Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â The 2014 season for the PawSox is upon us, and with it brings the promise of intrigue and discovery. Who will produce enough to get summoned to Boston? The answers will start to reveal themselves beginning with Thursdayâs season and home opener against Lehigh Valley.
Until the answers begin to trickle in, here are five items one scribe plans to closely monitor in the early going:
1). A spin-off of Threeâs Company
At this point of the high school baseball season, the main topic of discussion doesnât pertain to the depth of the pitching staff or whether thereâs enough offense to carry the day.
After the brutal winter and wet early spring Rhode Islanders have endured, the burning question pertains to the status of the local diamonds. Are they ready to come to life following a deep slumber?
WOONSOCKET â The boys from Mount St. Charles had hoped their handsome new tennis courts would be ready for at least one of their matches last spring.
That never happened, leaving the girlsâ squad with the exciting opportunity to christen the complex during its fall campaign.
The Mountie males, however, did get their chance during a Division II/Suburban A opening-day clash against Tolman on Tuesday afternoon, eventually strolling away with a 7-0 victory.
Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.
âIt's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!â he laughed. âTell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.â
Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.
PAWTUCKET â âChampions Riseâ is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the buildingâs primary tenants.
Last year, âChampions Riseâ was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchiseâs 2012 Governorsâ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.
PAWTUCKET â As Kevin Boles discovered this spring, the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of managing the Pawtucket Red Sox will come in good time.
Reached over the weekend from Fort Myers, Boles noted that he and PawSox coach Bruce Crabbe remained with the parent club until the near completion of Grapefruit League play. Keeping the Triple-A manager around the big-league atmosphere is a fairly common practice for the Red Sox, as Boles recalled that his PawSox predecessor, Gary DiSarcina, reported to the minors just as camp was set to conclude.
SMITHFIELD -- Over the last 10 months, the right arm of Bryant University senior Vaughn Hayward has been in high demand all over New England.
In the early summer, Hayward, a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Charles, pitched for the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, and led the team in earned run average. He then discovered the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod League were seeking his services for their stretch run.
In a recent conversation with former Central Falls basketball standout Rob Alers, he was asked the whereabouts of fellow C.F. alumnus and his roommate at Lyndon State, George Carle.
With immediate confidence â the kind that comes when youâre pretty sure about something â Alers ventured a guess as to his good friendâs location on the Vermont-based campus.
âHeâs probably in the gym as we speak,â was what Alersâ senses were telling him.
WOONSOCKET â Now that it's official, that the East Woonsocket and Bernon Little Leagues have merged to form one massive Woonsocket Little League, secretary Lisa Godfrin and Rhode Island Athletic Club co-owner Mike Reynolds more or less have done the same â and in an unusual sort of way.
Because some of the children involved may not know each other as well as they perhaps would like, Godfrin and Reynolds chose to put together an offseason training regimen at the club, located at 600 Social St.
PROVIDENCE â Based on Mondayâs discussion amongst the Rhode Island Interscholastic Leagueâs Principalsâ Committee, there appears to be growing concern with regard to fan behavior at boysâ high school hockey games.
âWe feel that weâve seen and heard of more issues happening at the rink. Not really players, but parents and students in the stands,â expressed Tom Mezzanotte, RIIL executive director.