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September 9th, 2011

Brandon Moss burns PawSox in Game 2

September 9, 2011

Contributing writer
ALLENTOWN, Pa. --- For the second night in a row, the Pawtucket Red Sox struggled with runners in scoring position and it proved to be their undoing as they fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-2 in 10 innings.
The loss puts the PawSox down two games to none as the International League Semifinal Series shifts back to McCoy Stadium.
Ex-PawSox prospect Brandon Moss had a big night, knocking in all three runs with a homer, double and single in the 10th inning that brought home the game-winner off reliever Randy Williams.

Townies romp to 42-0 victory

September 9, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE --- Jalin Braxton and East Providence High ran away with this season opener.
The Second-Team All-State fullback picked up 153 yards and a pair of long touchdowns on 11 first-half carries on Friday night to guide the Townies to a convincing 42-0 non-league victory over Woonsocket High at Pierce Field.
The Townies scored on each of their first four possessions of the contest and ended the opening half with 255 yards on the ground and a 28-0 command.

September 8th

PawSox drop playoff series opener to IronPigs, 4-2

September 8, 2011

Contributing writer
ALLENTOWN, Penn. — Coming into Thursday night’s game, the IronPigs had gone a franchise-high 88 2/3 innings without a home run.
Pawtucket starter Matt Fox also had a streak of 26 straight innings without giving up a home run, so obviously, it would be home runs that would sink the PawSox 4-2 in their International League semifinal-round series opener against Lehigh Valley.

Officiating crew grows to five with back judge

September 8, 2011

If Bruce Guindon and his high school football officiating brethren had their druthers, the installment of a fifth member to the longstanding four-man, on-field crew would have transpired years ago.
What was once a plea is now part of the Interscholastic League’s pigskin fabric. Beginning this season an additional pair of eyes will be called upon to aid specifically in the judgment of pass plays and blocks downfield, two areas that in the past have been tough calls a for group colloquially called “zebras” to accurately decipher.

Non-league schedule kicks off local football season

September 8, 2011

The two-a-days are history. So are the scrimmages and Injury Fund games.
This weekend, the regular season for high school football gets under way with non-league games scattered throughout the state.
Eight of the Blackstone Valley’s 11 teams kick off tonight, and the big games of the bunch will feature two-time Division II champion Woonsocket taking on East Providence at Pierce Field and former Thanksgiving Day rivals Shea and Lincoln playing each other at Lincoln‘s Ferguson Field.

September 7th

PawSox playoff opener pushed back to Thursday night

September 7, 2011

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A brief period of clearing skies provided some false hope that the PawSox may be able to play the opener of their Round One Governors’ Cup Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, the clearing skies disappeared and another heavy downpour forced the postponement of the game.
The series will now be pushed back by one day, with the opener being played Thursday night at 7:05 at Lehigh Valley. PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler will keep the same pitching rotation in effect, with Matt Fox (10-4, 3.96) going up against Dave Bush (1-2, 3.91) in the opener.

Warriors fight back to earn 2-2 draw

September 7, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — Central Falls learned the value of playing hard for 80 minutes, no matter how bad the weather is, or how slippery the field conditions.
The Warriors trailed East Providence 2-0 after the first 66 minutes of Wednesday’s Division I contest played during intermittent rain showers at Pierce Field. But they kept pushing the ball into E.P.’s end and ultimately tied the game on Christian Rodriguez’s goal with just 30 seconds left in the match.

September 6th

Tolman blanks Moses Brown

September 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The soccer fields at the McKinnon/Alves complex can handle the kind of rain that pelted its plush grass on Tuesday afternoon.
“The city really did a great job with these fields,” Tolman coach Jack Couto said after his Tigers opened their league season with a 2-0 victory over Moses Brown. “It was great we were able to get this game in today.”
The Tigers and Quakers played through a scoreless first half before Tolman’s Manny Wongen, a speedy forward, broke through for a pair of goals in the second half.

PawSox begin quest for Governors' Cup tonight

September 6, 2011

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Starting Wednesday night the Pawtucket Red Sox — what’s left of the club, that is — will dead aim at the Governors’ Cup trophy, which is presented to the top International League team following the conclusion of two best-of-five series.
Game 1 of the opening round brings the division champion PawSox to Allentown, Pa., home of fellow I.N. North foe and wild-card entry Lehigh Valley. The first two games are at Coca-Cola Park with the final three to be played at McCoy Stadium over the weekend.

