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Tolman baseball season comes to an end

May 29, 2011

WAKEFIELD – Tolman starting pitcher Chris Messier issued just one walk in Saturday’s Region 3 finale of the Division II double-elimination tournament vs. The Prout School. Unfortunately for the sixth-seeded Tigers, that free pass wound up being the deciding factor in a 4-3 loss to the No. 3 Crusaders, thus ending the season for Theo Murray’s crew.

Jose Iglesias works on his hitting in Pawtucket

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The Red Sox view Jose Iglesias as someone too valuable to languish on the bench as a backup, absorbing the big-league atmosphere. Serving as the everyday shortstop in Pawtucket is where the consensus top prospect in the farm system belongs at the moment.

Che-Hsuan Lin takes over in CF for PawSox

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Without hesitation, Kyle Weiland knew that if an opposing hitter’s fly ball to center field could be caught, it would.
Che-Hsuan Lin is that reliable.
But when Weiland began the 2011 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, the right-hander was separated from his security blanket, the vacuum cleaner of an outfielder he had played with since 2009.
Much to Weiland’s delight, they were reunited May 21, when Lin was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland.

Jenks says he's good to go

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Bobby Jenks proclaimed after working one scoreless inning in Pawtucket’s 6-3 loss Friday night that he’s sorted through the mechanical issues that dogged him earlier in the season.

Tolman earns second chance at Prout

May 28, 2011

PAWTUCKET --- Tolman High and Narragansett High’s pitching staffs looked every bit like they were working in their third playoff game in as many days on Friday afternoon.
Not only did both sides combine to use eight pitchers, but they also issued a whopping 27 walks, and that helped make their Division II losers’ bracket game a marathon affair that lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Indy slips past PawSox

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET – An eight-game homestand got off to a bland start as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to Indianapolis, 4-3, Thursday at a fog-laden McCoy Stadium.
The contest’s pace matched the pea soup fog that engulfed the ballpark by the middle innings. Eventually the fog lifted to the point where the outfielders could be identified, but its disappearance did little to ignite a rally out of the PawSox, who were coming off a 5-3 road trip.

Cranston East tops Saints

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — St. Raphael Academy followed up one of its best games of the season with arguably its worst on Thursday afternoon and paid for it.
The price the Saints paid? A demotion to the losers’ bracket of the Division I playoffs and a battle for their playoff lives today against East Greenwich High.
Fourteenth-seeded Cranston East High took advantage of six infield errors and a lack of timely hitting by the Saints and used that to bus out of Vets Park with a 6-1 triumph that puts the Thunderbolts one win away from sewing up the Region 3 portion of the tournament.

Okajima finds himself in baseball limbo

May 27, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Hideki Okajima kicked off his second tour of duty with the PawSox Thursday, admitting that McCoy Stadium was the last place he expected to set foot in. Such sentiment can be linked to the events of last Friday, when Boston designated the 35-year-old reliever for assignment.

Gagne's clutch hit lifts Tolman past Narragansett

May 26, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Theo Murray was ready to talk suicide squeeze with Brandon Gagne. It didn’t take long for Murray to recalibrate his expectations for the Tolman High junior after Gagne voiced he was in no mood to lay down a bunt.
Swing away then, insisted Murray. With the onus now on Gagne to deliver the goods on his confident promise, the leadoff hitter came through with arguably the biggest hit of the season for the Tigers.

Cranston East stuns Lincoln in playoff opener

May 26, 2011

Contributing writer
LINCOLN – Cranston East sure didn’t play like a No. 14 seed, nor did Lincoln High look the part of a state title contender.
So while Wednesday’s result at Chet Nichols Field could certainly be described as unexpected, it wasn’t exactly a shock.
Fresh off a 14-4 regular season that produced a Division I-North crown and the third overall seed in the 16-team, double-elimination state tournament, Lincoln endured a collective struggle in dropping a 4-2 decision to Cranston East, an 8-10 team out of Division I-Central.

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