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July 27th, 2015

Perdomo powers Pawtucket over Paterson for RBI Junior Division Championship

July 27, 2015


PAWTUCKET  –  Moments after recording the final out, those representing the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket RBI Junior Division (13-15) squad sprinted to the mound and piled onto Jordan Perdomo, who had just tossed a 4-1 masterpiece over Paterson, N.J. in the championship game of the RBI Northeast Regional Baseball Tournament held Monday morning inside McCoy Stadium.

The reason for the massive celebration: With the victory, Pawtucket earned a berth in the RBI World Series, slated for Grapevine and Southlake, Tex. between Aug. 10-15.

July 26th

Little League Baseball | Lincoln beats Cranston Western in state winner's bracket final

July 26, 2015


WARWICK – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Cranston Western, 7-2, on Sunday night at Warwick Continental Field in the winner's bracket final of the Rhode Island major division tournament.

With the win, Lincoln moves on to the two-game state championship series, slated for Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. against the winner of Cranston Western and Portsmouth.

Lincoln needs to win one of the two games to capture the state championship.

More coverage coming tomorrow.



Amateur Baseball | Collette Post 79 advances in American Legion state tournament with 4-0 win

July 26, 2015


PROVIDENCE  –  Moses Brown graduate Cal Slepkow whirled a stellar five-hitter with three walks and seven strikeouts to propel Collette Post 79 of Central Falls/Pawtucket to a 4-0 state American Legion Tournament victory over R&R Construction Post 18 of Newport at La Salle Academy on Sunday afternoon.

July 25th

Little League Baseball | Toro's second HR of the game helps Lincoln top Portsmouth in state tourney opener

July 25, 2015

WARWICK – Nick Toro had a penchant for pounding home runs in the R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament, one in which the Lincoln All-Stars swept with relative ease, and he picked up where he left off Saturday afternoon.

July 24th

A LINCOLN LEGACY: Hien readies Lincoln All-Stars for Little League state tournament

July 24, 2015

LINCOLN – As always after the capture of a R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) Tournament championship, the Lincoln All-Stars were back at practice Tuesday evening with their manager, Charlie Hien, and his mammoth coaching staff of at least five.

July 19th

Little League Baseball | Lincoln powers past Smithfield, 8-4, to take District IV championship

July 19, 2015


BURRILLVILLE – The Lincoln Little League All-Stars topped Smithfield on Sunday night, 8-4, to capture the Rhode Island District IV Championship.

They were powered by a trio of home runs in the fourth inning by Julian Horan, Danny Fish and Sam Ferranti which accounted for seven of their runs.

Lincoln begins action in the state tournament by facing District 2 winner, Portsmouth, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Warwick Continental’s Little League complex.

Full story Tuesday in the print edition of The Times.


July 17th

Little League Baseball | Lincoln once again one win away from District IV championship

July 17, 2015


LINCOLN – Charlie Hien couldn’t help but find humor in the irony.

After mustering three straight victories in R.I. Little League Major Division (11-12) District IV Tournament action, his Lincoln All-Stars now will face Smithfield for the right to call themselves the district champion.

The crazy part: It will occur at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday – at Rymanski Field in Burrillville.

July 15th

Pawtucket Red Sox | ANSWERING THE CALL: PawSox radio announcer Josh Maurer thrilled to broadcast Red Sox games on NESN

July 16, 2015

 

PAWTUCKET – For Josh Maurer, the prestige surrounding the minors-to-majors PawSox radio booth tradition really dawned on him upon landing the coveted position before the 2014 season.

“When [Pawtucket Red Sox CEO] Mike Tamburro tells you that he wants you to work for him, that’s basically saying that you could be big-league caliber. He’s putting his confidence in you,” said Maurer. “For me, it was an affirmation that something like that could be possible.”

Commentary | McGair: MOVING VIOLATION: College athletes shouldn't be allowed to transfer whenever they want

July 15, 2015

A little of this, a little of that …

Honestly, PC basketball fans. A sincere effort was made to shed light on why promising 7-footer Paschal Chukwu elected to leave school.

Leo Redgate, who coached Chukwu at Connecticut’s Fairfield Prep, offered “we prefer to stay quiet and focus on Paschal.”

Dan Donnelly, Chukwu’s AAU coach with the Connecticut Basketball Club, also noted via text message, “he just wasn’t comfortable on campus and wanted a change of scenery.”