September 5th

PawSox finish regular season 20 games above .500

September 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Bring on the IronPigs!
The playoff-bound Pawtucket Red Sox completed their regular season quietly on Monday afternoon, finishing 20 games above .500 at 81-61 after rolling to a 7-3 win over Rochester.
The PawSox will begin a best-of-five playoff series Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley’s field in Allentown, Pa. against an IronPigs team that lost 10 of 16 games to Pawtucket during the regular season. Lehigh Valley nailed down the wild-card with a 4-1 rain-shortened win over Syracuse on Monday.

PawSox were 'thinking of Ben' during celebration

September 5, 2011

PAWTUCKET — While the Pawtucket Red Sox were celebrating their International League North division championship on Saturday night, Club President Mike Tamburro found himself thinking about the franchise’s late owner, Ben Mondor.
“I was definitely thinking of Ben,” Tamburro admitted on Monday. “I know he’s somewhere up there celebrating.”

September 4th

Beyeler taking job one step at a time

September 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Arnie Beyeler had everything figured out – or so he believed prior to discussing his baseball career ambitions with Brad Mills a few years back during spring training.
At the time Beyeler was managing in Double-A Portland while Mills served as Terry Francona’s bench coach in Boston. One day the pair engaged in some casual chatter when the minor-league skipper revealed what he considered the pinnacle: coaching third base for a major league club.

PawSox won North with pitching, defense

September 4, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Want to truly understand why the Pawtucket Red Sox are playing meaningful games in September for the first time in three years and are winners of the I.L. North for the first time since 2003? Here are several items that stand out based on the observations of this particular scribe.
1). Run prevention

September 3rd

PawSox rally in the 8th, clinch I.L. North crown

September 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET – As his players danced to loud music while taking swigs of beer in the other room, Arnie Beyeler stood in the manager’s office, his t-shirt completely soaked after several players cornered him near the visitors dugout and dumped beer all over him.
The fruits of victory are sweet if you’re the Pawtucket Red Sox. The locals clinched the I.L. North Saturday night after rallying for a 12-7 victory past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The division title is the franchise’s first since 2003 and the fifth since 1991, when division play was introduced in the International League.

September 2nd

Reaction from PawSox clubhouse after Friday's 4-3 win against Scranton

September 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Some clubhouse reaction from Pawtucket’s 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night, a win the leaves the locals a combination of one win and a Lehigh Valley loss away from clinching the I.L. North

Manager Arnie Beyeler on throw by centerfielder Che-Hsuan Lin in the eighth inning that cut down the potential tying run at third base:

PawSox can clinch divison title Saturday night

September 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox will have to wait just a little bit longer to call themselves Northern Division champions.
The PawSox kept up their end of the bargain after holding on for a 4-3 win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night at McCoy Stadium. Thanks to Lehigh Valley staging a 2-1 walk-off win over Buffalo, the magic number for the PawSox to officially clinch the division stands at a lone game.

Minor league clubs at mercy of parent team

September 2, 2011

Some things I think I think:
If the Gwinnett Braves earn the International League wild-card playoff berth this weekend, they probably won’t have ace pitcher Julio Teheran available for their first-round series against Pawtucket. The Atlanta Braves reportedly will use their top minor league prospect next Thursday in a doubleheader against the New York Mets.

Gathright joins PawSox

September 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Like a runner taking a short lead off of first base, Joey Gathright wishes to not look too far ahead.
The 30-year-old speedster understands why there’s a great deal of intrigue surrounding the Red Sox signing him out of the Independent ball ranks, and for a change the hubbub has nothing to do with him leaping over a car.

September 1st

PawSox eye clincher Friday at home

September 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Red Sox can clinch first place in the I.L. North tonight with a victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and a Lehigh Valley loss.
The PawSox own a two-game lead plus a tiebreaker advantage over Lehigh Valley, which has lost its last four games. Pawtucket has dropped its last two to Rochester. There are four games left in the regular season.
The PawSox will send Matt Fox (9-4, 4.04 ERA) to the mound tonight against Scranton’s Adam Warren (6-7, 3.57).

Shea, CF gridders look to end playoff droughts

September 1, 2011

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true -- Shea and Central Falls, two teams who had traditionally appeared in the playoffs during the late ’90s and 2000s, have not been in the playoffs in the last three seasons.
From 1998-2007, the Raiders qualified for the playoff nine times, making it as far as the Super Bowl on five of those occasions and winning it twice.
The Warriors also made five postseason appearances during that 10-year span time and won a championship in 2005.

 

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