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PAWTUCKET --- Itâs been more than a month-and-a-half since the Pawtucket Red Sox strung together four wins in a row, but on Wednesday afternoon, they were able to extend their win streak at the expense of the Louisville Bats.
Three-run homers from Xander Bogaerts and Mark Hamilton and a strong start from Clayton Mortensen enabled the defending International League champions to hold off a seventh-inning rally by the Bats and come away with a 6-5 win at McCoy Stadium.
PAWTUCKET â There are two schools of thought regarding Will Middlebrooks and the third basemanâs recent return to major-league duty.
Given the Red Sox were receiving zero in the way of offensive production at the hot corner following the departure of Jose Iglesias â the post-July 31 non-waiver trading deadline saw Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder struggling to the tune of a combined .135 batting average (5-for-37) â the ball club was more than justified in being in the market for an upgrade.
PAWTUCKET â As Lincoln All-Stars' manager Matt Netto drove the 125-plus miles home to Central Falls from Bristol, Conn. late Saturday night, dozens upon dozens of âWhat ifs?â flooded his mind â how an extra-base hit with Braedon Carney on first with no one out in the third could've changed matters; how Patrick Gribbin could've scored after beating out a perfect bunt with two down in the fifth; how similar this defeat was to the one Lincoln suffered in this same scenario four years before.
Just when all seemed copacetic, serious doubts have crept in regarding this autumnâs 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 pitcherâs duel â South Burlington, Vt. fireballer Ben Tate against Lincolnâs crafty southpaw Kyle Marrapese.
The pair didnât 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 thatâs 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 ânickel-and-dimedâ their way to eight runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
Righty starter Kory âSkipâ 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 âDugout,â the eventâs 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.
âI remember other teams doing that from years before, when I was watching on TV,â DeSousa said. âI kind of expected it once they called us over. While we were dancing, it took all the butterflies away. I just didnât feel as nervous.â
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.