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June 3rd, 2011

Tolman spikers top Pilgrim, head to Div. II semis

June 3, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Donaldson Gymansium was rocking Friday night with droves of Tolman High fans coming out to witness the Tigers’ Division II quarterfinal matchup with Pilgrim.
The host did not disappoint.
Tolman, a No. 2 seed from the II-North at 14-2, overcame a rare loss in the opening game by winning the next three en route to a 3-1 decision over the Patriots.
The win is the first in the postseason for the Tigers since their 2003 championship season. It’s also avenges back-to-back losses to the Patriots, a three seed for II-South, in opening-round matches of the last two playoffs.

June 2nd

15th-seeded N.P. shocks Tolman softball team

June 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Division II-East champions. A division-leading 13 runs per game. One of three teams to lead the league with 14 regular-season victories.
A stunning first-round exit in the Division II playoffs.
These are the four things this season’s Tolman High team will be remembered for doing. And while the first three are incredible accomplishments, the fourth was a cruel, disappointing way to end a sensational spring — one that had the promise of playing for a state title next week at Rhode Island College.

Randall, Cumberland win state titles

June 2, 2011

For two days in the hot sun, Cumberland High collectively played its best golf of the season at the RIIL State Championship.
Its efforts were amply rewarded.
Jamison Randall earned the individual title and, along with his teammates, the Clippers captured the team crown on Wednesday afternoon with a four-stroke victory over Portsmouth and North Kingstown at the Cranston Country Club.

May 31st

Lackey fares well in rehab start with PawSox

June 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – If a cortisone shot can put an injured pitcher on the road to recovery, then everyone can start forming a line behind John Lackey.

Cumberland golf team hangs tough in second place

May 31, 2011

CRANSTON — Wearing pink shirts to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cumberland High stood out on the golf course.
By the time the first round of the RIIL Golf State Tournament was finished Tuesday afternoon at a sun-drenched Cranston Country Club, the Clippers also stood out on the leaderboard.
Jamison Randall tied medalist honors, firing an even-par 71. Behind the talented senior, the rest of the Clippers didn’t do so badly either. Senior teammates Mike Ray and Jack Andrade each carded a 79 and sophomore Brendan Guerin posted an 83.

May 30th

Woonsocket baseball team has come of age

May 30, 2011

WOONSOCKET – It was the first game of the season – a loss to Johnston -- when Woonsocket High baseball coach John Marsella knew he had a team that could do some damage in Division II.
“We lost to Johnston 2-1 in our opener,” Marsella was saying on Monday. “Everyone had told me before the season that Johnston was the class of the division. After that game, we knew we could play with them. That gave confidence to everyone on the team.”

Judy Gordon earns national wrestling honor

May 30, 2011

CUMBERLAND – Steve Gordon has been coaching wrestling at Cumberland High for 42 years.
He has seen a lot of people come and go during his more than four-decade career. But every long, wintry season, he knows one face will always be there and volunteering countless hours to add to the success of his program. It’s a person that has missed fewer matches than the fingers on your hand, his wife Judy Gordon.

Lackey will start tonight for PawSox

May 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET – There’s always excitement in the air whenever a big-name player ventures to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment. For Rich Sauveur, it will simply be another day at the office when John Lackey makes his first and only rehab appearance for the PawSox Tuesday night.

PawSox lose 13-inning marathon

May 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Felix Doubront the Red Sox thought they were getting this season has yet to surface. That’s why Monday’s brief cameo should be viewed as a step in the right direction.

May 29th

Gobewole, Vazquez win titles at Hendricken Invitational

May 29, 2011

WARWICK – A lingering shoulder problem, one that bothered him during a still successful indoor campaign, has limited the number of meets for Freddy Gobewole this spring.
But it hasn’t stopped him from winning.
The Shea High senior ran the fastest time in the state in the 100-meter dash on Saturday, winning the individual title at the annual Hendricken Invitational with a time of 10.5 seconds. Gobewole’s performance, where he defeated junior Josh Gilkenson of Moses Brown by a tenth of a second, comes just a week before the state championships at Brown Stadium.

