Archive - May 2014 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.
Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnwayâ€™s credit, heâ€™s made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if itâ€™s come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket â€“ after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.
SMITHFIELD â€“ After not having a competitive game situation for 12 days, North Smithfield High skipper Jon Leddy worried about his team being lackluster prior to facing Division II-North host Smithfield on Saturday.
Leddy had focused on keeping the offense clicking with plenty of batting practice; still he was unsure as to his kidsâ€™ collective mind-set.
He had reason to worry through the first four frames, when his Northmen left five on the bags while holding a scant 1-0 advantage.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel â€“ located a stoneâ€™s throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium â€“ prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.
This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasnâ€™t at all shocking.
WOONSOCKET â€” This type of thing doesnâ€™t happen often to â€“ or at â€“ Mount St. Charles.
Josh Dâ€™Abateâ€™s varsity volleyball squad ran into a combination steamroller/race car in experienced North Kingstown High foe on Thursday night, and it suffered the consequences with a 3-1 loss.
The unbeaten Skippers played at the net with reckless abandon, blocked most of the Mountiesâ€™ kill tries, served well and bused away from the MSC gym with a most satisfying 25-20, 25-15, 25-11 Division I crossover sweep.