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June 3rd, 2012
PAWTUCKET â€” Woonsocket Highâ€™s answer to grace under fire was one cool customer on Sunday afternoon.
With her team locked in a scoreless duel against Tolman High, senior Kelsey Boucher changed the playoff fate of two teams with one mighty poke. Her solo home run in the sixth inning â€“ one that hit the top of the fence at Slater Parkâ€™s Al Bailey Field before bouncing over â€“ proved to be the deciding factor in the seventh-seeded Villa Novansâ€™ 1-0 upset victory against the Tigers, the No. 2 in the Division II double-elimination tournament.
PROVIDENCE â€” There were T.J. Sorrentine and Mike Martin, two longtime buddies sitting Thursday night in a restaurant on Thayer Street. Earlier that day, it was revealed that Martin would be returning to his alma mater as the menâ€™s basketball head coach at Brown University.
WOONSOCKET â€” Coming off of a convincing 13-2 win over North Smithfield Wednesday afternoon to start their playoff run, the Woonsocket Villa Novans defeated the Narragansett Mariners, 4-2, to keep their playoff momentum going in the Division II Region 2 playoffs.
LINCOLN â€” The sixth time was the charm.
After watching a successful season get cut short in the Division III semifinal round in each of the last five years, Davies took a torch to the history books and finally earned the right to play for a state championship.
A 10-run uprising in the home half of the second inning, sparked by a grand slam home run to center field by Madison Cooper, and another remarkable outing by ace pitcher Madison Goodhart were the keys to the Patriotsâ€™ 15-2 triumph over Central Falls on Friday afternoon.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” His players were in great spirits on Thursday afternoon, taking some batting practice with wiffleballs beyond the left field fence and sharing a laugh or two, but North Smithfield coach Tom Bourgeois found himself with a few butterflies a half hour before his teamâ€™s Division II single-elimination playoff opener against Portsmouth.
NORTH PROVIDENCE â€” Fresh off of a 1-0 win in the 12th inning of its playoff opener against Middletown, No. 8 seeded Cumberland continued its impressive playoff run with a 6-2 upset win over No. 1 seeded North Providence on Thursday afternoon.
The Cougars had won the previous two meetings between these two teams -- 4-2 at home and 6-2 at Cumberland -- but the Clippers got the win when it mattered most, in the playoffs.
PAWTUCKET â€” If Ron Johnson had any doubts or reservations about his status among the baseball cognoscenti, a phone call from Dan Duquette quickly erased them.
It was a phone call that was straight to the point with Duquette taking a run at Johnson to gauge his level of interest in the managerial job with the Norfolk Tides. Sure, the two share a past, but what heightens the importance of this particular phone call is the timing of when it occured.
LINCOLN â€” There had been a fair share of dominant Division I teams during the past decade that ruled their regular seasons and captured state championships, but none of them were able to accomplish what Lincoln wrapped up on Monday afternoon.
For some high school sports like baseball and softball, the road to postseason glory begins this week. For other sports such as lacrosse, the action continues with teams setting their sights on reaching the finals, set for next weekend at Rhode Island College.
With the exception of softball, all of the brackets have been released. In an exercise geared toward setting the record straight, we present a brief overview of whatâ€™s in store for the local teams fortunate enough to still be competing in meaningful games at this time of year.
PAWTUCKET â€” A day earlier, Devan Dube and Ben Degrange earned a point without having to set a single foot on the courts at Slater Park. Less than 24 hours later under humid conditions, the No. 3 doubles team for North Smithfield found themselves in a position where the fate of the Division III championship rested on their slender shoulders.
Oh, the drama.