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May 6th, 2015

Lincoln High Baseball | Palmieri, Lions hold Oakers at bay, 1-0

May 6, 2015

COVENTRY — The last pitcher the Coventry baseball team wanted to see after struggling to mount much offense in the last two games was Lincoln’s Bryant-bound righty Mason Palmieri.

The Oakers, who were coming off a surprise loss to Cranston East two days ago, only struck out four times against the All-State pitcher Wednesday afternoon, but Palmieri scattered three hits and worked around two errors to throw a complete-game shutout.

May 5th

Tolman Softball | Tolman able to overcome shaky defense with potent bats in 11-6 win over E.P.

May 5, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – Early on in the Division I campaign, Tolman High head coach Craig Giarrusso knew he was loaded with players who could swing the bat with authority, but were suspect at flashing the leather.

During a D-I crossover clash against East Providence on Tuesday, his frustrations mounted, despite the fact his Tigers had manufactured a rather easy 11-6 triumph. The reason: A total of six fielding and throwing miscues.

Shea High School | SHE'S GOT DRIVE: Raiders' Karla Argueta named RI Student-Athlete of the Year

May 5, 2015

ATTLEBORO – No more than 48 hours removed from her latest adventure, a 10-day trip to China with fellow members of her school’s China Club, Shea High senior Karla Argueta discovered last Monday that she had been selected the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

Possibly the biggest difficulty for the selection committee was whether Argueta would be able to fit accepting the award into her packed schedule.

May 2nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Intrepid reporter gets crash course in baseball time management

May 2, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Turns out I spent floods of nervous force over absolutely nothing. 

Even though I had performed my official act as pitch-clock operator when I pushed the button that officially signaled that first pitch was exactly 60 minutes away – a mock cheer went up inside the McCoy Stadium press box once the countdown was underway – my palms were extra sweaty as the first game of the April 21 doubleheader between the PawSox and Buffalo Bisons drew closer and closer. 

Pawtucket Red Sox | Pitch clock enforcement takes effect this weekend throughout AA, AAA

May 2, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Now comes the real test of Major League Baseball’s commitment to speeding up the game.

Starting with Friday’s Durham-Pawtucket contest and likewise at Triple-A and Double-A ballparks across the country, those in violation of letting the clock expire will be charged with a ball or strike – depending on the offending party. Whether or not these unprecedented efforts have a direct bearing on the game’s outcome will be closely monitored in the weeks and months ahead.

May 1st

VIDEO: New England Patriots’ Malcom Brown NFL Draft Highlight Reel

May 1, 2015

April 29th

College Baseball & Softball | Lincoln's Zammarelli earns first-ever weekly honor at Elon; Pawtucket's Clark hitting up a storm at Assumption

April 29, 2015

A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college baseball and softball level. (Editor's note: all stats are current through Tuesday, April 28):

Lincoln High graduate Nick Zammarelli made some news Monday when the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) named the Elon University sophomore its Baseball Player of the Week. The recognition marks the first weekly conference honor of his Phoenix career.

April 28th

Lincoln-Cumberland High Softball | MAYER MAGIC: Grand slam leads Lions over Clippers, 8-6

April 28, 2015

 

CUMBERLAND  –  One swing of the bat helped Lincoln High remain unbeaten at 5-0, and to no one’s surprise, the bat belonged to senior captain Stacey Mayer.

The St. Joseph’s University-bound talent blasted an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the second inning, a frame which saw the Lions score six times, on their way to beating Division I-North rival Cumberland, 8-6, at Tucker Field on Tuesday.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the call to Boston after strong April with PawSox

April 28, 2015

 

PAWTUCKET – “Everything is out of my control. I just play ball.”

So said Jackie Bradley Jr. earlier this month at PawSox Media Day, but the outfielder most likely did in fact exert some control over his promotion to the major leagues on Tuesday, with his run of excellent play throughout the month of April. 

