PAWTUCKET â€“ Andrew Miller is proof that itâ€™s never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâ€™s onset the lanky lefty was viewed as the ultimate redemption project, a pitcher who had spent the better portion of his career mixing promise with underwhelming results.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing â€śping!â€ť sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a â€ścrack!â€ť at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâ€™s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
â€śEven though Brad lives in Florida,â€ť Dave said, â€śwe still talk to each other every day.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Andrew Miller looked very much like a pitcher who doesnâ€™t belong pitching every fifth day in Triple-A Tuesday night.
With Wednesday signifying the first of two reported opt-out dates â€” the second occurring Aug. 5 â€” Millerâ€™s timing couldnâ€™t have worked out any better. The lanky lefthander delivered his finest outing in a PawSox uniform, allowing one run while striking out 10 Charlotte Knights in 5 1/3 innings. He received a no decision as Pawtucket fell in 11 innings, 4-2.
PAWTUCKET â€“ To say that the Pawtucket Red Sox are looking forward to having Ryan Kalish back in the lineup would be a vast understatement. It appears, though, that the outfield prospect still needs more time.
On Tuesday PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler revealed that Kalish is fighting through â€śa neck issue, a minimal thing that keeps hindering him a bit.â€ť The first signal to Kalish that something didn't feel quite right occurred while rehabbing his right shoulder in Fort Myers, Fla. earlier this month.
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ€™ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâ€™s first state title.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ Last yearâ€™s Northeast Amateur champion, Joseph Bramlett, is playing on the PGA Tour.
The top-ranked amateur in this yearâ€™s field â€“ Peter Uihlein â€“ won the U.S. Amateur championship last summer. His top-ranked status among world amateurs only makes him the hunted instead of the hunter in this yearâ€™s 50th Northeast Amateur Invitational scheduled for June 22-25 at Wannamoisett Country Club.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâ€™s championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Pawtucket Red Sox's latest acquisition, catcher Ryan Lavarnway, had a strong debut Monday night against the Charlotte Knights. The 23-year-old product out of Double-A Portland had a pair of doubles and also rifled out a base-stealer in the fifth inning.
Unfortunately on this night, his new team couldn't bring home the win.
The Knights converted four-double plays and had a fine effort out of righthander Joe Bisenius to earn a 4-1 victory over the PawSox (32-31) before 2,846 at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â€“ â€śThere are at least 10 great things about golf,â€ť Frank Rampone was saying last Thursday while sitting in the shade next to the first tee at Pawtucket Country Club, â€śand your score is about 10th on the list. Playing and socializing with your friends is right there at the top. And then there is the beauty of the golf course, being able to take a walk outdoors on a beautiful day.â€ť
Rampone, who is 82 years young, recently shot a round of 73 at Pawtucket. A modest man like so many members of his generation, Rampone is a little short on details.