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June 10th, 2012

Clippers’ Patrick holds Rebels at bay

June 10, 2012

Contributing writer
WEST WARWICK — If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesn’t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberland’s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
“He’s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,” Murphy said of Patrick.

June 8th

Lavarnway’s catching on as PawSox's primary backstop

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler’s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.

Former pitching coach Cather weighs in on Bard

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Mike Cather was Daniel Bard’s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Let’s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Lincoln answers Coventry’s challenge, grabs 5-2 win

June 8, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run “mercy-rule” variety.

Bard discusses demotion, mechanical flaws

June 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Bard could have taken the easy way out.
He could have tucked himself away in the trainer’s room, or if he wanted to be out of complete sight, he could have hid in the indoor batting tunnels or some other out-of-the-way location in McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the embattled starting pitcher faced the media in the Pawtucket Red Sox’s weight room at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, discussing his recent demotion from Boston and the mechanical issues that have plagued him.

Prachniak revels in WCU's D-II World Series title

June 8, 2012

LINCOLN – When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.

June 6th

Will, belief drive Mark Prior's comeback

June 6, 2012

The question cut right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by Mark Prior himself.
Why?
Why keep revisiting what has been a torturous comeback trail in the same manner where in the past, injuries played a significant part in removing the luster of this onetime pitching star?
Why not come to terms that the last major-league start you made occurred August 10, 2006, take comfort in knowing you gave it your best shot and realize that at age 31, you still have an entire life ahead of you?

Tolman spikers begin defense of Div. II title

June 6, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Last spring, Tolman High finished the season as it hoped it would — as Rhode Island Division II champions.
It nevertheless wasn’t easy, as it had to manufacture come-from-behind victories over Pilgrim in a quarterfinal, Cranston West in a semifinal and finally Barrington, 3-1, in the championship match.

Giants draft Lincoln's Pickering in 32nd round

June 6, 2012

LINCOLN — Call what happened to Lincoln’s Chris Pickering on Wednesday afternoon a pleasant and unexpected surprise – that of getting selected by the San Francisco Giants on the third and final day of the MLB Draft.

June 5th

SEE OUTDOOR TRACK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SLIDESHOW

June 5, 2012

See East Providence long jumper Chris Moura and others compete in a slideshow of the RIIL Outdoor Track and Field State Championship held Sunday. Click SPORTS in the menu bar at top of page to view.

June 4th

Capturing the moment: That’s exactly what the Clippers did en route to Div. II girls' lacrosse title

June 4, 2012

CUMBERLAND — As a sophomore, Cumberland High senior Kara Gorman blew out a shoulder throwing the javelin, but attempted to make a comeback her junior outdoor track and field season.
“It was a ‘no-go,’” she explained. “Way too painful.”
This past fall, a few members of the girls’ lacrosse squad begged her to sign up for their program, as they desperately needed a goalie, and she finally acquiesced.

Tigers dodge rain drops, Northmen in Division II softball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — No. 2 and No. 3 seeds don’t usually battle each other until the semifinals of a winners’ bracket, not in the opening round of a losers’ bracket, but that’s where Tolman and North Smithfield were contesting each other on Monday afternoon.
And not only did both teams head into Slater Park looking to erase the sting of 1-0 defeats from the previous afternoon, but they had to combat the misty weather and temperatures in the low 50s thoughout this part of the state.

Tigers fend off Chieftians, earn rematch with Bulldogs in Division II baseball playoffs

June 4, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Tolman High overcame a 3-2 deficit with a five-run fifth inning and claimed a 7-3 victory over Ponaganset in a R.I. Division II/Region III losers’ bracket final at Slater Park’s Ted McConnon Memorial Field in Monday afternoon’s off-and-on drizzle.

June 3rd

Vazquez, Crawley track down state championships

June 3, 2012

PROVIDENCE — Central Falls High senior Steve Vazquez and Cumberland junior Trevor Crawley maintained vastly different outlooks about reigning in their respective individual events at Sunday's Rhode Island Interscholastic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Vazquez had just captured the high jump crown with a leap of 6 feet, eight inches at Brown Stadium, yet he sat virtually alone on a steel bench, shedding tears, just yards away from the bar that failed him.

Boucher's homer powers Woonsocket past Tolman

June 3, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket High’s answer to grace under fire was one cool customer on Sunday afternoon.
With her team locked in a scoreless duel against Tolman High, senior Kelsey Boucher changed the playoff fate of two teams with one mighty poke. Her solo home run in the sixth inning – one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Park’s Al Bailey Field before bouncing over – proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novans’ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.

June 1st

Staying put at Brown agrees with Pawtucket's Sorrentine

June 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE — There were T.J. Sorrentine and Mike Martin, two longtime buddies sitting Thursday night in a restaurant on Thayer Street. Earlier that day, it was revealed that Martin would be returning to his alma mater as the men’s basketball head coach at Brown University.

Bats go silent for Tolman '9' in playoff loss to Westerly

June 1, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Perhaps three minutes after Tolman High had suffered a 3-1 loss to Westerly at Ted McConnon Memorial Field on Friday afternoon, skipper Theo Murray jogged out to left field where his players, as is the norm, already had congregated.
He spoke with them for another five or six minutes, then followed his somewhat-dejected Tigers back to their third-base dugout.
“I just told the kids that our pitcher did his job, and our defense did its job,” Murray stated matter-of-factly. “I also said that our bats, unfortunately, let us down.”

Davies routs C.F., advances to Div. III softball finals

June 1, 2012

LINCOLN — The sixth time was the charm.
After watching a successful season get cut short in the Division III semifinal round in each of the last five years, Davies took a torch to the history books and finally earned the right to play for a state championship.
A 10-run uprising in the home half of the second inning, sparked by a grand slam home run to center field by Madison Cooper, and another remarkable outing by ace pitcher Madison Goodhart were the keys to the Patriots’ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.

May 31st

Tolman blast South Kingstown in playoff opener

May 31, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Sure, the two-run inside-the-park home run by junior Jordyn Klemanchuck was mightily impressive. So too was the double off the bat of classmate Olivia Larson.
Yet ask Tolman head coach Craig Giarrusso about what stood out about the six runs his team exploded for in the fifth inning of Thursday’s Division II single-elimination contest against South Kingstown and he’ll gladly point to the little things.

Cumberland baseball team stuns top-seeded N.P.

May 31, 2012

Contributing writer
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.

 

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