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Mason Williams hitting .363 for Staten Island Yankees

July 14, 2011

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Former Pawtucket Little League baseball star Mason Williams is off to a fast start with the Staten Island Yankees of the New York Penn League.
Williams, son of ex-Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, and a fourth-round draft pick of the New York Yankees last summer, is batting .363 for Staten Island after 102 ABs.
The 6-foot, 150-pound centerfielder boasts a .539 slugging percentage.
Williams, still only 19 years old, played for Darlington American Little League before his family moved to Florida seven years ago.

Cumberland's Randall holding his own at R.I. Amateur

July 13, 2011

While most kids his age were down at the beach soaking up some rays the past two days, Jamison Randall was at Potowomut Country Club playing with some of the top amateur golfers in Rhode Island.
And, after a shaky opening start, the recent Cumberland High grad and individual state champion has manufactured a pair of solid rounds at the 106th annual R.I. Amateur Championship.

CALL, Lincoln advance to District 4 title game

July 12, 2011

LINCOLN — On their way to posting undefeated records in pool play of the District IV Little League All Star Tournament, Cumberland American and Lincoln combined to outscore their opponents by an 87-12 margin.
After their respective semifinal games on Tuesday night at Hien Field, the two powerhouse teams kept their records unblemished.
But it wasn't quite that easy.

S.K. wins first game at Post 79's expense

July 12, 2011

PAWTUCKET – This is a game Collette Vacations Post 79 would like to file away as quickly as humanly possible.

Smithfield edges Pineview in state title game

July 11, 2011

CRANSTON --- Two outs away from wrapping up a successful comeback in the losers’ bracket and repeating as Big League state champs, Pineview saw a spirited comeback by Smithfield ruin its bid for championship glory.
Smithfield erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held off a late charge in the home half of the frame by Pineview to eke out a thrilling 7-6 victory that landed the visiting team its first Big League crown at Fay Field.

PawSox prefer to platoon catchers

July 11, 2011

Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox …
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For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
“We run a 2-2 split,” manager Arnie Beyeler explained. “They get their work, so that’s what’s important.”

PawSox have savvy pitching coach

July 11, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with “I’d like to thank …”
Some speeches turn out sappy bordering on cringeworthy. Those falling in the melodramatic category tend to feature the winner crying to point where you can barely make out what’s being said. Bottom line? It’s about extolling credit where credit is due.

Time to talk some baseball

July 11, 2011

If you’re not a baseball fan, stop here. It’s time to talk baseball.
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The All-Star break isn’t just a respite for players. The short vacation gives baseball fans a few days off to think about the second half of the pennant race. That’s what we fans do. Can’t play so we sit around mulling schedules and statistics while the grass turns brown in our front yard.
In New England, when you mention pennant race, that can only mean one thing – Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.

Kahn rules Amica Ironman Triathlon

July 10, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A couple of family members, a cousin and even his coach graduated or are still attending Brown University.
Despite all those connections, David Kahn had never been to Providence until this weekend.
But the 27-year-old Long Island triathlete, a recent dental school graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, sure made his first visit to the capital city worthwhile on Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory at the fourth annual Amica Ironman 70.3 triathlon. Kahn finished the race – a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run – with a time of 4 hours, 52 seconds.

Lavarnway leads PawSox to victory

July 10, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The type of season Ryan Lavarnway is enjoying tends to open the door to possibilities down the road, one being a September call-up.
Right now Lavarnway prefers to let his bat do the talking. The power-hitting catching prospect went 3-for-4 with two home runs Sunday as the Pawtucket Red Sox ended the unofficial first half of the season with a 4-3 win against Buffalo.

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