PAWTUCKET â It's hard to win when you make four errors.
Just ask Shea High head coach Dino Campopiano, whose club's mistake-prone ways allowed Wheeler School to escape Max Read Field with a 5-1 Division II-Central victory on Wednesday afternoon.
Still, fair is fair. John Snider, the Warriors' senior righty from Cumberland, proved to be stellar on the hill, yielding only five hits and three walks while fanning a whopping dozen (though he did toss a trio of wild pitches). He also helped himself with the bat, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.
PAWTUCKET â Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.
PAWTUCKET â Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â10 or 12â cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâs 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â Itâs almost eerie how well Cumberland High struck the ball on Tuesday afternoon.
âWe hit it pretty well in our second game against Moses Brown, and in the Injury Fund (tilt) against Woonsocket, but Iâve never seen anything like this,â explained senior righty Justin Patrick after the Clippers clubbed 17 hits â including nine for extra bases â in a 14-0 thrashing of still-winless Smithfield High at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, thereâs some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâs upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâs one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
âI felt healthy and thatâs all I can ask for,â said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â Can the unthinkable become tomorrowâs reality? In the season of rebirth and renewal of hope, along with the boundless belief that anything is possible, then, yes, Kashif Montgomery has every right to aim high.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâre definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâs top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
PAWTUCKET â Chris Iannetta made his major-league debut on August 27, 2006. That nightâs starting pitcher for Colorado happened to be Aaron Cook, one the PawSox arms to keep close tabs on at the onset of the 2012 season.
Let the record show that Cook and Iannetta hit it off instantly, the folks at baseball-reference.com denoting that the pitcher tossed eight innings of two-run ball in Coloradoâs 6-3 win against San Diego.
PROVIDENCE â Most coaches will gladly tell you that a win is a win no matter the circumstances. That was certainly the case after Fridayâs three-hour plus affair at Davis Park as Tolman bused back to Exchange Street with a hard-fought 13-8 win against fellow Division II-Central foe Classical.
PAWTUCKET â It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Pawtucket Red Sox kept up their end of bargain, scoring a 4-2 triumph over Buffalo Thursday night before 8,872 shivering fans. Leadoff hitter Pedro Ciriaco led the victors with four hits in five trips. The second baseman showed off his wheels as three of his base knocks did not get past the infield.