Archive - 2014 - Sports Article
CUMBERLAND â€” Paul Murphy didnâ€™t know it at the time, but when Cumberland High had to fill a non-league date after a postponement last week and Barrington came calling, it would be a preview to a R.I. Division I/Region 4 Tournament opener.
The Clippers had snatched that â€śglorified scrimmage,â€ť as the skipper Murphy phrased it, by an 8-6 count, but neither squad offered its best at the opponent.
WOONSOCKET -- George Nasuti would have been extremely proud of this show of support.
After last Septemberâ€™s inaugural event attracted 259 participants, the newly-tabbed George Nasuti Novans Pride 5K, named in memory of the longtime educator, administrator, and Woonsocket High athletic director who passed away unexpectedly in February, saw a huge spike in signups.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mount St. Charles junior Mike Doody had just suffered a lopsided 6-1, 6-1 loss to Classical High sophomore Austen Clark at the top singles spot, but he didn't dwell on it.
Seconds after his individual match had ended, he grabbed his gear from one section of Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts at mid-afternoon Saturday and hustled to the other to catch a glimpse of his teammates' tilts.
â€śThis is hard,â€ť he sighed while watching the Mount's second and third doubles' pairs. â€śWhen I'm playing, I can control what I'm doing. Watching them, I feel helpless. I can't do anything about it.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” The last time North Smithfield had faced Narragansett, way back on cold and windy April 14, the Northmen snatched all three doubles matches before the four singles players suffered defeats.
The final: Narragansett, 4-3.
Based on that information, North Smithfield head coach Matt Pavao had hoped one or two of his singles representatives could eke out a triumph when the two forces met again for the R.I. Division III Team Tournament championship.
LINCOLN â€” In a magical undefeated season that has seen the entire team lose just eight sets and experience very few nailbiting moments, Mount St. Charles endured its share of anxiety eight days ago in its regular-season finale with one-loss Classical, which resulted in a 4-3 victory that went down to the wire.
WOONSOCKET â€” On Monday afternoon, Mount St. Charles cruised to an easy 20-7 triumph over North Smithfield/Burrillville Co-op in both squadsâ€™ penultimate Division III contest.
It could have been the Mounties, who like the Northerners were missing a few players for a variety of reasons in that clash, were expecting the same kind of result when the rivals met again in a state D-III Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday.
Nothing couldâ€™ve been further from the truth. North Smithfield/Burrillville catapulted to leads of 4-1 and 6-3 over the initial 9:09 and went into the break tied at 7-all.
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSoxâ€™ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseballâ€™s highest level.
â€śWhether itâ€™s with Boston or with somebody else, theyâ€™re going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,â€ť said Pawtucketâ€™s pitching coach with a straight face. â€śI couldnâ€™t tell you when or with who, but they will.â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€” Springtime may have finally sprung in southern New England, but Pawtucketâ€™s bats remain in a deep slumber.
The offensive doldrums that have plagued the locals for much of the season perhaps simmered to a boil during the eighth inning of Tuesdayâ€™s disheartening 3-0 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, winners of three games in this four-game set. With two runners on base and the potential tying run at the plate, the PawSox turned to their Nos. 4 and 5 hitters in the hope seeing a ball disappear over the McCoy Stadium fence.
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland and Lincoln have hooked up in some interesting late-season matchups over the years, and on Tuesday afternoon, they continued this tradition with an extra-inning barnburner at Tucker Field.
After watching Lincoln score an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning, Cumberland came back to snag a dramatic 8-7 victory in its half of the frame on a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field by ace pitcher Juliet Nelson.
WOONSOCKET --- After enduring its worst week of the spring and slipping out of first place in the Division III-North standings, Mount St. Charles was determined to put forth a superb effort in Mondayâ€™s showdown with the North Smithfield/Burrillville co-op team.
And thanks to big offensive afternoons from Jordan McComb and Shaina Bauersachs and a stellar 16-save performance from goalie Grace McWilliams, the Mounties were able to do just that in rolling to a 20-7 victory over their neighboring rivals.