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WOONSOCKET â€” Nine times out of 10, Joe Gardnerâ€™s super middleweight fight with Richard Gingras would be worthy of a main event at the Twin River Event Center.
But when one of the fights on the card is a world title fight and the other bout pits one of Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.â€™s most decorated fighters in a must-see showdown, itâ€™s understandable why the Woonsocket fighter will merely be topping an action-packed undercard.
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. â€“ The creed that Daniel Bard swears by nowadays is simple enough.
Jams on the mound are going to arise â€“ but how he reacts and responds to those situations is what matters most. Even the most successful professional pitcher can never be flawless, and therefore he must have an unflappable disposition when confronted with an inevitable first-and-second, no-out jam.
CUMBERLAND - It was perfectly understandable why Cumberland High skipper Paul Murphy seemed so dejected on Friday afternoon.
His ace, senior southpaw Dylan Boisclair, pitched respectably, but didnâ€™t have the usual mustard on his fastball or relish on the curve. The infield made some plays, but also erred once, and the Clippers as a whole allowed Hendricken to run the bases with impunity.
All of that resulted in the Hawks remaining unbeaten with a 6-1 thumping of the Clippers at Tucker Field, in Division I-North play.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
There are some sports writers and columnists who believe that one of the jobâ€™s requisites is to put themselves in the shoes of a professional athlete. Itâ€™s as if the power of the pen and computer grants these gatekeepers of the locker room the ability to read millionaireâ€™s minds or to step inside their bodies.
And thatâ€™s when the real trouble ensues.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberlandâ€™s inability to get the big hit on Tuesday afternoon cost the Clippers an opportunity to pick up a big win.
The Clippers stranded 10 runners on base â€“ five of them in scoring position â€“ and saw La Salle use a three-run uprising in the top of the third inning and some strong pitching from Caleb Gardner to produce a 4-1 victory at Tucker Field.
The Rams, who are 10-1 in Division I-North play (and in second place behind unbeaten Bishop Hendricken) and have now won eight in a row, didnâ€™t need a big hit to take their 3-0 lead off Cumberland starter Rob Reedy.
CUMBERLAND â€” A year ago at these Northern Division Championships, then-Central Falls High junior Tiffany Jenkins finished third overall in the high jump â€“ courtesy of a leap of five feet, one inch â€“ but truly wanted to improve that placement this time around.
Now a senior captain, she accomplished the same 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon, but found herself in a different situation. With the height, she earned the title, so is looking forward to bigger and better things with the premier meets just around the corner.
CUMBERLAND â€” Mount St. Charles junior Anthony Pasquarelli admitted he felt â€śpretty goodâ€ť while prepping for the high jump at these Northern Division Championships, held at Tucker Field on Monday afternoon.
But even he didnâ€™t anticipate walking away from the meet with his first-ever divisional crown, thanks to a leap of six feet, two inches.
He had outstanding reason: After all, he had to battle Central Falls High junior phenom Erik Mateo, who back in February became that eventâ€™s champion at the state indoor meet at the Providence Career & Technical Academyâ€™s field house.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ Division III championship or bust.
Thatâ€™s the goal for this springâ€™s North Smithfield tennis team. Return to the finals on May 25 at Slater Park â€“ and win. Itâ€™s as simple as that.
Going undefeated during the regular season would be nice, and so would be any other regular-season accolades awarded to any of the Northmen, but make no mistake about it â€“ whether this season is deemed a successful one or not will be determined in the title match at the end of the month.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Prior to Cumberland Highâ€™s Division I showdown with Tolman on Friday afternoon, head coach Marty Crowley issued a message to his players.
â€śI just told them that Tolmanâ€™s a great team, and â€“ like every game â€“ they need to be ready to play, and play hard,â€ť he stated. â€śI also said that theyâ€™re brand new to the league (division), and we havenâ€™t seen them, but we needed to take them like any other (force). The good news is we heeded that warning.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Allen Webster brought out his best to nab his first Triple-A victory on a cold Friday night.
The 23-year-old prospect delivered six innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine batters and walking none, to help the Pawtucket Red Sox produce a 4-1 victory over the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.
Aside from a shaky third inning that saw Webster hit the first batter he faced and the Bulls collect both their hits and score their run, Webster was simply on top of his game.