July 12th

American Legion Baseball | Defending state champion Collette Vacations Post 79 in the midst of strong campaign

July 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE  –  While Upper Deck Post 86 of Cumberland maintains complete control of the R.I. American Legion's Senior Division standings at this “mid-point” of the campaign – it's 15-1 – the boys of Collette Vacations Post 79 continue to rack up victories, ever so quietly.

American Legion Baseball | Loaded with experience, first-place Upper Deck Post 86/14 continues to surge

July 12, 2015

CUMBERLAND – Long before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division had even started, Upper Deck Baseball Academy Post 86/14 skipper Steve Reynolds Jr. and his assistants knew they had assembled a stellar squad of college freshmen and high school standouts.

They just hoped their roster could come together and produce at a level equal to or beyond their collective talent.

High school athletics | Cumberland's Wasson hired as athletic director at Bay View

July 12, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE – A Cumberland woman who was lucky enough to catch a two-run David Ortiz homer in Game 1 of the 2013 World Series has been hired to take the helm of Bengal athletics at St. Mary Academy-Bay View.

Jennifer Wasson, who spent three years working in the athletic department at Providence College, has been hired as the schools’ new athletic director, succeeding co-Athletic Directors Cindy Neal and Sue Reposa, both of whom retired this school year.

July 10th

Pawtucket Red Sox | WELL-DESERVED HONOR: PawSox’ Bradley excited about heading to Triple-A All-Star Game

July 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET  –  Jackie Bradley Jr. spent the Fourth of July holiday returning to the Pawtucket Red Sox after a nine-day stint, his third of the season, with the parent club.

That designation came following fellow outfielder Shane Victorino's activation the day before.

July 9th

RONCARATI'S SWEET SCIENCE: Helping pro athletes reach peak performance takes cutting-edge knowledge, and a dose of common sense

July 9, 2015

Editor’s note: Part two of a two-part series

Mike Roncarati was one of the keys in helping the Golden State Warriors reach the NBA Finals, but the Cumberland native and 2005 Bishop Feehan graduate didn’t hoist a single jumper, nor was tasked with the difficult assignment of guarding LeBron James.

His capacity as the Warriors’ strength and conditioning coach is rooted in altruistic principles.

“Your job is about making them stay in peak condition throughout the year,” Roncarati said.  

SUMMER EXCURSION: Former Lincoln High softball standout Mayer to play against Team USA

July 9, 2015

LINCOLN  –  When Lindsay Mayer’s phone buzzed with a text from her Fordham University softball coach shortly before noon on Thursday, June 18, the content astonished her.

The note from Bridget Orchard went something like this: “How would you like to represent a college All-Star team against Team USA in New Jersey?”

Naturally, she had to double-check the offer.

July 7th

Little League Baseball | Lincoln has no trouble with Cumberland American in District IV opener

July 7, 2015

LINCOLN – Charlie Hien has been around Little League baseball long enough to know better.

The Lincoln All-Star manager knows that one game does not determine a season; one game does not punch your ticket to the state tournament (or beyond).

July 6th

Little League Baseball | No fluke: Belisle's words still powerful one year later

July 6, 2015


CUMBERLAND – There are no scheduled royalty payments, nor is Dave Belisle being gifted with a lifetime supply of cereal in the wake of a new Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes commercial that includes excerpts from his famous speech at last year’s Little League World Series.

July 5th

Road Racing | Master of the Mills: Jack Thornhill runs his 44th consecutive Arnold Mills Race

July 5, 2015


CUMBERLAND – Tom Kenwood has spent decades helping in the organization of the annual Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race, held every Fourth of July morning since 1969, and can’t believe that Jack Thornhill has remained such a constant.

“The guy’s amazing,” Kenwood remarked of the seemingly-ageless septuagenarian.

At the tender age of 73, Thornhill completed his 44th consecutive Mills event on Saturday, finishing in 44 minutes, 35 seconds, good for third overall in the Senior Veteran Division.

July 4th

TRACKING SUCCESS: Central Falls-based FAST TRACK club shines at New England meet

July 4, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS — There were a number of outstanding efforts from athletes representing the FAST TRACK Track & Field Club at the USATF New England Junior Olympic Championships, held at Fitchburg State University on June 20.

But none topped the outing of local phenom Amare Fortes.

Fortes not only captured the gold medal in the boys- 9-10 age group’s 100-meter dash (15.22), but he also claimed silvers in the 200 (31.14) and 400 (1:11.73).

July 1st

Jackie Bradley and Mason Williams: Could’ve been teammates, would-be rivals

July 1, 2015


PAWTUCKET – There’ll be no reunion between Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mason Williams Thursday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to McCoy Stadium for a brief two-game holiday series.