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July 2nd, 2012
WOONSOCKET -- While a few East Woonsocket Little League officials re-manicured Hartnett Field after the late Monday afternoon downpour, Lincoln All-Starsâ head coach Frank Kelly quietly told a parent, âIâll be happy just to get out of here with a win.â
His players more than obliged. Behind a stellar starting pitching performance by righty Joe Voccola, not to mention a pair of pinch-hit home runs, Lincoln posted a 6-4 triumph over East Woonsocketâs best in a R.I. District IV Tournament Pool A playoff tilt.
For someone who has been swept up by the winds of change on more than one occasion, Billy Baron finds himself in no particular hurry to make a decision.
Rather than rush to judgment and settle on what will be his third college stop, Baron is adhering to a wait-and-see approach regarding his impending landing destination. A female supporter who engaged in pleasant small talk with Baron on Saturday caught a glimpse of where his collective psyche stands.
WOONSOCKET â East Woonsocket, Lincoln, Burrillville, and Cumberland American came away with impressive victories on Saturday in a quadrupleheader at Aylsworth Parkâs Hartnett Field that kicked off the R.I. District IV Major Division all-star tournament.
In Pool A action, East Woonsocket was the winner of a 5-4 thriller with Glocester in the dayâs opening game. Down 4-3 heading into the top of the sixth inning, EWLL tied the score on a solo home run by Jimmy Cabral and went ahead later in the frame with an unearned run.
PAWTUCKET â Justin Germano knows a decision lies ahead. Come Saturday night, the right-hander and de facto ace of Pawtucketâs pitching staff will take the mound in Lehigh Valley.
The following day, Germano will choose whether to stick with the PawSox for the rest of the season or seek employment with another club. If itâs the latter, Germano â named to the International League All-Star team earlier in the week â would have no shortage of suitors.
PAWTUCKET â For Scott Podsednik, the left groin strain he suffered 11 days ago couldnât have come at a worse time.
Podsednik, who had returned to the big leagues after a yearâs absence, was batting .387 in 19 games with the Boston Red Sox and giving them a much- needed boost in the outfield after they lost the likes of Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross, and Ryan Sweeney to injuries.
CUMBERLAND â Not quite a year ago, Bruce Stanford and his son, Jordan, video-recorded the first game of the Cumberland American Little League Major Division All-Starsâ first foray into the Little League World Series in Williamsport.
He did so because he wanted to âdo it right.â
Stanford and son had placed a big screen in the backyard of his Arnold Mills neighborhood home, waited for dusk and projected the taped version for family and friends.
CRANSTON â In many ways, the tenor of these Governorâs Cup clashes, pitting the top high school football seniors in Rhode Island and Connecticut, resembles that of a typical âbig brother, little brotherâ exchange.
PAWTUCKET â The newest member of the Pawtucket Red Sox played a major role in snapping the teamâs third-longest losing streak in club history on Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium.
Starting pitcher Zach Stewart, who was acquired by the Boston Red Sox in Sundayâs trade with the Chicago White Sox for Kevin Youkilis, turned in a splendid outing to help the PawSox defeat the Charlotte Knights, 5-1, and grab their first victory after nine straight losses.
PAWTUCKET â Mauro Gomez earned a spot on the International League all-star team last season, the third straight year he earned a midseason honor.
Ryan Lavarnway was a Carolina League all-star in 2010, and Pedro Ciriaco picked up his last minor-league all-star honor three years ago in the Southern League.
That being said, when was the last time Justin Germano, the fourth member of the Pawtucket Red Sox named to the I.L.âs all-star team early Wednesday afternoon, selected to a squad?
â(The) 2002 (season) was my one and only,â he said with a smile. âItâs been a while.â
CUMBERLAND â Life is surreal right now for Nick Morin, a 20-year-old sophomore-to-be at the Community College of Rhode Island.
At about 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, he notched a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Robert Mastrontoni of State University of New York/Adirondack Community College in the No. 6 singles final of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Tennis Championships held in Allen, Tex.