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MSC softball team wins opener with Cumberland

April 7, 2011

WOONSOCKET — Cumberland High coach Marty Crowley believes he has a strong enough team to contend for a state title come mid-June.
But in his eyes, and perhaps most in Division I, the squad that everyone in the league should be concerned about is last year’s state runner-up Mount St. Charles Academy.
“Absolutely,” he said. “They went to the finals last year. They (basically) got everybody back. They should be the favorites to win the whole thing. They’re good.”

Bill Lee: At his core, he's still a pitcher

April 6, 2011

LINCOLN – At the core of Bill Lee’s multi-faceted personality is a baseball pitcher who remains fascinated -- even at the age of 64 -- by the process of getting batters out.
Lee came here on Wednesday to serve as keynote speaker at the annual “Welcome Home, PawSox” luncheon hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. He walked into Kirkbrae Country Club’s dining area a few minutes before noon, dressed like a cowboy, his still-athletic frame topped off by a wide-brimmed hat that identified the former Red Sox pitcher as a man of great presence.

PawSox reap benefits from veteran bullpen

April 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Relief pitchers inherently are the most fickle commodity in baseball. That’s why teams are inclined to stockpile as many candidates as they can each season, crossing one’s fingers that one or two arms pan out and solidify the foundation already in place.

McKenry treasures time as Iannetta’s teammate

April 6, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Mike McKenry doesn’t completely feel like a stranger in a strange land. The new PawSox catcher has St. Raphael alumnus Chris Iannetta to thank for that.

Local baseball teams begin new season with hope

April 5, 2011

Ed Hunt knows that all three subdivisions in this year’s Division I circuit are going to be tough, but not as difficult as the battles awaiting his Lincoln team in the Division I-North ranks.
“There are no weak sisters in our division,” the veteran coach said before his Lions’ workout on Monday afternoon. “I think we have the toughest division from top to bottom, whereas most of the other divisions, they’re balanced this year, but they still probably have four good teams.”

Planting Footprints 5K to benefit breast cancer research

April 5, 2011

For the past two years, race director Kerri Stenovitch has had no problem deciding on a rightful beneficiary for the Phantom Farms Planting Footprints 5K road race. Considering that the 3.1-mile event takes place at the popular Cumberland apple orchard, most of the proceeds went to the R.I. Fruit Growers Association.
Stenovitch, a former star runner for St. Raphael Academy in the early 1990s, has decided on a new cause for this Sunday’s race.
And like the previous one, this one truly made sense.

Baseball Prospectus writer evaluates Boston's prospects

April 4, 2011

Baseball Prospectus is in the business of projecting big-picture truths. Through a series of trained eyes and statistical inputs, the publication dishes out bold predictions designed to shed serious light on the performance players and teams can expect.

Here's why athletes are wary of fans, media

April 4, 2011

Let’s start with a simple premise: Realistic baseball fans don’t get upset over what their team looks like in the first week, or month, of the season. They know that playoff berths are achieved over a 162-game season, and that 11 postseason victories are required to rule the world.
Baseball season is a long haul, lasting from March 31 (this year’s Opening Day) through late October. Smart baseball fans just sit back and relax, knowing that players and teams will eventually achieve their normal production goals as the games pile up.

PawSox staff miss Ben Mondor as season nears

April 2, 2011

The sights and smells that remind us a new baseball season is dawning are everywhere at McCoy Stadium.

Lou Gorman never forgot his R.I. roots

April 2, 2011

PAWTUCKET -– Pawtucket Red Sox President Mike Tamburro remembers former Boston Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman, who died Friday at the age of 82, as a personable man who grew up in Rhode Island and never lost contact with old friends.
“It was like having your best friend as general manager of the Red Sox when Lou held that job,” Tamburro said on Friday afternoon while discussing the life of the long-time baseball development official who helped build successful teams in Baltimore, Kansas City and New York.

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