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April 21st, 2011
PROVIDENCE â When youâre on a roll like Lincoln High, things just seem to fall into place.
The Lions did their best work in the latter innings Thursday, scoring three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to best La Salle Academy, 8-5.
At 7-0, Lincoln stands tall amongst the Division I-North hierarchy. In fact, the Lions are one of just two teams in the league to sport such a glittering mark, North Kingstown being the other.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â When you have a very talented team thatâs loaded with freshmen and sophomores like the one North Smithfield has this season, even the worst of innings can pop up now and then.
One of those innings took place in the sixth inning of the Northmenâs Division II crossover game at home against Exeter/West Greenwich, and it helped lead to N.S.âs first loss of the season.
The Northmen committed four errors in an ugly inning that saw the defending Division II champion Scarlet Knights scratch out all its runs in a 3-0 victory.
PAWTUCKET â Felix Doubront is returning to his pitching roots. After serving as a left-handed option in Bostonâs bullpen for a week-plus, Doubront will now serve as a member of Pawtucketâs starting rotation.
âHeâs going to start games,â confirmed Mike Hazen, the Red Soxâ vice president of player development. âHeâll probably be on a shortened pitch count to start, but weâll build him up from there. Heâll start the games.â
CUMBERLAND â Cumberland High coach Paul Murphy attributes his teamâs latest surge in the ultra-competitive Division I-North to its work at the plate
In Tuesday morningâs contest against Mount St. Charles Academy, Murphyâs crew didnât quite get the double-digit hits like it did against Moses Brown and Smithfield last week. But the Clippers did get the key hits it needed to earn themselves a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Mounties at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â Mount St. Charles is starting to look a bit like the baseball program that captured two straight Division II state titles before joining Division I this season.
The Mounties won their second Division I game in four days on Monday, breaking open a tight contest against St. Raphael Academy with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.
Mount, now 2-3 in Division I, got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Taylor Sutherland, who scattered seven hits and settled in after allowing single runs in both the first and second innings.
Kyan Andersonâs future regarding whether heâll play basketball at Providence College is still very much up in the air.
The same cannot be said for fellow recruit Markus Crider.
BOSTON â For the elite runners at this morningâs Boston Marathon, the goal is to be the first to cross the finish line.
For several of the other participants, including Cumberland residents and forty-something runners Dave Constantino and Robert Lux, a winning performance is defined by the numbers on the clock when they reach their final destination at Copley Square.
Constantino and Lux, a pair of triathletes as well as good friends, those numbers theyâre hoping begin with a two. In other words, a sub three-hour effort.
BOSTON â Kara Goucher looks at her performances in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters runs at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and her inaugural appearance at the Boston Marathon two years ago as sharing a common theme.
Goucher was considered among the medal contenders at the Summer Games, but placed a still-respectable ninth in the 5K and tenth in the 10K.
LINCOLN â Mike Theroux doesnât have to go too far back in his memory bank to recall the first time he went for a run.
Thatâs because it occurred just six years ago for the 47-year-old Lincoln resident.
âI ran from my house to Lincoln High School and back,â he said. âIt was about a three-mile run. At the time I was happy I was actually doing it, but it was amazing how much that run took out of me.â
Theroux will be running three miles again tomorrow. Only this time, heâll still have 23 more before he reaches his final destination.
SMITHFIELD â Cumberland High survived injuries to its starting pitcher and catcher on Friday to outlast Smithfield 6-5 in eight innings.
âThis was a great team effort,â Cumberland coach Paul Murphy admitted. âOur starting pitcher, Hayden Namaka, hurt his hand and left in the third inning. Eric Murray, who had pitched only one inning this season, took over and gave us five good innings. And then our catcher, Matt Billington, got hurt and we replaced him with Matt Bare in the fourth inning.â