Archive - Apr 2014 - Sports Article
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” For someone who had just watched his team improve to a perfect 9-0 in league play on the season, Tolman High head coach Neil Nachbar sure didnâ€™t seem very pleased.
His Tigers had just manufactured not only a 3-1 victory over gritty North Smithfield in a Division II crossover clash at the Lovett Memorial Gym on Wednesday night, but also a minimum of four individual season-best performances.
Among them were senior captainâ€™s Eric Silveiraâ€™s 20 kills and nine aces; fellow senior setter Kelvin Reyesâ€™ 50 assists; and classmate Denzel DePinaâ€™s 15 kills (with two blocks).
PAWTUCKET â€” To get picked first is always a noteworthy feat, not to mention the declaration of admiration and high regard that such a choice implies.
To get selected for the first broadcast in conjunction with CBS Sports Networkâ€™s Minor League Baseball Game of the Week package further legitimizes the Pawtucket Red Sox as a national brand within this cottage industry of cultivating and developing the next wave of major league hopefuls.
LINCOLN --- As the weather warms up, so do Lincolnâ€™s bats.
From the top of their batting order to the bottom, the Lions were impressive in putting on a hitting clinic on Monday afternoon at Saylesville Elementary Schoolâ€™s Sullivan Field, and it came at the expense of Warwick Vets.
The two-time defending champs collected 15 hits â€“ including a season-high eight that went for extra bases â€“ and the end result was a 14-3 thrashing that was halted after 4Â˝ innings by the 10-run mercy rule.
PROVIDENCE â€“ All Brice Kofane has ever yearned for is the opportunity to showcase his abilities on a regular basis. The chance to do just that has apparently arrived, though it wonâ€™t take place in a Providence College uniform.
With one year of athletic eligibility remaining, Kofane decided late last week to transfer to New Jerseyâ€™s Monmouth University. A 6-foot-8 forward who will graduate from PC next month with a degree in business management, Kofane is taking advantage of an exemption that permits fifth-year players to move on to a new school and play right away.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Much has already been said about Garin Cecchiniâ€™s ability to understand the strike zone and his propensity to get on base. Case in point, the PawSox third baseman entered Sunday ninth in the International League in on-base percentage (.415) while his .329 batting average has him just outside the top 10.
Andre Soukhamthathâ€™s opponent on Friday nightâ€™s â€śCES MMA XXIIIâ€ť show at the Twin River Event Center left the Lincoln casino a loser.
And while that may be good news to Soukhamthathâ€™s fans who were unable to attend the Woonsocket bantamweightâ€™s fight, the real news was that Soukhamthath also didnâ€™t leave Twin River that night a winner.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Daniel Nava that reported to McCoy Stadium Friday afternoon appeared to be in good spirits.
For the former independent league ballplayer whose rags-to-riches tale has been well documented, the fact the Red Sox shipped him to the minors after 67 at-bats is not going to yield fits of rage. Sure, Nava is disappointed with his .147 start at the plate and the .240 on-base percentage he compiled in 17 games with the Red Sox, but this is someone who has already beaten much bigger odds.
PAWTUCKET â€” If there was rust, Matt Barnes didnâ€™t appear to show any in first start of the season.
Standing on a mound in a â€śjuices followingâ€ť setting for the first time since facing Boston College on Feb. 27 in Fort Myers, Barnes navigated his way through five innings in Pawtucketâ€™s 6-2 conquest of Rochester on Friday night before 7,680 fans. A native of Connecticut, Barnes had been in extended spring training until earlier this week after right shoulder tenderness grounded him for the majority of the exhibition slate.
PAWTUCKET â€” Other than Will Middlebrooks expressing confidence that he was able to put some nice swings on the ball and that his strained calf survived several demanding tests at third base, thereâ€™s not much to take away from Thursdayâ€™s matinee at McCoy Stadium.
Anthony Ranaudo struggled on the bump and Pawtucketâ€™s bats went cold as Rochester ran away with an 8-1 victory. Middle-brooks concluded his three-game rehab stint with another hitless day, going 0-for-4. In 10 minor league at-bats, the third baseman failed to collect a single base knock.
PAWTUCKET â€” At first blush, it would seem PawSox manager Kevin Boles has a dilemma on his hands.
His team already flush with options at first base and the corner outfield spots, Boles will have another warm body at his disposal when Daniel Nava finally reports to the Triple-A ranks on Friday. Since Nava isnâ€™t on a rehab assignment, his stay with Pawtucket figures to cut into someoneâ€™s playing time.