames, Webster had retired nine straight, the final four via whiff, while Cole had yielded a harmless, leadoff double to Brandon Snyder in the second.
PAWTUCKET â A Red Sox-themed game of dominos broke out at McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon, with the playing surface stretching from the plush green grass in left field to the PawSox clubhouse.
As the Pawtucket hitters took their batting practice cuts, pitchers Franklin Morales and Andrew Bailey were positioned in front of the home teamâs bullpen. The two injured arms were occupied with their long-toss program, though they made sure to stop every now again to check out the action in the batterâs box.
PAWTUCKET â This comeback ran out of steam.
After falling behind by a 4-0 score and getting blanked for 7 2/3 innings by Gwinnett Braves righthander Omar Poveda, the Pawtucket Red Sox found a way to battle back in the last two innings off him and reliever Wirfin Obispo and nearly pull off an amazing victory.
But it wasnât meant to be for the PawSox, who soon found themselves trying to battle back from a 6-1 deficit in their final swings and ended up with a 6-4 loss â their fourth defeat in their last five games â on Thursday night before a small gathering at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â When the manager mentions âsmall crack in his boneâ in the same sentence as the playerâs wrist, itâs easy to dwell on the worst-case scenario.
Gary DiSarcina, however, stated that the Pawtucket Red Sox are in no rush to place first baseman/outfielder Mark Hamilton on the disabled list. On the same day that saw Hamilton honored as International League Hitter of the Week, the 29-year-old jammed his wrist while attempting to make a play in left field.
WOONSOCKET â Perhaps the only statistic Lincoln High skipper Andy Hallam didnât like on Wednesday afternoon came in the âLOBâ category.
The Lions may have stranded 11 base-runners, but everything else went the Lionsâ way in a 6-0 taming of Division I-North foe Woonsocket in the chilly drizzle and wind at Barry Field.
Senior southpaw Andrew Veiga whirled a stupendous, complete-game two-hitter with a mere walk and a whopping 13 strikeouts in keeping the Villa Novans at bay; actually, he surrendered only nine batted balls the entire contest.
You take what you can get.
With that mantra in mind, the NCAAâs decree to lengthen college basketballâs preseason is a welcome development in a sport where the run-up to the regular season barrels down on coaches and players like a fastbreak. Earlier this month, the governing body of collegiate athletics ruled that menâs programs can begin practicing six weeks prior to their first game.
The 2013-14 season is set to tip-off on Nov. 8, meaning teams can begin laying the groundwork in earnest on Sept. 27.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International Leagueâs South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, a little clarification to âmanagerâs decision.â
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didnât come straight from the horseâs mouth.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.