Archive - Sports Article
July 22nd, 2012
Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that itâ€™s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations â€“ whether weâ€™re referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.
LINCOLN â€” The Burrillville All-Stars may have taken a quick exit at this R.I. Little League Major Division Tournament, that after suffering an 11-9 losers' bracket elimination loss to Cranston Western late Sunday afternoon, but skipper Mike Cabral nevertheless mustered a smile afterward.
He had every reason, as his crew entered the top half of the sixth frame trailing 11-4, but manufactured five runs while causing their opponent's coaching staff fits.
LINCOLN â€” Excepting the District IV championship game, a 1-0 triumph over Lincoln last Monday, the Burrillville All-Stars had bulled its way through the tourney, outscoring their opponents by 60-plus runs while posting a perfect 6-0 record.
Mike Cabralâ€™s bunch seemed poised to do the same when the R.I. Little League Major Division Tournament began Saturday afternoon at Lonsdale Elementary Schoolâ€™s Randy Hien Field.
The only problem: Barringtonâ€™s best didnâ€™t care.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.
LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.
CUMBERLAND --- Now comes the fun part.
The road to their second straight R.I. District IV Major Division title was a cakewalk. So was their defense of their state championship.
Now the 13 players and the coaching staff on the Cumberland all-star softball team will set their sights on a bigger prize â€“ the Eastern Regional championship â€“ when the 10-team tournament gets under way today at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.
LINCOLN â€” The last time local fight fans saw Thomas Falowo in action, they were in an uproar over the split decision victory awarded to his opponent, Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas.
In that middleweight fight back on May 24 at Twin River, Falowo not only ruled four of the six rounds, but he also delivered a first-round knockdown.
And while Clarkson ended the night looking like heâ€™d tussled in a 12-round slugfest, Falowo had barely a scratch on him.
PAWTUCKET â€” The sight of Jose Iglesias and J.C. Linares engaging in playful banter in their native tongue often leads to one or both players breaking out into mischievous smiles. Usually the exchange is often loud enough that everyone in the PawSox clubhouse is aware that Iglesias and Linares are up to their old tricks.
Then again, not everyone can understand what is actually being discussed, so itâ€™s like Iglesias and Linares are the only ones in the room, operating in a universe that only a select few have the privilege of completely understanding.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Burrillville found the perfect way to cap Monday nightâ€™s dedication ceremonies of the Richard â€śDickâ€ť Peck Fields at Sherman Park â€“ by winning the District IV Major Division championship.
Matt Schiffmanâ€™s home run to left field with one out in the top of the fifth inning and the excellent two-hit pitching of starter Josh DiChiaro and reliever Jason Cabral were the keys to a well-played 1-0 triumph over Lincoln and the teamâ€™s first district title since 2002 before a standing-room-only gathering.
Burrillvilleâ€™s Josh Dichario, center (15), makes his team pretty happy after hitting a grand slam during the third inning of last Wednesdayâ€™s game against Bernon. Burrillville and Lincoln will square off for District IV supremecy Monday night at Sherman Park with the winner advancing to next weekendâ€™s state tournament, which will take place at Randy Hien Field in Lincoln. Burrillville and Lincoln were the only two teams in the district to compile undefeated records during pool play, each squad posting identical 4-0 records.