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Post 14 loses state title legion contest

August 1, 2011

WEST WARWICK – As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan O’Dell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sunday’s marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
“Oh wow,” the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. “We’re going to win the championship, and he’s going to win the MVP.’”
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
“It didn’t play out that way in real life,” he said.

Lars Anderson reflects on 'almost' trade

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Lars Anderson made four trips to the plate Sunday, every one of them transpiring in a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform.
For someone who spent Saturday night bidding farewell to teammates and contemplating a future in Oakland, Anderson spent most of Sunday morning trying to make sense of the unstable trade winds that had rocked his universe. One minute the first baseman was standing in the batter’s box in McCoy Stadium. Then came word that Anderson was involved in a trade that would have sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to Boston.

Louisville rolls over PawSox

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Not even the nifty baserunning maneuver that Ryan Lavarnway pulled off the eighth inning could yield a smile on the face of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
Truth be told, Lavarnway’s ability to avoid the tag while sliding into second base represented the lone highlight in Pawtucket’s 7-2 loss to Louisville Sunday afternoon. The power-hitting catcher had his eyes on second base after lining a bullet down the left field line. The throw from Bats leftfielder Felix Perez was there with plenty of time to spare, but Lavarnway was able to dance around the tag and get a hand on the bag.

Millwood fans 10 in 3-2 PawSox loss

July 30, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Three consecutive two-out singles off Kevin Millwood in the sixth inning doomed the PawSox in their series-opening 3-2 loss to the Louisville Bats.
Millwood struck out Devin Meoraco and Danny Dorn to begin the sixth for his ninth and tenth strikeouts of the evening. Chris Valaika and Mike Costanzo followed with singles to put runners at first and third- still with two outs. Louisville's ninth batter, Kristopher Negron, followed Costanzo's base-hit with an RBI single to make it 3-2 Bats and that was the last run scored in the ballgame by either side.

Harden deal falls through

July 30, 2011

According to ESPN.com,a trade that had been in the works to send right-hander Rich Harden from the Oakland Athletics to the Boston Red Sox has reportedly fallen through.
Harden said Saturday night he was told by general manager Billy Beane he was staying put and would start Tuesday. The clubs had been close to a swap that would have sent Harden to Beantown and brought Triple-A first baseman Lars Anderson to the A's.

Web Only: Collette bows to Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20

July 30, 2011

WEST WARWICK – Like many American Legion coaches, Collette Vacations boss Ray Ventura was probably hoping that Jeff Diehl was going turn pro after getting drafted by the New York Mets in June.
You could see why Friday night as Diehl single-handily almost won the game for Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20, the catcher belting two home runs in a 6-4 win over Collette in the winners’ bracket final of the American Legion Senior Division playoffs.

Post 14 still alive

July 29, 2011

WEST WARWICK – Instead of dwelling on Thursday’s loss to Collette Vacations Post 79, the boys from Cumberland Post 14 answered the challenge of keeping its season alive.
Top-seeded Post 14 lives to fight another day thanks to eight standout innings from knuckleball artist Zach Perry and key hits from Tyler Santaniello and Nick Zammarelli. Almost forgotten in the aftermath of Friday’s 5-2 win against defending champion New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 was the spectacular – some may argue season-saving – catch Matt Sorkin made in center field to end the top of the first inning.

McGair: Putting the trade deadline in perspective

July 29, 2011

The fourth week in July means the following:
1). The bombardment of back-to-school commercials, serving as a cruel reality check and a reminder that summer reading will not be accomplished through osmosis or CliffsNotes.
2). There’s roughly a month remaining in the minor league season. Where does the time go?
3). Another fast-moving July 31 trading deadline is just days away from building toward a crescendo.

Collette in great shape in R.I. Legion playoffs after 4-1 win

July 28, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — It’s been quite some time since Collette Vacations Post 79 enjoyed a nine-game win streak or found itself two wins away from a state championship, but that’s the state of the Pawtucket ballclub heading into tonight’s 8 p.m. winners’ bracket final at McCarthy Stadium.
Eric Geisman gave a splendid performance on the mound and Post 79 did just enough offensively to help produce a 4-1 victory over Cumberland Post 14 on Thursday night in their semifinal-round game at Pierce Field.

Collette Vacation strikes in 10th for amazing win

July 28, 2011

WEST WARWICK — No one could have seen this coming.
There was Collette Vacations Post 79 and Hurd Auto Mall of Johnston on Wednesday, locked in a 2-2 duel after nine innings. Then came the top of the 10th, which saw Hurd run into major problems on the mound. Goodbye tightly played affair. Hello 12-2 lop-sided victory for Post 79, coming in the opening round of the American Legion Senior Division “Elite Eight” double-elimination tournament. Collette, the fifth seed, now faces top overall seed Cumberland Post 14 Thursday night at 7, the venue Pierce Field.

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