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July 4th, 2011
With various opinions coming from scouts and management alike, plenty of discussion and debate occurs when narrowing down potential choices leading up to draft day.
Sherard Clinkscales recalls such an instance in 2000. As the Assistant Director of Scouting for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Clinkscales had an important voice regarding what the organization should do with the sixth overall pick. In the end Tampa wound up selecting Rocco Baldelli, but as Clinkscales recalled late last week, it took a while before everyone was in agreement regarding the Woonsocket native/Cumberland native .
PAWTUCKET â Tim Norton has spent the better part of his professional career battling back from countless injuries. His latest setback is akin to the baseball gods kicking a man when heâs down.
The homecoming originally planned for this weekend never happened. Norton did not pitch at McCoy Stadium for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before friends and family hailing from Burrillville. Instead, the 28-year-old is toiling under the hot sun in Tampa, Fla., the Yankeesâ spring-training facility â Steinbrenner Field â the scene of Nortonâs latest attempt to rehab from shoulder woes.
CUMBERLAND â When he entered last yearâs Arnold Mills Road Race, Brian Doyle wasnât planning on winning the four-mile event. After a grueling high school season, his final year at Bishop Hendricken, he was just looking for a hard training run on the Cumberland course.
But midway through the race something happened. His adrenaline and competitive nature took over and he not only satisfied his goal of a quick tempo run, but actually won the popular Fourth of July race with a time of 20 minutes, 52 seconds.
PAWTUCKET â Sometimes staying put may well prove the best option. Kevin Millwood agrees, hence why heâs not looking to leave the Red Sox organization anytime soon.
âI enjoy it here and feel that there could be some opportunity in the future [to once more pitch in the big leagues],â said Millwood, addressing the thought process behind not exercising a recent opt-out date in his contract. âIt just seemed like a good situation to stay here and keep pitching. âMy biggest thing is this is a place Iâve enjoyed. I like the organization and hopefully it works out.â
CUMBERLAND â Burrillville practiced all week expecting to face Cumberland National ace Brandon Croteau on Thursday at Garvin Field.
And it did. Just not until the third inning, after Burrillville had built an eight-run cushion and appeared well on its way to victory.
An appearance from Croteau â and his lethal curveball â changed all that.
Sparked by Croteauâs four innings of stellar relief, Cumberland National rallied for an 11-9 win to keep pace in Pool B of the District IV tournament.
PAWTUCKET -- The Pawtucket Red Sox proudly unveiled the latest addition to McCoy Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, as Mondor Gardens was open to the public behind the left-field fence near the McCoy Stadium ticket office.
The handicap-accessible area, which is a tribute to late PawSox owner Ben Mondor, who passed away last October, is landscaped with paved walkways, granite steps, six park benches, and a collection of trees, plants, and flowers.
The area also contains six miniature bronze statues of young children playing baseball that Mondor purchased two years ago in Florida.
PAWTUCKET â Navigant Credit Union Post 85 found a way to cool off red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79.
The Woonsocket-based club seems to have caught a little fire, too.
Navigant went to work early against its Pawtucket foe on Wednesday night, scoring three runs in the top of the first. The bats kept going from there as Post 85 left Max Read Field with an 8-1 victory over Collette in Senior American Legion action.
PAWTUCKET -- Tommy Hottovy knew that this summer was going to be one of the most memorable times of his life.
He just didnât expect that his summer would have included 24 days in June as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
The 29-year-old southpaw reliever, whose wife is expecting the coupleâs first child next month, also received a âfirstâ earlier this month, when after pitching for nearly eight years in the minor leagues, he finally got the call only a select few players receive in their careers -- a promotion to the big leagues.
CUMBERLAND â There was a lot of talk last year that the upcoming Cumberland American All-Star team had potential to be something special this season, especially after the latest batch captured the state title for 11-year-olds.
Two games into the District 4 Major Division Tournament, Cumberland American is proving it just may have what it takes to advance far this summer.
In 2009, Lincoln captured the District IV and State All-Star Tournaments and then came one win away from Williamsport, Pa. for the Little League World Series after an 11-7 loss to Peabody (Mass.) Western in the New England Region finals.
Last year it was a talented bunch of players from Cumberland National that made the headlines with a nearly identical route of its neighbor. CNLL dominated its foes during the districts, did the same in the state tourney and then fell a run short, a 1-0 setback to Fairfield (Conn.) American in the title game, for a trip to the World Series.