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Softball Patriots pack a punch, tame Raiders

May 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — This did not resemble your typical second-place vs. third-place battle.
In fact, Thursday afternoon’s Division III showdown between Davies and Shea resembled a mismatch between a team battling for the division lead and a team saddled with a losing record and no hopes of grabbing a playoff spot.
The Patriots collected 12 hits and took full advantage of a season-high 12 walks and eight errors by the Raiders, and the end result was a stunning 15-1 rout before a large gathering at Max Read Field that was halted after five innings by the mercy rule.

Saints belt Clippers, keep playoff prayers alive

May 17, 2012

CUMBERLAND — Just before Cumberland High hosted St. Raphael Academy in a critical Division I-North tilt on Thursday afternoon, the two squads stood on their respective baselines and watched Sue Lanctot, a Cumberland resident and two-time breast cancer survivor, throw out the first pitch.
The touching moment drew a hefty round of applause, and for good reason: The contest had been set up weeks ago to benefit the American Cancer Society. Both players and coaches had purchased special, blue-and-white “Strike Out Cancer” caps to wear, at $15 each.

Lacrosse Clippers on a roll

May 15, 2012

CUMBERLAND — The last time Cumberland enjoyed a season as magical as the one the Clippers have put together so far this spring, its current members were learning the sport in middle school, and its head coach, Scott Carpenter, was savoring his retirement from coaching after a long, successful run as the Clippers’ hockey coach.

Larson, Tigers wrap up division title

May 15, 2012

PAWTUCKET — It was about lunchtime Tuesday when Tolman High senior Andrew Larson sat in his English class, discussing with teacher Kevin Kavanaugh the “ins and outs” of preparing for portfolio reviews.
“We were talking about the interview process, being interviewed by people who judge our portfolios, which we need to graduate, and he brought up the newspaper,” Larson explained. “He also brought up sports in general, and what we'd say to a reporter, like, after a win. He told me to remain calm, listen to every question carefully and try to respond … well, intelligently.”

Former PawSox pitching coach Rick Wise recalls time with Wakefield in 1995

May 14, 2012

Generally, Tim Wakefield’s 19-year MLB odyssey is broken down into two separate and distinctive parts. There was the Wakefield of Pittsburgh Pirates fame, the hotshot knuckleball specialist who helped guide the franchise to the brink of the 1992 World Series.

McGair: PawSox's Wilson has more value in rotation, not bullpen

May 14, 2012

We’re just past the quarter mark of the PawSox’s season. Such a distinction comes with a few observations that have made an impression upon this particular observer …

If the Red Sox knew a month ago what they know at the present time, perhaps they wouldn’t have been so quick to move Alex Wilson from the rotation to the bullpen.

North Kingstown tops Cumberland softball team, 5-0

May 14, 2012

CUMBERLAND — If there’s any good news for Cumberland High, it will return to Division I-North action beginning Wednesday afternoon, when head coach Marty Crowley’s crew hosts La Salle Academy at 3:45.
The bad: The Clippers closed their D-I crossover slate Monday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to North Kingstown at Tucker Field, as Skippers’ junior righty Taylor Butler yielded just five hits and two walks while whiffing eight in her complete-game outing.

Hassan's HR pushes Pawtucket's winning streak to five games

May 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- Alex Hassan opened the season a dismal 0-for-17 at the plate before he broke out of the slump with a 3-for-4 outing at Rochester on April 13.
Slow but sure, his confidence increased, and that was more than obvious on Sunday afternoon.
Hassan finished 3-for-3 with a double, homer, sacrifice fly, two RBI and three runs scored to pace the Pawtucket Red Sox’ 5-4 come-from-behind triumph over the Clippers before 5,516 fans at McCoy Stadium.

Versatility the name of Lars Anderson's game; Podsednik joins PawSox

May 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET -- The way Lars Anderson figures it, versatility is the key to getting back to the Boston Red Sox.
That’s why the Pawtucket Red Sox first baseman called Mike Hazen, now Boston’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager, last November and asked that he be considered for an outfield position.
Given Adrian Gonzalez’ contract with Boston, he figured, “Why not?
“He told me he thought it was a good idea, and that he would talk to the powers-that-be,” Anderson, 24, said in the clubhouse prior to Pawtucket’s tilt against the Columbus Clippers on Sunday morning.

Mortensen takes demotion to PawSox in stride

May 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Despite posting downright gaudy numbers in his shortlived Red Sox stint, Clayton Mortensen was farmed out to Pawtucket because of one simple yet often overlooked factoid.
He still has minor-league options remaining.
Guys like Mortensen, they perform a service akin to a security blanket. To the big-league teams, to have a player with options still on the table, creates the kind of roster flexibility that can prove most handy.

 

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