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Cumberland American set to take on New England's best

August 1, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn.  – Cumberland American All-Stars mentor Dave Belisle received a phone call from pitching coach Matt Wright late Tuesday night, and it had everything to do with the Massachusetts Little League state championship game between Barnstable and Holden.

Wright had good reason to make the 75-plus-mile trek to Beverly; after all, he wanted to scout the contest, as the victor would face Belisle’s bunch in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at 2 p.m., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center.

Oh Henry!: Top pitching prospect joins PawSox

August 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — While teammates in Double-A Portland, Matt Spring had the opportunity to catch many of Henry Owens’ day-after-he-started side sessions. 

Mechanics and pitch repertoire aside, those informal bullpen outings allowed Spring to acquire a deeper sense of what makes Owens tick. Even in low-pressurized situations, the lanky left-hander still displayed a competitive zest that really wasn’t all that different when Owens took the ball for the Sea Dogs once every five days.

R.I. Thunder Gold travel team takes top honors in national tournament

July 31, 2014


The Rhode Island Thunder Gold 12U-Needle are the 2014 PONY National Champions after the team won the PONY Fast Pitch Softball Nationals in Sterling, Va., held the week of July 18-23.
 
The team, composed of players from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, had a phenomenal run throughout the season, with had a phenomenal run this season, with an overall record of 71-4-1.
 

Collette Vacations sweeps R&R Construction to claim R.I. American Legion state title

July 30, 2014

WEST WARWICK -- Just before the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament championship tilt began late Wednesday afternoon, skipper Jim Mello huddled his troops outside the first-base dugout and issued a few simple thoughts.

“There is no tonight if we don’t take care of business right now,” he stated. “Think about this game and what you need to do. It’s do-or-die; now go out there and have some fun.”

Mitsmenn pitches Collette to victory in third-straight must-win game with gem against top-seeded Post 74

July 29, 2014


WEST WARWICK  –  With Collette Vacations Post 79 facing their third-straight elimination game on Tuesday, Zach Mitsmenn dazzled the tournament’s top-seeded squad for nine innings, sending home the highly-touted Senerchia Post 74 and propelling Collette into the final day of play at the R.I. American Legion Senior Division Tournament.
 

Reflections on the Rocket: Fellow Texans Workman, Clemens treading a similar path decades apart

July 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For reasons no doubt discussed ad nauseam in other forums, “Rocket” Roger Clemens will not be featured during this weekend’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Brandon Workman, Clemens fan, fellow Red Sox pitcher and fellow University of Texas Longhorn, hopes that changes someday.

KR Baseball Academy on the move

July 22, 2014


KR Baseball Academy is on the move after a successful 10-year run in Pawtucket. 
 
Though nothing is official, the owner hopes everything regarding the academy’s new Lincoln location will be signed, sealed and delivered by the middle of next week. More specifically, Ken Ryan plans to inhabit space on 100 Higginson Ave., which is situated in the Lonsdale section of town. 
 

St. Raphael alum Gray jumps to Division I coaching ranks at Maine

July 21, 2014

The running joke between Bob Walsh and Antone Gray became a rite of spring.

Whenever Walsh’s name was linked to prospective Division I men’s basketball head coaching jobs, he would receive a reminder from a player who never seemed to stray too far from the mentor’s mind. Gray first placed the bug in Walsh’s ear during their point guard/coaching partnership at Rhode Island College. He continued to do so after his graduation in 2011.

“Even when Antone was a sophomore playing for me, he would say, ‘Don’t leave me here, don’t leave me here,” Walsh recalled.

With offense on fire, CALL awaits foe in Little League state finals

July 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Even dating back to last summer, skipper Dave Belisle had a feeling his Cumberland American Little League All-Stars wouldn't have much of an issue with the bats.

But even he's surprised with how his roster of 12 has produced this time around.

Consider these statistics: In four straight triumphs over Smithfield (11-3) and Lincoln (9-6) in the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) event, then two more against Coventry American (5-4) and Cranston Western (17-4) in the state tournament, his squad has outscored its opponents, 42-17.

CALL pounds Cranston 17-4, moves one win from state title

July 20, 2014

 

BRISTOL  –  Sean Meers clubbed two homers, drove in five runs and scored three on Sunday as Cumberland American delivered a 17-4 mercy-rule bushwhacking of Cranston Western's best in a winners' bracket final at King Philip Little League's Roger W. Pigeon Field.