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May 6th, 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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.
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 – “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.
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 – The PawSox could welcome outfielder Rusney Castillo back to the lineup as soon as Wednesday night’s game.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.