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June 14th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the gameâs finer points. Thereâs no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because heâs lived and experienced it.
PAWTUCKET –Will Middlebrooks won’t publicly fault the Red Sox’ decision to sign Stephen Drew – a move that has cast a rather large shadow over his future with the club.
PAWTUCKET â To say that Felix Doubront was merely okay in his rehab outing for the PawSox on Tuesday would be a fair and accurate assessment.
There were times when the lefthander appeared in control, mainly when he utilized his changeup and curveball. His velocity, however, suggested a pitcher who was content with the idea of keeping things under wraps â at least for now.
It all added up to a 4.2-inning stint where he was charged with two runs on six hits â all of which were struck with authority â as Pawtucket rallied to knock off Louisville in 10 innings, 4-3.
PAWTUCKET â Even though he has one more rehab start lined up, Felix Doubront didnât beat around the bush when asked about the significance of Tuesdayâs mound assignment for the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâs hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâre talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâs Vladine Biosse for Biosseâs super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â North Smithfieldâs baseball team doesnât get serious until it is backed against the wall.
âWeâre resilient, thatâs for sure,â head coach Jon Leddy said on Sunday evening after his Northmen erased a 3-0 deficit to beat Classical 5-3 in 10 innings. Game Two of this best-of-three series is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday back at Pierce Field.
PROVIDENCE â On a Saturday when one of the state's finest floundered, the future flourished.
Woonsocket High senior Connor Fugere had hoped to defend his indoor shot put title at the R.I. Outdoor Championships at Brown Stadium, but didn't earn a berth in the finals. He also wanted to place in the top six in the three other throwing events, but walked away with âjustâ a bronze medal in the hammer toss.
That came courtesy of a decent heave of 196-7, though far behind victor Bob Colantonio of Barrington (215-6) and runner-up Adam Kelly of the same (213-8).
BARRINGTON â When senior righty John Sikie is âfeeling it,â heâs usually outstanding.
When heâs not, well, heâll walk and/or hit batters, and indicates no real feel for the zone around the plate.
Excepting one inning on Friday afternoon, Sikie proved to be much more of the former. The co-captain manufactured a stellar two-hitter with two walks and a six strikeouts in a six-frame stint, propelling Cumberland High to a solid 5-3 victory over Barrington before at least 150 fans at Victory Field.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- Itâs very rare for a Division II player in any sport to receive the R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year award, but North Smithfieldâs Karissa Carlton landed the stateâs biggest individual honor on Thursday.
The 5-foot-1 senior ace pitcher of the two-time Division II-North champion Northmen won the award thanks to a phenomenal season that saw her post a 16-1 record with an 0.72 ERA and strike out 170 batters and walk 17 in only 92 innings of work.