Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
Just when all seemed copacetic, serious doubts have crept in regarding this autumnâ€™s Rhode Island high school gridiron slate and the inclusion of a full complement of registered R.I. football officials.
As much as Mother Nature tried her best to put a damper on things Friday, Jamison Randall braved the wet weather and walked approximately eight holes at The Country Club, located in Brookline, Mass.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. â€” It turned out to be a long Friday morning and afternoon for Navigant Post 85.
Co-managers Buster Perrault and Jim Gauthier and their players desperately wanted to take on Rochester, N.H., here at the American Legion Northeast Regional Senior Division Tournament, for one very simple reason: They longed to post their first victory after sustaining a 9-2 loss to Barnstable, Mass. in their opener on Thursday.
Post 85, however, had to wait â€“ and wait some more.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ It had been billed as a sensational pitcherâ€™s duel â€“ South Burlington, Vt. fireballer Ben Tate against Lincolnâ€™s crafty southpaw Kyle Marrapese.
The pair didnâ€™t disappoint, as they combined to whiff â€“ get this â€“ 19 foes.
In the end, however, Marrapese captured the battle, and it happened due to one precious, hellacious swing from teammate Steve Andrews.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. â€” Navigant Post 85 produced several opportunities to capture its U.S. American Legion Northeast Regional Tournament opener at Palmer Field on Thursday morning.
It failed on most, and thatâ€™s why the Rhode Island champions suffered a lopsided 9-2 defeat to Barnstable, Mass.
For those who reigned from the Bay State, George Bent hurled a complete-game nine-hitter while his offense â€śnickel-and-dimedâ€ť their way to eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Righty starter Kory â€śSkipâ€ť Lawrence took the loss after yielding six hits in four-plus innings.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” As soon as Little League New England Regional Tournament officials asked the Lincoln All-Stars to walk to home plate to greet â€śDugout,â€ť the eventâ€™s mascot, Aaron DeSousa knew what was coming
Together with foe Rye, N.H., they performed the dance accompanying the tune prior to their contest, and it looked like they had a blast doing it.
â€śI remember other teams doing that from years before, when I was watching on TV,â€ť DeSousa said. â€śI kind of expected it once they called us over. While we were dancing, it took all the butterflies away. I just didnâ€™t feel as nervous.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” Navigant Post 85 co-coaches Buster Perrault and Jim Gauthier had been set to retire last year from the everyday grind of not only mentoring their players, but making sure they all (or as many as possible) could attend necessary practice sessions and contests.
Another chore: Rounding up enough sponsors to pitch in â€“ ponder the pun â€“ and make sure they had enough funds to uniform the entire roster, purchase baseballs and necessary equipment, etc.
FOXBORO â€” This is the time of year when the conversations between Texas childhood pals Will Middlebrooks and Ryan Mallett slow to a crawl.
On the surface, itâ€™s perfectly understandable.
Middlebrooksâ€™ baseball duties are in full bloom with two or possibly three months in his season remaining. With Mallett, the dog days of summer represent a hectic time, with practices and intra-squad scrimmages going hand in hand with film sessions and preseason football contests.
SEEKONK â€” At the annual Arnold Mills Road Race in Cumberland on Fourth of July morning, former St. Raphael Academy and current Hendricken High coaching icon Jimmy Doyle was plenty busy taking mile splits of nephews Brian and Connor.
And for good reason: He wanted to know just how fast his late brotherâ€™s kids were running.
They didnâ€™t disappoint, as 20-year-old Brian captured the Open Division title with a four-mile clocking of 21:07, and kid brother Connor, 18, took third in 21:26.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” Lincoln All-Starsâ€™ assistant coach Marty Gaughan Sr. had a feeling his team would face South Burlington, Vt. ace Sammy Premsagar in the third game of this Little League New England Regional Tournament on Monday afternoon.
Thatâ€™s why he took all necessary measures to prepare the kids offensively.
â€śThey say heâ€™s a real fireballer; thatâ€™s why I just spent the last hour pitching batting practice to them,â€ť he said perhaps 40 minutes before the tilt. â€śI was throwing them 100-mph heaters so theyâ€™d be ready.â€ť