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Bogaerts: Wise (and talented) beyond his years

June 14, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
– Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
– Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
– Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).

Return to glory: Tolman spikers capture Div. II title

June 13, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Immediately after the final point had been recorded, the on-court Tolman High players mobbed each other nearest their fan base, jumping up and down in a massive group hug.
Their classmates naturally joined in the celebratory scrum, and each Tiger – including those cheering wildly from the bench – then broke off individually for more personal congratulations with parents, girlfriends and the like.

'X' marks the spot: Bogaerts lands in Pawtucket

June 13, 2013

PAWTUCKET – The worst-case scenario that Xander Bogaerts envisioned never came to pass.

Initially, Bogaerts thought he was being summoned to the manager’s office because he didn’t protest a strike three call that came with the count full. Portland’s Kevin Boles felt the decision that went against the highly-touted prospect was egregious. Protesting balls and strikes usually results in a swift ejection, which Boles eventually received after attempting to stick up for his shortstop.

SRA bounces East Greenwich, advances to Division II title game

June 12, 2013

PROVIDENCE — St. Raphael Academy head coach Ron Labree had heard from a select group of people that his troops had coasted through their regular season because they played in a less-than-strong Division II-West.
Those same naysayers seemed to infer that the lone “real” team to be concerned about was North Providence.
Labree mentioned that to his girls before their playoff debut, and – excepting one hiccup – they've been on a roll ever since.

Mayer sisters fuel Lincoln's bid for second straight state softball crown

June 12, 2013

LINCOLN – It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.

Saints dodge raindrops, Northmen in Division II softball playoffs

June 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE – A simple but well-executed bunt that St. Raphael’s Kamryn Labree laid down in the top of the sixth inning Monday proved a turning point in Monday's Division II losers’ bracket semifinal contest against North Smithfield.

If the freshman doesn’t get the ball down, the tenor of the game may have been drastically different. Both pitchers, SRA’s Kaylee Sylvestre and Karissa Carlton of North Smithfield, may have gone on flummoxing hitters and maintaining what was a scoreless, rain-soaked affair at Rhode Island College’s Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex.

Decision looming for Lincoln baseball star Zammarelli

June 9, 2013

Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked “college” – as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled “pros” – as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Zammarelli proud to share Red Sox draft moment with Lincoln '9'

June 8, 2013

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Perhaps it’s fitting that Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli got to share his special moment – that of getting selected by the hometown Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player draft, No. 833 overall – with his teammates and coaches.

After all, both groups were generous with their support and encouragement through every twist and turn of his career.

Life-long bond inspires ‘Death Racers’

June 7, 2013

LINCOLN – Andy Souvalian had been trying to complete his usual business as an assistant administrator at Amica Insurance Co. headquarters on the afternoon of Monday, April 15 when he heard the horrifying news, that someone had exploded two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

His immediate thought: “Oh, no! How's Roup?”

His best friend, Rhode Island State Police Trooper Roupen Bastajian of Greenville, had been running in the grueling 26.2-mile race from Hopkinton to Copley Square, and he wondered if his pal had suffered any injuries.

With regards to MLB Draft, Zammarelli family hopes good things are in store for son Nick

June 6, 2013

LINCOLN – In a spring season that has seen their son operate in a fishbowl and subjected to seemingly never-ending interactions with pro baseball scouts, Nick Zammarelli Jr. and wife Lisa have been with Lincoln High senior standout Nick III every step of the way.

The journey leading up to Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft has been part eye-opener, part draining ordeal. Frequently, the player's dad has been forced to deal with endless questions from talent evaluators, all of them clamoring to know about Nick and what his future plans may entail.

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