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April 22nd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â Granted, itâs only April, but when a player increases his batting average by 170 points in less than two weeks, curious minds want to know why.
Is the player seeing the ball better? Or is the spike the result of some sort of mechanical adjustment, such as closing the stance or shortening the stride? Are all those extra sessions in the batting cage finally paying off?
In the case of Jose Iglesias, the recent rise in his offensive production can be traced to the adjustments the shortstop prospect looked to make before the first pitch of the 2012 season was even thrown.
In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâs well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.
WOONSOCKET â As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
âThis is it,â he told them, referring to the Tigersâ 2-1 cushion. âTheyâve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâve got to get out of this inning!â
PAWTUCKET â On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon â viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Bostonâs general manager â back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melanconâs cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-oldâs inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.
PAWTUCKET â This game went from a pitchersâ duel to another lopsided Tolman victory in a hurry.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 4Âœ innings of a tough Division II crossover duel with Pilgrim, the Tigers scratched out three runs in the home half of the fifth inning before erupting for six more in the sixth and ending up with a 10-3 triumph at Slater Park that kept them unbeaten.
WOONSOCKET â Late last week, St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine explained to his senior ace, Nick Cesino, that he would draw the start when the Saints took on host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday morning.
He also told the righthander that the Mounties' infield contained a rather tall mound, and suggested he get to know it better over the weekend.
Cesino followed his mentor's order and threw some pitches from the foreign rubber on Sunday, and it became rather obvious as the innings passed he had become rather familiar with it.
CUMBERLAND â Nick Zammarelli spent all game looking for his pitch â the one he could drive.
PROVIDENCE â Tolman High head coach Theo Murray wasnât thrilled with the result, but just had to praise his troops for their ability and want to battle back.
Trailing 6-0, the Tigers tallied two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to knot it, but the Knights scored an unearned run in the back half of the eighth to clinch a wild 7-6 triumph at Joe Williams Field early Tuesday afternoon.
Dave Constantino has been competing in marathons for a decade, and when it came down to recalling the hottest ones he has run, the Cumberland resident didnât hesitate to bring up the 26.2-mile adventure he encountered on Monday at the Boston Marathon.
âThat was probably the hottest marathon I have ever done out of the 10 years I have been competing,â Constantino said on Tuesday morning while he was ârecuperatingâ at Scarborough Beach. âThat was unbelievable. It was a tough one. It was a tough one for everybody.â
BOSTON â Hilary Dionne, a former cross-country and track & field standout from Cumberland High School, finished 15th among women at the Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in 2:51.56. Her time was third-best among American winners. Dionne, who now works in Boston, graduated from Cumberland in 2003.
The 26-year-old Dionne averaged six minutes, 19 seconds during the first 6.2 miles of the race before shaving off five seconds over the next three-plus miles of the grueling 26.2-mile test of endurance and stamina. She ended up placing 256th overall and 11th in her age group (18-39).
PAWTUCKET â Minutes after Cumberland Highâs respectable but not outstanding 5-3 triumph over St. Raphael Academy on Monday afternoon, Clippersâ skipper Paul Murphy reacted to the pure facts â that the last four hitters in his lineup had assembled a collective 4-for-11 outing, good for a .364 average, four RBI and a run scored.
Seeking clarification as to which New York Yankeesâ minor-league port of call Tim Norton would dock at this season, we revved up the search feature on MiLB.comâs home page, fingers crossed that a simple mouse click would yield the desired answer.
Instead, we were left with more questions with a side order of curiosity.
LINCOLN â This was an unlucky Friday the 13th in more ways than one.
Only one of the half dozen local fighters on Classic Entertainment & Sportsâ âNever Surrenderâ card at the Twin River Event Center -- Keith Jeffrey from Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket -- was able to produce a victory in a show that saw seven of the nightâs 10 fights won by Massachusetts fighters.
Maria Chevalier loves to run. Sheâs been doing it for nearly two-thirds of her life, starting with her years as a cross country and track standout in the early â90s at Clear Creek High School in Idaho Springs, Col., and sheâs taken part in everything from a simple 5K to a grueling 50-mile trail run.
But when it comes to the one race she enjoys running the most, the nine-year Cumberland resident wonât hesitate to give you an answer.
LINCOLN â When fans last saw Todd Chattelle at the Twin River Event Center, it was last Nov. 18 and the Pawtucket native was being triumphantly carried from the octagon to the locker rooms on the shoulders of a few of his friends.
Chattelle has just recorded the biggest triumph of his 5Âœ-year career with his first-ever submission on an unexpected guillotine chokeout of Brett Oteri of Dedham, Mass. 3:18 into their fight for the inaugural CES Mixed Martial Arts middleweight championship.
WOONSOCKET â On Tuesday, host Cumberland High pounded out 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, en route to a 14-0 âmercy ruleâ pasting of Smithfield High.
Skipper Paul Murphyâs crew didnât supply him and assistant Dale OâDell with the same kind of offensive barrage 48 hours later at Mount St. Charles, but it did register eight hits to post a second consecutive âmercy ruleâ triumph over the Mounties, this time an 11-0 verdict on Thursday.
CUMBERLAND â The softball seasons have passed and the names have come and gone, but one thing you could always count on year after year any time Lincoln and Cumberland played each other was a spirited, competitive duel -- a showdown that was usually going to be decided by one or two runs.
Thatâs what the small gathering of fans that braved the chilly weather at Wednesday afternoonâs Division I-North affair at Tucker Field expected from the two unbeaten rivals, but what they got was a shocking surprise.
PAWTUCKET â It's hard to win when you make four errors.
Just ask Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano, whose club's mistake-prone ways allowed Wheeler School to escape Max Read Field with a 5-1 Division II-Central victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, fair is fair. John Snider, the Warriors' senior righty from Cumberland, proved to be stellar on the hill, yielding only five hits and three walks while fanning a whopping dozen (though he did toss a trio of wild pitches). He also helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
PAWTUCKET â Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â10 or 12â cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâs 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.