LINCOLN â€” With just five starters from the 2011 campaign returning, Lincoln High head coach Brenda Sylvester admitted â€śwe have a brand new bunch.
â€śWe were just looking for proper spacing, and we wanted to see how weâ€™d play together for the first time around,â€ť she stated. â€śWe did well, but there are some things we need to work on.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ One down, five to go.
Seeking to claim the franchiseâ€™s first Governorâ€™s Cup championship in 28 years, the Pawtucket Red Sox grabbed Game One of the best-of-five opening-round series against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-4. The PawSox fell behind 4-0 after 2Â˝ innings before compiling seven unanswered runs to end the contest, which was witnessed by 1,518.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Larry Lucchino admitted Wednesday that he tries to clear his schedule and make a once-per-season pilgrimage to McCoy Stadium. In that regard, the Red Soxâ€™s president and CEO should thank the PawSox for advancing to the Governorâ€™s Cup playoffs.
Providing a textbook case of better late than never, Lucchino took in Wednesdayâ€™s playoff opener from Pawtucket president Mike Tamburroâ€™s box.
Arriving roughly 3 1/2 hours prior to the scheduled 7:05 first pitch, Lucchino spent quite a bit of time in the home teamâ€™s clubhouse and in the company of PawSox skipper Arnie Beyeler.
PAWTUCKET â€” Only a few players remained in the Pawtucket Red Sox clubhouse following a short practice at McCoy Stadium at mid-morning Tuesday, and one happened to be catcher Mike Rivera, who sat alone at his locker playing a video game.
While most teammates already had exited to enjoy an afternoon off prior to the wild card-winning PawSoxâ€™ best-of-five playoff series against the International Leagueâ€™s North Division champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, Rivera admitted heâ€™s excited to pursue the Governorsâ€™ Cup title.
WOONSOCKET â€” Thereâ€™s a drumbeat sounding on the local airwaves with a specific demographic in mind â€“ the high school football enthusiast.
With two graduates from Woonsocket High Schoolâ€™s Class of 1985 serving as the driving force, radio station WOON (1240 AM) is staking a claim to become the destination for all gridiron-related matters. Starting with this Fridayâ€™s non-league game between Shea and Lincoln, WOON has lined up a 14-game slate â€“ an increase from nine a season ago â€“ featuring the voice talents of Lou Mandeville, now in his 15th season calling the action.
PAWTUCKET â€” There was a degree of unrest surrounding Zach Stewart upon rejoining the Pawtucket Red Sox late last week, the kind stemming from when he would be taking the mound again and for which ball club.
PAWTUCKET â€” Summarizing the 2012 Pawtucket Red Sox, just one word springs to mind.
Yes, this seasonâ€™s club will be remembered for earning a second straight postseason berth, a first for this proud franchise since 1996-97. Yet the route that manager Arnie Beyeler along with his coaches and merry band of interchangeable parts followed in order to play baseball beyond Labor Day is, putting it mildly, unique.
PAWTUCKET â€” Augusto Rojas and the Pawtucket Red Sox got everything they could ask for and more from their inaugural PawSox 5K Race/Walk at McCoy Stadium.
A sunny morning. A strong turnout. Plenty of positive feedback.
And a fantastic finish for first place.
In a thrilling conclusion that had the fans scattered along the stadiumâ€™s lower box seats cheering wildly, Geoff Nelson survived a frantic sprint with Nathan Petesch around the warning track by nipping him at the finish line near the PawSoxâ€™s dugout by less than a second.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Believe it or not, pitchers do gain velocity as the season deepens. In the case of Josh Fields, the spike in the right-handerâ€™s radar gun readings have proven most dramatic â€“ not to mention raise eyebrows.
These days a fixture in Pawtucketâ€™s bullpen, Fields generally sits at 93-95 miles per hour with his fastball occasionally touching 96 mph.