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May 29th, 2014
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.
WOONSOCKET -- George Nasuti would have been extremely proud of this show of support.
After last Septemberâs inaugural event attracted 259 participants, the newly-tabbed George Nasuti Novans Pride 5K, named in memory of the longtime educator, administrator, and Woonsocket High athletic director who passed away unexpectedly in February, saw a huge spike in signups.
PAWTUCKET â Mount St. Charles junior Mike Doody had just suffered a lopsided 6-1, 6-1 loss to Classical High sophomore Austen Clark at the top singles spot, but he didn't dwell on it.
Seconds after his individual match had ended, he grabbed his gear from one section of Slater Park's Mike Kenny Courts at mid-afternoon Saturday and hustled to the other to catch a glimpse of his teammates' tilts.
âThis is hard,â he sighed while watching the Mount's second and third doubles' pairs. âWhen I'm playing, I can control what I'm doing. Watching them, I feel helpless. I can't do anything about it.â
PAWTUCKET â The last time North Smithfield had faced Narragansett, way back on cold and windy April 14, the Northmen snatched all three doubles matches before the four singles players suffered defeats.
The final: Narragansett, 4-3.
Based on that information, North Smithfield head coach Matt Pavao had hoped one or two of his singles representatives could eke out a triumph when the two forces met again for the R.I. Division III Team Tournament championship.
LINCOLN â In a magical undefeated season that has seen the entire team lose just eight sets and experience very few nailbiting moments, Mount St. Charles endured its share of anxiety eight days ago in its regular-season finale with one-loss Classical, which resulted in a 4-3 victory that went down to the wire.
WOONSOCKET â On Monday afternoon, Mount St. Charles cruised to an easy 20-7 triumph over North Smithfield/Burrillville Co-op in both squadsâ penultimate Division III contest.
It could have been the Mounties, who like the Northerners were missing a few players for a variety of reasons in that clash, were expecting the same kind of result when the rivals met again in a state D-III Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday.
Nothing couldâve been further from the truth. North Smithfield/Burrillville catapulted to leads of 4-1 and 6-3 over the initial 9:09 and went into the break tied at 7-all.
PAWTUCKET â Rich Sauveur firmly believes that all five current members of the PawSoxâ starting rotation possess the ability to hold down jobs at pro baseballâs highest level.
âWhether itâs with Boston or with somebody else, theyâre going to start in the big leagues. I really feel that,â said Pawtucketâs pitching coach with a straight face. âI couldnât tell you when or with who, but they will.â