CRANSTON --- Two outs away from wrapping up a successful comeback in the losersâ€™ 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.
Some thoughts designed to close the books on the first half of the 2011 season for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€¦
For the past several seasons the PawSox have sworn by a platoon situation at catcher.
â€śWe run a 2-2 split,â€ť manager Arnie Beyeler explained. â€śThey get their work, so thatâ€™s whatâ€™s important.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Know those acceptance speeches an Oscar recipient gives upon being presented a solid gold statuette? The ones that begin with â€śIâ€™d like to thank â€¦â€ť
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 whatâ€™s being said. Bottom line? Itâ€™s about extolling credit where credit is due.
If youâ€™re not a baseball fan, stop here. Itâ€™s time to talk baseball.
The All-Star break isnâ€™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. Thatâ€™s what we fans do. Canâ€™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 â€“ Red Sox vs. the Yankees, with a little dose of the Tampa Bay Rays thrown in.
PROVIDENCE â€“ 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 â€“ a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run â€“ with a time of 4 hours, 52 seconds.
PAWTUCKET â€“ 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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox players and staff couldnâ€™t vacate the McCoy Stadium grounds fast enough Sunday evening.
After holding on for a 4-3 win against Buffalo, the PawSox put the unofficial first half (91 of 143 games) behind them and will use the next three days to regroup mentally. Baseball, a staple for all involved parties since the start of spring training in mid-February, plans take a back seat to vacation getaways and family reunions.
LINCOLN â€” The Lincoln All-Stars have dominated pool play the first three games of the season, outscoring their rivals by a 31-1 margin.
When his unbeaten squad finishes up its slate in Pool A on Saturday night, Lincoln coach Matt Netto isnâ€™t expecting similar results against equally-unbeaten Smithfield (3-0) at Randy Hien Memorial Field.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A week off did nothing to cool down Cumberland Americanâ€™s scorching bats. Nor did the steady rain that fell at Garvin Field throughout Fridayâ€™s pool play finale against North Smithfield.
Next up for manager Dave Belisleâ€™s team: the District IV tournament semifinals.
Conor Lavallee and Steve Dugas belted home runs for Pool B champion Cumberland American (4-0), which collected its third mercy-rule victory of the tourney, a 12-1 thumping of North Smithfield (1-3).