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Tigers now one win away from back-to-back Division II boys' volleyball crowns

June 1, 2014

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PROVIDENCE – Unbeaten Tolman High, which has won two of the last three Division II state volleyball championships, found itself in a heap of trouble on Sunday night in the 2014 tourney semifinals against West Warwick.

The Tigers were tied 2-2 after four games had been completed at the Providence Career and Technical Academy’s sports facility off Westminster Street, right next to Central High’s campus.

“We needed to win,” Tolman’s Eric Silveira admitted after the Tigers pulled out a 15-9 victory in the decisive fifth game. “There was a lot of pressure on us.”

Gonsalves once again rules PFC Kyle J. Coutu 5K

June 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- It was tough to guess who was more excited after the PFC Kyle Joseph Coutu Memorial 5K at Slater Park, the race’s winner, Anthony Gonsalves, or the race committee.

Gonsalves, a 2008 graduate of Tolman High and a middle distance standout for the Tigers’ indoor and outdoor track teams, won for the third time in the four-year history of the event by topping a field of more than 300 runners in a time of 16:42.

PawSox' Hill has options to consider

May 30, 2014

PAWTUCKET – As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware there’s a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.

Lions in do-or-die mode following playoff loss to baseball Hawks

May 30, 2014

WARWICK -- The way Lincoln had been swinging the bats during its eight-game win streak, it was going to take a remarkable pitching performance to cool off the Lions’ assault.

Anthony Graziano provided such an outing on Friday afternoon.

The Bishop Hendricken senior tossed a superb one-hitter that included eight strikeouts and two walks to lead the two-time defending state champs to a 5-0 shutout of the Lions in a Region I winners’ bracket game of the Division I playoffs at Ray Pepin Field.

WEB ONLY: De La Rosa will replace Buchholz in Boston's rotation on Saturday

May 29, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For much of Thursday, the Red Sox were tight-lipped as far as naming a starting pitcher for Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay.
To borrow from the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a trail of breadcrumbs was left around McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon prior to Pawtucket wrapping up its four-game series with Gwinnett. The breadcrumbs may have not formed a path that led directly to the locker room of the intended PawSox pitcher who will take Clay Buchholz’ spot, though their mere metaphorical presence did help to shed some light on the matter.

Cumberland softball team shuts down Westerly again for first Division I playoff victory in three seasons

May 29, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland didn’t need to seek the services of a witch doctor or a sorcerer to eradicate the single-elimination playoff round curse that had plagued the team in recent years.
Instead, the Clippers parlayed the strong three-hit pitching of Juliet Nelson with some errorless defense and clutch hitting into a 7-0 triumph over Westerly at Tucker Field that not only exorcised their demons, but also vaulted them into the double-elimination portion of the Division I state tournament.

SRA softball team blanks Burrillville in playoff opener

May 29, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Hayley Microulis, the lone senior on St. Raphael Academy’s roster, took charge on Thursday when the Saints opened the Division II playoffs against Burrillville in the single-elimination portion of the tournament.
“I wanted to make a statement about how much I love playing softball for St. Raphael Academy,” Microulis said after knocking in three runs and scoring another in a 4-0 victory that sent the Saints into the double-elimination phase of the playoffs, probably on Saturday against the Moses Brown-Cranston East survivor.

Drew goes 1-for-3 in PawSox's win over Gwinnett

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.

Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucket’s 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, there’s also a sense of urgency on the shortstop’s part.

Stephen Drew’s high school coach: ‘I know he was itching to play’

May 28, 2014

PAWTUCKET — At long last, Danny Redshaw can enjoy all the perks that come with subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings package.

“It will be nice to turn on the TV and see a young man who you were fortunate enough to coach in high school and has gone on to play Major League baseball,” Redshaw admitted when reached via cell phone.

PawSox, BoSox both in dire need of offense

May 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The PawSox offense is abysmal this season, ranking as one of the most futile in the International League.

That is not exactly “stop the presses material” to anyone who has watched this team up close. They’ve seen plenty of 3-2 victories and 4-1 defeats. The PawSox bused back to Rhode Island in the wee hours Monday morning possessors of a seven-game losing streak, a dubious mark that has seen them bat .212 over that span. The weekend in Syracuse saw the locals go 23 innings without scoring a single run.

 

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