Archive - Sports Article
July 6th, 2012
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland American All-Stars skipper Bruce Stanford knew he had a decent-hitting club, but nothing like this.
His Nos. 4, 5 and 7 hitters finished 10-for-10 with nine RBI and eight runs scored as CALL rolled to a wildly-entertaining 12-6 victory over Bernonâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Major Division Tournament Pool B tilt at Ayotte Field on Friday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Lacey Middlebrooks arrived in this city, fully expecting to see brother Will Middlebrooks hone his craft with the Pawtucket Red Sox while fulfilling her internship requirements with the Triple-A ball club.
Borrowing from an idiom, â€śThe best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.â€ť Yes, there is a Middlebrooks presently at McCoy Stadium, yet instead of someone making connections with fans seated behind the outfield fence, this particular Middlebrooks is building a rapport as a pre-game, on-field coordinator and press box contributor.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Add the ages of the second- and third-place finishers together and you would get 39, the age of the winner of the 44th edition of the Arnold Mills Road Race.
As 23-year-old Scott Twardowski and Colin Tierney, 16, learned on Fourth of July Wednesday, thereâ€™s still plenty of life left in the feet of Chris Magill, now a six-time champion of the holiday running event. The individual title â€“ achieved in 21:06, which was 13 seconds better than Rehobothâ€™s Twardowski and 21 seconds quicker than East Greenwichâ€™s Tierney â€“ represents the first for Magill since 2006.
PAWTUCKET â€“ About a week ago, Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller went out for dinner in Boston. Sure, it was a prime opportunity for two good and longtime friends to catch up, yet the time spent between these two former University of North Carolina teammates boiled down to one particular subject matter.
WOONSOCKET -- While a few East Woonsocket Little League officials re-manicured Hartnett Field after the late Monday afternoon downpour, Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ head coach Frank Kelly quietly told a parent, â€śIâ€™ll be happy just to get out of here with a win.â€ť
His players more than obliged. Behind a stellar starting pitching performance by righty Joe Voccola, not to mention a pair of pinch-hit home runs, Lincoln posted a 6-4 triumph over East Woonsocketâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Tournament Pool A playoff tilt.
For someone who has been swept up by the winds of change on more than one occasion, Billy Baron finds himself in no particular hurry to make a decision.
Rather than rush to judgment and settle on what will be his third college stop, Baron is adhering to a wait-and-see approach regarding his impending landing destination. A female supporter who engaged in pleasant small talk with Baron on Saturday caught a glimpse of where his collective psyche stands.
PROVIDENCE - Toka Kahn-Clary supplied the speed and Diego Pereira provided the power, and because of that, both Pawtucket fighters were able to score crowd-pleasing, second-round TKOs on this past weekendâ€™s Big Six Entertainment â€śTakeoverâ€ť show at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Kahn-Clary, the former National Golden Gloves champion who was making his much-anticipated pro debut in front of his local fans, family members, and friends, didnâ€™t disappoint anyone as the junior lightweight put an end to Jonathan Cabanâ€™s night with 11 seconds left in the second round.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâ€™s pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâ€™s the latter, Germano â€“ named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â€“ would have no shortage of suitors.
CUMBERLAND â€” Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ€™ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to â€śdo it right.â€ť
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
PAWTUCKET â€” For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnâ€™t have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâ€™s absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CRANSTON â€” In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâ€™s Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical â€śbig brother, little brotherâ€ť exchange.
PAWTUCKET â€” The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâ€™s third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâ€™s trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.â€™s all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â€ś(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â€ť he said with a smile. â€śItâ€™s been a while.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Perhaps the only good news coming out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night was this: Catcher Ryan Lavarnway extended his consecutive-game hit streak to eight with a bloop single to left in the fifth.
After that? There wasnâ€™t much for the 6,009 in attendance to get excited about, as the Pawtucket Red Sox dropped a dismal 8-0 decision to the Charlotte Knights.
In the process, Pawtucketâ€™s losing streak increased to nine straight games, and itâ€™s now dangerously close to eclipsing its second-longest skid in club history; that came between Aug. 12-20, 2009.
PAWTUCKET â€” New PawSox acquisition Zach Stewart admitted the last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of emotion.
After discovering he and Chicago White Sox teammate Brent Lillibridge had been traded for Boston third baseman/first baseman Kevin Youkilis on Saturday night, he took care of some family business, and didnâ€™t arrive at his new McCoy Stadium digs.
He didnâ€™t arrive at the park until about 4:30 p.m., met with manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur, exchanged pleasantries with some teammates and walked out onto the turf for some stretching and long tosses.
PAWTUCKET â€” A strange thing happened to Toka Kahn-Clary on his way to making his pro debut earlier this month.
The Pawtucket junior lightweight was ready to debut in style â€” on the June 8 undercard of the marquee Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon super middleweight fight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He put in a strong training camp at Manfredoâ€™s Gym. He and his opponent, Ivan Castellanos, easily made their weight. His fight was going to air live on ESPN2â€™s â€śFriday Night Fightsâ€ť and a lot of his family members and friends back in Rhode Island were going to get to view it.
PAWTUCKET â€” As tranquil and serene Mondor Gardens is, something was missing. That â€śsomethingâ€ť was a remembrance designed specifically to preserve the memory of late Pawtucket Red Sox owner Ben Mondor.
Upon agreeing that a statue would prove fitting, PawSox President Mike Tamburro and General Manager Lou Schwechheimer reached out to the only person they felt would capture Mondor in the light that would display his affinity for PawSox baseball.
Turns out that someone was a familiar face â€“ Carol â€śTayoâ€ť Heuser, a lady whose artistic talents are on display throughout McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€” The art of running a minor-league franchise isnâ€™t solely based on ticket and merchandise sales or making sure the paying customer enjoys the utmost experience. The success and vitality of the on-field product is just as important to the cause, the belief that if thereâ€™s quality in place, the rest will take of itself.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Recent Texas A&M University graduate Jordan Russell had just finished what he deemed an inconsistent round of two-over-par 71 at Wannamoisett Country Club on Friday afternoon, and was less than thrilled with the outing.
He nevertheless remained two strokes ahead of his closest competitors at the 51st annual Northeast Amateur Invitational Golf Tournament.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. --- Three straight singles with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning helped the Syracuse Chiefs score the run that produced a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Down by a 5-3 score heading into the home half of the ninth, the Chiefs tied the score by scoring twice off reliever Daniel Bard, who gave up a single and a double and only threw half of his 22 pitches for strikes. He did not walk or strike out anyone.