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August 1st, 2015
WEST WARWICK – Minutes after the ceremony officially declaring Upper Deck Post 86/14 of Cumberland/Lincoln the R.I. American Legion Senior Division's newest champion, shortstop Tyler Calabro admitted he really couldn't comprehend what it meant to him.
“We made it all the way to the finals in high school, but then lost (two games to one) to Hendricken,” the recent Cumberland High graduate stated, referring to the state Division I tourney title set at McCoy Stadium this past spring. “We played really well, but didn't get it done.
WARWICK – Immediately after the Lincoln All-Stars had sustained a 14-0 beating from Cranston Western in the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship game on Wednesday night, manager Charlie Hien – as always – shuffled his kids off to a quiet spot in right field for a chat.
It’s no secret that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is all about “protecting the shield.”
With that in mind, no one should be surprised that Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension did not budge from four games on Tuesday.
PAWTUCKET – Moments after recording the final out, those representing the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division (13-15) squad sprinted to the mound and piled onto Jordan Perdomo, who had just tossed a 4-1 masterpiece over Paterson, N.J. in the championship game of the RBI Northeast Regional Baseball Tournament held Monday morning inside McCoy Stadium.
The reason for the massive celebration: With the victory, Pawtucket earned a berth in the RBI World Series, slated for Grapevine and Southlake, Tex. between Aug. 10-15.
WARWICK – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Cranston Western, 7-2, on Sunday night at Warwick Continental Field in the winner's bracket final of the Rhode Island major division tournament.
With the win, Lincoln moves on to the two-game state championship series, slated for Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Cranston Western and Portsmouth.
Lincoln needs to win one of the two games to capture the state championship.
More coverage coming tomorrow.
PROVIDENCE – Moses Brown graduate Cal Slepkow whirled a stellar five-hitter with three walks and seven strikeouts to propel Collette Post 79 of Central Falls/Pawtucket to a 4-0 state American Legion Tournament victory over R&R Construction Post 18 of Newport at La Salle Academy on Sunday afternoon.
WARWICK – Nick Toro had a penchant for pounding home runs in the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament, one in which the Lincoln All-Stars swept with relative ease, and he picked up where he left off Saturday afternoon.
LINCOLN – As always after the capture of a R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship, the Lincoln All-Stars were back at practice Tuesday evening with their manager, Charlie Hien, and his mammoth coaching staff of at least five.
BURRILLVILLE – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Smithfield on Sunday night, 8-4, to capture the Rhode Island District IV Championship.
They were powered by a trio of home runs in the fourth inning by Julian Horan, Danny Fish and Sam Ferranti which accounted for seven of their runs.
Lincoln begins action in the state tournament by facing District 2 winner, Portsmouth, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Warwick Continental’s Little League complex.
Full story Tuesday in the print edition of The Times.
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.
After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.
The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.
PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.
“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”
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Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.
Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”
Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”
PROVIDENCE – While Upper Deck Post 86 of Cumberland maintains complete control of the R.I. American Legion's Senior Division standings at this “mid-point” of the campaign – it's 15-1 – the boys of Collette Vacations Post 79 continue to rack up victories, ever so quietly.
CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.
They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.
EAST PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.
Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.
PAWTUCKET – Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.
That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.
Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series
Mike Roncarati was one of the keys in helping the Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals, but the Cumberland native and 2005 Bishop Feehan graduate didn’t hoist a single jumper, nor was tasked with the difficult assignment of guarding LeBron James.
His capacity as the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach is rooted in altruistic principles.
“Your job is about making them stay in peak condition throughout the year,” Roncarati said.
LINCOLN – When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.
The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”
Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.
LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.
The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).
CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.