Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” After steamrolling its opposition in its first eight games by a combined score of 107-17, Chris Bodington knew that his Cumberland All-Star team needed to sweat out a close contest somewhere down the line if it planned to take on the finest teams in New England in the extra-competitive Eastern Regionals.
LINCOLN â€“ Nick Zammarelli boarded a plane Thursday night fully confident that he made the correct decision â€“ one that figures to benefit him in the long run.
As tempting as it was to turn pro, the recent Lincoln High School graduate believes in his heart of hearts that the pursuit can wait a few years. College life featuring side orders of education and baseball at North Carolinaâ€™s Elon University beckons for the 18-year-old Zammarelli following a spring and summer that can be best summed up as a whirlwind.
CUMBERLAND â€” Must-win pressure? Cumberland American showed zero signs of it on Wednesday night in its Pool A finale against Scituate-Foster.
Needing a victory to cement a spot in Fridayâ€™s District 4 Major Division semifinals at Ayotte Field, CALL cruised to its third triumph in four games by mercy-ruling S-F, 14-3, in four innings at Garvin Field.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Immediately following the Burrillville All-Starsâ€™ 13-1 drubbing of Glocester in the Pool B finale of the R.I. Little League District IV Major Division (11-12) All-Star Tournament on Wednesday night, Burrillville mentor Bob Gelinas asked his kids to take a lap around the outskirts of the Richard Peck Complexâ€™s Rymanski Field.
He then met with his troops in short right for a few minutes before they packed up their gear to play another day.
CUMBERLAND â€” At 56 years of age, Scott Miller, a small business owner, doesnâ€™t have to take part in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge â€“ a grueling, two-day, 192-mile trek from Sturbridge to the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown.
The Cumberland resident just chooses to, and he has dozens of explanations as to why he participates in the longest, most difficult version of the PMC.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Sometimes, heâ€™s simply carrying out marching orders from those above him. Other times, he engages in small talk, a sign that allows the ballplayers to comprehend that, yes, this particular minor-league manager will â€śhave our backs if we heed his expectations.â€ť
You see it during batting practice when PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina sprays fungos to the infielders while standing not too far from the batting cage. A bum shoulder prevents DiSarcina from throwing a round or two. He makes up for it in other areas such as assuming an even greater instructional role.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The Town Council is not scheduled to convene this month. Those plans have changed thanks to the proposed significant upgrades to the football and track portions of Tucker Field.
Parks and Recreation Director Michael Crawley confirmed earlier in the week that everythingâ€™s in place for the council to gather this coming Wednesday night. The hope is that this special meeting will bring the town one step closer to commencing a construction project that some will say is long overdue.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pineview Big League skipper Joe Clark admitted his club didn't exhibit the kind of superb defense he expected from a lot of high school players in a 3-2 victory over East Greenwich on Tuesday night.
Sure, Clark and Co. won the game, but they looked rather shaky doing it.
That's why he chose to have a short conference with his young men prior to facing Edgewood/South Elmwood in the R.I. Big League (15-18) All-Star Tournament's winners-bracket final at the Doreen A. Tomlinson Athletic Complex' Presidents' Field on Friday night.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The old phrase â€śFamiliarity breeds contemptâ€ť took a beating at the Arnold Mills Four-Mile Road Race on steamy Fourth of July morning.
Perhaps a better way to put the overall mood after Northeastern University junior-to-be Brian Doyle, the 20-year-old son of former Ocean State marathon great Bobby Doyle, crossed the finish line in a cautious but solid winning time of 21:07: The mutual admiration society.
BURRILLVILLE â€” When skipper Bob Gelinas and the rest of his brethren within the Burrillville Little League were busy choosing their All-Stars a few weeks ago, one name kept coming to the fore.
Gelinas felt Cameron Toti, a mere 11, had all the tools to represent the Burrillville squad. He could play multiple positions well, hit the ball more solidly than others his age and had a quiet confidence about him.