May 2nd, 2015
PAWTUCKET – Turns out I spent floods of nervous force over absolutely nothing.
Even though I had performed my official act as pitch-clock operator when I pushed the button that officially signaled that first pitch was exactly 60 minutes away – a mock cheer went up inside the McCoy Stadium press box once the countdown was underway – my palms were extra sweaty as the first game of the April 21 doubleheader between the PawSox and Buffalo Bisons drew closer and closer.
PAWTUCKET – Now comes the real test of Major League Baseball’s commitment to speeding up the game.
Starting with Friday’s Durham-Pawtucket contest and likewise at Triple-A and Double-A ballparks across the country, those in violation of letting the clock expire will be charged with a ball or strike – depending on the offending party. Whether or not these unprecedented efforts have a direct bearing on the game’s outcome will be closely monitored in the weeks and months ahead.
WOONSOCKET â€” Most of the students in Woonsocket High School teacher Robert Stewardâ€™s law and society class were born more than 30 years after the U.S. Supreme Courtâ€™s 1969 landmark decision that protects studentsâ€™ free speech.
But 46 years later, itâ€™s a decision with fresh resonance in the age of Facebook and Twitter, a Woonsocket attorney told a group of those students Friday.
WOONSOCKET â€“ R.I. State Police threw the book at a Pawtucket man after a brief but highly destructive motor vehicle chase Thursday in which a trooper, a gas station, and five motor vehicles were struck by the suspectâ€™s Ford Taurus.
Richard Reis, 56, of 39 Chapman St., was arrested on 16 separate offenses, including driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon, eluding police, resisting arrest, receiving stolen goods, operating on a suspended license, and a string of outstanding warrants from three different courts.
WOONSOCKET â€” Two people were hospitalized as a motorist attempting to flee State Police crashed into a building and several vehicles in East Woonsocket yesterday.
The chase came to a violent and sudden halt about noon, when the maroon Ford Taurus troopers were after crashed into two vehicles approaching from the opposite direction on Diamond Hill Road, near Wood Avenue. The first vehicle to make contact with the Taurus became airborne and landed on the front lawn next to 607 Diamond Hill Road, perpendicular to the road.
A quick check on how several locals are performing at the college baseball and softball level. (Editor's note: all stats are current through Tuesday, April 28):
Lincoln High graduate Nick Zammarelli made some news Monday when the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) named the Elon University sophomore its Baseball Player of the Week. The recognition marks the first weekly conference honor of his Phoenix career.
PROVIDENCE â€” Rep. Cale P. Keable (D-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is expecting a big turnout of speakers wanting to voice their views on the legalization of marijuana in Rhode Island when his committee hears legislation with that intent Wednesday evening.
Keable only had to look at the interest generated by a similar hearing last year on a bill that did not move forward.
â€śWe had a couple of hundred people that came by the hearing last year and it went into the early morning,â€ť Keable said after Tuesdayâ€™s House session at the Statehouse.
CUMBERLAND – One swing of the bat helped Lincoln High remain unbeaten at 5-0, and to no one’s surprise, the bat belonged to senior captain Stacey Mayer.
The St. Joseph’s University-bound talent blasted an inside-the-park grand slam in the top of the second inning, a frame which saw the Lions score six times, on their way to beating Division I-North rival Cumberland, 8-6, at Tucker Field on Tuesday.