Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND --- For the past few years, the sand volleyball courts in the back of Fore Court Racquet & Fitness Club on Cray Street had been vacant and pretty much forgotten.
But when a club member approached Dave Morin, the president and general manager of Fore Court, about the possibility of transforming the big outdoor space into a training center for obstacle racing, the wheels went into motion.
Providing quality without paying quantity.
Thatâs the mindset of the R.I. Strikers FC premier youth soccer organization as it kicks off its second season of existence.
After fielding five teams last season, including an Under-13 boysâ squad that captured the R.I. State Cup, the Strikers are looking to expand to nine teams this summer and include young talent from across the Blackstone Valley.
And theyâre doing so with the repeat promise of offering the lowest premier fees in southeastern New England.
SMITHFIELD â For golf enthusiasts who remember Jason Dufnerâs blistering performance on his way to capturing the 2013 PGA Championship, they know that the Auburn University product is a man of few words. He will respond to someone who acknowledges him with a polite nod, but donât expect much more.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â This marquee clash of 11-0 teams certainly lived up to its lofty expectations.
North Smithfield scored three times in the bottom of the third inning and received an excellent outing from its senior ace pitcher, Karissa Carlton, to defeat East Greenwich, 4-3, on Friday afternoon before a large gathering on the Northmenâs campus.
PAWTUCKET â As a knuckleball pitcher, Steven Wright can get loose in a hurry.
As a 29-year-old man who is three months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia, the importance of taking things slow and steady cannot be understated.
From his vantage point, Wright earnestly believes that heâs thriving on this unconventional and demanding comeback trail. The Red Sox right-hander is not rehabbing a bum shoulder or a tender elbow. In effect, he had to re-train the muscles in the lower half of his body following a lengthy stretch of inactivity.
PAWTUCKET â There was a time Thursday afternoon when Rubby De La Rosa didnât appear as if he would make it out of the second inning.
Toledoâs three runs in the frame came as a result of five consecutive batters reaching with two outs. De La Rosa allowed RBI singles to Ben Guez and Daniel Fields, while the pitcherâs own throwing error enabled the Mud Hens to plate another run.
PAWTUCKET --- As good as Brandon Workman was on Wednesday night â and he was very good â his counterpart was just a tad bit better.
Toledo Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein delivered his best outing of the year, limiting the Pawtucket Red Sox to four hits and a free pass in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Hensâ bullpen kept the PawSox off the board the rest of the way in securing a 4-0 victory at McCoy Stadium.
ATTLEBORO â If not for Abigail McNultyâs father pushing her in the direction of high-school running, there is no story about how this Cumberland native and Bishop Feehan senior blossomed into a long-distance ace that will be Stanford-bound this September.
To borrow from a popular television series: âFather Knows Best.â Tom McNulty certainly fits the bill after parlaying a strong tennis career at Feehan into a scholarship to Providence College.
CUMBERLAND â In an outstanding display of sportsmanship and community concern, especially for those who have suffered from cancer, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles conducted a âPink Outâ contest at Tucker Field on Tuesday afternoon.
When Clippersâ skipper Marty Crowley opened his heart and invited MSC veteran mentor Cliff Matthews to partake in such a fundraiser last month, the latter jumped at the chance.
The coaches produced an emotional yet fun-loving ceremony prior to the Division I tilt, and five cancer survivors took part in the event.
PAWTUCKET â The Alex Wilson who posted a 10.80 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings is a distant memory.
In his place is a reliever who has been a rock solid contributor at the backend of Pawtucketâs bullpen. Entering Tuesdayâs game against Toledo, the right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 12.1 innings. International League foes are hitting a paltry .143 against Wilson, who is averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.