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April 7th, 2014
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?
WOONSOCKET â The boys from Mount St. Charles had hoped their handsome new tennis courts would be ready for at least one of their matches last spring.
That never happened, leaving the girlsâ squad with the exciting opportunity to christen the complex during its fall campaign.
The Mountie males, however, did get their chance during a Division II/Suburban A opening-day clash against Tolman on Tuesday afternoon, eventually strolling away with a 7-0 victory.
Veteran Mount St. Charles head coach Cliff Matthews couldn't help but pitch a bit of levity when asked how his girls' softball team should fare when Division I fast-pitch action begins this week.
âIt's not about Lincoln or Cumberland, La Salle or Coventry; it's all about the Mounties!â he laughed. âTell (Lions' mentor) Dick Ryan we're coming after them.â
Naturally, he was joking. How could he not? Lincoln hasn't lost a game since 2011.
PAWTUCKET â âChampions Riseâ is once again en vogue at McCoy Stadium. This time, though, the popular slogan is not directly paying homage to the buildingâs primary tenants.
Last year, âChampions Riseâ was synonymous with the Pawtucket Red Sox and the franchiseâs 2012 Governorsâ Cup title. As patrons passed through the main entrance at McCoy, they were greeted by a colossal banner that proved a fitting salute to a fitting champion.