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International League | Pawtucket native Mason Williams plays in hometown with S/WB RailRiders

May 25, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In order to enjoy a homecoming befitting a native son, Mason Williams had to demonstrate to the Yankees that he was worthy of a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Thanks to strong numbers in Double-A Trenton, coupled with an injury to Jacoby Ellsbury that set off an organizational chain reaction, Williams found himself promoted to Scranton last Thursday, filling the void created for the RailRiders when Slade Heathcott was assigned to the major league club.

FONDEST OF MEMORIES: Impression made by late Pawtucket sports icon George Patrick Duffy not lost on MLB catcher Chris Iannetta

May 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – George Patrick Duffy reportedly was watching the Angels-Red Sox game on Saturday night when he passed away at age 94.

In many ways, it was a fitting ode for one of the city’s legendary sports figures. Duffy spent over seven decades as a coach, mentoring countless youngsters who probably went forward in life remembering the messages or words of wisdom he imparted.

Tolman Softball | Tolman, Cumberland, Lincoln all notch wins to keep pace in Div. I-North race

May 23, 2015

WOONSOCKET – With just a few games left on the schedule, the competition has been heating up along with the weather, as local teams jockey for position during the final stretch in Division I-North  softball.

All five teams were in action on Saturday, with division leader Tolman High showing how they got there with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over Mount St. Charles Academy.

Cumberland Baseball | Clippers pull away from Townies, 7-0

May 22, 2015

CUMBERLAND – For five-plus innings, this Division I-B affair between Cumberland and East Providence highs was defined as a premier pitchers’ duel.

It sure didn’t end that way.

Guarding a skimpy 1-0 advantage entering the back half of the sixth, the Clippers exploded for six runs on six straight hits – four for extra bases – to coast to a 7-0 blowout triumph over the Townies before perhaps 70 fans at Tucker Field on Friday afternoon.

Pawtucket Red Sox | GLOVE ACTUALLY: Pitch-calling, defense must come first for Swihart

May 22, 2015

PAWTUCKET – More so than at any other position, for big league catchers, playing high-level defense isn’t a nicety, it’s a necessity.

Such is the lot of young Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. The highly-touted rookie found himself in the majors after a series of injuries to Boston’s catchers, with a mandate to get his mitt-work up to MLB standards.

“In order to stay there, that has to be the priority,” said PawSox hitting coach Rich Gedman earlier this week.

St. Raphael Academy Tennis | Lefebvre, Mendes help Saints stun top-seeded PCD in semis, 4-3

May 21, 2015


BARRINGTON – St. Raphael’s magical postseason ride continued Thursday as the fifth-seeded Saints stunned top seed Providence Country Day, 4-3, in the Division III semifinals.

The win pushes SRA into Saturday’s title match, which will take place at Slater Park. The Saints will take on the winner of the other semifinal-round match that took place Thursday at Barrington High School, Coventry vs. Scituate.

Tolman Softball | Wilson double helps Tolman top Lincoln, 6-5, in clash of Div. I rivals

May 21, 2015


PAWTUCKET – In a back-and-forth affair, Tolman outlasted Lincoln, 6-5, on Thursday at Slater Park’s Al Bailey Field.

The Tigers, who are in the midst of stretch of four games in four days, broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the sixth behind a two-out double by senior Leiandra Wilson. The Lions, who held leads of 2-0 and 4-1, didn’t threaten in the seventh.

Davies Tech Softball | Patriots fall to Northmen in breast cancer awareness charity game

May 20, 2015


NORTH SMITHFIELD  –  North Smithfield High hadn’t played up to expectations for the better part of this Division II-North campaign, so veteran head coach Paul Mercier held a 30-minute team meeting after Tuesday afternoon’s practice.

He felt his Northmen were better than their 6-6 league record, and weren’t getting along as well as they could be.

St. Raphael Academy Tennis | Doubles tandems helps Saints clinch berth in Div. III semifinals

May 20, 2015


EXETER – St. Raphael Academy earned a trip to the Division III semifinals with their 4-2 win over Exeter/West Greenwich on Wednesday.

The clinching match came from Saints No. 2 doubles tandem Justin Jackson and Andy Li. The duo earned a marathon victory, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and came back from love-40 in the final game of the third set.

The first doubles team of Santiago Durango and Auston Gillis also earned a hard-fought win, staging a third set comeback. After trailing 2-5, they won the last five games to get the win. 

Lincoln-Cumberland Softball | Clippers start strong, hold off Lions

May 19, 2015

LINCOLN  –  Unlike its past few games, Cumberland High made a 3-0 lead in the first frame hold up.

After sustaining three consecutive defeats, the Clippers utilized a fine three-hitter from freshman lefty Jocelyn Bodington to snag a much-needed 5-3 Division I-North victory over archrival Lincoln at Sullivan Field on Tuesday night.

Bodington also mustered 10 strikeouts as CHS improved to 8-7 in league play.

 

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