PAWTUCKET --- Limited to five hits in each of its last two games, Cumberland broke out of its offensive slumber in a big way in the top of the first inning of its Division I contest against Tolman on Wednesday afternoon.
The Clippers scored six times on seven hits in that inning, and then watched ace pitcher Juliet Nelson and their defense contain the hard-hitting Tigers the rest of the way before busing out of Slater Park with a 10-1 triumph.
PROVIDENCE â If Rhode Island College was going to see Bob Walsh pursue his basketball coaching dreams elsewhere, Anchormen Athletic Director Don Tencher took comfort in knowing that he was not going to lose his head coach to a Division II or III school.
PAWTUCKET â The Alex Wilson who posted a 10.80 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings is a distant memory.
In his place is a reliever who has been a rock solid contributor at the backend of Pawtucketâs bullpen. Entering Tuesdayâs game against Toledo, the right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 12.1 innings. International League foes are hitting a paltry .143 against Wilson, who is averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
ATTLEBORO â If not for Abigail McNultyâs father pushing her in the direction of high-school running, there is no story about how this Cumberland native and Bishop Feehan senior blossomed into a long-distance ace that will be Stanford-bound this September.
To borrow from a popular television series: âFather Knows Best.â Tom McNulty certainly fits the bill after parlaying a strong tennis career at Feehan into a scholarship to Providence College.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.
Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnwayâs credit, heâs made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if itâs come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket â after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.
PAWTUCKET â Dating back to the 2000 campaign, when it captured its first R.I. Division II championship, Tolman High has been one of the premier programs not only against its divisional brethren but statewide as well.
Under veteran mentor Neil Nachbar's direction, the Tigers have earned numerous league titles and four state crowns, with two collected over the past three years.
In that time, only one program has eclipsed that mark. That would be Mount St. Charles, which has five, and because of that success now plays â and excels â in Division I.
PAWTUCKET â Kevin Boles had no problem with the umpireâs decision to pull the plug on Thursdayâs game. The fog that had engulfed McCoy Stadium reached a point where player safety had been seriously compromised.
Boles had a good view on the final play of this abbreviated contest: a shallow pop fly off the bat of Garin Cecchini that Indianapolis left fielder Chase dâArnaud had trouble finding. Luckily for the Indians, shortstop Robert Andino â remember him, Red Sox fans? â was able to make the catch for the first out in the home portion of the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â Itâs common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel â located a stoneâs throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium â prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.
This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasnât at all shocking.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â For someone who had just watched his team improve to a perfect 9-0 in league play on the season, Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar sure didnât seem very pleased.
His Tigers had just manufactured not only a 3-1 victory over gritty North Smithfield in a Division II crossover clash at the Lovett Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, but also a minimum of four individual season-best performances.
Among them were senior captainâs Eric Silveiraâs 20 kills and nine aces; fellow senior setter Kelvin Reyesâ 50 assists; and classmate Denzel DePinaâs 15 kills (with two blocks).