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Members of the Lincoln 9-10-Year-Old District IV All-Star team take a victory lap around Burrillville's Sherman Park after capturing the district title Monday night
BURRILLVILLE â If you have a penchant for the dramatic, and you attended the Cumberland American-Lincoln All-Star Game on Monday night, your appetite was whetted.
In the end, Jayden Struble walloped a three-run home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to deliver to CALL a 9-6 walk-off victory over Lincoln at Sherman Park. With the triumph, Cumberland American not only captured the Rhode Island District IV Major Division crown, but also sealed a berth in next weekendâs state tournament in Bristol.
It looks like Theo Epstein may have the last laugh after all. All the former general manager of the Red Sox would have to do is point to last Wednesday when the starting lineup included five rookies. Surely such a development would have brought a smile to Epstein’s face if he were still running the day-to-day baseball operations on Yawkey Way.
SMITHFIELD – His teammates call him “Hien Machine.”
“He got that nickname because he’s a machine – at the plate, on the mound and in the field,” said Lincoln All Stars head coach Charlie Hien of his younger brother and star pitcher/shortstop, Randall Hien, on Friday.
WOONSOCKET – Something typical of the Lincoln Little League All-Stars – keeping alive a tradition that has held true for years now after a win or rare loss – coaches ask their players to hustle to the outfield for a team meeting.
Skipper Charlie Hien directed his troops to do the same on Wednesday night, but he seemingly spent more time on his cell phone than lauding his guys for a job well done.
JOHNSTON – It’s considered a “no-no” for any teammates involved in a no-hitter to acknowledge it, but that’s just what Will Andino did before the bottom of the sixth inning on Tuesday night.
SMITHFIELD â The Cumberland American All-Stars came into this R.I. Little League District IV Tournament winnersâ bracket final with consecutive âmercy-ruleâ triumphs over rival Cumberland National and Burrillville.
In the latter tilt, skipper Dave Belisleâs crew clobbered nine extra-base hits and 17 in all to deliver a 19-0 pasting, that following a 10-0 victory over CNLL.
The key question on Monday night was this: Did Smithfield have enough offensive firepower to outduel CALL?
For an inning, the answer was yes. After that? Nope.
CUMBERLAND â Scott Miller may never have gotten into charity ultra-distance cycling if not for a letter he received in the mail way back in the late 1990s.
âIt was from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the letter asked me to get involved in the event,â noted Miller, a 57-year-old business owner from Cumberland. âIt said, 'We'll train you to do a 100-mile ride, and you'll be a member of a 'Team in Training.' That caught my eye, so I looked into it.
PAWTUCKET â There was a time when the slightest mention of Anthony Ranaudoâs injury-marred 2012 campaign would prompt the same kind of reaction Brad Pitt had in the film âFight Club.â
Paraphrasing the 1999 move â âWe donât talk about it.â
âLooking back it kind of stinks thinking that I lost a full year of development, but Iâve put it behind me,â said Raunado about his aforementioned trying season while sitting in the PawSox dugout recently.
In early August, Lisa Walkin will participate in her first-ever Pan-Mass Challenge as a mere recreational bicyclist, and she admits she’s as nervous as any woman could be.
The 43-year-old Cumberland resident, who works as a physical therapist at a Woonsocket nursing home, will not be a member of any team, like thousands of others who have joined over the 30-plus years the ride has existed.
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