CUMBERLAND – Twenty-four hours after their epic, come-from-behind 9-6 victory over gritty Lincoln in the District IV championship game, it was back to business as usual for the Cumberland American All-Stars.
They returned to practice at their Garvin Field home on Tuesday night, ready to move on from one of the most exciting and memorable contests in R.I. Little League Tournament history.
BURRILLVILLE -- For participants and fans alike, Monday night’s R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship game was something like a Six Flags water slide – jam-packed with thrilling twists and turns, while getting everyone soaked.
Members of the Lincoln 9-10-Year-Old District IV All-Star team take a victory lap around Burrillville's Sherman Park after capturing the district title Monday night
BURRILLVILLE â€” If you have a penchant for the dramatic, and you attended the Cumberland American-Lincoln All-Star Game on Monday night, your appetite was whetted.
In the end, Jayden Struble walloped a three-run home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to deliver to CALL a 9-6 walk-off victory over Lincoln at Sherman Park. With the triumph, Cumberland American not only captured the Rhode Island District IV Major Division crown, but also sealed a berth in next weekendâ€™s state tournament in Bristol.
It looks like Theo Epstein may have the last laugh after all. All the former general manager of the Red Sox would have to do is point to last Wednesday when the starting lineup included five rookies. Surely such a development would have brought a smile to Epsteinâ€™s face if he were still running the day-to-day baseball operations on Yawkey Way.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sarah Mirza-DiNardo still has plenty of acting blood in her.
Case in point: The happenings at the U.S. Figure Skating National Theatre on Ice Competition in Dearborn, Mich. the afternoon of Friday, June 27.
SMITHFIELD – His teammates call him “Hien Machine.”
PAWTUCKET – Through his 40 years in the music business, Jeffrey Osborne has compiled a pretty impressive Rolodex of celebrity friends in the entertainment industry, but one of his oldest and strongest friendships is with someone from an entirely different walk of life – basketball legend Magic Johnson.
PAWTUCKET – It’s become a given. No, make that an expectation.
PAWTUCKET – The groundwork for what co-manager Matt Bergeron dubbed “a once in a lifetime experience” and “something the kids will be telling their grandkids about years from now” was hatched last summer when the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division All-Stars participated in the RBI Junior Division World Series in Minneapolis.
WESTERLY – Losing the pregame coin toss was the only thing that didn’t go well for the Cumberland I Major Division Softball All-Stars on this night.
They pounded out 15 hits to post a convincing 11-6 victory over Warwick West Side Tuesday night in a Rhode Island State Tournament losers’ bracket final. Cumberland will return to the Paul E. Trombino Memorial Complex on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. first pitch) to face Cranston National.
PAWTUCKET â€“ There was a time when the slightest mention of Anthony Ranaudoâ€™s injury-marred 2012 campaign would prompt the same kind of reaction Brad Pitt had in the film â€śFight Club.â€ť
Paraphrasing the 1999 move â€“ â€śWe donâ€™t talk about it.â€ť
â€śLooking back it kind of stinks thinking that I lost a full year of development, but Iâ€™ve put it behind me,â€ť said Raunado about his aforementioned trying season while sitting in the PawSox dugout recently.
Two years ago, Colin Tierney came in third place at the Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race. Last year, the recent Bishop Hendricken graduate and freshman-to-be at Columbia University crossed the finish line right behind the event’s winner, Brian Doyle, the son of former Ocean State marathon great Bobby Doyle.
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.
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