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NORTH SMITHFIELD â North Smithfield made it official on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon -- the Northmen have repeated as Division II-North champions.
Backed by the spectacular four-hit pitching of junior ace Karissa Carlton and rallies in the first and fifth innings, the Northmen clinched the title outright by posting a 5-0 victory over neighboring foe Burrillville on the Northmenâs campus.
PAWTUCKET â Fresh off a 6-2 swing through the International Leagueâs South Division, the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated Gwinnett by a 5-3 count Tuesday night before 3,596 fans at McCoy Stadium.
Making his first appearance on the mound since getting roughed up by Minnesota last Wednesday at Fenway Park, Allen Webster tossed five innings of one-run ball en route to picking up his second victory with the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â Finally, a little clarification to âmanagerâs decision.â
For roughly seven minutes Tuesday, PawSox skipper Gary DiSarcina stood in his office and shed some light as to why shortstop Jose Iglesias was absent from the lineup for three consecutive days after getting removed in the top of the fifth inning of the May 4 contest.
It was fairly obvious that DiSarcina caught wind as to what some folks were passing off as the explanation to why Iglesias spent time on the bench. Such suspicions were way off base because they didnât come straight from the horseâs mouth.
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles head coach Josh DâAbate expected his crew to come out firing on all cylinders against visiting South Kingstown on Tuesday night.
After all, the Rebels had entered the important clash at 9-1, their lone loss occurring against Division I-South leader Coventry in only the third tilt of the season. He anticipated his Mounties, leading the North section, to want to prove its wherewithal against one of Rhode Islandâs best.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â The streak is still alive.
After playing five drama-free contests that were decided by nine or more runs, unbeaten Lincoln encountered its toughest test in nearly a month when the Lions trekked down to Ryan Park for a Monday night showdown with second-place North Kingstown.
And while the Lions were able to come away with a 3-2 win, it was far from easy, and it took eight innings and some daring baserunning from Casie Beauchemin to produce the game-winning run.
PROVIDENCE â Thereâs a hearty dose of local talent on this yearâs baseball team at La Salle Academy. More precisely, there are five players whose contributions to date represent a key reason why head coach Geoff Marconeâs ball club is positioned near the top of Division I-North.
What makes this particular quintet so distinctive is that each of them brings something different to the field. In Cumberlandâs Caleb Gardner and North Smithfieldâs C.J. Dandeneau, the Rams are buoyed by a rock-solid 1-2 punch at the front-end of the rotation.
WOONSOCKET â Nine times out of 10, Joe Gardnerâs 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.âs most decorated fighters in a must-see showdown, itâs 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 didnât 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 âŠ
There are some sports writers and columnists who believe that one of the jobâs requisites is to put themselves in the shoes of a professional athlete. Itâs as if the power of the pen and computer grants these gatekeepers of the locker room the ability to read millionaireâs minds or to step inside their bodies.
And thatâs when the real trouble ensues.