BRISTOL, Conn. â It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturdayâs New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gangâs âCelebrationâ blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.
LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. â The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International Leagueâs winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.
âI thought hockey was tough.â
BRISTOL, Ct. â Dave Belisle, who along with his dad Bill Belisle, was part of 26 state titles won by the Mount St. Charles Academy hockey team the last four decades, couldnât help but make that analogy on Thursday night. Those five words were the first to come out of his mouth after the Cumberland American manager watched his squad hold on for an 8-7 semifinal win over Fairfield American in the New England Championship of the Eastern Regional Tournament.
BRISTOL, Conn. â While his two-run homer in the fifth inning proved to be the eventual game-winner on Thursday, that wasnât the main reason that Dave Belisle was smiling.
It was what Chris Wright did as a reliever - particularly in the bottom of the sixth - that had the Cumberland American manager beaming with the most pride after his teamâs hard-earned 8-7 semifinal victory over Fairfield (Ct.) American in the New England portion of the Eastern Regional Tournament.
FOXBORO â Gerard Warren had an explicit instruction for his agent this offseason.
âI told him, âCall me after you talk to New England,ââ Warren said. âI donât want to burn any bridges, but thatâs pretty much what it boiled down to. I told him I wanted to come back to New England because I knew what the purpose was here.â
Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced on Monday that the team had re-signed Warren, a veteran defensive lineman who started 10 regular-season games for New England last season, registering 3.5 sacks.
BRISTOL, Ct. â Must-win game? No problem for Cumberland American.
CALL shook off the sting from back-to-back shutout defeats in pool play and earned a spot in todayâs semifinals of the New England Regional Tournament by pounding winless Barre (Vt.) Community, 12-4, on Wednesday morning at sun-drenched Breen Field.
FOXBOROUGH â Chad Ochocinco is changing his ways. And heâs not making any apologies for it.
To those Twitter followers who claim that the Patriots wide receiver has toned down his activity, Ochocinco has a clear response.
âYou have to do it the Patriot Way, the way things are always done here,â Ochocinco said after Tuesdayâs practice at Gillette Stadium. âOne thing about this city, man, and their sports, all they do is win. So that stuff that I did in the past, thereâs no need for it.â
FORT MILL, S.C. â Say this about the 2011 Pawtucket Red Sox â this club appears dead serious about making a push for the Governorsâ Cup playoffs.
The PawSox made relative quick work of the host Charlotte Knights Tuesday en route to sweeping both ends of a doubleheader. Pawtucket completed the suspended contest with a 6-1 victory before taking the second game by a 5-1 count.
The pair of wins enabled Pawtucket to sit in first place by 1 Âœ games over Lehigh Valley as the second-place IronPigs battled Norfolk Tuesday.
BRISTOL, Ct. â Suddenly, the offense is a concern for Cumberland American manager Dave Belisle.
âVery concerned,â Belisle stressed after CALL managed just two hits in a 3-0 loss to defending New England champion Fairfield (Ct.) American Tuesday afternoon at Breen Field. The defeat leaves Cumberland American at 1-2 in pool play and in must-win territory heading into Wednesday morningâs contest against Vermontâs Barre Community.
BRISTOL, Conn. --- After roughing up its opponents in more than half of its games in tournament play, Cumberland American got a bitter taste of its own medicine on Monday night.
Goffstown (N.H.) Junior went around its lineup and banged out six of its eight hits during a five-run rally in the bottom of the second inning that helped lead to an 8-0 triumph over CALL in their New England Regional pool play affair at Breen Field.