Archive - Jun 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ Bernie Carbo assumed custody of his grandson when he was two. This same lad has matured into a 14-year-old with big-league hopes, no doubt fueled by a grandfather who authored one of the most memorable home runs in Red Sox lore.
PROVIDENCE â€“ While far from finalized, several realignment proposals were shared and discussed amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics Monday afternoon.
Speaking on behalf of the realignment committee, Prout Athletic Director Mike Traficante presented modifications to the formula that has been the determining factor in placing teams in corresponding divisions. The earliest these changes would take effect is the 2014-15 academic year, the first year following the expiration of the current two-year realignment agreement.
PROVIDENCE â€“ To Emily Bouthillette, a whack to the face never felt so good.
Minutes after Lincoln High had clinched an easier-than-anticipated 5-1 victory over Coventry to claim its second straight R.I. Division I Tournament title on Sunday afternoon, Bouthillette's fellow senior tri-captain, Lindsay Mayer, accepted the state championship plaque.
When Mayer heard fans screaming from the third-base gate to spin and hoist it â€“ of course for photos â€“ she accidentally struck her teammate, and immediately responded, â€śEm, I'm so sorry!
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts wasted little time in making himself feel quite at home in his new surroundings.
All the 20-year-old did in his PawSox debut was a little bit of everything, his efforts going a long way in Pawtucket grabbing both ends of Fridayâ€™s doubleheader against Buffalo. The home team won the first game in dramatic 1-0 fashion as Alex Hassan delivered a walk-off hit with two down in the seventh inning.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Xander Bogaerts reached Triple-A Pawtucket as a 20-year-old and with 290 Double-A at-bats in 79 games to his credit.
Just to provide an idea of how unique his situation is, below is a list of former and current PawSox position players and where they stood at-bat and age-wise upon leaving Portland:
â€“ Dustin Pedroia (256 at-bats in 66 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Will Middlebrooks (37 at-bats in 96 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 22).
â€“ Jacoby Ellsbury (271 at-bats in 67 Double-A games. Reached Pawtucket at age 23).
PAWTUCKET â€“ The worst-case scenario that Xander Bogaerts envisioned never came to pass.
Initially, Bogaerts thought he was being summoned to the managerâ€™s office because he didnâ€™t protest a strike three call that came with the count full. Portlandâ€™s Kevin Boles felt the decision that went against the highly-touted prospect was egregious. Protesting balls and strikes usually results in a swift ejection, which Boles eventually received after attempting to stick up for his shortstop.
LINCOLN â€“ It was pretty easy to see the frustration mounting inside Lincoln High senior righthander Lindsay Mayer during the R.I. Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament winners' bracket final against always-gutsy Coventry on Saturday.
She'd fire a fastball, riseball or screwball, one she thought for sure would be called a strike at the belt or knees. Yet, when it wasn't, it would bug her to no end, as it would most All-State whirlers.
PROVIDENCE â€” Less than two months ago, Coventry dealt Mount St. Charles its most agonizing loss of the regular season. On Tuesday night, the Oakers handed the Mounties the defeat that hurt them the most â€“ the one that ousted them from the Division I playoffs.
The unbeaten Oakers rebounded from an opening-set loss and moved one win away from their first state championship since 1995 by rolling to a 3-1 triumph over the Mounties in their semifinal-round clash at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Way back on April 23, North Smithfield High trekked to the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house to take on league-leading Central in a Division II crossover bout.
The Northmen held their own against the superb Knights, but bused home on the down side of a 3-1 verdict.
Still, the way North Smithfield battled in that 25-18, 25-14, 22-25, 25-14 defeat wasn't lost on Central head coach Donn Chu, who had warned his players prior to Monday night's R.I. Division II Tournament semifinal that their opponent would be dangerous, especially given its size advantage.
Lincoln High senior Nick Zammarelli has been presented with two envelopes. One is marked â€ścollegeâ€ť â€“ as in the opportunity to play Division I baseball at Elon (N.C.) University. The second envelope is labeled â€śprosâ€ť â€“ as in an invitation to sign a professional contract with the Boston Red Sox, the team that selected him in the 28th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.