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April 24th, 2014

Cumberland rallies past Lincoln for fifth straight win

April 24, 2014

LINCOLN — It’s very safe to say Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy had hoped Thursday afternoon’s intense winds would affect rival Lincoln’s pitchers and fielders more than his own.
Through the first four frames of a Division I tilt at Chet Nichols Memorial Field, he didn’t get his wish.
The Lions rushed out to a quick 5-2 lead after the third, but Cumberland’s fortunes changed on a dime in the fifth. Behind only two hits but a pair of Lincoln errors, Murphy’s crew manufactured five runs and raced to what had seemed an improbable but satisfying 7-5 victory.

Tolman softball team suffers third straight loss

April 24, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — The wind came howling in off Newport Avenue on Thursday afternoon, blowing straight across Bailey Field’s softball diamond in gusts approaching 30 miles per hour, as Bay View Academy and Tolman High squared off in a Division I matchup.
The Bengals proved oblivious to the conditions, excelling in the field and at the plate during a 12-3 victory over Tolman that evened their record at 2-2 on the season. Tolman, which lost its third game in a row, fell to 4-4.

April 23rd

Cecchini's late double lifts PawSox past Rochester

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — If Will Middlebrooks is indeed activated by Boston on Friday night, he will have the good fortune of facing a pitcher that has much less zip on his fastball than the one that stymied the PawSox on Wednesday night.
Touching 99 miles per hour on the radar gun, Rochester starting pitcher Alex Meyer slowed the Pawtucket bats to a virtual crawl. Meyer struck out 11 in 6.2 innings and got Middlebrooks to go down swinging in all three of his at-bats.

Middlebrooks: Nava 'is going to land on his feet and be fine'

April 23, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Will Middlebrooks can relate to Daniel Nava.

A year ago, Middlebrooks scuffled so badly that the Red Sox were left with little choice but to send the starting third baseman to Triple A. Looking back at his minor-league penance, Middlebrooks says that he was able to weather a turbulent stretch thanks to his ability to quickly put the grief behind him.

Shea volleyball team suffers 3-1 loss to Central

April 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE — Shea High head coach Christina Daily explained she really wasn’t in the mood for a mini-postgame press conference early Wednesday afternoon.
Really, who could blame her?
Her Raiders had looked pretty solid in a first-game victory over Division II crossover foe Central High, but – slowly – unforced errors, points with little or no communication and serves gone awry became more commonplace.
In the end, the Knights celebrated a 3-1 victory at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house – and it came via scores of 15-25, 25-14, 31-29 and 32-30.

April 22nd

Seventh-inning rally helps Rochester top PawSox

April 22, 2014

PAWTUCKET — On a Tuesday night when Brandon Snyder crushed two dingers and righthander Rubby De La Rosa assembled a mound masterpiece, the Pawtucket Red Sox’s bullpen collapsed.
The result: An emotionally-draining – not to mention truly sad – 7-5 loss to the Rochester Red Wings before a bummed crowd of 3,070 at McCoy Stadium.
De La Rosa had been hurling a gem, yielding only three hits, an earned run and a walk while fanning seven.

For two area runners, finishing the Boston Marathon after not doing so last year would qualify as success

April 22, 2014

The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.

And the newly created fourth wave won’t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.

But to Lincoln’s Poyee Oster, Pawtucket’s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last year’s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.

Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.

April 21st

Patience a virtue for Victorino

April 21, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Never once did the thought of becoming the Red Sox’s everyday center fielder cross Shane Victorino’s mind. He was committed to playing right field, meaning someone else was going to have to fill the void created when Jacoby Ellsbury signed with the Yankees.

Initially, the plan coming out of spring training was to have Victorino flanked by newcomer Grady Sizemore with Jackie Bradley Jr. holding tight in the minors. Of course, those best-laid plans went awry when Boston placed Victorino on the disabled list prior to the first game of the 2014 season.

April 20th

Here's who to keep an eye on at the Boston Marathon

April 20, 2014

If you’re looking to follow the Boston Marathon online today and keep track of the top residents from the Blackstone Valley, keep the numbers 319, 1991, and 5934 in mind.

