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June 3rd, 2014
PAWTUCKET â It used to be that any mention of the first name âMookieâ would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâre bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnât center on key words or phrases such as âgroundball,â âthrough the legsâ or âBuckner.â
PROVIDENCE â The final game of Tolman Highâs season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
âEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâre doing all right,â stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.
WOONSOCKET â After suffering a difficult-to-swallow 2-1, eight-inning loss to North Smithfield High on Saturday afternoon, Mount St. Charles faced elimination in the R.I. Division II/Region II Tournament entering its losersâ bracket tilt against Prout on Monday.
Thatâs why skipper Tom Seaver took his players aside beforehand and explained his game plan for the Crusaders.
WOONSOCKET â Just before the start of the back half of the sixth inning, North Smithfield High head coach Jon Leddy approached his bench and indicated Prout School had just eliminated Scituate, 7-5, in a R.I. Division II/Region II Tournament loserâs bracket semifinal.
At least 30 miles north, Leddyâs Northmen had been embroiled in a 1-1 deadlock with favored Mount St. Charles in a winnersâ bracket final on the latterâs home diamond on Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â As a 34-year-old with 181 games of pitching experience at the major-league level under his belt, Rich Hill is well aware thereâs a whole other realm to keep in mind while recording outs on the mound.
PAWTUCKET â For much of Thursday, the Red Sox were tight-lipped as far as naming a starting pitcher for Saturdayâs game against Tampa Bay.
To borrow from the well-known fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, a trail of breadcrumbs was left around McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon prior to Pawtucket wrapping up its four-game series with Gwinnett. The breadcrumbs may have not formed a path that led directly to the locker room of the intended PawSox pitcher who will take Clay Buchholzâ spot, though their mere metaphorical presence did help to shed some light on the matter.
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland didnât need to seek the services of a witch doctor or a sorcerer to eradicate the single-elimination playoff round curse that had plagued the team in recent years.
Instead, the Clippers parlayed the strong three-hit pitching of Juliet Nelson with some errorless defense and clutch hitting into a 7-0 triumph over Westerly at Tucker Field that not only exorcised their demons, but also vaulted them into the double-elimination portion of the Division I state tournament.
PAWTUCKET â Nearly seven months have passed since Stephen Drew last appeared in a major-league game.
Naturally, the goal is to see as many pitches as possible following such a lengthy layoff. Given that this is considered spring training for Drew, something he acknowledged prior to going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in Pawtucketâs 3-0 victory over Gwinnett at frigid McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night, thereâs also a sense of urgency on the shortstopâs part.
PAWTUCKET â At long last, Danny Redshaw can enjoy all the perks that come with subscribing to the MLB Extra Innings package.
âIt will be nice to turn on the TV and see a young man who you were fortunate enough to coach in high school and has gone on to play Major League baseball,â Redshaw admitted when reached via cell phone.
CUMBERLAND â Paul Murphy didnât know it at the time, but when Cumberland High had to fill a non-league date after a postponement last week and Barrington came calling, it would be a preview to a R.I. Division I/Region 4 Tournament opener.
The Clippers had snatched that âglorified scrimmage,â as the skipper Murphy phrased it, by an 8-6 count, but neither squad offered its best at the opponent.