May 23rd, 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.
PROVIDENCE â€“ A longtime friend of James J. Skeffington spoke of his exuberance, caring demeanor, and love for his friends and family during a eulogy at The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday.
The funeral mass for the former Pawtucket Red Sox president was attended by countless friends, family members, colleagues, and civic leaders Saturday morning. Skeffington, 73, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday while jogging near his home in Barrington.
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 – 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.
While many Americans are already celebrating the long holiday weekend with picnics and cookouts, trips to beaches and parks, or traveling to see family and friends, others will spend the weekend preparing to honor those who served their country.
On Monday, the nation will mark Memorial Day. In Pawtucket, the Eugene T. Lefebvre VFW Post 1271 will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Quinns Square and Dexter Street next to the Dexter Credit Union Bank. Post Adjutant and Past Cmdr. Bill Donnelly will direct the ceremony.
CENTRAL FALLS â€“ Three female police officers posing as prostitutes were solicited for sex, according to police, resulting in the arrest of 10 men from cities and towns across Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The undercover sting on Wednesday, in high-traffic areas of the city, netted the alleged Johns Central Falls said.
The following men were arrested:
- Jose Barragan, 72, of Lincoln, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
- Robert Bowman, 26, of Pawtucket, Soliciting from a Motor Vehicle for Indecent Purposes
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.
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.
PROVIDENCE - Gov. Gina Raimondo, Lt. Gov. Dan McKee, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea and Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, were among those who marked the observance of Memorial Day by participating in an annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring war veterans from Rhode Island.
The event on Wednesday was held at the Garden of Heroes on the southwest lawn at the State House.
The garden is dedicated to Rhode Island service members who died supporting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.
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.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project said that the group this week will â€śhonor, remember, and grieveâ€ť for Pawtucket Red Sox President James J. Skeffington, who died Sunday, adding that there will be â€śtime enough in the futureâ€ť to focus on discussions that would keep the PawSox in Rhode Island.
Skeffingtonâ€™s funeral will be held Saturday.
Negotiations on a proposal that would move the franchise to a new riverfront ballpark in downtown Providence have been temporarily halted in the wake of Skeffington's passing.
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.
PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington may be remembered by some as the businessman who wanted to move the PawSox out of McCoy Stadium. That’s unfortunate because most of all, he was a fan with a lifelong passion for sports and the benefits they can bring a community.
Skeffington died suddenly Sunday night after a three-month stint as team president of the PawSox. His fandom was a side that not everyone got to see, as his brief tenure was marked by a busy process of transition and planning for the future.
CUMBERLAND â€“ A stubborn fire making its way up into the eaves and attic of a three-story apartment building at 35 Titus St. Sunday afternoon left eight residents uninjured but homeless, according to fire officials.
Cumberland Fire Chief Kenneth Finlay reported the 2:27 p.m. fire was initially spotted by neighboring residents when an outdoor light bulb on the rear of the building popped and flames were observed coming from the fixture.
Three months after orchestrating the team’s purchase and expressing a strong objective to move the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a downtown Providence location, PawSox President James J. Skeffington has died.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Eleven-year-old Zach Ansell hails from Los Angeles.
Thirteen-year-old Noah Kalus resides in New Platz, a small village in upstate New York, situated approximately midway between Albany and New York City.
While the two boysâ€™ hometowns could not be more different, what united the pair and brought them to Pawtucket this weekend was their love of Scrabble, as the duo teamed together as â€śThe East West Word Wizardsâ€ť at the North American School Scrabble Championship, held at the Hasbro headquarters.
PROVIDENCE – In basketball, as in life, timing is everything. That’s why PC Friar fans should take note of the addition of Jeff Battle to Ed Cooley’s staff – it comes at an intriguing juncture for the program.
It’s hard to avoid associating Kris Dunn’s return to PC for his redshirt junior season and Battle’s arrival as an assistant. Dunn has NBA point-guard pedigree, and who better to educate the talented youngster than a coach who knows a thing or two about working with top-tier college point men.