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May 15th, 2011
PAWTUCKET â Baseball scouts usually sit in the best seats minor league stadiums have to offer, a few rows behind home plate. They come armed with the tools of their trade â radar guns, stopwatches and âcheat sheetsâ that record the data of players down on the field.
âThe radar gun is mainly used to measure the speed of pitches,â Chicago White Sox scout Gary Pellant was saying on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. âIâve seen some scouts use them on infielders, to see how strong their arms are. Amateur scouts do that because they watch a lot of high school players who change positions.â
Woon Tax 2 9 2 0 2 â 15
Cercle Laurier 4 0 0 0 0 - 4
Woon Tax Pitchers: Mat Letourneau, Harrison Blais, Jared Briere
Cercle Laurier Pitchers: Zachary Harnois, Jean Santana
Matt Letourneau led Woon Tax on the mound and at the plate with a 15-4 win over Cercle Laurier, bashing two doubles, a single and 4 RBIâs, Letourneau also tossed a 3 hitter over 3 innings, striking out 6.
Jared Briere added a triple and a single with 4 RBIâs for the Taxmen.
WOONSOCKET -- The St. Josephâs Veterans Cardinals had a monster week, grabbing a pair of wins and taking over first place in East Woonsocket Little League Major Division.
In the first game, the Cards edged out the Rotary Club Red Sox 6-5. Jimmy Cabral threw the first two innings for the Cards, striking out four batters and allowing just one hit.
PROVIDENCE -- Woonsocket High sophomore Jalen Evans made some history on Saturday at the Classical Classic, setting a new school record of 51.0 seconds while winning the 400-meter Large School race. John Wilburâs previous record of 51.2 seconds had been set way back in 1982.
Portsmouthâs Tyler Oliveira won the Small School 400 in 49.90 seconds, giving Evans something to shoot for as the championship meet schedule begins this coming Saturday with the Class meets.
CUMBERLAND â The twins are going off to college. And thatâs big news around this town, where Shaidai and Shoneil Lariviere lit up the wrestling scene at Cumberland High for the past four years.
Shai Lariviere, the two-time state champion and former New England champ, has decided to attend Missouri Valley, a NAIA school that finished sixth in the country last year. It is located in Marshall, Missouri, smack in the center of the state, halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City.
PAWTUCKET â Nobody wants to play extra innings on a chilly afternoon at McCoy Stadium, not when the wind is blowing hard across the outfield and runs are hard to come by.
Thursday was getaway day for the Gwinnett Braves and they certainly wanted to get on a plane and fly back home to balmy Georgia, where the temperature is 30 degrees warmer. The PawSox players wanted to finish the game, too, and enjoy a rare night off.
PAWTUCKET â Thereâs always been a soft spot in Tommy Harperâs heart for Jacoby Ellsbury. Thatâs why it pained Harper, a 15-year big league veteran, to see the Red Sox speedster get abused and mistreated â both from media members and teammates alike â the way he did in 2010.
âA lot of people turned on him,â noted Harper on a visit to McCoy Stadium Wednesday night. âSometimes in team meetings, you would give an opinion, but it stays right there. But if a media person says it, itâs all over because itâs out in the public.â
WOONSOCKET --- The national spotlight could be on Joe Gardner again.
The Woonsocket Boxing Club fighter and EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) New England light heavyweight champion will step into the ring for his first fight outside New England and on the undercard of Saturday nightâs âSuper Six World Boxing Classicâ at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO) will fight super middleweight prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada (11-0, 10 KOs) in a six-round battle that highlights a seven-fight undercard and expects to be the swing bout on the nightâs slate.
PAWTUCKET â Nobody understands Lars Andersonâs homerless quandary more than Anderson himself. He knows that first-base prospects arenât supposed to be stuck on zero home runs nearly five weeks into the season.
Right now, Anderson is going through a severe power drought, something that even has the cerebral sort worried. The facts do not lie, as Anderson entered Tuesday having yet to go deep in 30 games, spanning 125 at-bats.
CUMBERLAND --- An undefeated team, one of the stateâs best pitchers, and some chilly weather were unable to cool off red-hot Cumberland High on Tuesday afternoon.
The Clippers used a four-run rally in the bottom of the second inning and a strong outing from ace pitcher Bethany Paul to knock Chariho High from the unbeaten ranks and grab a 7-2 triumph in their Division I crossover showdown at Tucker Field.
The Chargers came into the game with a 9-0 mark that saw them outscore their opponents by a 71-22 margin, but bused out of Cumberland with a one-sided loss.