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June 15th, 2011
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing â€śping!â€ť sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a â€ścrack!â€ť at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâ€™s golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
â€śEven though Brad lives in Florida,â€ť Dave said, â€śwe still talk to each other every day.â€ť
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ€™ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâ€™s first state title.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâ€™s championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PROVIDENCE â€” Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s first season in Division I ended on Wednesday night with a semifinal round loss to South Kingstown at Rhode Island College, which used an edge on the front line to good advantage during a three-game sweep of the Mounties.
PROVIDENCE --- First came the four-run uprising in the seventh inning that led to a 4-3 win over top-seeded Lincoln High on Saturday night. Then came the seventh-inning run that helped cop a 1-0 victory over Cumberland High in Monday afternoonâ€™s winnersâ€™ bracket semifinals.
On Wednesday night, ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles Academy struck again late in its winnersâ€™ bracket final against third-seeded Cranston West High, and as a result, the Mounties will be playing for the Division I championship.
PROVIDENCE --- Itâ€™s been said time and time again that itâ€™s tough to beat a team three times in a season, and on Wednesday night, Lincoln High realized how difficult a task that is in its Division I losersâ€™ bracket final with longtime nemesis Cumberland High.
After getting swept in their regular-season series with the Lions, the Clippers made sure their third time playing their rivals was indeed the charm.
Letâ€™s begin with the one thing public and private schools have in common. Both start with the letter â€śP.â€ť
After that? Letâ€™s just say the hot-button issue regarding the classification of high school athletics in this state wastes no time in drawing battle lines.
PROVIDENCE --- Less than a month ago, reaching the winnersâ€™ bracket final of the Division I playoffs was the last thing on the minds of Mount St. Charles Academy and head coach Cliff Matthews.
Not only did the Mounties endure a tough stretch that saw them drop five out of seven contests and fall three games below .500, but also did they lose two of their top players, pitcher Olivia Hendricks and third baseman Nicole Silva, for an extended period of time to an injury and an illness.
PROVIDENCE â€” Waiting to compete in the high jump at Saturdayâ€™s RIIL Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s versatile junior Ali Sayles nearly missed the finals of the 100-meter high hurdles.
Itâ€™s a good thing she got there in time. A few minutes after hustling her way over to the starting line, Sayles was crowned an individual titlist.
â€śItâ€™s just crazy,â€ť she said. â€śI wasnâ€™t expecting it at all.â€ť