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August 6th, 2012
WEST WARWICK â€“ Shortstop Will Andino just couldn't stop staring at the prize.
The Woonsocket High junior-to-be stood in front of home plate at McCarthy Field late Sunday afternoon embracing the Anthony J. Lombardi, Jr. Trophy, one given to the Rhode Island American Legion Tournament champion, and spinning the baseball attached to it.
Nights like the one that transpired at McCoy Stadium Saturday night donâ€™t come around too often â€¦
PAWTUCKET â€” As much as he enjoyed his two-year stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox, Wade Boggs wanted no part of the Triple-A ball club upon reaching the parent team in 1982.
Any ballplayer will tell you that his goal is not just to make the majors, but to make it and stay there, leaving the minor leagues in their rear-view mirror for good. When Boggsâ€™ promotion came after almost six years in the minors, he felt he had learned everything he needed to begin his big-league career.
WEST WARWICK â€” Navigant Credit Union Post 85 will try to become the first eighth seed in the state tournament in recent memory to capture a R.I. championship this afternoon when the Woonsocket-based squad clashes with fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Stadium.
Navigant earned the right to play for the title on Saturday afternoon by posting a 6-2 victory over New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 in the losersâ€™ bracket finale back at the West Warwick complex.
WEST WARWICK --- If Navigant Credit Union plans to win the first state championship by a Woonsocket-based ballclub in 23 years, it will need to play some of its best baseball over these next 48 hours and produce three victories over the next two days.
Eighth-seeded Navigantâ€™s marvelous drive through the state playoffs, which featured four straight wins and included victories over the tournamentâ€™s No. 1 and 3 seeds, hit a speed bump on Friday night in Post 85â€™s winnersâ€™ bracket final against fourth-seeded Senerchia Post 74 at McCarthy Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” You really have to reach a certain age before taking part in some deep-rooted retrospection. Trying to size up lifeâ€™s journey along the way is simply too tall an order, not to mention how distracting it can be from the pursuit of reaching what each individual interprets as the zenith.
WEST WARWICK --- Itâ€™s been a number of years since Navigant Credit Union Post 85 enjoyed a postseason run like this one, but on Wednesday night, the Woonsocket ballclub moved closer to a state championship by nailing down another impressive victory.
The eighth and lowest seed remaining in the R.I. playoffs, Post 85 rode the strong arm of Brandon Rainville and held off a late comeback by its third-seeded rival to produce a 4-3 triumph, its fourth straight tournament â€˜Wâ€™, at McCarthy Field.
Itâ€™s easy to get swept up with the sentiment that for Lars Anderson, Tuesday was Liberation Day.
The moment the Red Sox brought Adrian Gonzalez into the fold in December 2010, Andersonâ€™s path to reach the big leagues with the club that drafted and developed him became infinitely harder. The deal with the Padres made Gonzalez a rich man while simultaneously poured cold water on the notion that Anderson was Bostonâ€™s first baseman of the future.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Itâ€™s Sunday morning in the PawSox clubhouse, a time of day when players and coaches alike seek to shake the sleep out of their eyes in preparation for that dayâ€™s 1:05 first pitch.
Everyone has their own routine. For some, the crossword puzzle beckons. Others, a trip to the indoor hitting cage is imperative. Then thereâ€™s kicking back on the plush leather sofa to watch what the majority deems is acceptable on television. Sometimes itâ€™s a movie; other times, like this past Sunday morn, the viewing is the Summer Olympics.
PAWTUCKET â€” From Garrett Mockâ€™s vantage point, his capacity â€“ relief pitcher for the Pawtucket Red Sox â€“ represents only the tip of iceberg regarding exactly who he is.
Mind you, Mock wasnâ€™t always a devout Christian. The 29-year-old experienced a pair of self-described awakenings â€“ one in 1998 and again in 2006 â€“ that placed everything in proper context.
Nowadays when he takes the mound, Mock isnâ€™t just seeking to get the opposition out; he aims to continue to stay true to his spiritual side that he first tapped as a teenager growing up in Houston, Texas.
WEST WARWICK â€” As the eighth seed in this R.I. American Legion Tournament, that after finishing the league campaign at a mediocre 11-11, Navigant Post 85 wasn't expected to do much, especially after suffering a disastrous 14-1 loss to North Providence Post 29 in the first game of a best-of-three preliminary set last Friday.
Navigant, however, responded with 6-3 and 9-0 victories over the Senators this past weekend, and gained a bit of confidence entering the double-elimination portion of the tourney.