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SCITUATE --- One third of its way through its Division II-North schedule, North Smithfield is looking like not only the team to beat in the North, but also one of the elite squads in the entire division.
The Northmen continued their spectacular start on Monday afternoon by winning for the fifth time in as many games, defeating Scituate by a 5-1 score at Manning Field behind an 11-hit attack and another masterful outing by ace pitcher Karissa Carlton.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Not long after Susan Burgess turned 17, back in the spring of 1978, someone asked her to coach an Uxbridge â€śLassie Softball Leagueâ€ť team of 12- and 13-year-olds.
She really didn't know what to expect, but â€“ as an athlete â€“ she knew all about a variety of sports and what the girls needed to learn, so she acquiesced.
Still, she was only 17 so enlisted some help.
CUMBERLAND â€“ The keys to the Clippersâ€™ football program have been handed to a 27-year-old first-time varsity head coach.
The lack of experience when it comes to leading young men, or his age, should not yield shrugs of disbelief. Thereâ€™s plenty of pigskin knowledge tucked inside the mind of Josh Lima, the choice to replace departed Cumberland mentor Chris Skurka, who in January accepted a coaching position that specifically entails overseeing the linebackers and special teams at Dean College.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ North Smithfield High seemed rather disinterested in the early going of a Division II-North clash with host Burrillville on Friday afternoon.
After all, head coach Jon Leddyâ€™s unbeaten crew was facing a club that hadnâ€™t won a league contest in three tries this spring. In their collective mind, why would this be any different?
The Broncos, however, assembled a four-run surge with three doubles in a four at-bat span in the back half of the third inning to gain the advantage, though the Northmen responded with four in the top of the fourth to knot it.
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PAWTUCKET â€” Woonsocket play a crisp baseball game befitting the cool April afternoon on Thursday, rolling to a convincing 9-1 victory over St. Raphael Academy at Veterans Park field.
The Villa Novans got six strong innings of three-hit pitching from Miguel Raymond and backed their junior right-hander with a 12-hit offensive splurge that featured two perfect hit-and-run plays.
PAWTUCKET --- Mount St. Charles needed to weave a little two-out magic to pull this Division II-North victory out of its hat.
Down by three runs with two runners on base and two gone in the top of the sixth inning of their duel with Tolman, the Mounties strung together four hits in a row to knock in as many runs and end up with a 4-3 win on Wednesday afternoon at Slater Park.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s 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 Mondayâ€™s 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 Cooleyâ€™s off-season â€śto-doâ€ť 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 Bostonâ€™s 15-day disabled list, the versatile infielder anticipated that his role as the designated â€śfill-in guyâ€ť would encompass the next few weeks or so.