In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâs well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.
WOONSOCKET â As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
âThis is it,â he told them, referring to the Tigersâ 2-1 cushion. âTheyâve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâve got to get out of this inning!â
PAWTUCKET â On paper, there appears a surefire remedy to put struggling reliever Mark Melancon â viewed as one the key moves Ben Cherington made during his first offseason as Bostonâs general manager â back together.
Fans will undoubtedly cringe when they hold Melanconâs cover-your-eyes 49.50 ERA up to the light, knowing full well the 27-year-oldâs inability to get anyone out played a huge part in the big-league club demoting the struggling pitcher to Pawtucket. Yet what gets lost in shuffle is that Melancon was not pitching on a regular basis.
PAWTUCKET â This game went from a pitchersâ duel to another lopsided Tolman victory in a hurry.
Deadlocked at 1-1 after 4Âœ innings of a tough Division II crossover duel with Pilgrim, the Tigers scratched out three runs in the home half of the fifth inning before erupting for six more in the sixth and ending up with a 10-3 triumph at Slater Park that kept them unbeaten.
WOONSOCKET â Late last week, St. Raphael Academy head coach Tom âSaarâ Sorrentine explained to his senior ace, Nick Cesino, that he would draw the start when the Saints took on host Mount St. Charles on Wednesday morning.
He also told the righthander that the Mounties' infield contained a rather tall mound, and suggested he get to know it better over the weekend.
Cesino followed his mentor's order and threw some pitches from the foreign rubber on Sunday, and it became rather obvious as the innings passed he had become rather familiar with it.
PROVIDENCE â Tolman High head coach Theo Murray wasnât thrilled with the result, but just had to praise his troops for their ability and want to battle back.
Trailing 6-0, the Tigers tallied two runs each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to knot it, but the Knights scored an unearned run in the back half of the eighth to clinch a wild 7-6 triumph at Joe Williams Field early Tuesday afternoon.
Dave Constantino has been competing in marathons for a decade, and when it came down to recalling the hottest ones he has run, the Cumberland resident didnât hesitate to bring up the 26.2-mile adventure he encountered on Monday at the Boston Marathon.
âThat was probably the hottest marathon I have ever done out of the 10 years I have been competing,â Constantino said on Tuesday morning while he was ârecuperatingâ at Scarborough Beach. âThat was unbelievable. It was a tough one. It was a tough one for everybody.â
BOSTON â Hilary Dionne, a former cross-country and track & field standout from Cumberland High School, finished 15th among women at the Boston Marathon Monday, crossing the finish line in 2:51.56. Her time was third-best among American winners. Dionne, who now works in Boston, graduated from Cumberland in 2003.
The 26-year-old Dionne averaged six minutes, 19 seconds during the first 6.2 miles of the race before shaving off five seconds over the next three-plus miles of the grueling 26.2-mile test of endurance and stamina. She ended up placing 256th overall and 11th in her age group (18-39).
PAWTUCKET â Minutes after Cumberland Highâs respectable but not outstanding 5-3 triumph over St. Raphael Academy on Monday afternoon, Clippersâ skipper Paul Murphy reacted to the pure facts â that the last four hitters in his lineup had assembled a collective 4-for-11 outing, good for a .364 average, four RBI and a run scored.