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July 25th, 2012
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the programâ€™s first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.
BRISTOL, Conn. --- Cumberland certainly did its part in pool play. Now the local Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team will try to produce the three victories it needs to capture its first-ever Eastern Regional softball championship and advance to the Little League World Series.
Cumberland wrapped up its New England portion of the regional tournament with its third victory in four games on Tuesday afternoon by producing an 8-1 victory over winless Swanton, Vt. at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
PAWTUCKET --- The running bug has bitten Augusto â€śCookieâ€ť Rojas. And on Saturday, Sept. 1, that bug is going to take a bite out of the Pawtucket Red Sox family and the Pawtucket area in the form of the inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk.
McCoy Stadium will open its gates and warning track to runners and walkers of all abilities and ages to its first-ever 3.1-mile race, which will get under way at 9:30 a.m. and use its proceeds to benefit the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation.
Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that itâ€™s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations â€“ whether weâ€™re referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.
LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
LINCOLN â€” Thomas Falowo didnâ€™t give the judges a chance to decide this fight. The Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight rocked his opponent from the opening bell to the end of the fourth round, and for his efforts, he was rewarded with a fourth-round TKO.
The Pawtucket fighter returned to his winning ways on Thursday night at the Twin River Event Center by battering Rahman Yusubov of Dallas, Texas in their six-round fight on the undercard of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s â€śBuilt to Lastâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
LINCOLN â€” The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like heâ€™d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so itâ€™s like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Now that Mauro Gomez has acquired a taste of life as a big-league third baseman, the real work can begin.
First things first, though, as Gomez plans to acquire a glove thatâ€™s tailor made for someone entrusted with patrolling the hot corner. After that, the next step will entail the 27-year-old working specifically on his footwork with throwing across the diamond serving as the final hurdle.
PAWTUCKET â€“ All Jason Repko can do is sit tight, hoping that his chance at parole from baseballâ€™s version of no-manâ€™s-land comes sooner rather than later.
Repkoâ€™s placement on the disabled list on July 7 has absolutely nothing do with the hamstring strain that has hamstrung the 31-year-old outfielder to the point that even the player doesnâ€™t know when heâ€™ll be activated. For someone who is completely healthy, Repko finds himself the victim of a numbers game due to the Red Sox being presently flush with outfielders at the major-league and Triple-A levels.
PAWTUCKET --- At no point in its 13-5 defeat to Barrington on Monday night at Slater Park did Darlington American ever think the game was over, or even out of reach.
Barrington scored three runs on seven hits in the first inning, but DALL responded the very next frame with two of their own to make it a one-run game.
In the bottom of the second, Barrington added three more, but again, Darlington American responded with a run of its own in the top of the third to make it a 6-3 contest.
BARRINGTON â€” Thanks to some bottom-of-the-sixth-inning heroics courtesy of Sean Dunphy, Darlington American is now one victory away from capturing the programâ€™s first R.I. Little League District II Major Division banner since 2000.
Dunphy broke a 9-all tie with a home run on a 2-1 count, propelling Darlington to a dramatic 10-9 walk-off triumph against Barrington Sunday night at Sherwood Field. Barrington scored four runs in the top of the sixth to tie this District II final game, but DALL and Dunphy responded with two down in the frame.
SEEKONK â€” As often is the case during the summer, Sandy Gorham could be found standing on a local pool deck exhorting his Kendbrin Swim and Tennis Club competitors to be the best they can be.
On Thursday, the site just happened to be the six-lane, 25-meter Grist Mill club facility; that's where Kendbrin was competing in an cabana club league dual meet.
Weâ€™ll guess that Kevin Youkilis steps into the batterâ€™s box at Fenway Park around 7:13 Monday night â€” three minutes after Red Sox pitcher Aaron Cook rocks back and issues the first offering of the game.
MIDDLETOWN â€” The ever-elusive progress of tracking improvement in oneâ€™s golf game â€¦ itâ€™s actually not that difficult a chore for Cumberland native son Jamison Randall.
PAWTUCKET â€” Carl Crawford has 142 million reasons to play for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
The injured outfielder also has 142 millions reasons why he should shut himself down, undergo Tommy John surgery like he hinted at last weekend, and start planning for the future.
When Crawford does return to the BoSox, he will not be 100 percent. That hasnâ€™t stopped him from looking ahead to Monday, which is when the 30-year-old hopes to play in his first major-league game of what to date has been an empty vessel of a season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Just because Ryan Kalish spent some time with the Boston Red Sox recently doesnâ€™t mean the outfielder is completely in the clear of the shoulder and neck injuries that whitewashed his 2011 season.
PAWTUCKET --- For Pineview manager Joe Clark, traveling with his Big League ballclub to Dover, Del. on the second weekend of each July has become almost an annual tradition.
That weekend is when the Eastern Regional Tournament gets under way, and in six of the last eight seasons, Pineview has ventured down Route 95 to represent Rhode Island.
Pineviewâ€™s best finish during those six trips has been a pair of third-place finishes, the last one coming in 2010.