Archive - Sports Article
September 13th, 2012
With PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler standing off to the right, the players and coaches celebrate their Governors' Cup triumph in the visiting clubhouse of Knights Stadium Thursday night. Photo by Louriann Mardo-Zayat.
FORT MILL, S.C. â€“ When you cut right to the heart of the matter, itâ€™s pretty fitting that the Pawtucket Red Sox completed their ascension to the top of the International League mountain in the very same stadium that served as the launching point for a two-plus week stretch of unprecedented success.
Now the games count.
The preseason scrimmages, Injury Fund contests, and last weekendâ€™s non-league openers are all history. Now the high school football games, pitting division opponents against each other, mean something in the standings.
And they get under way tonight, with eight league games scattered throughout the state, and one, a Division IV contest between North Smithfield and Hope, taking place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Providence.
PAWTUCKET â€“ PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler likes to point out that each playoff game has been the equivalent of a box of chocolates â€“ you just never know whoâ€™s going to play the role of hero on a given night.
Wednesday saw Pawtucketâ€™s battery of pitcher Zach Stewart and catcher Dan Butler step to the forefront and take their bows. Their induction into the clubâ€™s ever-expanding legion of primetime performers was officially cemented after PawSox silenced the Charlotte Knights, 2-0, in Game Two of the Governorsâ€™ Cup finals before an audience of 3,525.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Lately, much attention has been paid to the hitting exploits of Bryce Brentz â€“ deservedly so, too.
The outfield prospect carried a .471 postseason average into Game Two of the Governorsâ€™ Cup Championship Series, a figure buoyed by a little bit of everything from two home runs to two doubles to five runs batted in.
PAWTUCKET â€” Focusing on depth, along with the current state of Bostonâ€™s maxed-out pitching staff, there are several intriguing options on the Pawtucket Red Sox that the parent club is undoubtedly keeping close tabs upon.
Some of these additional pieces are already included on the 40-man roster, like Zach Stewart and Pedro Beato. For those in the non-inclusive position, such as Alex Wilson and Nelson Figueroa, some manipulating of the roster would have to transpire before they could become eligible to pitch for Boston.
WOONSOCKET â€” Ever since Mount St. Charles made the move to Division I two seasons ago, the Mounties have hooked up with Division I-North foe East Providence to play in some competitive matches, with both sides bringing out their very best brand of volleyball.
On Monday night, the Mounties and Townies renewed acquaintances, but to the dismay of the fans that packed the Mountiesâ€™ gymnasium, they saw two teams trying to shake off their early season cobwebs and overcome more than their share of errors.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. â€“ For the first time since 2003, the Pawtucket Red Sox will play for the right to be called Governorsâ€™ Cup champions. The PawSox clinched a spot in this weekâ€™s championship series after disposing of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-1, in Game Four of the best-of-five opening-round series on Saturday night at Frontier Field. Pawtucket wins the series, three games to one. The finals get underway Tuesday night with the first two games on tap at McCoy Stadium. The PawSox will play Charlotte after the Knights eliminated first-round foe Indianapolis in four games.
WOONSOCKET â€” Inside the Barry Field meeting/locker room hangs a sign reading simply, â€śDiscipline: Do what has to be done; when it has to be done; as well as it can be done; do it that way all the time.â€ť
Excepting a couple of fumbles (one lost) and five penalties for a minus-32 yards, Woonsocket High pretty much followed those instructions to a â€śTâ€ť in its Challenge Cup non-league tilt against East Providence High on what became a soggy Saturday afternoon.
PAWTUCKET â€” There was Paul Labossiere, as usual focused on the task at hand inside the McCoy Stadium ticket office. To this Central Falls native and current Lincoln resident, Labor Day Monday was typical â€“ no deviation in the slightest from the previous 71 PawSox home dates in the 2012 season, or the 39 years of loyal service that preceded this one.