They are the bib numbers that will be donned by Cumberland’s Jason Reilly, Pawtucket’s Brendan Doyle, and Cumberland’s Dave Constantino, who will be among the runners scattered in the first wave and looking to complete the 118th running of this legendary race in under three hours.

April 19th

WEB ONLY: Victorino passes first rehab test at McCoy

April 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET — To PawSox manager Kevin Boles, Shane Victorino passed his first rehab test.
Playing six innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, Victorino went hitless in three at-bats and did not record a play in right field. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Alex Hassan.
“The game-plan was five to six innings and three at-bats,” noted Boles.

April 18th

Tolman slips up after hot start, drops 8-5 decision to Toll Gate

April 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The learning curve is steep and slippery for Tolman High’s talented but inexperienced squad.

The Tigers, who started off this breakthrough Division I campaign with four wins in their first five league games, hit a wall over the past two days. First they dropped an 11-2 verdict to unbeaten North Kingstown on Thursday and then on Friday they fell to Toll Gate by an 8-5 score in eight innings.

April 17th

Breakout year on region's road racing circuit leads Pawtucket's Amherst to Monday’s Boston Marathon

April 17, 2014

While most New Year’s Eve revelers were wearily trudging out of Boston on the morning of Jan. 1, Lindsay Amherst and a few friends were strolling into the state’s capitol.
Literally.
The 30-year-old Pawtucket native, along with a few members of the Tuesday Night Turtles running club, ran the entire Boston Marathon route, beginning in Hopkinton at 6 a.m. and arriving in Boston less than four hours later.

April 16th

Palmieri's five-hitter helps Lincoln defeat Woonsocket

April 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET — For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesn’t get much better these days.

On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University ‘9’ beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincoln’s 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.

Injured Barnes anxious to return to PawSox's rotation

April 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes it’s only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.

When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox … let’s just say there’s a cloak and dagger element in play.

“I don’t know when I’m leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,” said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. “I’ll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.”

Cumberland keeps SRA winless with 7-2 triumph

April 16, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — It’s still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.

April 15th

Lincoln's Bacon fondly recalls soccer trip to South Africa

April 15, 2014

LINCOLN – Avid readers of this newspaper may remember the graphic photo tucked into the upper left corner of the front page back on Nov. 10, 2013.

Photographer Ernest A. Brown captured the shot of Lincoln High goalie Jack Bacon laying in front of his own net, obviously pained at the devastating occurrence seconds before.

There on the Rhode Island College soccer field in the championship tilt of the R.I. Division II Tournament, the Lions and Toll Gate High were involved in a dramatic shootout, and – with it knotted at 3-3 – it was up to Bacon to stop Zach Bromage's final attempt.

April 14th

Lima becomes next head football coach at Cumberland

April 14, 2014

CUMBERLAND – The keys to the Clippers’ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.

The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. There’s plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.

April 11th

Tolman follows upset of Lincoln with 10-0 win over Woonsocket

April 11, 2014

PAWTUCKET -- A bright new era has begun for Tolman High’s fast-pitch softball program. The Tigers, who finished 3-13 in Division I last year, have advanced to contender status this season, thanks to an infusion of freshman players who honed their skills in the Darlington Girls League and on travel teams.

April 10th

SRA drops baseball duel with Woonsocket, 9-1

April 10, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — Woonsocket play a crisp baseball game befitting the cool April afternoon on Thursday, rolling to a convincing 9-1 victory over St. Raphael Academy at Veterans Park field.
The Villa Novans got six strong innings of three-hit pitching from Miguel Raymond and backed their junior right-hander with a 12-hit offensive splurge that featured two perfect hit-and-run plays.

April 9th

Tolman ends Lincoln's 44-game winning streak in girls' softball

April 9, 2014

LINCOLN – It’s over.

Lincoln High’s incredible and season-spanning winning streak can officially mentioned in past terms after Tolman staged a 6-2 victory over the two-time defending state champs Thursday afternoon at Saylesville’s Sullivan Field. It officially goes into the record books as a 44-game winning streak for the Lions.

 

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