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July 7th, 2011
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.
CUMBERLAND â€” He only weighs 39 pounds and stands about 47 inches tall.
When he was lined up at the start of the Arnold Mills Road Race on Monday, it was easy to overlook the fact that Jack Casey was among the field of more than 500 runners.
Once the race opened up near the mile mark on Abbott Run Valley Road, the eight-year-old Cumberland tyke certainly became noticeable, making more than a few heads turn in the four-mile event.
Casey, an elementary student at Community School, finished the race with an eye-popping time of 29 minutes, 29 seconds â€“ a 7:22 per-mile pace!
With various opinions coming from scouts and management alike, plenty of discussion and debate occurs when narrowing down potential choices leading up to draft day.
Sherard Clinkscales recalls such an instance in 2000. As the Assistant Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Clinkscales had an important voice regarding what the organization should do with the sixth overall pick. In the end Tampa wound up selecting Rocco Baldelli, but as Clinkscales recalled late last week, it took a while before everyone was in agreement regarding the Woonsocket native/Cumberland native .
SOUTH ATTLEBORO â€” Stone-E-Lea Golf Course superintendent Dave Lapierre makes no bones about the mission of his family-owned and operated business.
â€śWe want to make people feel at home here,â€ť Lapierre was saying last week during a brief break from his job. â€śWeâ€™re not trying to trick the course up and make it a difficult place to play. We want golfers of all ages and skills to play our course and have a chance to play well and enjoy themselves.â€ť
Stone-E-Lea is a public course that does not book tee times.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tim Norton has spent the better part of his professional career battling back from countless injuries. His latest setback is akin to the baseball gods kicking a man when heâ€™s down.
The homecoming originally planned for this weekend never happened. Norton did not pitch at McCoy Stadium for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before friends and family hailing from Burrillville. Instead, the 28-year-old is toiling under the hot sun in Tampa, Fla., the Yankeesâ€™ spring-training facility â€“ Steinbrenner Field â€“ the scene of Nortonâ€™s latest attempt to rehab from shoulder woes.
PAWTUCKET â€” Kyle Weiland did more than raise a curious eyebrow. The right-handed pitcher began besieging Notre Dame pitching coach Sherard Clinkscales with a series of self-doubting questions stemming from his mound troubles surfacing during his 2007 sophomore season.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The feet of Jose Iglesias proved to be the difference in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-5 win over Rochester Thursday. The shortstop prospect, known more for his defense than causing havoc on the basepaths, swiped two bases in the bottom of the eighth with the score knotted at 5-5. A wild pitch by Rochesterâ€™s Anthony Slama proved fortuitous as Iglesias scampered home, sliding feet-first.
PAWTUCKET â€” Sometimes staying put may well prove the best option. Kevin Millwood agrees, hence why heâ€™s not looking to leave the Red Sox organization anytime soon.
â€śI enjoy it here and feel that there could be some opportunity in the future [to once more pitch in the big leagues],â€ť said Millwood, addressing the thought process behind not exercising a recent opt-out date in his contract. â€śIt just seemed like a good situation to stay here and keep pitching. â€śMy biggest thing is this is a place Iâ€™ve enjoyed. I like the organization and hopefully it works out.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Darlington Americanâ€™s 2011 Major Division All-Stars revived some memories of leagueâ€™s illustrious District II history on Thursday with a 10-0 mercy rule romp over Riverside in the playoff opener for both teams.
DALL broke open a 0-0 game in the bottom of the third inning with a seven-run explosion that featured three home runs. Leadoff hitter Elliot Vadnais, cleanup batter Sean Dunphy and No. 9 batter Nick Crawley all homered as the home team sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning.
PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Red Sox proudly unveiled the latest addition to McCoy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as Mondor Gardens was open to the public behind the left-field fence near the McCoy Stadium ticket office.
The handicap-accessible area, which is a tribute to late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, who passed away last October, is landscaped with paved walkways, granite steps, six park benches, and a collection of trees, plants, and flowers.
The area also contains six miniature bronze statues of young children playing baseball that Mondor purchased two years ago in Florida.
PAWTUCKET -- Kyle Weiland brought out his best on Wednesday night, and the Rochester Red Wings had no answers for the rookie righthander.
Weiland struck out 12 batters and threw spectacular one-hit ball through eight innings, and the Pawtucket Red Sox rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to help produce a 4-1 victory over their I.L. North foes at McCoy Stadium.
Weiland, who was picked by the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the â€™08 MLB Draft, improved his record to 7-6 and the PawSoxâ€™s mark to 42-36 with unquestionably his finest outing of the year.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Navigant Credit Union Post 85 found a way to cool off red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79.
The Woonsocket-based club seems to have caught a little fire, too.
Navigant went to work early against its Pawtucket foe on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The bats kept going from there as Post 85 left Max Read Field with an 8-1 victory over Collette in Senior American Legion action.
PAWTUCKET â€” Randy Williams is a bit of late bloomer. In his case, thatâ€™s meant to serve as a compliment.
Normally you donâ€™t associate a 35-year-old with a mid 90s fastball, but you do with Williams. Add to that the fact that the Texas native throws left-handed and suddenly thereâ€™s intrigue â€“ the kind that suggests a return trip to the major leagues is closer than it appeared at the start of the season.
â€śA lefty who throws 95? I would,â€ť said PawSox pitching coach Rich Sauveur when asked if Williams is someone who falls in the â€śworth watchingâ€ť category. â€śHeâ€™s got power stuff.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.
PAWTUCKET --- Toka Kahn-Clary is on the doorstep of a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team.
The 19-year-old Pawtucket fighter sewed up one of the eight spots in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials by copping a silver medal at the USA Boxing National Championships late last week at the Olympic Training Centerâ€™s Sports Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Competing in a competitive 132-pound division, Kahn-Clary needed just two victories to clinch a berth in the Team Trials, which will be held from July 31-Aug. 6 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala.
Letâ€™s break away from the daily grind and wrap our minds around the following hypothetical scenario.
Itâ€™s April 2011 and the NFL Draft â€“ the one piece of business green-lighted during the labor dispute â€“ is taking place. Emotion is a universal language at these types of events, from the tension of waiting to hear your name called to a sense of relief once it is. In a split second the clenching of fists and sweaty palms give way to a smile, the realization that your long sought-after dream has come true.