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July 24th, 2011

Seekonk's Firefly Golf Course is unique

July 24, 2011

SEEKONK – Firefly Golf Course certainly fits the definition of the word “unique.”
What other golf course in the area plays to a par of 60 and measures just 3,644 yards? Only Firefly, an executive golf course that was designed and built by women’s golf legend Joanne Carner and her husband Don Hoenig back in 1962.

July 22nd

Cumberland American begins quest for state title

July 22, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.

July 21st

PawSox edged by Lehigh Valley

July 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET – PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler gave everyone a scare after lifting shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias after seven innings Thursday night. After all, this is the same Iglesias that was hit in the head with a fastball on July 3, resulting in a concussion that sidelined him for two-plus weeks.
After a narrow 5-4 loss to Lehigh Valley, Beyeler clarified that the plan was to ease Iglesias back into the fray. “He felt good. We were thinking three at-bats or five innings, something in that range,” said the skipper. “He had a nice night.”

Lavarnway worked hard to get where he is today

July 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Plate discipline and strike zone recognition can be found on the first page of the hitter’s manual. Knowing the pitches one can drive goes hand-in-hand with refusing to chase the ones that dance outside the strike zone, tempting as they may be.
One day Yale head baseball coach John Stuper passed along this nugget to Ryan Lavarnway, words of wisdom mentioned to him by Gene Tenace, a former teammate of Stuper’s with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 80s.

Legion baseball playoffs begin today

July 21, 2011

The R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament will get under way this weekend at fields across the state, but the format of this summer’s tournament will be vastly different from the one used in past seasons.
Instead of 16 teams trying to claim back-to-back, best-of-three series to reach the “Final Four” of the tournament, the goal this season will be to earn berths in the “Final Eight” double-elimination format that begins on Tuesday night at McCarthy Stadium in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.

Cumberland all-stars in softball regionals Friday

July 21, 2011

CUMBERLAND --- The Cumberland Major Division all-star team’s roads to the District IV and state championships were tough. The squad’s next venture only promises to be a whole lot tougher.
Cumberland joined nine other ballclubs from the northern part of the country this weekend to take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.

July 20th

PawSox sit one game out of first after 2-1 walkoff win

July 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just don’t mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
“I get excited about all of our wins,” Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonight’s series finale.

At 36, Millwood's still got it

July 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Kevin Millwood isn’t much different than the average working man who is nearing the end of his professional career.
The 36-year-old veteran of 14 big league seasons is proud of his accomplishments (159 wins, third in the 1999 National League Cy Young voting) and determined to go out on his own terms, pitching baseballs on hot summer days in the minor leagues, waiting for one last call to the big leagues.

July 19th

Lavarnway continues to grow

July 19, 2011

PAWTUCKET — Greg Grall, the bullpen catcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox, describes Ryan Lavarnway, the catcher, as “raw, which gives him the upside of what he can possibly do. Obviously with his hitting, he’s going to have the potential of playing in any lineup. Now he’s just going to work on continuing to improve his defense. That’s the key.”

July 18th

Hoffman fires 73 at N.E. Amateur tourney

July 18, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — There were more than a half dozen birdie putts that either lipped out or just missed the mark. There were two holes that he probably wished he could have had back.
But after an opening round of 3-over 73 at the 82nd annual New England Amateur Championship on Monday, Pawtucket’s Kyle Hoffman was perfectly content with how he shot the ball at the challenging and tricky Metacomet Country Club.

Sandberg discusses today's top second basemen

July 18, 2011

As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valley’s first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.

