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June 3rd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Woonsocket Highâ€™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 â€“ one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Parkâ€™s Al Bailey Field before bouncing over â€“ proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novansâ€™ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.
PROVIDENCE â€” 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 menâ€™s basketball head coach at Brown University.
PAWTUCKET â€” 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.
â€śI just told the kids that our pitcher did his job, and our defense did its job,â€ť Murray stated matter-of-factly. â€śI also said that our bats, unfortunately, let us down.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” 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 Patriotsâ€™ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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 Thursdayâ€™s Division II single-elimination contest against South Kingstown and heâ€™ll gladly point to the little things.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” 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.
LINCOLN â€” There had been a fair share of dominant Division I teams during the past decade that ruled their regular seasons and captured state championships, but none of them were able to accomplish what Lincoln wrapped up on Monday afternoon.
For some high school sports like baseball and softball, the road to postseason glory begins this week. For other sports such as lacrosse, the action continues with teams setting their sights on reaching the finals, set for next weekend at Rhode Island College.
With the exception of softball, all of the brackets have been released. In an exercise geared toward setting the record straight, we present a brief overview of whatâ€™s in store for the local teams fortunate enough to still be competing in meaningful games at this time of year.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Ron Johnson had any doubts or reservations about his status among the baseball cognoscenti, a phone call from Dan Duquette quickly erased them.
It was a phone call that was straight to the point with Duquette taking a run at Johnson to gauge his level of interest in the managerial job with the Norfolk Tides. Sure, the two share a past, but what heightens the importance of this particular phone call is the timing of when it occured.
WARWICK â€” Dan Rhault knows that in order for a high school baseball talent to get noticed, one has to venture to where college coaches and recruiters gather.
The belief that if youâ€™re good, â€śtheyâ€ť will seek you out no longer applies. Recruiting has become such a cutthroat business that if you snooze, you lose, and if you snooze some more, you just might see your baseball career end at the high school level.
â€śWeâ€™re going to them,â€ť Rhault, a Lincoln native, said matter-of-factly.
PAWTUCKET â€” The location has changed and so has the weekend, but the Memorial 5K Run/Walk for PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu is returning to the area and eager to bring the community back together for a fun-filled day at Slater Park.
The event, which will take place on Sunday, June 3, at 9 a.m., will again pay tribute to Coutu, a 2009 graduate of Tolman High and football and wrestling captain and a U.S. Marine who was killed on Feb. 18, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan.
WEST CHESTER, Pa. â€” Itâ€™s been quite the debut for Jad Prachniak, West Chester Universityâ€™s new baseball skipper.
Thanks to the tutelage of the former Lincoln resident, the Golden Rams closed their regular season with a stellar 42-10 slate, captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Division II World Series after winning four straight games in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Tournament.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox received some much-needed outfield help Thursday. Despite putting up impressive numbers with Double-A Portland, J.C. Linares was not the player the Red Sox organization chose to promote.
Instead, Ronald Bermudez was the one summoned to Triple A. Selecting Bermudez over Linares may be viewed in some corners as a curious decision, especially when taking into account that the 27-year-old Linares is leading the Sea Dogs in hitting (.311), RBI (25), on-base percentage (.406) while ranking second among regulars in home runs (six) heading into Thursdayâ€™s action.
LINCOLN --- For Thomas Falowo, the drive from his front door in Pawtucket to the Twin River Event Center is less than 10 minutes.
But on Thursday night, the Manfredoâ€™s Gym middleweight felt like he took a long flight to Texas to battle the Lone Star Stateâ€™s Samuel Clarkson in a marquee six-round showdown of unbeaten prospects.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Win and youâ€™re in the playoffs. Lose and feel the pain that goes with realizing that your season is kaput before Memorial Day.
With so much riding on Fridayâ€™s outcome, there was no time for either Lincoln or St. Raphael to get caught up with what potentially lies ahead. There would be no tomorrow for one team, nor would any partial credit be awarded as the Lions and Saints entered this pivotal final game of the regular season sporting identical 7-10 league records.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Darnell McDonald knows that the Red Sox need outfield help in the worst way possible. Thatâ€™s why the 33-year-old is holding out hope that his rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox is of the short and sweet variety.
â€śHopefully it wonâ€™t be more than a few days; a lot of guys up there are out,â€ť noted McDonald Friday prior to going 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly while playing five innings in left field for the PawSox.
PROVIDENCE â€” Tolman High had just earned an easier-than-expected 3-0 triumph over Central on Tuesday night, and with it virtually sealed up the second-place slot in Division II-North, but veteran head coach Neil Nachbar was hardly satisfied with his squad's overall performance.
PAWTUCKET â€” It's been a rough first season for the fledgling St. Raphael Academy program, but Tuesday night made it all worthwhile.
Maybe the number 13 is lucky, after all.
After that amount of losses, the Saints earned its first-ever varsity volleyball triumph with a 3-1 Division II-North decision over Lincoln High at the Alumni & Wellness Center, and the squad commemorated it appropriately.
NORFOLK, Va. â€” The Pawtucket Red Sox broke a 2-2 draw by scoring twice in the top of the seventh inning and held on for a rain-shortened 5-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday afternoon for a split of their four-game series at Harbor Park.
Jonathan Hee led off the seventh with a single to right and Pedro Ciriaco followed with a double to right to put runners in scoring position.
A groundout to shortstop by Jose Iglesias allowed Hee to speed home with the go-ahead run, and Ryan Lavarnway doubled to right to drive in Ciriaco.
It was a textbook case where the idiom â€śturnabout is fair playâ€ť directly applies.
From Ryan Mallettâ€™s vantage point, some friendly and well-intentioned payback was in order. It only seemed fitting, considering Mallett had pulled the necessary strings that paved the way for his childhood chum from Texas, Will Middlebrooks, to attend a couple of New England Patriots games last season â€“ sitting in primo seats no less.