April 27th

St. Raphael Softball | COMEBACK KIDS: Saints dig deep in 8-7 win over Northmen

April 27, 2015


PAWTUCKET – As promising as North Smithfield’s start was, St. Raphael still had 21 outs to work with. 

Turns out the Saints needed just 18 outs in a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Northmen on Monday afternoon at Hank Soar Complex. 

Pawtucket Red Sox | Castillo set for return to lineup, Barnes back in rotation

April 27, 2015


PAWTUCKET – The PawSox could welcome outfielder Rusney Castillo back to the lineup as soon as Wednesday night’s game. 

April 26th

Providence College basketball | LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD FRIARS: Dunn can't be the only show in town

April 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE – A mini-celebration erupted at the intersection of Eaton St. and River Ave. the moment Providence College sent out a release regarding Kris Dunn’s desire to put the NBA on hold and remain a Friar for a little bit longer.

“I thought about not having him a lot,” said coach Ed Cooley. “It would have been a totally different team without him.”

Lincoln Girls' Soccer | ABBEY ROAD: Lions' Jarry signs letter of intent to play college soccer for Belmont Abbey

April 26, 2015

Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Apirl 18, 2015 print edition of The Times

LINCOLN – It was rather by accident that Lincoln High senior soccer star Hailee Jarry discovered Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C.

Before Feb. 11, she had planned on attending Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.; in fact, she already had given school officials an oral commitment to study and play there.

April 24th

Providence College basketball | NOT DUNN JUST YET: PG puts NBA on hold, returns to PC for junior season

April 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Turns out the most important 2015 recruit in Ed Cooley’s sights is staying put at Providence College.

The NBA can wait for Kris Dunn, who on Friday ended a month’s worth of speculation by announcing that he is returning to the Friars for his redshirt junior season. Dunn still has two years of playing eligibility remaining, but academically he will be a senior who in one year is scheduled to graduate with a degree in social science.

Tolman Boys' Baseball | Mounties silence Tigers at McCoy Stadium

April 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Veteran head coach Tom Seaver couldn’t help but laugh as he watched his Mount St. Charles players enter the first-base gate to McCoy Stadium’s splendor on Friday morning.

“We got here at 10 a.m., an hour before game time, and their eyes lit up when they saw the field,” a grinning Seaver said. “A lot of them had their cell phones out, taking pictures of this beautiful park.”

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April 24, 2015

April 23rd

Pawtucket Red Sox | Catcher Swihart honing pitch-calling, game management skills

April 23, 2015



PAWTUCKET – At one time, the Red Sox felt Triple A was the perfect place to impress upon the finer points of game management to up-and-coming catchers. 

The organization changed its philosophy shorted after drafting Blake Swihart in 2011. Now the art of calling pitches and understanding opposing hitters’ tendencies gets started at the lower levels.

April 22nd

Pawtucket Red Sox | While big league staff struggles, Pawtucket’s starters look strong

April 22, 2015


PAWTUCKET – When the major-league pitching staff has produced just six quality starts in the first 13 games and has a combined ERA of 5.93, a team’s natural inclination is to take inventory of the alternatives at the Triple-A level.

April 20th

Boston Marathon | Dionne, Meb make this a run to remember, for all the right reasons

April 20, 2015


You would have thought Hilary Dionne and Meb Keflezighi were life-long friends.

The two of them simultaneously crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon with their hands joined together and raised high in the air. It was an awesome act of sportsmanship that was accompanied by exalted passion radiating from their respective faces. 

NBA Playoffs Recap and Predictions

April 20, 2015

The NBA Playoffs started this past Saturday. We are going to look at the results and give predictions on how the rest of the series goes. We will start in the Eastern Conference first.

Eastern Conference

Game 1
Chicago Bulls 103
Milwaukee Bucks 91

The Bucks came out in the first half and played tough. The much stronger Bulls restored order in the second half behind the strong play of Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose. This was the first playoff game Rose has played in since 2011 when he tore his ACL. He scored 23 points on an efficient 9-16 shooting from the field.

 

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