July 17th

Bulls pound PawSox relief corps

July 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – This was certainly not the way the Pawtucket Red Sox wanted to end their four-game series with the Durham Bulls.
Locked in a tight game for six innings on Sunday afternoon, the Bulls cut loose with nine runs in the final three frames to cruise past the PawSox, 13-3, before 6,318 at McCoy Stadium. Durham collected 16 hits in the three-plus hour affair, including a three-run homer from Felipe Lopez in the ninth.
Durham scored eight of its runs with two outs, while the PawSox were just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

July 16th

Crawford hitless, speechless after game

July 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The second and final game of Carl Crawford’s rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox left much to be desired.
An 0-for-3 showing at the plate and no action in left field in the PawSox’s 11-8 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday at McCoy Stadium wasn’t the evening Crawford envisioned before rejoining the Boston Red Sox. Nonetheless, the left fielder departed Pawtucket with at least one reason for optimism: a healthy left hamstring.

July 15th

Lavarnway, PawSox top Durham

July 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The fans came to see Carl Crawford and went home talking about Ryan Lavarnway.
Crawford, in his first of two rehab games with Pawtucket, reached base in all three of his at-bats during Pawtucket’s 3-2 win over Durham on Friday night. He blooped a single over the second baseman’s head in the first, walked in the third, and reached on a fielder’s choice in the fifth, scoring one batter later when Lavarnway crushed a home run down the left field line that cleared everything, bouncing around in the parking lot as the crowd collectively murmured “Who is this guy?”

Cumberland American takes District IV crown

July 16, 2011

BURRILLVILLE — Down by four runs and staring at a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the second inning, Cumberland American showed the heart of a champion and staged a marvelous comeback that landed the ballclub the District IV Major Division title.
Connor Mastin and Stephen Dugas each bashed a pair of home runs and Max Hanuschak delivered five superb innings of relief to help CALL win a 12-6 slugfest with neighboring rival Lincoln on Friday night before a packed house at Sherman Park.

Rehabbing Crawford feeling good

July 15, 2011

Very few people see batting practice anymore. Big league parks usually don’t open their gates in time for the fans to witness this baseball ritual. The gates were open at McCoy Stadium on Friday afternoon but only a smattering of fans were in the stands when rehabbing Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford stepped into the cage and took swings with his temporary PawSox teammates.

CNLL girls win state title

July 15, 2011

RIVERSIDE – Their pitchers might not have thrown as hard and their batters might not have had the same pop, but when it came to throwing strikes and make plays in the field, no one was better than Cumberland National.
Cumberland was spotless defensively and pitchers Sydney Provencal and Katerina Kent allowed only seven base runners the entire game as the offense took advantage of two errors in a 3-0 win over East Greenwich to claim the Rhode Island Major Division Softball Championship Friday night.

July 14th

PawSox edge Durham behind Duckworth

July 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Brandon Duckworth’s frustrating two-month stretch without a victory came to a merciful end on Thursday night.
The veteran Pawtucket Red Sox starting pitcher handcuffed the Durham Bulls to seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work and his teammates did all their offensive damage in the fourth inning to grab a 3-2 triumph at McCoy Stadium.
The victory was the fourth in a row and the eighth in the last 10 teams for the surging PawSox, who are now a season-high 10 games over .500 (51-41) and tied for the International League wild card lead with the Gwinnett Braves.

Valois ousts Randall in R.I. Amateur thriller

July 14, 2011

EAST GREENWICH --- Jamison Randall has already proven in his young career that he’s a golfer with unlimited potential.
On Thursday afternoon at the R.I. Amateur Championship, he also proved he has the heart that goes with it.
Randall wasn’t able to advance to today’s quarterfinal matches, but the recent Cumberland High grad gave two-time champion Brad Valois all he could handle during match play of the Round of 16 at the Potowomut Country Club.

Carl Crawford coming to McCoy on Friday night

July 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- It’s been nine years since Carl Crawford last played a game at McCoy Stadium, but the Boston Red Sox left fielder will be in Pawtucket tonight and tomorrow for a brief injury rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Crawford will start in left on both nights when the PawSox host the Durham Bulls, and if all goes well this weekend, he is expected to be back in the Red Sox’s lineup on Monday when they head to Baltimore to face the Orioles.

 

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