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September 4th, 2014

Barnes’ arm, Cecchini’s bat power PawSox past Chiefs, 8-2 in Governor's Cup semi

September 4, 2014


PAWTUCKET — During the regular season, Pawtucket Red Sox righty Matt Barnes was 2-1 in three starts with a bloated 7.18 ERA.
 
But any resemblance between the regular-season Barnes and the post-season Barnes was pure coincidence.
 

September 3rd

Cecchini's base hit helps PawSox draw first blood in I.L. playoff series

September 3, 2014

For The Times

PAWTUCKET -- Garin Cecchini didn’t exactly crush the ball in the 10th inning Wednesday night. But his three-hop single over a drawn-in infield gave the Pawtucket Red Sox a 2-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs in  Game 1 of a best-of-five Governors’ Cup semifinal series.

Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday with a pair of right-handers on the mound – Syracuse’s Scott McGregor (1-2, 3.91 ERA) and Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes (8-9, 3.95 ERA).

September 2nd

QUEST FOR THE CUP: PawSox face Syracuse in Governor’s Cup semi-final tonight at McCoy Stadium

September 2, 2014


PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will vie for their second Governors’ Cup crown in three years when they takes on International League-North Division champion Syracuse in a five-game semifinal set to begin tonight at 7:05 at McCoy Stadium.
 
The PawSox earned a club-record fourth straight post-season appearance when they clinched the wild card berth on Sunday.
 

September 1st

PawSox bring postseason baseball to local fans once again

September 1, 2014


PAWTUCKET – Four consecutive trips to the second-season derby known as the Governors’ Cup playoffs: since 2011, no other International League can lay claim to this feat. 
 

August 29th

It's Showtime for 'The Souljah' … Pawtucket's Thomas Falowo fights Saturday on national TV

August 29, 2014


PAWTUCKET — Ten years have gone by since Thomas “The Souljah” Falowo first laced up a pair of boxing gloves, and this weekend in Las Vegas the Pawtucket-based pro will bring to bear every bit of that experience as he steps onto the biggest stage of his career.

August 27th

Clipper athletics to stay the course with Tashjian at helm

August 27, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Following the blueprint that has churned out plenty of athletic success in recent years at Cumberland High School is the mission that new Cumberland High athletic director Chris Tashjian sees for himself during the 2014-15 interscholastic season.
 

August 25th

POWER GLOVES: Marrero, Bradley still bring it with the leather despite struggles at the plate

August 25, 2014


PAWTUCKET — PawSox shortstop Deven Marrero swears by a motto that proves quite handy whenever he’s scuffling at the plate: “If I’m not getting hits, they’re definitely not getting any hits,” Marrero said recently while seated at his McCoy Stadium locker.

McGair: Bradley demotion a case of bad timing

August 25, 2014

PAWTUCKET – On the surface, Jackie Bradley Jr. is handling his reassignment to the PawSox just fine.

“When you don’t perform to the best of your capabilities, it’s not a surprise,” the centerfielder acknowledged while recently standing in front of his locker inside the PawSox clubhouse.

Having a thick skin has undoubtedly served Bradley well in a season where nothing has gone right offensively. He credits his upbringing for providing him with a foundation of confidence that he says keep slumps and critics at bay.

August 22nd

Cumberland LL team returns to heroes’ welcome

August 22, 2014


August 20th

Homecoming: Greet New England Little League champs at 5 p.m. Friday at Diamond Hill Park

August 20, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Dave Belisle promised his Cumberland American ballplayers that they would be regaled upon returning to town, and local officials are taking necessary measures to ensure the darlings of the Little League World Series receive a proper homecoming.
 

August 18th

Cumberland American sees run at LLWS come to an end

August 18, 2014

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The world championship dream is over.

The memories will last a lifetime.

Cumberland's Little League World Series run ended Monday night at Lamade Stadium as it made another furious comeback only to watch Chicago score two fifth-inning runs and win an 8-7 thriller.

Cumberland American soaking up TV exposure

August 18, 2014

Their game on Monday night against Chicago's Jackie Robinson West will be Cumberland American’s seventh straight on television. It will also be the team’s fourth consecutive appearance on the national networks of ESPN.

Not a big deal? Consider this contrast, then.

The NBA’s Boston Celtics, whose schedule was just recently announced, are slated for only one nationally televised contest for their entire upcoming season. Cumberland’s Little Leaguers beat that slim total in just a weekend.

August 16th

Cumberland stays alive at Little League World Series on Davock’s walk-off double

August 17, 2014


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — As 10,732 eyes stared at him and millions more watched worldwide, Cumberland’s shortstop/pitcher CJ Davock blocked it all out.
 
It was just he and the pitcher. The frustration of an inning earlier was gone. An opportunity awaited and redemption was at hand.
 
Davock pounded on it, earned it and kept a dream alive.

August 15th

Late comeback falls short this time as Cumberland drops Series opener, 6-4

August 15, 2014


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Cumberland manager Dave Belisle and coach Matthew Wright proved they learned from their 2011 Little League World Series experience.

August 14th

Cumberland American ready for some Texas heat

August 14, 2014

Special to The Call
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The players are having as much fun as the players from 2011 did.
The coaches, though, have changed their message a bit this time.


The Cumberland American Little League is back at the Little League World Series for a second time in four years. And this time it thinks it can stay a little longer.

The Bourque stops here: Cumberland American catcher has been instrumental in success

August 14, 2014

Those who have closely followed the chronicles of Cumberland American this summer are well aware of Trey Bourque’s offensive prowess. For those late to the game, let’s examine the youngster’s stat line from the New England Little League Regional tournament.

 

August 13th

Plenty of area teams have walked in Cumberland American's shoes before

August 13, 2014

As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American are discovering this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.

On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”

August 11th

Cooley, Friars ready for Italian sojourn

August 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – For a different and perhaps refreshing change of pace, Ed Cooley won’t have to worry about juggling timeouts, what instructions to bark out or rack his brain in hopes of recalling the vivid details of the opposition’s scouting report.

As Cooley and his Providence College Friars embark on a 10-day, three-game exhibition swing through Europe’s sunny peninsula, the head coach does so with somewhat of a lightened load. During PC’s three exhibition contests against Italian competition, Cooley will let his assistant coaches run the show while he sits and observes.

August 10th

Magic Johnson reflects on '12 trade between Red Sox, Dodgers

August 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET --The very presence of Magic Johnson at McCoy Stadium on Sunday offered an interesting juxtaposition.

Here was the NBA legend, standing on the same plush and well-manicured field that became second nature to Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa during the past two seasons. The two former PawSox pitchers represent the prospect-laden haul the Red Sox received from Johnson’s Dodgers when the two teams ironed out a blockbuster trade that is rapidly approaching its two-year anniversary.

No rest for the champs: Cumberland American already in Williamsport

August 10, 2014

Special to The Times

It's a bus ride that will never get old for Cumberland American Little League.

The newly crowned New England Regional champions left Bristol, Conn., Sunday morning for Williamsport, Pa., and the Little League World Series.

"They left via coach bus at nine in the morning," Eastern Region assistant director Patrick Holden said.