If youâre looking to follow the Boston Marathon online today and keep track of the top residents from the Blackstone Valley, keep the numbers 319, 1991, and 5934 in mind.
They are the bib numbers that will be donned by Cumberlandâs Jason Reilly, Pawtucketâs Brendan Doyle, and Cumberlandâs Dave Constantino, who will be among the runners scattered in the first wave and looking to complete the 118th running of this legendary race in under three hours.
PAWTUCKET â To PawSox manager Kevin Boles, Shane Victorino passed his first rehab test.
Playing six innings in the first game of Saturdayâs doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, Victorino went hitless in three at-bats and did not record a play in right field. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Alex Hassan.
âThe game-plan was five to six innings and three at-bats,â noted Boles.
PAWTUCKET â The learning curve is steep and slippery for Tolman Highâs talented but inexperienced squad.
The Tigers, who started off this breakthrough Division I campaign with four wins in their first five league games, hit a wall over the past two days. First they dropped an 11-2 verdict to unbeaten North Kingstown on Thursday and then on Friday they fell to Toll Gate by an 8-5 score in eight innings.
While most New Yearâs Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the stateâs capitol.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.
WOONSOCKET â For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesnât get much better these days.
On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University â9â beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincolnâs 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.
PAWTUCKET â The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes itâs only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.
When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox âŠ letâs just say thereâs a cloak and dagger element in play.
âI donât know when Iâm leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,â said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. âIâll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.â
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PAWTUCKET â Itâs still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.
LINCOLN â Avid readers of this newspaper may remember the graphic photo tucked into the upper left corner of the front page back on Nov. 10, 2013.
Photographer Ernest A. Brown captured the shot of Lincoln High goalie Jack Bacon laying in front of his own net, obviously pained at the devastating occurrence seconds before.
There on the Rhode Island College soccer field in the championship tilt of the R.I. Division II Tournament, the Lions and Toll Gate High were involved in a dramatic shootout, and â with it knotted at 3-3 â it was up to Bacon to stop Zach Bromage's final attempt.
CUMBERLAND â The keys to the Clippersâ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.
The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. Thereâs plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.
PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman Highâs fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.