Tolman baseball season comes to an end

May 29, 2011

WAKEFIELD – Tolman starting pitcher Chris Messier issued just one walk in Saturday’s Region 3 finale of the Division II double-elimination tournament vs. The Prout School. Unfortunately for the sixth-seeded Tigers, that free pass wound up being the deciding factor in a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Crusaders, thus ending the season for Theo Murray’s crew.

May 27th

Jose Iglesias works on his hitting in Pawtucket

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Red Sox view Jose Iglesias as someone too valuable to languish on the bench as a backup, absorbing the big-league atmosphere. Serving as the everyday shortstop in Pawtucket is where the consensus top prospect in the farm system belongs at the moment.

Che-Hsuan Lin takes over in CF for PawSox

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Without hesitation, Kyle Weiland knew that if an opposing hitter’s fly ball to center field could be caught, it would.
Che-Hsuan Lin is that reliable.
But when Weiland began the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander was separated from his security blanket, the vacuum cleaner of an outfielder he had played with since 2009.
Much to Weiland’s delight, they were reunited May 21, when Lin was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland.

Jenks says he's good to go

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Bobby Jenks proclaimed after working one scoreless inning in Pawtucket’s 6-3 loss Friday night that he’s sorted through the mechanical issues that dogged him earlier in the season.

Tolman earns second chance at Prout

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High and Narragansett High’s pitching staffs looked every bit like they were working in their third playoff game in as many days on Friday afternoon.
Not only did both sides combine to use eight pitchers, but they also issued a whopping 27 walks, and that helped make their Division II losers’ bracket game a marathon affair that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.

May 26th

Indy slips past PawSox

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET – An eight-game homestand got off to a bland start as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to Indianapolis, 4-3, Thursday at a fog-laden McCoy Stadium.
The contest’s pace matched the pea soup fog that engulfed the ballpark by the middle innings. Eventually the fog lifted to the point where the outfielders could be identified, but its disappearance did little to ignite a rally out of the PawSox, who were coming off a 5-3 road trip.

Cranston East tops Saints

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy followed up one of its best games of the season with arguably its worst on Thursday afternoon and paid for it.
The price the Saints paid? A demotion to the losers’ bracket of the Division I playoffs and a battle for their playoff lives today against East Greenwich High.
Fourteenth-seeded Cranston East High took advantage of six infield errors and a lack of timely hitting by the Saints and used that to bus out of Vets Park with a 6-1 triumph that puts the Thunderbolts one win away from sewing up the Region 3 portion of the tournament.

Okajima finds himself in baseball limbo

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Hideki Okajima kicked off his second tour of duty with the PawSox Thursday, admitting that McCoy Stadium was the last place he expected to set foot in. Such sentiment can be linked to the events of last Friday, when Boston designated the 35-year-old reliever for assignment.

May 25th

Gagne's clutch hit lifts Tolman past Narragansett

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Theo Murray was ready to talk suicide squeeze with Brandon Gagne. It didn’t take long for Murray to recalibrate his expectations for the Tolman High junior after Gagne voiced he was in no mood to lay down a bunt.
Swing away then, insisted Murray. With the onus now on Gagne to deliver the goods on his confident promise, the leadoff hitter came through with arguably the biggest hit of the season for the Tigers.

Cranston East stuns Lincoln in playoff opener

May 26, 2011

Contributing writer
LINCOLN – Cranston East sure didn’t play like a No. 14 seed, nor did Lincoln High look the part of a state title contender.
So while Wednesday’s result at Chet Nichols Field could certainly be described as unexpected, it wasn’t exactly a shock.
Fresh off a 14-4 regular season that produced a Division I-North crown and the third overall seed in the 16-team, double-elimination state tournament, Lincoln endured a collective struggle in dropping a 4-2 decision to Cranston East, an 8-10 team out of Division I-Central.

 

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