Archive - May 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.
PAWTUCKET â€“ As his stay in the major leagues expanded from days to weeks to months, Alex Wilson resisted the temptation to feel comfortable.
CUMBERLAND â€” Next year is supposed to be the season Mount St. Charles storms through the first round of the Division I playoffs and gets ready to make some noise in the double-elimination portion of the state tournament.
But somebody forgot to fax that memo to this yearâ€™s Mounties.
Armed by a 15-hit attack, solid defense, and a rare complete game from junior Kylie Finnerty, the 13th-seeded, senior-less Mounties sprung arguably the upset of the postseason on Thursday afternoon with a stunning 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Cumberland at Tucker Field.
LINCOLN â€“ The more things change for the Lincoln High softball team, the more they stay the same.
Gone are the days when head coach Dick Ryan can sit back and watch his squad pile up the runs and achieve mercy-rule status in the blink of an eye. This yearâ€™s Lincoln edition is conditioned to win low-scoring, fist-clenching affairs that largely hinge on the effectiveness of Lindsay Mayer and her powerful right arm.
CRANSTON â€“ Jonathan Wahl left Cranston Country Club with a deeper appreciation of what it means to truly contend to win golf tournaments.
All the Lincoln High junior had to do was look over at what his playing partner â€“ Portsmouthâ€™s Jake Bauer â€“ was doing over the final three holes, then refer back to his own scores. While Bauer closed strong with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16-17 and a par on 18, Wahl went par, par, bogey.
CRANSTON â€“ Lincoln High junior Jon Wahl achieved medalist honors on Day 1 of the two-day Interscholastic League individual and state golf championships, waving his putter like a magic wand just about every time he set foot on the greens at Cranston Country Club.
Wahl finished the day with an even-par 71, and heâ€™ll take a two-stroke lead into Wednesdayâ€™s final round with Barringtonâ€™s Stephen Miller and Justin Matrone each carting round 73. Three additional players sit three strokes off the pace Wahl set.
PAWTUCKET â€“ A disappointed Matt Lachance stood behind the fence of Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts on Monday morning watching his North Smithfield High doubles teammates compete against Narragansett's best.
The junior had just suffered a 6-2, 6-4 loss to sophomore Devon Chofay at the top singles slot, and was upset; he thought he had let down his team.
The final tune-up for this Saturdayâ€™s state meet at Brown University took place Sunday with the boys taking part in the 49th annual Hendricken Invitational while the girls took to the oval at Providenceâ€™s Conley Stadium for the Mount Pleasant Performance Championship.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When Cassandra Sherman played for the Rice Memorial High prep hockey team of South Burlington, Vt. from 2010-12, she picked up a passport for her teamâ€™s various road trips through three provinces in Canada, but because her team went over the border almost every other weekend, her passport didnâ€™t need to be stamped.
Shermanâ€™s passport recently expired, with blank pages and nothing to show for her ventures to Canada. But sheâ€™s in the process of renewing it, and when she gets it sometime this summer, she plans to break it in -- with a colorful European stamp.