PAWTUCKET â€“ The anatomy of a young hitter adjusting to a new minor league level has been on full display lately.
In the case of outfield prospect Bryce Brentz, the hot streak he carries into the Governorsâ€™ Cup finals represents a complete 180 from where he stood following a handful of Triple-A games.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The scouting report provided by Pawtucket Red Sox catcher Dan Butler revealed just how on knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright was on Tuesday night.
â€śIt was all over the place and just so unpredictable,â€ť said Butler after Pawtucket took Game One of the Governorsâ€™ Cup finals against Charlotte by a 7-2 count. â€śI couldnâ€™t catch it and they (meaning the Knight batters) couldnâ€™t hit it. I donâ€™t know if (Wright) knew where it was going, but it was a pretty special pitch tonight.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Focusing on depth, along with the current state of Bostonâ€™s maxed-out pitching staff, there are several intriguing options on the Pawtucket Red Sox that the parent club is undoubtedly keeping close tabs upon.
Some of these additional pieces are already included on the 40-man roster, like Zach Stewart and Pedro Beato. For those in the non-inclusive position, such as Alex Wilson and Nelson Figueroa, some manipulating of the roster would have to transpire before they could become eligible to pitch for Boston.
PAWTUCKET â€” At Tolman High's first team practice a few weeks ago, third-year head coach Carminda Rocha sat down her players and offered them a simple philosophy as to how they should attack each match.
That is, keep the ball in play, or continue to be cautious during rallies.
â€śI told them to try to extend the point; that, if they didn't make an error, eventually their opponent would,â€ť Rocha said.
Her Tigers pretty much followed that advice at Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Monday afternoon, cruising to a 6-1 Division III-East triumph over archrival Shea High.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ever since Mount St. Charles made the move to Division I two seasons ago, the Mounties have hooked up with Division I-North foe East Providence to play in some competitive matches, with both sides bringing out their very best brand of volleyball.
On Monday night, the Mounties and Townies renewed acquaintances, but to the dismay of the fans that packed the Mountiesâ€™ gymnasium, they saw two teams trying to shake off their early season cobwebs and overcome more than their share of errors.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. â€“ For the first time since 2003, the Pawtucket Red Sox will play for the right to be called Governorsâ€™ Cup champions. The PawSox clinched a spot in this weekâ€™s championship series after disposing of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-1, in Game Four of the best-of-five opening-round series on Saturday night at Frontier Field. Pawtucket wins the series, three games to one. The finals get underway Tuesday night with the first two games on tap at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox will play Charlotte after the Knights eliminated first-round foe Indianapolis in four games.
WOONSOCKET â€” Inside the Barry Field meeting/locker room hangs a sign reading simply, â€śDiscipline: Do what has to be done; when it has to be done; as well as it can be done; do it that way all the time.â€ť
Excepting a couple of fumbles (one lost) and five penalties for a minus-32 yards, Woonsocket High pretty much followed those instructions to a â€śTâ€ť in its Challenge Cup non-league tilt against East Providence High on what became a soggy Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Paul Labossiere, as usual focused on the task at hand inside the McCoy Stadium ticket office. To this Central Falls native and current Lincoln resident, Labor Day Monday was typical â€“ no deviation in the slightest from the previous 71 PawSox home dates in the 2012 season, or the 39 years of loyal service that preceded this one.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s closing time for your Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ as in closing out the opposition and advancing to the Governorâ€™s Cup finals.
First things first as the PawSox still need to notch one more win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Such a scenario could come to fruition as early as Friday night at Rochesterâ€™s Frontier Field after Pawtucket grabbed Game Two of its opening-round series Thursday night by a 3-2 count at McCoy Stadium before 2,214 supportive and at times enthusiastic fans.
The temptation to overlook this weekâ€™s non-league gridiron slate is great, understanding that league play â€“ set to commence a week from now â€“ serves as judge, jury and executioner.
Over time, principles rooted in Darwinism help in separating the wheat from the chaff by performing the simple act of drawing a line right down the middle. Such a divide wonâ€™t begin on Friday night as teams partake in what could essentially be chalked up to the final installment after nearly four weeks of preseason camp.