WOONSOCKET -- Woonsocket Little League’s opening day went off with a hitch Saturday at Renaud Field. The celebration officially kicked off the 2015 season and featured a player parade that included all teams in each division, including T-Ball, Instructional, Minor, Majors, Juniors and Seniors baseball teams, as well as 8 & Under, 10 & Under, 12 & Under and juniors softball teams.
For more photos, see Sunday's Woonsocket Call
CUMBERLAND — Thanks to second-place finishes in the discus, hammer and 25-pound weight, Woonsocket High sophomore Jared Briere helped his squad capture the Cumberland Thrower’s Pentathlon, held Saturday at Tucker Field.
The Villa Novans amassed 4,525 points with Briere accounting for 1,988 of them. Lincoln finished second in the nine-team event with 4,470 points followed by Cumberland, whose third-place finish was the result of 3,913 points.
PAWTUCKET – The first time players pick up a bat, they are instructed to swing nice and easy … under control. Don’t rush through the zone because you believe that’s the only way the ball is going to clear the fence.
(Editor's note: this article first appeared in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Woonsocket Call)
When it comes to synopsizing this spring’s Division II teams and what they hope to accomplish, there’s no better place to start than North Smithfield High.
In 2014, head coach Paul Mercier’s Northmen rode senior standout Karissa Carlton’s golden arm to a perfect 16-0 II-North slate and the top seed in the D-II state tournament.
LINCOLN – For Lincoln High head coach Tim Potter, it’s a necessary ritual he undertakes every late February or early March.
PAWTUCKET – Last week, Quintin Berry found himself situated behind Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Bryce Brentz in the PawSox’ outfield pecking order.
On Thursday night, Berry was the first Pawtucket hitter to dig into the batter’s box as Triple-A baseball officially resumed at McCoy Stadium.
With Castillo on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, Boston’s organizational depth was placed under a microscope. Who would hold down the fort during Castillo’s absence from the lineup?
PAWTUCKET – The finished product had to be something that embodied the 2014 Governors’ Cup title the Pawtucket Red Sox won.
After discussing the anatomy of a championship ring – a glittery reminder of what was achieved – with PawSox outfielder Bryce Brentz, it became clear why so much time and energy was put into coming up with the perfect keepsake.
PROVIDENCE – It’s been long rumored the Boston Red Sox were extremely interested in purchasing the Pawtucket Red Sox since owner Ben Mondor passed away in 2010.
A prominent player in Boston’s ownership cabinet is Larry Lucchino, whose official title is President/CEO. He added another title in February when he officially became the chairman of the PawSox.
CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.
Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.
PROVIDENCE – The clock at TD Garden had struck triple zeros, yet John Dolan was on standby for official confirmation.