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May 22nd, 2015

Cumberland Baseball | Clippers pull away from Townies, 7-0

May 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East Providence highs was defined as a premier pitchers’ duel.

It sure didn’t end that way.

Guarding a skimpy 1-0 advantage entering the back half of the sixth, the Clippers exploded for six runs on six straight hits – four for extra bases – to coast to a 7-0 blowout triumph over the Townies before perhaps 70 fans at Tucker Field on Friday afternoon.

Pawtucket Red Sox | GLOVE ACTUALLY: Pitch-calling, defense must come first for Swihart

May 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing high-level defense isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.

Such is the lot of young Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. The highly-touted rookie found himself in the majors after a series of injuries to Boston’s catchers, with a mandate to get his mitt-work up to MLB standards.

“In order to stay there, that has to be the priority,” said PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman earlier this week.

Monday’s events will focus on those who served

May 22, 2015

While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.

On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.

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May 22, 2015

May 21st

Ten arrested in CF sting

May 21, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Three female police officers posing as prostitutes were solicited for sex, according to police, resulting in the arrest of 10 men from cities and towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The undercover sting on Wednesday, in high-traffic areas of the city, netted the alleged Johns Central Falls said.

The following men were arrested:

- Jose Barragan, 72, of Lincoln, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes

- Robert Bowman, 26, of Pawtucket, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes

St. Raphael Academy Tennis | Lefebvre, Mendes help Saints stun top-seeded PCD in semis, 4-3

May 21, 2015


BARRINGTON – St. Raphael’s magical postseason ride continued Thursday as the fifth-seeded Saints stunned top seed Providence Country Day, 4-3, in the Division III semifinals.

The win pushes SRA into Saturday’s title match, which will take place at Slater Park. The Saints will take on the winner of the other semifinal-round match that took place Thursday at Barrington High School, Coventry vs. Scituate.

Tolman Softball | Wilson double helps Tolman top Lincoln, 6-5, in clash of Div. I rivals

May 21, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In a back-and-forth affair, Tolman outlasted Lincoln, 6-5, on Thursday at Slater Park’s Al Bailey Field.

The Tigers, who are in the midst of stretch of four games in four days, broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth behind a two-out double by senior Leiandra Wilson. The Lions, who held leads of 2-0 and 4-1, didn’t threaten in the seventh.

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May 21, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day!

May 21, 2015

PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

May 20th

Davies Tech Softball | Patriots fall to Northmen in breast cancer awareness charity game

May 20, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD  –  North Smithfield High hadn’t played up to expectations for the better part of this Division II-North campaign, so veteran head coach Paul Mercier held a 30-minute team meeting after Tuesday afternoon’s practice.

He felt his Northmen were better than their 6-6 league record, and weren’t getting along as well as they could be.

St. Raphael Academy Tennis | Doubles tandems helps Saints clinch berth in Div. III semifinals

May 20, 2015


EXETER – St. Raphael Academy earned a trip to the Division III semifinals with their 4-2 win over Exeter/West Greenwich on Wednesday.

The clinching match came from Saints No. 2 doubles tandem Justin Jackson and Andy Li. The duo earned a marathon victory, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and came back from love-40 in the final game of the third set.

The first doubles team of Santiago Durango and Auston Gillis also earned a hard-fought win, staging a third set comeback. After trailing 2-5, they won the last five games to get the win. 

Funeral for Skeffington set for Saturday

May 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will “honor, remember, and grieve” for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be “time enough in the future” to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffington’s funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.

May 19th

Lincoln-Cumberland Softball | Clippers start strong, hold off Lions

May 19, 2015

LINCOLN  –  Unlike its past few games, Cumberland High made a 3-0 lead in the first frame hold up.

After sustaining three consecutive defeats, the Clippers utilized a fine three-hitter from freshman lefty Jocelyn Bodington to snag a much-needed 5-3 Division I-North victory over archrival Lincoln at Sullivan Field on Tuesday night.

Bodington also mustered 10 strikeouts as CHS improved to 8-7 in league play.

May 18th

Commentary | McGair: A fan first, late PawSox president Skeffington was a true lover of the sport

May 18, 2015


PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington may be remembered by some as the businessman who wanted to move the PawSox out of McCoy Stadium. That’s unfortunate because most of all, he was a fan with a lifelong passion for sports and the benefits they can bring a community.

Skeffington died suddenly Sunday night after a three-month stint as team president of the PawSox. His fandom was a side that not everyone got to see, as his brief tenure was marked by a busy process of transition and planning for the future.

Cumberland blaze leaves eight homeless

May 18, 2015

CUMBERLAND – A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.

Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.

Pawtucket Red Sox | Team President James Skeffington dies

May 18, 2015

Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.

May 17th

Youngsters piece together the points at North American Scrabble contest

May 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.

While the two boys’ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as “The East West Word Wizards” at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.

Providence College basketball | POINT MAN: Guard guru Jeff Battle joins Friars coaching staff

May 17, 2015


PROVIDENCE – In basketball, as in life, timing is everything. That’s why PC Friar fans should take note of the addition of Jeff Battle to Ed Cooley’s staff – it comes at an intriguing juncture for the program.

It’s hard to avoid associating Kris Dunn’s return to PC for his redshirt junior season and Battle’s arrival as an assistant. Dunn has NBA point-guard pedigree, and who better to educate the talented youngster than a coach who knows a thing or two about working with top-tier college point men.

May 15th

Armed fugitives nabbed in CF

May 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – Two fugitives from Colorado, including a woman sought for prison escape, got caught on Illinois Street Wednesday with heroin, a Bushmaster assault rifle, armor-piercing bullets, and a stolen truck, police said.

John Baker, 38, and Jessica Garrett, 32, both of Colorado, are being held without bail on fugitive warrants from Colorado after their arraignment in District Court Thursday.

High school baseball | FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: Cumberland's Dante Baldelli opts to take talents to Boston College

May 15, 2015

NORTH PROVIDENCE – There’s no room for confusion or interpretation when you’re that sure about something. Make no mistake … Dante Baldelli has already made up his mind regarding his college-baseball destination.

 

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