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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.

More dramatics as CALL walks off with win in state tourney opener

July 19, 2014

BRISTOL – When Cumberland American standout Addison Kopack launched a one-out, opposite-field “tater” over the right-center field fence to tie Coventry American, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth – as a result forcing extra innings – Lincoln All-Stars' manager Charlie Hien responded as only he could.

“Honestly, it's like they have nine lives,” he said, shaking his head. “That team just doesn't quit.”

Cumberland American starts state tournament play today

July 18, 2014


The Cumberland American All-Stars begin play Saturday in the Rhode Island State Little League Major Division Championship, their first appearance there since 2011.
 

College pals Verdugo and Ranaudo reunited at McCoy

July 18, 2014


PAWTUCKET – The newest member of the PawSox pitching staff had a familiar face waiting to greet him at T.F. Green Airport.
 
Make that a good friend who also doubles as an offseason housemate down in Baton Rouge.
 

Vazquez could make himself Boston’s top backstop

July 17, 2014

 

PAWTUCKET – Whether it’s promoting him to a new level or putting more responsibilities on his plate, the Red Sox have never shied away from challenging Christian Vazquez.

“Whether it’s going to the Arizona Fall League or his first big-league (spring training) camp, this guy has exceeded expectations every time,” gushed Red Sox Minor-League Catching Coordinator Chad Epperson on Thursday when asked about the recently-promoted-to-the-majors Vazquez.

Districts in rear view, CALL preps for states

July 16, 2014


CUMBERLAND – Twenty-four hours after their epic, come-from-behind 9-6 victory over gritty Lincoln in the District IV championship game, it was back to business as usual for the Cumberland American All-Stars.
 
They returned to practice at their Garvin Field home on Tuesday night, ready to move on from one of the most exciting and memorable contests in R.I. Little League Tournament history.