If you blinked, chances are you missed out seeing the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2011 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs. The three-game sweep administered by Lehigh Valley was that fleeting.
In a weekâ€™s time the PawSox went from mighty division champs to postseason wallflowers. One Saturday night, theyâ€™re basking in the glow of winning the I.L. North. The next Saturday sees the clubhouse resemble that of a funeral parlor, with players quietly exchanging farewell handshakes and hugs while gathering up their personal belongings for the trip back home.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the season now over for the Pawtucket Red Sox, several players and coaches now set their sights on the winter ball addresses theyâ€™ll hold from October through New Yearâ€™s.
After spending a few weeks catching up on rest and letting the body recover from the grind of a long season, many of the PawSoxâ€™ players will depart for warmer climates, utilizing the opportunity to further augment oneâ€™s skills or put extra cash in oneâ€™s pocket.
Jim Doyle was among the several hundred runners, walkers and family members at the Bryant University campus on Saturday at the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross Country Race/Walk. He was there to remember his former runner, who died tragically in the 9/11 terrorist attacks along with his girlfriend Lynn Goodchild.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thatâ€™s all she wrote for the 2011 edition of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Pawtucket concluded its meek showing in the Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs with a lackluster 3-1 loss to Lehigh Valley Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. The three-game sweep pushes the IronPigs into the finals where they will face defending champion Columbus.
Pawtucket led just once in the entire series â€“1-0 after the first inning of the second game â€“ and wound up hitting 3-for-26 with runners in scoring position, including a hitless showing in six opportunities in Game 3. Collectively the PawSox hit .180.
LINCOLN â€“ Lincoln and Shea opened their respective 2011 seasons with a non-league tilt at Ferguson Field on Friday night, a game that validated why these team were once Thanksgiving Day rivals.
The Raiders erased a 14-point halftime deficit with a pair of rushing touchdowns and two-point conversions to edge the Lions, 22-20.
The teams played on Thanksgiving from 1968-2001, with the Lions holding a 17-16-1 advantage in those games. Shea rolled to a 29-14 victory over Lincoln in last yearâ€™s season opener, but this one was much more competitive.
PAWTUCKET â€“ In a contest that went down the final snap, Barrington High held on for a 19-13 non-league win against Tolman High Friday night at Max Read Field.
It was a game in which no lead was completely safe. The Tigers pulled ahead 13-12 with 1:03 left after Rodney Jean-Pierre plunged in from a yard out.
All the good vibrations running up and down the Tolman sideline quickly went out the window, as Barringtonâ€™s Adam Hadley took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. --- For the second night in a row, the Pawtucket Red Sox struggled with runners in scoring position and it proved to be their undoing as they fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-2 in 10 innings.
The loss puts the PawSox down two games to none as the International League Semifinal Series shifts back to McCoy Stadium.
Ex-PawSox prospect Brandon Moss had a big night, knocking in all three runs with a homer, double and single in the 10th inning that brought home the game-winner off reliever Randy Williams.
EAST PROVIDENCE --- Jalin Braxton and East Providence High ran away with this season opener.
The Second-Team All-State fullback picked up 153 yards and a pair of long touchdowns on 11 first-half carries on Friday night to guide the Townies to a convincing 42-0 non-league victory over Woonsocket High at Pierce Field.
The Townies scored on each of their first four possessions of the contest and ended the opening half with 255 yards on the ground and a 28-0 command.
ALLENTOWN, Penn. â€” Coming into Thursday nightâ€™s game, the IronPigs had gone a franchise-high 88 2/3 innings without a home run.
Pawtucket starter Matt Fox also had a streak of 26 straight innings without giving up a home run, so obviously, it would be home runs that would sink the PawSox 4-2 in their International League semifinal-round series opener against Lehigh Valley.
If Bruce Guindon and his high school football officiating brethren had their druthers, the installment of a fifth member to the longstanding four-man, on-field crew would have transpired years ago.
What was once a plea is now part of the Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s pigskin fabric. Beginning this season an additional pair of eyes will be called upon to aid specifically in the judgment of pass plays and blocks downfield, two areas that in the past have been tough calls a for group colloquially called â€śzebrasâ€ť to accurately decipher.