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July 26th, 2011

Rain halts starts of Legion "Elite Eight"

July 26, 2011

WEST WARWICK --- They will try this again today.
Tuesday’s start to the American Legion Senior Division “Elite Eight” double-elimination tournament only reached a few innings before inclement weather rained on most of the state and suspended both opening-round doubleheaders at McCarthy Field in West Warwick and Pierce Field in East Providence.

A message to CALL: Enjoy the Moment

July 26, 2011

It’s a special time for the players of the Cumberland American Little League All-Star team. The squad, which is mostly comprised of 12-year-old youths, stormed through the District IV Major Division Tournament and after two dominating victories at the state level stands just a win away from representing Rhode Island at the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, Conn., next week.

July 25th

Rock n' Roll Half Marathon coming to Providence

July 25, 2011

It’s a 13.1-mile race. No matter how you look at it, it possesses some kind of challenge for anyone that attempts the distance.
But this one will be a little more fun. Actually, it could be a lot more fun.
On Sunday morning, Aug. 7, an expected 8,000 runners and walkers will invade the capital city for the inaugural Rock n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon. The race is the latest of the popular Rock n’ Roll Marathon series that has already made its way to 25 U.S. cities and an additional two more internationally.

Post 14, Collette Vacations among teams in Legion quarterfinals

July 25, 2011

Two-time regular-season champion Cumberland Post 14 and red-hot Collette Vacations Post 79 will be among the “Elite Eight” teams that will play for the state championship this week when the R.I. American Legion Senior Division tournament moves into the double-elimination format.
In seasons past, the double-elimination portion of the postseason wouldn’t get under way until four ballclubs were left standing after winning a best-of-three quarterfinal and semifinal-round series.

July 24th

Red-hot CALL moves one win away from state title

July 24, 2011

Contributing writer
WARWICK – Another day, another offensive explosion by Cumberland American.
Manager Dave Belisle’s club moved within one win of claiming the Major Division state championship Sunday, throttling Cranston Western 15-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule affair at Warwick West Side Little League’s Abe Klitzner Field.

July 23rd

CALL routs Portsmouth in state tourney opener

July 23, 2011

Contributing writer
WARWICK – A three-run deficit in the first inning? Just a minor inconvenience for Cumberland American’s potent offense.
The District IV champions smacked three home runs Saturday in their Major Division state tournament opener, using an eight-run fifth to blow open a tie game en route to a 13-3 victory over Portsmouth at Warwick West Side Little League’s Abe Klitzner Field.

July 22nd

Cumberland American begins quest for state title

July 22, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.

July 21st

Glocester 13-14s win District title

July 21, 2011

GLOCESTER -- Glocester Little League captured the District IV championship with an 11-7 victory over Burrillville in a game that was suspended due to darkness after Glocester rallied to tie the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning.
When the game resumed last Tuesday, Glocester pulled away to its victory. Jimmy Greene got the hit that put Glocester ahead for good. Matt Taillon added a two-run single that drove in Greene and Drew Angell.
Relief pitcher Derek Faria pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning. Danny Keefe and Mike Wilkenson also pitched well in relief for the champions.

Cumberland softballers in regionals on Friday

July 21, 2011

CUMBERLAND --- The Cumberland Major Division all-star team’s roads to the District IV and state championships were tough. The squad’s next venture only promises to be a whole lot tougher.
Cumberland joined nine other ballclubs from the northern part of the country this weekend to take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.

Lavarnway worked hard to get where he is today

July 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Plate discipline and strike zone recognition can be found on the first page of the hitter’s manual. Knowing the pitches one can drive goes hand-in-hand with refusing to chase the ones that dance outside the strike zone, tempting as they may be.
One day Yale head baseball coach John Stuper passed along this nugget to Ryan Lavarnway, words of wisdom mentioned to him by Gene Tenace, a former teammate of Stuper’s with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 80s.

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