Archive - 2013 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â€” North Smithfield High head coach Tom Bourgeois stood on a sidewalk in front of Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall late Wednesday afternoon and struggled to find words to describe his squad's inability to field the ball cleanly â€“ or muster a timely hit.
His top-seeded Northmen (from II-North) had entered this R.I. Division II Tournament winners' bracket semifinal tilt against fifth-ranked East Greenwich having dropped just one league decision all year, that a 5-3 nailbiter at Cranston East back on April 10.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Based on the comments John Farrell made Wednesday, it wouldnâ€™t classify as a tremendous shock to see Will Middlebrooks remain with the PawSox beyond when heâ€™s eligible to come off the disabled list, which is Saturday.
Position players are allotted a 20-day rehab window with Wednesday serving as Day Two of Middlebrooksâ€™ on-the-mend stint. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI, Farrell mentioned that itâ€™s just not a matter of the third baseman shaking off the cobwebs after landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ After an exhausting and draining eight-inning affair, the victors from North Smithfield High still possessed enough strength to lift the gameâ€™s heroine into the air.
Upon placing Jessica Tremblay on the ground, the Northmen remained on the mound to listen to the postgame thoughts of head coach Tom Bourgeois and his assistant, Paul Mercier.
â€śI told them that this is the most excited that Iâ€™ve been all season,â€ť stated a relieved Bourgeois.
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
Rainouts during high school spring sports are always problematic. Sure, thereâ€™s comfort in knowing that you can reschedule, but what happens if the same issue arises on the rescheduled day? Canâ€™t keep pushing the games or matches further and further down the road forever, you know.
A rainout like the one that washed away the vast majority of Mondayâ€™s baseball and softball playoff contests brings with it a whole host of complications.
PAWTUCKET â€“ One day after Jose Iglesias went deep for his first big-league home run of the 2013 season, PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina was asked to weigh in on the suddenly red-hot Red Sox infielder.
The blast at Yankee Stadium continues a stretch that has seen Iglesias shift from short-term fill-in to possibly serving as a full-time backup. The official answer wonâ€™t come until Boston activates third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list, yet if Iglesias continues to perform at a high level, itâ€™s hard to imagine that the 23-year-old will be back with Pawtucket.
WARWICK â€“ The Division I winnersâ€™ bracket contest that took place under sunny yet windy conditions at Winslow Field was your classic Cinderella matchup.
Occupying one dugout was Mount St. Charles, a No. 12 seed responsible for eliminating fourth-seeded Cumberland from the postseason equation. Certainly what the Mounties accomplished qualifies as a shocker, but they werenâ€™t the only underdog to send a heavy favorite packing.
LINCOLN â€“ After watching Bay Viewâ€™s Shannon McArthur bloop a shot that hugged the left-field foul line, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan got up from his dugout perch and asked the home plate umpire to grant him time.
With the infielders and star pitcher Lindsay Mayer gathered around him on the mound, Ryan conveyed the following decree â€“ donâ€™t let the Bengals bring the potential tying run to the plate. If the hitter that was next in line to face Mayer was fortunate enough to blast one out of Sullivan Field, the Lions would remain ahead by one run.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” A year away from the road racing circuit and temperatures in the mid-80s couldnâ€™t zap the electricity of the Northmen 5K Challenge on Saturday morning.
Nearly 300 runners and walkers braved the hot weather to take part in the 3.1-mile race at North Smithfield High and the final fundraiser of the school year for the North Smithfield Athletic Association, the boosters club for the townâ€™s scholastic and community athletic programs.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Fresh off a 5-3 road trip that saw them take over first place in the North Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox kept the good times rolling Friday night.
It may have taken some time, yet Pawtucket was able to outlast Syracuse courtesy of a 9-8 contest that took 12 innings and lasted four hours, 20 minutes. The hero was Jonathan Diaz, who blooped a ball into shallow right-center to score Justin Henry with one down in the 12th.
Diazâ€™ third base hit of the game went in the books as a double. Ryan Rowland-Smith picked up his third victory after tossing a scoreless top-of-the 12th.
For a change of pace, the R.I. high school baseball playoffs are neither rushed nor condensed.
The 16-team field in Division I and II takes center stage Saturday, with the first game of the double-elimination regional qualifying round. In years past, a loss on Day 1 placed players and coaches squarely behind the eight ball. Teams were forced to start their battle for survival in the losersâ€™ bracket the very next day, a predicament that wreaked havoc with pitching plans and left no opportunity for coaches to address any other issues.