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PAWTUCKET â With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâs hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâre talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâs Vladine Biosse for Biosseâs super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â North Smithfieldâs baseball team doesnât get serious until it is backed against the wall.
âWeâre resilient, thatâs for sure,â head coach Jon Leddy said on Sunday evening after his Northmen erased a 3-0 deficit to beat Classical 5-3 in 10 innings. Game Two of this best-of-three series is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday back at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â On a Saturday when one of the state's finest floundered, the future flourished.
Woonsocket High senior Connor Fugere had hoped to defend his indoor shot put title at the R.I. Outdoor Championships at Brown Stadium, but didn't earn a berth in the finals. He also wanted to place in the top six in the three other throwing events, but walked away with âjustâ a bronze medal in the hammer toss.
That came courtesy of a decent heave of 196-7, though far behind victor Bob Colantonio of Barrington (215-6) and runner-up Adam Kelly of the same (213-8).
BARRINGTON â When senior righty John Sikie is âfeeling it,â heâs usually outstanding.
When heâs not, well, heâll walk and/or hit batters, and indicates no real feel for the zone around the plate.
Excepting one inning on Friday afternoon, Sikie proved to be much more of the former. The co-captain manufactured a stellar two-hitter with two walks and a six strikeouts in a six-frame stint, propelling Cumberland High to a solid 5-3 victory over Barrington before at least 150 fans at Victory Field.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- Itâs very rare for a Division II player in any sport to receive the R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year award, but North Smithfieldâs Karissa Carlton landed the stateâs biggest individual honor on Thursday.
The 5-foot-1 senior ace pitcher of the two-time Division II-North champion Northmen won the award thanks to a phenomenal season that saw her post a 16-1 record with an 0.72 ERA and strike out 170 batters and walk 17 in only 92 innings of work.
PAWTUCKET â Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinsonâs Disease.
Oh yeah, heâs also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.
PROVIDENCE â Cumberlandâs return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winnersâ bracket semifinal.
PAWTUCKET â It used to be that any mention of the first name âMookieâ would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâre bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnât center on key words or phrases such as âgroundball,â âthrough the legsâ or âBuckner.â
PROVIDENCE â The final game of Tolman Highâs season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
âEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâre doing all right,â stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.