PAWTUCKET â€” Sunday marked the first time Bob Montgomery saw Ryan Lavarnway up close and in person. Studying the Pawtucket Red Sox catcher from the television booth in the press box located high above McCoy Stadium, Montgomery made good use of the monitor adjacent to him, particularly when tracking Lavarnwayâ€™s mitt motion as he received the ball from the pitcher.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury didnâ€™t gallop out of McCoy Stadium on white horses. Still, itâ€™s hard not to get all â€świld, wild west,â€ť sensing that the cavalry is heading toward Fenway Park â€“ and not a moment too soon.
WOONSOCKET â€” Cumberland American All-Stars skipper Bruce Stanford knew he had a decent-hitting club, but nothing like this.
His Nos. 4, 5 and 7 hitters finished 10-for-10 with nine RBI and eight runs scored as CALL rolled to a wildly-entertaining 12-6 victory over Bernonâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Major Division Tournament Pool B tilt at Ayotte Field on Friday night.
PAWTUCKET â€” Lacey Middlebrooks arrived in this city, fully expecting to see brother Will Middlebrooks hone his craft with the Pawtucket Red Sox while fulfilling her internship requirements with the Triple-A ball club.
Borrowing from an idiom, â€śThe best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.â€ť Yes, there is a Middlebrooks presently at McCoy Stadium, yet instead of someone making connections with fans seated behind the outfield fence, this particular Middlebrooks is building a rapport as a pre-game, on-field coordinator and press box contributor.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Add the ages of the second- and third-place finishers together and you would get 39, the age of the winner of the 44th edition of the Arnold Mills Road Race.
As 23-year-old Scott Twardowski and Colin Tierney, 16, learned on Fourth of July Wednesday, thereâ€™s still plenty of life left in the feet of Chris Magill, now a six-time champion of the holiday running event. The individual title â€“ achieved in 21:06, which was 13 seconds better than Rehobothâ€™s Twardowski and 21 seconds quicker than East Greenwichâ€™s Tierney â€“ represents the first for Magill since 2006.
PAWTUCKET â€“ About a week ago, Daniel Bard and Andrew Miller went out for dinner in Boston. Sure, it was a prime opportunity for two good and longtime friends to catch up, yet the time spent between these two former University of North Carolina teammates boiled down to one particular subject matter.
WOONSOCKET -- While a few East Woonsocket Little League officials re-manicured Hartnett Field after the late Monday afternoon downpour, Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ head coach Frank Kelly quietly told a parent, â€śIâ€™ll be happy just to get out of here with a win.â€ť
His players more than obliged. Behind a stellar starting pitching performance by righty Joe Voccola, not to mention a pair of pinch-hit home runs, Lincoln posted a 6-4 triumph over East Woonsocketâ€™s best in a R.I. District IV Tournament Pool A playoff tilt.
For someone who has been swept up by the winds of change on more than one occasion, Billy Baron finds himself in no particular hurry to make a decision.
Rather than rush to judgment and settle on what will be his third college stop, Baron is adhering to a wait-and-see approach regarding his impending landing destination. A female supporter who engaged in pleasant small talk with Baron on Saturday caught a glimpse of where his collective psyche stands.
PROVIDENCE - Toka Kahn-Clary supplied the speed and Diego Pereira provided the power, and because of that, both Pawtucket fighters were able to score crowd-pleasing, second-round TKOs on this past weekendâ€™s Big Six Entertainment â€śTakeoverâ€ť show at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Kahn-Clary, the former National Golden Gloves champion who was making his much-anticipated pro debut in front of his local fans, family members, and friends, didnâ€™t disappoint anyone as the junior lightweight put an end to Jonathan Cabanâ€™s night with 11 seconds left in the second round.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâ€™s pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâ€™s the latter, Germano â€“ named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â€“ would have no shortage of suitors.