CUMBERLAND â Looks like this new Division II thing is suiting Cumberland just fine.
After years of struggling in the Division I ranks and winning no more than five games in each of the last eight seasons, the Clippers are thriving in the stateâs second division and off to their best start in recent memory.
DURHAM, N.C. â For a team that has enjoyed a champagne bath or two in recent weeks, this was not the ending the Pawtucket Red Sox had in mind.
The International League champion PawSox felt the sting of the Pacific Coast Leagueâs best Tuesday night as Reno romped to the Triple-A National Championship, 10-3, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The Aces jumped all over PawSox starter Nelson Figueroa as the playoff hero was knocked out after just two innings.
DURHAM, N.C. â If thereâs anyone who can relate to the coming-out-of-nowhere playoff run that the Pawtucket Red Sox have enjoyed, itâs Rick Burleson.
A former Red Sox and PawSox shortstop, Burleson is presently the hitting coach for the Reno Aces. The 61-year-oldâs presence in the Eastern Time Zone this week conjures up memories pertaining to Pawtucketâs first Governorsâ Cup-producing club in 1973. More than eager to take a stroll down memory lane, Burleson says the â73 PawSox possessed future major-league contributors by the bushel.
DURHAM, N.C. â When does a Game One have a Game Seven vibe to it?
The answer: When youâre participating in a single nine-inning affair that will determine the top Triple-A squad of 2012, which is whatâs happening Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, site of the Triple-A National Championship Game between International League champion Pawtucket and the Reno Aces, the top team from the Pacific Coast League.
Itâs a winner-take-all contest that will serve as the final minor-league baseball game of the season, at any level.
DURHAM, N.C. â What images do the Pawtucket Red Sox conjure? For longtime fans, the question could elicit all kinds of responses.
You think of Ben Mondor, Pawtucketâs late owner who would have been in his glory this week, enjoying every moment of the pomp and circumstance leading up to tonightâs Triple-A National Championship.
You also think of beautiful McCoy Stadium, a befitting monument to Mondorâs tireless efforts to build a first-class, fan-friendly ballpark out of the rundown facility he inherited.
DURHAM, N.C. â The sum of the phrase âthe 2012 Pawtucket Red Soxâ is much bigger than the 25-man roster at manager Arnie Beyelerâs disposal for tonightâs Triple-A National Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
With injuries, call-ups, trades and other roster maneuvering, the PawSox needed a proverbial village of ballplayers to get through a challenging season, make the International League playoffs and clinch the Governorsâ Cup.
CUMBERLAND â About two weeks ago, Ed McVeigh received a letter at his Circuit Drive home that he found equal parts fascinating and disturbing.
âI was wondering, 'What's up with this?' It was on official Central Falls High School stationary, and I hadn't been there in quite a while,â he said. âMy first thought was, 'What'd I do now?!'â
PAWTUCKET â Fans are invited to McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night to take a photo with the Governorsâ Cup and to watch the PawSox play for the 2012 Triple-A National Championship on the video board.
Gates at McCoy Stadium will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch slated for shortly after 7 oâclock. Admission to this event is free.
Winners of their first Governorsâ Cup since 1984, the PawSox will now play the winner of the Pacific Coast League Playoffs, Reno or Omaha, for the Gildan Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday night in Durham, N.C.
CUMBERLAND --- Give Cumberlandâs âDâ an âAâ for its excellent performance against Central on Friday night.
The Clippers limited the speedy Knights to just 117 yards of offense and only two trips inside Cumberlandâs 30 en route to a well-deserved shutout and a 28-0 victory in their Division II-B meeting at Tucker Field.
Offensively, senior quarterback Brendan Guerin also earned high grades spinning the laces, completing 11 of his 18 passes for 129 yards and three touchdowns, but the story of this night was the Clippersâ defense.
PawSox players made sure to spray champagne on from left, manager Arnie Beyeler, Red Sox farm director Ben Crockett, Pawtucket team president Mike Tamburro and general manager Lou Schwechheimer after the Governors' Cup trophy was handed to them by International League president Randy Mobley (not pictured). The trophy presentation was the result of the PawSox' 4-1 triumph against the Charlotte Knights Thursday night. Photo by Louriann Mardo-Zayat.