Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â Itâs always nice to put on a good show when the brass is in town.
With Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington and Director of Player Development Ben Crockett checking out the action, the Pawtucket Red Sox thumped Syracuse, 7-1, Tuesday night before 2,675 fans. Allen Webster rebounded from a sub-par first start to his season with six shutout innings while Justin Henry and Ryan Lavarnway stoked the offense with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning.
PAWTUCKET â For a different change of pace, Bryce Brentz is garnering more headlines for his nifty glovework than his ability to deposit souvenirs over the fence.
Long known as a power hitter with a strong arm, the PawSox outfielder is doing his best to bring attention to his defense. With two down in the fifth inning of Mondayâs game against Syracuse, Brentz robbed Eury Perez of surefire extra bases as he went full extension on a sinking liner in the left-center field gap.
PROVIDENCE â Scratch off the biggest need on Ed Cooleyâs off-season âto-doâ list.
Shoring up the point-guard spot for next season as well as future ones has been a top priority for Cooley and the Providence Friars since the moment the 2013-14 campaign came to an end. With the verbal commitment expressed by Compton (Calif.) High School senior Kyron Cartwright, PC now has a second floor general to pair with Kris Dunn, who has missed significant time in each of his first two collegiate seasons.
PAWTUCKET â Brock Holt thought he had it all mapped out. With Will Middlebrooks on Bostonâs 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated âfill-in guyâ would encompass the next few weeks or so.
WOONSOCKET â After opening its season last week with a heartbreaking loss, Mount St. Charles came back strong to win a thriller in its home opener on Monday afternoon.
Senior tri-captain Ally Goralski and sophomore standout Elizabeth Caruso each scored three goals, and the Mounties held off a late comeback by Smithfield to pin a 12-10 loss on the visiting Sentinels in their Division III-North matchup.
The Mounties, who held a 5-3 lead at halftime, broke a 6-6 tie by netting five of the next six goals to claim an 11-7 lead with 8:27 left in the game.
CUMBERLAND â Juliet Nelson supplied some heat on a chilly 41-degree afternoon.
The Cumberland ace pitcher also brought her âAâ game to her teamâs home opener on Friday against visiting Toll Gate, as she struck out nine batters and allowed just two batted balls to reach the outfield grass in a masterful one-hit gem and a 2-0 victory that took just 80 minutes to complete.
PAWTUCKET â It had all the pageantry of Opening Day, from the introduction to the teams to Boston bullpen cop Steve Horgan tossing out the ceremonial pitch to the unfurling of an American flag in center field and a cannon salute that sounded off at the conclusion of the national anthem.
PAWTUCKET â If eight PawSox players show up late to McCoy Stadium this afternoon, donât fret. Their potential tardiness has already been taken under advisement.
âIt will be okay,â smiled manager Kevin Boles. âOpportunities like this donât come around too often, so youâve got to take advantage of them.â
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?