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August 2nd, 2012
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.
Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses â€“ no doubt put in at the suggestion of oneâ€™s agent â€“ are designed with the playerâ€™s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€“ The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the teamâ€™s magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberlandâ€™s stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.
PAWTUCKET â€” Northern Bernon's summer campaign ended at Pineview's Tomlinson Field on Thursday night, but there were no tears shed and a minimum amount of frowns cast after it dropped a 10-5 decision to Johnston.
Instead, skipper Ron Masse and his assistants chose to accentuate the positives following the championship game of the R.I. Little League Junior Division (13-14) Tournament.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the programâ€™s first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.