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April 10th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ Tuesday morning saw a small group of PawSox players huddle around the clubhouse television as a contrite Ozzie Guillen attempted to move past the uproar he caused over supportive remarks the Miami Marlins manager made in reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Among those who sat and watched Guillen with great interest were Jose Iglesias and Luis Exposito. In fact, the pair stood side-by-side for roughly 10 minutes before Iglesias plopped himself down into a leather chair, his eyes clearly fixated on what Guillen was saying.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thanks to a pitching tip Ross Ohlendorf picked up from Josh Beckett, the Red Sox may very well have another starting option on their hands.
By his own estimation, Ohlendorf threw â€ś10 or 12â€ť cut fastballs over the course of the six shutout innings he tossed in Pawtucketâ€™s 8-0 win against Lehigh Valley Tuesday afternoon.
CUMBERLAND â€” Itâ€™s almost eerie how well Cumberland High struck the ball on Tuesday afternoon.
â€śWe hit it pretty well in our second game against Moses Brown, and in the Injury Fund (tilt) against Woonsocket, but Iâ€™ve never seen anything like this,â€ť explained senior righty Justin Patrick after the Clippers clubbed 17 hits â€“ including nine for extra bases â€“ in a 14-0 thrashing of still-winless Smithfield High at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Finally, thereâ€™s some good news concerning Andrew Miller.
Barring any setbacks, the hurler expects to take the next step in his rehab and join the Pawtucket Red Sox at some point on the teamâ€™s upcoming nine-game road trip. Miller made his second of two appearances with Single-A Greenville Monday, seeking to build off of Saturdayâ€™s one-inning stint that featured no runs on two hits. He did just that, retiring all three batters he faced on two groundball outs and one strikeout.
â€śI felt healthy and thatâ€™s all I can ask for,â€ť said Miller when reached Monday afternoon.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Can the unthinkable become tomorrowâ€™s reality? In the season of rebirth and renewal of hope, along with the boundless belief that anything is possible, then, yes, Kashif Montgomery has every right to aim high.
If you had to count the number of softball teams in the Blackstone Valley who should post winning records this season, youâ€™re definitely going to need every finger on your two hands to total them up.
First, you have to start with the regionâ€™s top three teams who play in arguably the toughest division in the state, the Division I-North circuit. Defending state champion Cumberland, two-time state finalist Mount St. Charles, and Lincoln all reside here and figure to be fiercely battling it out for first place once again this season.
PAWTUCKET â€” Chris Iannetta made his major-league debut on August 27, 2006. That nightâ€™s starting pitcher for Colorado happened to be Aaron Cook, one the PawSox arms to keep close tabs on at the onset of the 2012 season.
Let the record show that Cook and Iannetta hit it off instantly, the folks at baseball-reference.com denoting that the pitcher tossed eight innings of two-run ball in Coloradoâ€™s 6-3 win against San Diego.
PROVIDENCE â€” Most coaches will gladly tell you that a win is a win no matter the circumstances. That was certainly the case after Fridayâ€™s three-hour plus affair at Davis Park as Tolman bused back to Exchange Street with a hard-fought 13-8 win against fellow Division II-Central foe Classical.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The Pawtucket Red Sox kept up their end of bargain, scoring a 4-2 triumph over Buffalo Thursday night before 8,872 shivering fans. Leadoff hitter Pedro Ciriaco led the victors with four hits in five trips. The second baseman showed off his wheels as three of his base knocks did not get past the infield.
PAWTUCKET â€” Aaron Cook joined forces with the Red Sox over the winter after spending every single one of his 10 major-league seasons with the Colorado Rockies. Situated in Pawtucket as the 2012 season gets underway, the 33-year-old comes to McCoy Stadium with the reputation as someone who focuses primarily on pitching to contact and letting the defense take care of the rest.
PROVIDENCE â€” New Brown University athletic director Jack Hayes had just wrapped up his short introductory speech when an inquiring mind asked how he plans to address a personnel matter that figures to be high up on his to-do list.
â€śYou want the job?â€ť replied a smiling Hayes upon being broached about offering some insight surrounding the schoolâ€™s menâ€™s basketball head coaching position, a spot currently operating on an interim basis under the guiding hand of Pawtucket native T.J. Sorrentine.
WOONSOCKET â€” Before Mount St. Charles Academy faced Lincoln High in a Division II-North battle on Thursday afternoon, head coach Doug Allen asked his squad to be aggressive from the start, especially offensively, to set the tone.
It was something the Mounties had failed to do in a 9-7 loss to Providence Country Day only 48 hours earlier.
â€śWe fell behind, 3-0, right away, and we had to work hard to battle back,â€ť Allen stated. â€śWe have a fast-break, running kind of team, and when we get a lead and we unleash the horses, weâ€™re all set. If we donâ€™t, then weâ€™re usually in for a tough game.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Speaking with a straight face, Jose Iglesias called his spring training experience under the direction of new Boston manager Bobby Valentine â€śawesome.â€ť Expounding further, the shortstop prospect provided evidence designed to illustrate the change in culture surrounding the way the Red Sox conduct business between the white lines.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Arnie Beyeler has been one of the few baseball constants in Jose Iglesiasâ€™ life since the Cuban defector joined the Red Sox organization three years ago, so when the second-year Pawtucket Red Sox manager expresses strong desire regarding what he thinks is in store for Iglesias in 2012, itâ€™s best to take notice.
LINCOLN -- It looks like the five scrimmages Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver scheduled during the pre-season has paid dividends.
Then again, one in particular, he stated, was directly responsible for the Mountiesâ€™ ability to post a 4-3 Division I-North victory over Lincoln High in both teamsâ€™ season opener at Chet Nichols Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
With the All-American Championship behind him and an appearance in the Jordan Brand Classic on tap for April 14, Ricky Ledoâ€™s days of competing against fellow high schoolers are dwindling to a precious few.
Naturally, the hot button topic surrounding Ledo is whether the acclaimed prospect and Providence native will face eligibility issues in his quest to suit up for Providence College next season. Such concerns largely stem from the number of high schools (a total of four) heâ€™s enrolled at since the fall of 2007, when Ledo attended Bishop Hendricken.
You often hear the expression â€śwhat a difference a year makes,â€ť particularly when referencing the turnover rate in high school sports. In the case of the respective boysâ€™ volleyball outfits at Tolman and Mount St. Charles, if the shoe fits, wear it.
To say the past two weeks have been hectic for area baseball teams would be like saying thereâ€™s no such thing as rush hour traffic in this state. Ever try to squeeze in tryouts followed by roster decisions followed by several scrimmages into a tightly confined window of time? Thatâ€™s a lot to digest!
Ready or not, like or not, the regular season beckons. Are some skippers wishing they had more time to iron out items of importance like rounding out the pitching staff or settling on a lineup? No doubt, but as those same coaches are already well aware, itâ€™s go time.
CUMBERLAND â€” Chris Payson had just given some of his older, faster swimmers a grueling set of four 800-yard individual medleys â€“ for those who may not understand, each consisted of 200 yards of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.
He told them he'd give them a break on the time allotted for each 800: 15 minutes.
Naturally, there were a few audible groans, but these members of the Shamrock Swim Club nevertheless set out on their first.
SEEKONK -- Athletic Director Ray Grant claimed elation at Seekonk High Schoolâ€™s hiring of a new varsity football head coach.
Principal Marcia McGovern took Grantâ€™s recommendation and chose Vernon Crawford, a former New England Patriots linebacker/special teams player, to be the mentor, she announced Friday morning.