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April 17th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.
(Editor's note, this article appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Pawtucket Times)
When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.
In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.
PAWTUCKET – The PawSox won their home opener on Thursday, 8-7 over Rochester thanks to a walk-off home run by Bryce Brentz in the ninth inning.
PawSox starter Steven Wright was tagged for seven runs (just three were earned) in five innings. He received a no decision after Pawtucket tied the game at seven in the bottom of the seventh behind back-to-back home runs by Deven Marrero and Sean Coyle, the number eight and nine hitters in the lineup.
PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake.
PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.
On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium.
With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?
PROVIDENCE – It’s been long rumored the Boston Red Sox were extremely interested in purchasing the Pawtucket Red Sox since owner Ben Mondor passed away in 2010.
A prominent player in Boston’s ownership cabinet is Larry Lucchino, whose official title is President/CEO. He added another title in February when he officially became the chairman of the PawSox.
CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.
Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.
With the boys’ volleyball season in full swing, here’s an early-season lookout relating to our local entries.
LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.
Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.
Editor's note: This column appeared in the Friday, April 10 edition of The Times
BOSTON â€“ Being affiliated with the Big East Conference and having all their games televised, Providence College menâ€™s basketball is one of biggest windows into the institution.
People tend to focus on Ed Cooleyâ€™s program more than any other sport to the point that it becomes the barometer about how fans and alumni alike feel about PC.
ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.
However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.
The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.
PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers.
When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual.
PAWTUCKET – Pawtucket Red Sox officials have traveled down many different roads to bring in top-flight radio broadcasters. To fill the most recent vacancy, you might say they’ve gone home again.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High head coach Craig Giarusso admitted he’s never seen such a horrendous winter, one that has so greatly affected his ability to practice with his girls outside.
LINCOLN -- Outfielder Rusney Castillo is besieged with autograph requests as he enters Kirkbrae Country Club Wednesday for the annual PawSox Welcome Home Luncheon. The PawSox open the 2015 season tonight at Lehigh Valley with lefty Brian Johnson on the hill.
PAWTUCKET – Jim Skeffington, new president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, might be the most excited fan around about the team’s on-field potential this year.
“This may well be one of the best and most talented teams we’ve had in the history of the franchise – and it’s a storied history,” Skeffington said on Monday prior to presenting a $25,000 donation on behalf of the Red Sox Foundation to the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club.
PROVIDENCE – In the month-plus of Jim Skeffington’s tenure as principal owner/ president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, the city-based attorney has been conducting “due diligence” regarding the ownership group’s proposal for a new stadium.