Archive - Jun 2013 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â Tim Mandeville recalls watching his boy pursue his passions so well it hurts.
More often than not, when he looks outside his home, he still pictures young Evan playing baseball with his best friend, Riley Crozier, in the back yard. He rewinds that and other memorable videos in his mind time after time.
BURRILLVILLE -- During the regular season, Burrillville Little League doesnât allow its pitchers to throw curveballs, and that remains baffling to All-Starsâ skipper Bob Gelinas.
Still, he took great measures to prepare his mound staff for the start of the R.I. District IV Major Division (11-12) All-Star Tournament at Sherman Parkâs Rymanski Field on Saturday afternoon.
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Based on recent discussion by the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs Principalsâ Committee on Athletics, it might be time to chisel in stone the following commandment:
âThou shalt not alter the makeup of divisions in non-realignment years.â
The time has come to take a hard line on teams petitioning the PCOA to move up or down in the midst of a given realignment cycle. The 2013-14 school term marks the conclusion of a two-year realignment, a precursor to the presumed changes to the realignment formula that figure to take effect in 2014-15.
PAWTUCKET â Xander Bogaerts took groundballs at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon, a pregame ritual that the promising shortstop has down to a science.
This particular day was different. Not only was Bogaerts taking grounders at third base, but â as an added bonus â he was the under the tutelage of someone who knows a thing or two about manning the hot corner.
CUMBERLAND â The names have changed, but the results have stayed the same.
A year after cruising through the District IV ranks, as well as the best teams the rest of Rhode Island had to offer, en route to its second straight Major Division state championship, Cumberlandâs formidable âAâ team picked up where it left off by earning its third mercy-rule victory in as many games before a large gathering at Diamond Hill Park.
Seth Cohen is proud of the business-like fashion that his client conducted himself in during arguably the most important stretch of basketball in his young life.
PAWTUCKET â Will Middlebrooks spoke so softly that it felt as if the PawSox clubhouse had been transformed into a church.
The struggling third baseman didnât attempt to mask his disappointment regarding a season that has hardly gone according to plan. For the moment, finding a silver lining in the fact that he was sent down is an impossible endeavor. It probably didnât ease Middlebrooksâ frustration that Wednesdayâs Red Sox-Rockiesâ game was being featured on the clubhouseâs main television.
BARRINGTON â Local legend Billy Andrade knew he and playing partner Bill Haas slowly had been creeping up the leaderboard at this 15th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic on humid Tuesday, but never knew just how close they were to the front-runners, the duo of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt.
When Haas knocked down a 10-foot birdie putt on the 452-yard, par-four 13th to move he and Andrade to 19-under, the board just behind the green indicated they had sliced the gap to a mere shot.
BARRINGTON â Thereâs always something so reassuring when an event such as the CVS Caremark Charity Classic concludes on this note, âSee you next year.â
The words â echoed by Bristol native and co-host Billy Andrade shortly after the winning tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt took their bows on the 18th green at Rhode Island Country Club â helped in providing reassurance that the CVS event will feature a 16th installment.
PAWTUCKET â Will Middlebrooks does not need Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina or hitting coach Dave Joppie â two names who have previous player-coach relationships with the scuffling third baseman â to get in his face and flat-out tell the owner of a .192 big-league batting average this season where the areas of improvement lie.
âHe knows what he needs to do,â said DiSarcina in anticipation of Middlebrooksâ arrival at McCoy Stadium on Wednesday, one day after getting informed by Boston skipper John Farrell that his season-long offensive funk had earned him a demotion to the Triple-A ranks.