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August 2nd

Cumberland American wins New England Little League opener with ease

August 2, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. - Cumberland American's Nick Croteau connects for a solo home run to lead things off in the top of the first inning at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn. Saturday. The home run proved to be a harbinger of things to come as CALL blasted Massachusetts champion Barnstable, 25-5, in four innings.

Cumberland American continues pool play Monday night against New Hampshire's Goffstown Junior Baseball.

August 1st

Oh Henry!: Top pitching prospect joins PawSox

August 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — While teammates in Double-A Portland, Matt Spring had the opportunity to catch many of Henry Owens’ day-after-he-started side sessions. 

Mechanics and pitch repertoire aside, those informal bullpen outings allowed Spring to acquire a deeper sense of what makes Owens tick. Even in low-pressurized situations, the lanky left-hander still displayed a competitive zest that really wasn’t all that different when Owens took the ball for the Sea Dogs once every five days.

Cumberland American ready to take on New England's best

August 1, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn.  – Cumberland American All-Stars mentor Dave Belisle received a phone call from pitching coach Matt Wright late Tuesday night, and it had everything to do with the Massachusetts Little League state championship game between Barnstable and Holden.

Wright had good reason to make the 75-plus-mile trek to Beverly; after all, he wanted to scout the contest, as the victor would face Belisle’s bunch in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at 2 p.m., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Training Center.

July 31st

McGair: Power outage on farm was key to Lester, Lackey deals

July 31, 2014


A little of this a little of that…
 
As Red Sox management is already well aware, power-hitting prospects do not grow on trees.
 
There’s no question that the trading of Jon Lester to Oakland is mostly a function of his impending free agency. But what Boston chose for a return package from the Athletics is a rather blunt indictment on the perceived shortcoming in its farm system.    

July 29th

McGair: Keeping tabs on the travels of some prominent Blackstone Valley athletes

July 29, 2014


A little of this, a little of that …
 
For the purposes of building a foundation that leads directly into his sophomore year at Elon University, Nick Zammarelli’s summertime baseball excursion with the Newport Gulls couldn’t have worked out any better.
 

July 26th

Reflections on the Rocket: Fellow Texans Workman, Clemens treading a similar path decades apart

July 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET – For reasons no doubt discussed ad nauseam in other forums, “Rocket” Roger Clemens will not be featured during this weekend’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Brandon Workman, Clemens fan, fellow Red Sox pitcher and fellow University of Texas Longhorn, hopes that changes someday.

July 24th

Lincoln takes 9-10 division Little League title

July 24, 2014

In the state title clash for the 9/10 division at Ayotte Field in Woonsocket on Thursday, Lincoln took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, and then held off a determined comeback attempt by Johnston to win it, 7-5.

For more, see Friday's print edition of The Call.



Cumberland American takes R.I. championship in another come-from-behind thriller

July 24, 2014


BRISTOL -- The Cumberland American All-Stars continue to play their best baseball with their backs to the wall. And after already earning two wild walk-off victories to make it through the District IV tournament, their latest last-at-bat-win captured the R.I. State Little League Major Division Championship.
 

July 22nd

With retirement of longtime AD Frank Geiselman, Cumberland joins Tolman, Shea and Woonsocket in seeing turnover at post

July 22, 2014


CUMBERLAND -- Although Frank Geiselman has officially retired from Cumberland High School as the Clippers’ athletic director, he hasn’t fully abandoned ship just yet.
 

July 21st

With offense on fire, CALL awaits foe in Little League state finals

July 21, 2014

CUMBERLAND — Even dating back to last summer, skipper Dave Belisle had a feeling his Cumberland American Little League All-Stars wouldn't have much of an issue with the bats.

But even he's surprised with how his roster of 12 has produced this time around.

WOONSOCKET – Paced by two goals off the stick of Brandon McMillen and a 20-save...
WARWICK – Bishop Hendricken jumped out to an early lead on Mount St. Charles and didn...
LINCOLN  –  Friday night marked the homecoming of Davies Tech senior tri-captain/...
WOONSOCKET – City police were reported on Sunday to have arrested three suspects in connection with a series of armed...
SCITUATE – Clad in a gray suit, a detective sits in a spartan work cubicle, his face illuminated by an eerie glow as he...
WOONSOCKET – Many years have passed since Pepin Lumber last sold Christmas trees during the holidays. But on Thursday...