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May 4th, 2011
LINCOLN --â€“ Lacrosse is a game where goals are often scored in large numbers and multiple tallies by any one individual is not uncommon.
But for Lincoln High junior Jillian DeSimone this spring, it just may be bordering on the ridiculous.
DeSimone has averaged more than eight goals per outing in nine league games for the Lions in Division II. On Wednesday, it was status quo for the high-scoring attack as she netted 10 scores â€“ all coming in the first half â€“ to lift the unbeaten Lions to a rather routine 22-13 decision over North Providence at Ferguson Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The in-game injuries keep piling up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Promising player Yamaico Navarro became the latest casualty Tuesday afternoon, joining an ever-expanding list of PawSox bitten by the injury bug.
Navarro immediately grabbed his left side after a bunt single in the first inning, giving off the vibe that something wasnâ€™t quite right. Those suspicions were confirmed when Nate Spears replaced Navarro in right field in the top of the second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Red Sox are exercising supreme caution with Felix Doubront. After missing most of spring training with elbow tightness in his pitching elbow and beginning the season pitching exclusively out of Bostonâ€™s bullpen, the promising left-hander finds himself in the midst of building up his pitch count.
The process continued Tuesday as Doubront threw 64 pitches, which represents a 14-pitch improvement over his previous start. The alarming sign is that Doubront was only able to provide 3 1/3 innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 7-2 matinee loss to Toledo.
LINCOLN â€” Before a brutal, four-game stretch of crossover games, Lincoln High was sitting nicely atop the Division I-North standings with an unbeaten 8-0 mark.
Itâ€™s a little different now.
Facing some of the upper-echelon of squads from I-South and I-Central over the last week, the Lions suffered their third setback in the last four games Tuesday afternoon with a 5-1 loss to Bishop Hendricken at Chet Nichols Field. The Hawks belted out 11 hits and had a quality start from lefty Tim Pannone to improve to 9-2 for the spring.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox continue to expose Yamaico Navarro to new positions. Monday night marked his second consecutive start in right field, becoming the fifth different position heâ€™s seen time at this season. In the ninth inning Navarro moved over to center, meaning the only positions heâ€™s yet to play are first base, catcher and pitcher.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To trace the path of how Victor Martinez became a Detroit Tiger, one can look back at last Julyâ€™s trading deadline. The acquisition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia meant the Red Sox had their coveted catcher of the future, and with Martinez heading into free agency, the handwriting was on the wall that the 32-year-old stood a longshot to be back with Boston in 2011.
CENTRAL FALLS --- Softball games between second-place and fourth-place teams that are separated by a game in the standings are usually close, competitive battles.
Monday afternoonâ€™s Division III game between Central Falls and Shea was an exception.
The Warriors pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of an usually-high 11 errors by the Raiders on their way to a surprising 15-0 victory at Macomber Stadium that was stopped after 4Â˝ innings by the mercy rule.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Rehabbing an injury can prove very tricky for many athletes to navigate successfully. Thatâ€™s why the athletic trainer is an important source, both in terms of offering moral support and aiding the athleteâ€™s quest to return to action as soon as the body permits.
In terms of both critical areas, Ryan Kalish knows heâ€™s in good hands with Jon Jochim, the trainer for the Pawtucket Red Sox. On Sunday morning, Kalish emerged from the trainerâ€™s room with his left shoulder heavily bandaged, tangible proof that another therapy session under Jochimâ€™s care had transpired.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A lack of control continues to haunt Andrew Miller.
Throwing strikes was a major flaw for the lanky left-hander Sunday afternoon as Pawtucket dropped a 4-3 decision to Toledo before 3,512 at McCoy Stadium. Miller lasted just three-plus innings and was yanked by PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler after loaded the bases on two walks and a single in the fourth. The former sixth overall pick of the 2006 draft was the definition of off-target, throwing just 41 of his 84 pitches for strikes.
Pawtucketâ€™s Daphne Homen and Cumberlandâ€™s Caroline Mattos are two local high school students making a name for themselves as fencers at the Rhode Island Fencing Academy and Club in Warren.
Homen, who attends the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket, came to the club five years ago, worked her way up through the system, and now competes with the club team.
WICKFORD â€“ This is a game Lincoln High would soon rather forget.
