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July 14th, 2011
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket Little League baseball star Mason Williams is off to a fast start with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York Penn League.
Williams, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, and a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees last summer, is batting .363 for Staten Island after 102 ABs.
The 6-foot, 150-pound centerfielder boasts a .539 slugging percentage.
Williams, still only 19 years old, played for Darlington American Little League before his family moved to Florida seven years ago.
While most kids his age were down at the beach soaking up some rays the past two days, Jamison Randall was at Potowomut Country Club playing with some of the top amateur golfers in Rhode Island.
And, after a shaky opening start, the recent Cumberland High grad and individual state champion has manufactured a pair of solid rounds at the 106th annual R.I. Amateur Championship.
LINCOLN â€” On their way to posting undefeated records in pool play of the District IV Little League All Star Tournament, Cumberland American and Lincoln combined to outscore their opponents by an 87-12 margin.
After their respective semifinal games on Tuesday night at Hien Field, the two powerhouse teams kept their records unblemished.
But it wasn't quite that easy.
PAWTUCKET â€“ This is a game Collette Vacations Post 79 would like to file away as quickly as humanly possible.
CRANSTON --- Two outs away from wrapping up a successful comeback in the losersâ€™ bracket and repeating as Big League state champs, Pineview saw a spirited comeback by Smithfield ruin its bid for championship glory.
Smithfield erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off a late charge in the home half of the frame by Pineview to eke out a thrilling 7-6 victory that landed the visiting team its first Big League crown at Fay Field.
Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€¦
For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
â€śWe run a 2-2 split,â€ť manager Arnie Beyeler explained. â€śThey get their work, so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with â€śIâ€™d like to thank â€¦â€ť
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out whatâ€™s being said. Bottom line? Itâ€™s about extolling credit where credit is due.
If youâ€™re not a baseball fan, stop here. Itâ€™s time to talk baseball.
The All-Star break isnâ€™t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. Thatâ€™s what we fans do. Canâ€™t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing â€“ Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A couple of family members, a cousin and even his coach graduated or are still attending Brown University.
Despite all those connections, David Kahn had never been to Providence until this weekend.
But the 27-year-old Long Island triathlete, a recent dental school graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, sure made his first visit to the capital city worthwhile on Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory at the fourth annual Amica Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Kahn finished the race â€“ a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run â€“ with a time of 4 hours, 52 seconds.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The type of season Ryan Lavarnway is enjoying tends to open the door to possibilities down the road, one being a September call-up.
Right now Lavarnway prefers to let his bat do the talking. The power-hitting catching prospect went 3-for-4 with two home runs Sunday as the Pawtucket Red Sox ended the unofficial first half of the season with a 4-3 win against Buffalo.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox players and staff couldnâ€™t vacate the McCoy Stadium grounds fast enough Sunday evening.
After holding on for a 4-3 win against Buffalo, the PawSox put the unofficial first half (91 of 143 games) behind them and will use the next three days to regroup mentally. Baseball, a staple for all involved parties since the start of spring training in mid-February, plans take a back seat to vacation getaways and family reunions.
LINCOLN â€” The Lincoln All-Stars have dominated pool play the first three games of the season, outscoring their rivals by a 31-1 margin.
When his unbeaten squad finishes up its slate in Pool A on Saturday night, Lincoln coach Matt Netto isnâ€™t expecting similar results against equally-unbeaten Smithfield (3-0) at Randy Hien Memorial Field.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A week off did nothing to cool down Cumberland Americanâ€™s scorching bats. Nor did the steady rain that fell at Garvin Field throughout Fridayâ€™s pool play finale against North Smithfield.
Next up for manager Dave Belisleâ€™s team: the District IV tournament semifinals.
Conor Lavallee and Steve Dugas belted home runs for Pool B champion Cumberland American (4-0), which collected its third mercy-rule victory of the tourney, a 12-1 thumping of North Smithfield (1-3).
LINCOLN â€“ Cumberland exacted revenge against Lincoln in the best way possible: with a victory in the District IV softball championship game.
After dropping a one-run decision to Lincoln last Friday, its lone loss of pool play, Cumberland used a five-run fifth inning to separate itself in Thursdayâ€™s title bout and held on for a 9-7 win at Sullivan Field.
This past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of Michael Bowden relocating from the rotation to the bullpen. Rest assured cake was not served in the PawSox clubhouse to commemorate the occasion.
WOONSOCKET â€” After missing the first month of the season, Cumberland Post 14 outfielder Christian Spader was having a little trouble adjusting to the wooden bats that have been instituted into the American Legion baseball season this year.
But the Cumberland High product broke out of his mini slump in a big way on Thursday night against Navigant Credit Union Post 85. Spader collected four hits, including a game-winning two-run single in the top of the 11th inning as Post 14 outlasted Navigant, 2-0, in a three-hour marathon at Renaud Field.
PAWTUCKET --- Mercy-rule winners last week. Lopsided losers on Wednesday night.
Darlington American was unable to ride the momentum from last Thursdayâ€™s District II Major Division tourney-opening rout of Riverside into its winnersâ€™ bracket quarterfinal-round contest against Barrington at Slater Park, and the visitors were able to come away with a resounding victory.
Barrington used a seven-run rally in the top of the second inning and a 13-hit attack that featured a half dozen extra-base hits to produce a 14-4 triumph over DALL that dropped the Pawtucket All-Stars into the losersâ€™ bracket.
CUMBERLAND â€” The stakes were clear for both teams entering Wednesdayâ€™s matchup at Garvin Field.
For Cumberland National, a win would punch its ticket to the semifinal round of the District IV tournament. For Bernon, a win would allow it to stave off elimination.
In a vintage pitchersâ€™ duel that featured more than four times as many strikeouts (26) as hits (6), Cumberland National rode ace right-hander Brandon Croteau to a 2-1 victory, clinching the second-best record in Pool B.
Bruce Foster loves an adventure. The tougher, the better.
In past years, Foster has rode his bike 300-plus miles from his Lincoln residence to the Canadian border and back a few times. Heâ€™s also participated in the Sunday River Mountain Epic trail running challenge, a handful of Odyssey Adventure Racing multi-day expedition adventure races, and a few other over-the-top challenges to test his personal boundaries and push himself to the limit.
But none of his past experiences came close to measuring up to the challenge he endured two weekends ago.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Magill has had a history of top-three finishes at the Arnold Mills Road Race, an event heâ€™s won a record five times.
The 38-year-old former St. Raphael Academy standout had every intention to make an attempt at a sixth crown in the 43rd edition of the Cumberland race Monday morning.
Those thoughts, however, were quickly erased after the first mile.