June 11th, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€“ Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that heâ€™s ready to turn the corner.
Working one inning, Bard allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts as the PawSox saw a ninth-inning rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. Bard ended up tossing 22 pitches, 11 for strikes.
Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, thereâ€™s one loose end left.
What exactly is Bardâ€™s mound assignment moving forward â€“ starter or reliever? Judging by the early returns in his minor-league stint with the PawSox, such a pretty important clarification appears to have been left off the struggling pitcherâ€™s itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bardâ€™s equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.
PROVIDENCE â€“ And just like that, there will be a new champion in Division II this year.
Tolman Highâ€™s run at the top came to a sudden and abrupt end Monday night, the semifinal loss sustained against an undefeated Pilgrim High outfit that pulled away in the third and final game en route to posting a sweep at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.
PAWTUCKET - Donald E. Goulet, of Utton Avenue, Pawtucket died June 11, 2012 . He was the husband of Theresa I. (Bouthillette) Goulet.
Mr. Goulet was born in Pawtucket the son of the late Harvey G. Goulet Sr. and Anna (Bociek) Goulet. He was a self- employed contractor for many years and then worked for the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency until he retired. Mr. Goulet was a Korean War Veteran of the United States Army and a member of LeFoyer Club, F.O.P.A. And Pawtucket Country Club. Mr. Goulet was an avid golfer and hobbies included classic car restoration.
PAWTUCKET - Dolores G. LaCroix, 86, of Pawtucket, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012. She was the beloved wife of Eugene. LaCroix Sr.
Born in Taunton, MA, she was the daughter of the late Alexandre and Elizabeth (Frechette) Poirier.
Dolores was a faithful member and soprano soloist at St. Cecilia Church for seventy years until limited by illness. She was an avid traveler who enjoyed all things beautiful.
MARLBOROUGH - Sister Doris Pontbriand, a Sister of St. Anne, known in religion as Sister Marie Anne Elise, died suddenly Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the age of 83, at Marie Esther Health Center in Marlborough. She was in the 63rd year of religious life.
CAMBRIDGE, NY Ruth E. M. Bates, 84, died June 7, 2012 at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY. She was the wife of Henry S. Bates, Jr.
Born, raised and educated in Pawtucket, RI, she was the only child of Archibald and Catherine Barr Muirhead. While participating in a Bible reading contest in Northfield, MA she met her future husband. They were married on August 12, 1950 and lived in his home town of Cambridge.
Ruth worked at a variety of jobs, retiring from the United States Postal Service.
Michelle Torres, of Cental Falls, receives her Salutatorian medal and is applauded by Saint Raphael Academy principal Maryann Donohue-Lynch, center, and the Most Rev. Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence, during the 85th commencement at the Cathedral of SS. Peter & Paul in Providence Sunday.
PROVIDENCE â€” Immediately after the Davies Tech team bus arrived at the Rhode Island College diamond at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, skipper Scott Cooper strode up the aluminum stands to the press box for a coin flip with Central High's mentor, Michelle Rawcliffe.
That toss would decide the home team for this Rhode Island Division III Tournament championship series' â€śrubberâ€ť tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose â€śtailsâ€ť and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.
WEST WARWICK â€” If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesnâ€™t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberlandâ€™s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
â€śHeâ€™s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,â€ť Murphy said of Patrick.
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Ryan Lavarnway the other day, sitting in PawSox manager Arnie Beyelerâ€™s office along with Chad Epperson, the Red Sox minor-league catching coordinator. The seating arrangement resembled that of an atypical boardroom meeting, with Beyeler staring directly at Lavarnway from his behind-the-desk vantage point while Epperson occupied the plush leather couch to the right of 24-year-old.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mike Cather was Daniel Bardâ€™s pitching coach in Double-A Portland when Bard made the conversion from starting pitcher to reliever.
What does Cather, currently the minor-league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres, recall about watching Bard undergo said conversion in 2008? Letâ€™s just say that experience is something that the struggling Red Sox pitcher should think long and hard about drawing upon during his stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
PROVIDENCE â€” Constant success can be bad for the psyche.
So claimed Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan after his Lions posted an unusual, come-from-behind 5-2 victory over Coventry in a state Division I Tournament quarterfinal at Rhode Island College late Friday afternoon.
In 12 of its initial 18 contests, Lincoln registered seven or more runs, and six of those were of the 10-run â€śmercy-ruleâ€ť variety.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ending an unsavory saga, Pawtucket Firefighter Cody Reed has pleaded no contest to one count of felony assault on a young teenage girl in exchange for a reduction in a previous count of third-degree sexual assault and dismissal of another charge.
Reed, 40, who lives on Second Street in Pawtucket, entered the nolo plea before Associate Justice Judith C. Savage in Superior Court in Providence on Thursday afternoon. The plea comes just over a week after his trial that ended in a hung jury.
PROVIDENCE â€“ It was 3:41 a.m. on Friday when House Speaker Gordon Fox brought down the gavel on the 2013 budget debate, sending the document across the Rotunda to the Senate. Twenty-four hours later, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Daniel DaPonte of East Providence raised his gavel to open the panelâ€™s hearing on the budget.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Daniel Bard could have taken the easy way out.
He could have tucked himself away in the trainerâ€™s room, or if he wanted to be out of complete sight, he could have hid in the indoor batting tunnels or some other out-of-the-way location in McCoy Stadium.
Instead, the embattled starting pitcher faced the media in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s weight room at 5 p.m. sharp Thursday, discussing his recent demotion from Boston and the mechanical issues that have plagued him.
LINCOLN â€“ When Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic chose to hire Lincoln's own Jad Prachniak to skipper his West Chester University baseball squad last July, he knew he was putting a lot of faith in an unknown product.
After all, up to that point, Prachniak had served just one year as an undergraduate assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island in 2005, then served as Frank Leoni's pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the College of William & Mary the following five years.
PAWTUCKET - Jeffrey Michael LeClair, 52, of Pawtucket, RI died suddenly on the morning of June 6, 2012 of acute Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Born in Providence, in January 1960, Jeff attended St. Rays Academy graduating from Tolman in 1978. He attended Johnson & Wales for hotel/restaurant management. He worked at Holiday Inn in Attleboro assisting the National Guard with the evacuation and housing of people during the blizzard of 78.
PAWTUCKET - Robert W. Healey, 68, of Coates Manor, passed away May 21, 2012 after a brief illness. He was the longtime friend of Carlos Gonzalez. Bob was born in Attleboro, a son of the late William and Beatrice (Gillette) Healey. He had been the manger of the former Carroll's Hamburgers of So. Attleboro, and also worked for Coffee An Service, Lacroix's Food Service and Bayside Food Service .
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday at 4 pm in the Community Room at Coates Manor, Lonsdale Ave. Pawtucket. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.
PASCOAG - Carol A. Provencher, 60, of Wallum Lake Rd. entered into eternal life June 2, 2012 at RI Hospital after a long illness. She was the wife of the late Raymond Provencher.
Carol was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Herbert and Barbara (O'Donnell) Heath. Mrs. Provencher was a devoted Mother and Grandmother. She had lived Warwick and Bristol several years before moving to Pascoag.