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July 20th, 2012
LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
LINCOLN â€” The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like heâ€™d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so itâ€™s like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Burrillville found the perfect way to cap Monday nightâ€™s dedication ceremonies of the Richard â€śDickâ€ť Peck Fields at Sherman Park â€“ by winning the District IV Major Division championship.
Matt Schiffmanâ€™s home run to left field with one out in the top of the fifth inning and the excellent two-hit pitching of starter Josh DiChiaro and reliever Jason Cabral were the keys to a well-played 1-0 triumph over Lincoln and the teamâ€™s first district title since 2002 before a standing-room-only gathering.
Burrillvilleâ€™s Josh Dichario, center (15), makes his team pretty happy after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of last Wednesdayâ€™s game against Bernon. Burrillville and Lincoln will square off for District IV supremecy Monday night at Sherman Park with the winner advancing to next weekendâ€™s state tournament, which will take place at Randy Hien Field in Lincoln. Burrillville and Lincoln were the only two teams in the district to compile undefeated records during pool play, each squad posting identical 4-0 records.
Weâ€™ll guess that Kevin Youkilis steps into the batterâ€™s box at Fenway Park around 7:13 Monday night â€” three minutes after Red Sox pitcher Aaron Cook rocks back and issues the first offering of the game.
MIDDLETOWN â€” The ever-elusive progress of tracking improvement in oneâ€™s golf game â€¦ itâ€™s actually not that difficult a chore for Cumberland native son Jamison Randall.
MIDDLETOWN â€“ The finals of the 107th R.I. Golf Association Amateur Championship will feature the old guard vs. the new guard. Charlie Blanchard, a seasoned pro whoâ€™s certainly no stranger when it comes to making waves on the links during the summer, will take Cumberland native Jamison Randall in a 36-hole derby set for Friday at Wanumetonomy Golf &Country Club.
The first 18 holes of this stroke play format will take place beginning at 8 a.m. with the final 18 commencing shortly after 1 p.m.
BURRILLVILLE â€” Itâ€™s been more than a decade since the Burrillville Major Division all-star team concluded pool play in the District IV playoffs with an unblemished mark, but thatâ€™s what the Blue & Gold did on Wednesday night at Sherman Park.
And Burrillville put on a pure hitting display in nailing down its fourth victory. The winners received monster games at the plate from their No. 2 and 3 batters in the lineup, Tyler Richards and Josh Dichario, and ended up amassing 23 hits in a 22-1 triumph over Bernon that was cut short after four innings by the mercy rule.