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August 5th, 2011

Cumberland American begins regional play today

August 5, 2011

BRISTOL, Ct. - Manager Dave Belisle considers every one of the 13 players on his Cumberland American All-Star roster a reason it’s down in Bristol, Connecticut this weekend for the Eastern Regional Tournament, a reason it has an outside chance to earn a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series
“What you see with this team is they’re picking each other up,” Belisle said. “There have been some situations where we looked like we were going to fold, but someone has picked the individuals up. It’s a team game. It just seems that one through 13 somebody contributed.

College coach defends Erik Bedard

August 5, 2011

As the associate head coach at Norwalk (Conn.) Community College, Patrick Vigilio enjoyed a front row seat to see Erik Bedard go from an unknown with tried-and-true Canadian roots to a bona fide staff ace.
“Erik was a hockey player for the most part. Most kids in Canada are because they don’t have high school baseball up there,” recalled Vigilio in a telephone interview Friday. “He was throwing in the mid 80s when he started out, but through hard work he was able to take his game to the next level, obviously.”

August 4th

Fosters launching fitness/boot camp business

August 4, 2011

LINCOLN --- It’s been nearly two months since Bruce Foster finished in a tie for second place with his brother, Jeff, at the 2011 Spartan Death Race, a 45-hour ultra-endurance test through a grueling 40-mile course in Pittsfield, Vt., but their accomplishment has still been the talk around Lincoln.
The brothers’ success has also reached a point where workout enthusiasts of all ages, sizes, and abilities have asked them if they could train with them and follow the extra-tough training regimen they used to prepare for and succeed in the Death Race.

August 3rd

Cumberland's Kirby Murphy still going strong at 48

August 3, 2011

CUMBERLAND - It's always the same. For most of his 30-plus years playing softball, nothing’s changed for Kirby Murphy each time he faces an opposing pitcher.
Before he approaches the on-deck circle, he takes three warm-up swings with three different bats. He then walks near the batter’s box with the bat that he’s going to use and swings that three times. He then signals for a time out and takes two more swings inside the batter’s box before he’s ready to go.

August 2nd

Cumberland American prepares for N.E. tourney

August 2, 2011

CUMBERLAND — After a much-deserved 10-day break from competitive baseball, recent state champion Cumberland American begins its quest for a trip to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series this weekend. The All-Star squad faces Massachusetts’s titlist Andover National Saturday afternoon at 2 in the opener of the New England Regional Tournament at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

August 1st

PawSox’s Tamburro: Lavarnway’s worth watching

August 1, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The topic was Ryan Lavarnway and the most prolific home run hitters to ever to suit up for the Pawtucket Red Sox. After all, when you’ve amassed 13 round trippers in 43 games – Lavarnway’s mashing rate heading into Monday’s action – you start flashing back to names like Jim Rice, Sam Horn, Phil Plantier and Izzy Alcantara and the baseballs they made vanish.

Post 14 loses state legion title contest

August 1, 2011

WEST WARWICK – As Jim Dawber watched a mentally and physically drained Ryan O’Dell unleash pitch after pitch, a conclusion to Sunday’s marathon of baseball at McCarthy Stadium unfolded in his mind.
“Oh wow,” the Cumberland Post 14 manager thought to himself. “We’re going to win the championship, and he’s going to win the MVP.’”
Speaking through visible emotion a short while later, Dawber came to grips with the crushing reality.
“It didn’t play out that way in real life,” he said.

July 31st

Chemawa Golf Course fun to play

July 31, 2011

NORTH ATTLEBORO – The mission of Chemawa Golf Course is simple.
“If people think it’s fair, they’ll come back,” Chemawa owner Glen Burke was saying over the weekend. “A lot of older guys have said ‘I went somewhere and the rough was so high and thick that I was tired by the end of the round.’ [At Chemawa] you’re not going to be tired, you’re going to enjoy yourself.
“My thought is that when they come into the parking lot, they forget about their worries and enjoy themselves,” Burke added. “I think that’s true as based on the number of car doors and trunks that open.”

Lars Anderson 'daydreamed' about near deal

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Lars Anderson made four trips to the plate Sunday, every one of them transpiring in a Pawtucket Red Sox uniform.
For someone who spent Saturday night bidding farewell to teammates and contemplating a future in Oakland, Anderson spent most of Sunday morning trying to make sense of the unstable trade winds that had rocked his universe. One minute the first baseman was standing in the batter’s box in McCoy Stadium. Then came word that Anderson was involved in a trade that would have sent starting pitcher Rich Harden to Boston.

Louisville bats PawSox around

July 31, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Not even the nifty baserunning maneuver that Ryan Lavarnway pulled off the eighth inning could yield a smile on the face of PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
Truth be told, Lavarnway’s ability to avoid the tag while sliding into second base represented the lone highlight in Pawtucket’s 7-2 loss to Louisville Sunday afternoon. The power-hitting catcher had his eyes on second base after lining a bullet down the left field line. The throw from Bats leftfielder Felix Perez was there with plenty of time to spare, but Lavarnway was able to dance around the tag and get a hand on the bag.

 

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