PAWTUCKET â€” With its playoff hopes squarely on the line, Shea High avoided elimination from the postseason on Friday with a 6-2 victory over Juanita Sanchez.
The Raiders (7-10) host Wheeler School (9-7) this afternoon at 2 p.m. in what amounts to a â€świn and youâ€™re inâ€ť game for the home team.
â€śI think weâ€™re in if we beat Wheeler,â€ť Shea coach Dino Campopiano said after Fridayâ€™s game had ended.
It wouldnâ€™t be a Boston baseball season without Theo Epstein and the Red Sox resuscitating some aging baseball player. Kevin Millwood becomes Epsteinâ€™s reclamation project, a former all-star starting pitcher who has posted an ERA of over five in three of his last four seasons.
The recent string of rainy weather, resulting in a myriad of postponements, will not impede the high school baseball playoffs from starting on time.
The Interscholastic League sent out a reminder to coaches on Thursday â€“ the fourth consecutive day that wetness impacted the high school scene â€“ that Monday is still the last day of the regular season. The brackets in Division I and II will be distributed to the schools on Tuesday with Wednesday serving as the official opening of the postseason.
PROVIDENCE â€” The first offseason departure has arrived for Providence College as the school announced Thursday that sophomore guard Duke Mondy has been released from his commitment.
Mondy departs after a 2010-11 campaign that saw the Michigan native sit out the final four games of the season. At the time the only thing PC officials said about Mondyâ€™s situation was that it was a "coach's decision." Mondy did appear at Ed Cooleyâ€™s introductary press conference in March, telling Blackstone Valley Sports when asked to clarify his situation that, â€śIâ€™m good, just canâ€™t wait to play.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” This has been a nightmarish year for Mount St. Charles Academy, a team most folks predicted would again compete for the Division I-North title and embark on a long run in the state tournament.
There have been the injuries. Two of the Mountiesâ€™ top players -- ace pitcher Olivia Hendricks (foot injury) and third baseman Nicole Silva (illness) -- out indefinitely. The four losses they suffered in the last inning. The five straight games they stranded 10 or more runners on base.
PAWTUCKET -- Tolman High scored its biggest win of the season on Monday, handling Division II-South leader Middletown its first loss.
The Tigers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pull out the win. The game was tied after seven innings to both teams began their at-bats in the eighth with a runner on second base. Middletown plated its runner to take an 11-10 lead, setting the stage for Tolmanâ€™s final comeback of the day.
Ashley Hessler put down a bunt single for Tolman to get things started. Jordan Klemanchuck then singled in both runners to win the game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tolman High dealt a crushing blow to Shea Highâ€™s playoff chances on Monday.
The Tigers rolled to a 15-5 victory over the Raiders in a Division II contest shortened to six innings by rain at McConnon Field.
Tolman improved to 10-6 with the win while Shea fell to 6-10.
â€śItâ€™s kind of a bittersweet win for us,â€ť Tolman coach Theo Murray said, â€śbecause Shea needed to win two of three games this week to be playoff-eligible. Now they have to win their last two games, and they play two tough teams, Wheeler and Juanita Sanchez.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” After losing five straight games, including a 10-2 trouncing Saturday night against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Pawtucket Red Sox had fallen back to .500 and needed a victory badly.
They got one on Sunday, a 9-3 drubbing of the Yankees that put Pawtucket back over .500 and just 2Â˝ games out of first place with their modest 19-18 record.
Veteran pitcher Matt Fox, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2004, beat Scranton for the second time in 10 days on Sunday, striking out seven in five innings while allowing all three runs.
PAWTUCKET â€” Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â€“ radar guns, stopwatches and â€ścheat sheetsâ€ť that record the data of players down on the field.
â€śThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â€ť Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. â€śIâ€™ve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ If the Red Sox were in need of a starting pitcher and turned to Pawtucket to fill the void, which PawSox hurler would get the call?
If your answer is Brandon Duckworth, congratulations. From the first day of the season Duckworth has been the most consistent and dependable arm at Pawtucketâ€™s disposal. The 35-year-old strengthened his resume Friday night, holding first-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to one run in seven innings in what amounted to a 2-1 loss by the PawSox before 4,512 at McCoy Stadium.