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September 10th, 2013
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Tolman High had just dropped the first game of an important, early-season, Division II-North clash against North Smithfield when head coach Roger Tow huddled his girls for a talk.
It consisted of several statements, the lowlights being the Tigersâ€™ committing too many unforced errors, missing serves, not playing their positions and a failure to communicate.
â€śThey listened; theyâ€™re a very coachable group,â€ť Tow said.
PAWTUCKET â€” Just because the Pawtucket Red Sox are three wins away from clinching yet another Governorsâ€™ Cup championship, it doesnâ€™t mean the roster is untouchable.
Even amidst playoff competition, the Triple-A outfit remains at the beck and call of the parent club. The regular-season practice of providing reinforcements on a need basis does not get a reprieve just because of what teams like the PawSox have lined up over the next several days.
CUMBERLAND â€” With exactly 13:24 left in regulation, Cumberland High head coach Stefanie Capone-Bello called a timeout to express her dismay at her troops failing to heed her halftime advice.
â€śGirls, we just talked about this!â€ť she stated to the huddle around her. â€śWe need to improve, or weâ€™re not getting anyway. Youâ€™re still swinging at the ball instead of passing it. Now letâ€™s do a better job!â€ť
PAWTUCKET â€“ Even though he was the winning pitcher in the decisive game, Charlie Haeger wished to have the spotlight redirected elsewhere.
â€śThe real hero you guys should be talking to is standing over there,â€ť said Haeger while pointing in the direction of Chris Martinâ€™s locker.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Josh D'Abate's resume as the girls' head volleyball coach at Mount St. Charles is ridiculously impressive.
What's flabbergasting, downright astonishing, is how he became one in the first place.
He refuses to offer his age, but admits he's an â€śearly 30-somethingâ€ť who graduated from Smithfield High School in the â€śmid-1990s.â€ť He never took part in any JV or varsity sport while a Sentinel, and never picked up a volleyball, excepting perhaps in gym class, until long after his 17th birthday.
(Again, he didn't divulge when).
PAWTUCKET â€“ Steven Wright returned to McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. His Pawtucket Red Sox teammates didnâ€™t get back from Rochester until 5:30 on Friday morning.
The move to make sure that Pawtucketâ€™s Game 3 starter was well rested paid off handsomely. Wrightâ€™s knuckleball baffled the Rochester hitters to the tune of 6.1 scoreless innings as the PawSox downed the Red Wings, 5-1, before 4,681 enthusiastic and supportive fans Friday night at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN â€“ Fans flocked to Lincoln High's Ferguson Field on Thursday afternoon/evening to catch a glimpse of what their varsity grid teams may offer this season in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League's four divisions.
Perhaps the most tense tilt for the crowds attending this R.I. Injury Fund quadruple-header came in the form of Shea's 7-0 victory over Woonsocket, that a battle of usual Division II mainstays. The most entertaining contest, however, was the third, a free-for-all between D-I's East Providence and D-II's St. Raphael Academy.
WOONSOCKET â€” Moses Brown did everything it possibly could to steal the show from its host on Wednesday in the very first regular-season match at Mount St. Charlesâ€™ sparkling new courts across Logee Street.
The Quakers made history by netting the facilityâ€™s first singles victory. Minutes later, they also came away with the first doubles triumph.
And an hour and a half later, they wrapped up their eventful afternoon by busing back to Providence with a 6-1 verdict over the Mounties.
The Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ correction, the 2013 Eastern Division champion Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ will begin the Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs Wednesday night on the road against wild-card entry Rochester.
Just let that marinate for a second.
The PawSox captured the division flag with the Red Wings ending up 3.5 games off the pace. To borrow from A Few Good Men, â€śThese are the facts of the case. And they are undisputed.â€ť
To that end, why pray tell is this best-of-five first-round series starting at Frontier Field as opposed to McCoy Stadium?
Good question, and below is the actual answer.
PAWTUCKET â€” Tommy Harper always seems to enjoy his visits to McCoy Stadium. Granted, his capacity as Red Sox minor-league consultant explains why he comes around, yet watch this proud 72-year-old during batting practice and itâ€™s apparent that he still has an appetite for the game.