North Kingstown High was clearly the better squad Friday afternoon in a 10-5 win at Lischio Field. The game was hailed as a matchup of Division I contenders, as both squads entered play with identical 7-1 records, good enough to lead their respective divisions. Instead of a tightly-played contest filled with drama and suspense, the Skippers and Lions plodded along, combining for seven errors and 10 walks. In the end, North Kingstown was the squad that wound up making fewer mistakes, even though Lincoln belted three home runs.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. â€“ To Josh Reddick, it must seem as if the pitcher is throwing beach balls. The PawSox outfielder is that locked in at the plate.
Reddick continued his offensive tear Thursday night, victimizing Lehigh Valley for two home runs in Pawtucketâ€™s 11-8 triumph at Coca-Cola Park. He has now homered in four consecutive games as Reddick blasted his seventh and eighth round trippers at the expense of the IronPigs. Dating back to last season Reddick has amassed 18 home runs in 53 Triple-A contests.
Buddy Hausmann knows Ryan Kalish, which is why he dubs the Red Sox outfield prospect, â€śmy younger brother.â€ť
â€śYou want to make sure nothing is bothering him,â€ť expressed Hausmann, the current head baseball coach and former assistant at Red Bank Catholic High School in New Jersey, where Kalish was a three-sport standout. â€śHe wonâ€™t leave, whether itâ€™s going to spring training or (or Athletes Performance in Arizona, a noted workout hangout for pro athletes) until he has dinner with my wife and I.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€“ There will be more than 2,000 participants competing this weekend in the Cox Providence Rhode Racesâ€™ Half Marathon. Each one will have a goal; each one will have a reason for taking on such a challenging, endurance event.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” This was a case of dĂ©jĂ vu that East Providence High liked and Mount St. Charles Academy didnâ€™t.
Courtney DeCastroâ€™s second walkoff hit of the season, a run-scoring single with two outs in the home half of the eighth inning, drove in younger sister Amy DeCastro with the run that helped the Townies grab a 2-1 victory over the Mounties in their Division I crossover affair at Pierce Field.
CRANSTON â€” The never-say-die attitude was there. So too were the late-game heroics that some have come to associate Lincoln High baseball with.
On a sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, the end result went astray from the now one-beaten Lions. A valiant comeback bid was nullified thanks to Cranston Westâ€™s Alex Morettiâ€™s two-out double with one on in the bottom of the seventh, lifting the Falcons to the 8-7 walk-off triumph. Morettiâ€™s clutch knock touched down in the right-centerfield gap, chasing home catcher Jeff Diehl with the winning run.
CUMBERLAND â€” Ask any of the girlsâ€™ coaches about who would win Tuesdayâ€™s Northern Division showdown between host Cumberland High and unbeaten squads Woonsocket and Central Falls and the response was the same.
They simply didnâ€™t have a clue.
â€śThis is going to be a close meet,â€ť said Woonsocket coach Dan Richard midway into the competition. â€śI thought before the meet, plus or minus five points between all three schools.â€ť
LINCOLN â€” Golf couldnâ€™t have gone any better for Jamison Randall last summer.
During a magnificent, two-month stretch on the links, the Cumberland High senior captured three tournaments, winning the World Series of Junior Golf at Triggs G.C., the Rhode Island Golfers Association (RIGA) Junior Championships and the New England Junior Championships, taking that prestigious tourney in sudden death.
CUMBERLAND â€” Stranding runners on base has been a sore subject with Cumberland High this month, but on Monday afternoon, the Clippers were able to deliver some timely hits in their Division I crossover battle with East Providence High at Tucker Field.
Rebecca Geddes, Samantha Bertherman, and Bridget Connors each drove in a run during a four-run uprising in the home half of the fourth inning, and that rally, parlayed with the dominant one-hit pitching of senior ace Bethany Paul, helped the hosts grab a 4-1 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€” Johnston High showed Tolman why it is undefeated in Division II action on Monday.
The Panthers improved to 8-0 with a 5-0 victory over Tolman in a well-played game that took less than two hours to complete at McCoy Stadium. Righthander Gian Bianchi scattered eight hits over six innings to pick up the win. Tolman starter Andrew Larson went the distance, scattering 13 hits and getting some fine defense from his infielders and outfielders.