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.
FORT MILL, S.C. â When you cut right to the heart of the matter, itâs pretty fitting that the Pawtucket Red Sox completed their ascension to the top of the International League mountain in the very same stadium that served as the launching point for a two-plus week stretch of unprecedented success.
Now the games count.
The preseason scrimmages, Injury Fund contests, and last weekendâs non-league openers are all history. Now the high school football games, pitting division opponents against each other, mean something in the standings.
And they get under way tonight, with eight league games scattered throughout the state, and one, a Division IV contest between North Smithfield and Hope, taking place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler likes to point out that each playoff game has been the equivalent of a box of chocolates â you just never know whoâs going to play the role of hero on a given night.
Wednesday saw Pawtucketâs battery of pitcher Zach Stewart and catcher Dan Butler step to the forefront and take their bows. Their induction into the clubâs ever-expanding legion of primetime performers was officially cemented after PawSox silenced the Charlotte Knights, 2-0, in Game Two of the Governorsâ Cup finals before an audience of 3,525.
PAWTUCKET â Lately, much attention has been paid to the hitting exploits of Bryce Brentz â deservedly so, too.
The outfield prospect carried a .471 postseason average into Game Two of the Governorsâ Cup Championship Series, a figure buoyed by a little bit of everything from two home runs to two doubles to five runs batted in.
PAWTUCKET â Longtime Tolman High head coach Bel Pereira didn't discover until he arrived at the McKinnon-Alves Complex on Tuesday afternoon that one of his best forwards, sophomore Suzette Hernandez, wouldn't be able to play because of a stomach virus.
In fact, her mom already had picked her up to transport her to the doctor's office.
âShe's one of my top players, so I didn't know what to do,â Pereira said. âI decided to move Nicole Bedoya from defense to Suzette's position, but I also worried about holes in my defense.â
LINCOLN â If there was one thing in particular Lincoln High head coach John D'Aloisio wanted to see from his troops on Tuesday night, it was to control the time of possession.
His Lions more than obliged.
D'Aloisio's crew combined outstanding defense with a pair of second-half goals to upend Moses Brown, 3-0, in a Division II contest before a smallish audience of about 50 at Chet Nichols Memorial Field.
PAWTUCKET â The anatomy of a young hitter adjusting to a new minor league level has been on full display lately.
In the case of outfield prospect Bryce Brentz, the hot streak he carries into the Governorsâ Cup finals represents a complete 180 from where he stood following a handful of Triple-A games.
PAWTUCKET â The scouting report provided by Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Dan Butler revealed just how on knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright was on Tuesday night.
âIt was all over the place and just so unpredictable,â said Butler after Pawtucket took Game One of the Governorsâ Cup finals against Charlotte by a 7-2 count. âI couldnât catch it and they (meaning the Knight batters) couldnât hit it. I donât know if (Wright) knew where it was going, but it was a pretty special pitch tonight.â