Archive - Aug 2013 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â Follow the trail of pixie dust and it will lead you directly to the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium.
The good times continued at the ballpark Monday night as the PawSox staged a 2-1 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Pawtucket trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before receiving a game-tying sacrifice fly from catcher Ryan Lavarnway and a game-ending RBI single by Mark Hamilton that came on a 3-2 pitch.
PAWTUCKET â For PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina, seeing Derek Jeter propel himself through the rehab process this past weekend helped conjure up one pleasant memory after another.
âI hadnât seen him in a while, but the first thing I thought of when I saw him was âMan, heâs a classy individual,ââ DiSarcina expressed. âIn my mind, he and Cal Ripken Jr. were the torchbearers. Cal handed it over to him, and not because Derek won, but itâs the way he won.
On the surface, Xander Bogaerts is this yearâs answer to Baltimoreâs Manny Machado. Both are talented 20-year-olds with left-side-of-the-infield pedigree who have skyrocketed up the organizational ladder, each making their respective debut on an American League East squad during the height of a playoff race.
CUMBERLAND â The last time Chris Magill ran in the âYoâ Raymond Memorial 5K, he was on the losing end of the closest finish in the raceâs seven-year history.
In the 2011 event, Louis Raffetto of South Boston, Mass. edged the Cumberland native by a mere second, storming past Magill with less than a tenth of a mile to go to claim the thriller in a 16:39 time.
Former New England Patriots running back Tony Collins tells the student-athletes at Central Falls High School that âyour best season is your best off-seasonâ and âthereâs no shortcuts in football, baseball, soccer, volleyball or any sport because thereâs no shortcuts in life.â Collins delivered those words Wednesday afternoon inside the schoolâs auditorium.
PAWTUCKET â As PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina and pitching coach Rich Sauveur deftly explained, there are certain and significant areas that require Anthony Ranaudoâs attention.
Mind you this particular topic has nothing to do with Ranaudoâs ability to throw a baseball. In the promising righthanderâs case, what DiSarcina and Sauveur are implying is that Ranaudo comprehends the importance of his âotherâ duties, such as fielding the position and holding runners.
PROVIDENCE â Perhaps thereâs no way getting around it. Coming up with a realignment proposal that soothes the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs masses is not as simple or straightforward as snapping oneâs fingers.
That said, a few ruffled feathers has not impeded the realignment committee branch of the Rhode Island Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (RIIAAA) from coming up with a solution that on the surface could help foster the kind of harmony that has been elusive whenever this particular topic is mentioned.
PAWTUCKET â Is Xander Bogaerts really and truly ready for the big leagues â this after spending a little more than 10 weeks at Triple-A Pawtucket?
PAWTUCKET â Clayton Mortensenâs 2013 season has featured a wide range of emotions.
From making Bostonâs Opening Day roster to landing on the disabled list with a right groin strain to getting designated for assignment for the first time ever, the 28-year-old Mortensen is living baseball proof that what doesnât kill you makes you stronger. Moving past what seemingly must feel like a lifetimeâs worth of transactions that were compartmentalized into a short period has perhaps been reconcilable thanks to the right-handed pitcherâs new role with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Everyone has to start somewhere.
Beginning Monday, high school football coaches and players around Rhode Island will officially take the first steps â baby ones, mind you â in a journey that both parties hope culminates with the following symbolic gesture: Dumping a large bucket of ice water on the Super Bowl-winning coach come the first weekend in December.