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April 24th, 2011
High school baseball players in New England understand there are two phases to their season â€“ chilly and warm. April is usually rainy and cool until the final week of the month. Players must deal with the conditions and try to persevere, knowing the warmth of May is eventually going to arrive.
With the temperature climbing to 76 degrees on Sunday, thereâ€™s a hint that warmer weather is right around the corner. Thatâ€™s good because the division races are starting to take shape and some of this weekâ€™s games are pretty interesting.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- When the R.I. Interscholastic League looked into realigning its three softball divisions during the offseason, there was plenty of talk of dropping North Smithfield to Division III -- and for good reason.
Over their past four seasons, the Lady Northmen had won just a dozen games and languished near the bottom of the Division II-North standings. Their 12-62 record over this span was the worst in the entire league, and a far cry from the 2005 team that went 17-3 and reached the Division II state finals.
When Caroline Kilel crossed the finish line a winner of Mondayâ€™s Boston Marathon, the 30-year-old Kenyan runner collapsed to the pavement in total exhaustion.
She has Desiree Davila to thank for that.
Davila turned the 115th edition of the historic race into one of the all-time classics with her gutsy effort the final five miles. The California native and former All American from Arizona State University pushed the pace from the crest of Heartbreak Hill until the finish at Copley Square.
PROVIDENCE â€” When youâ€™re on a roll like Lincoln High, things just seem to fall into place.
The Lions did their best work in the latter innings Thursday, scoring three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh innings to best La Salle Academy, 8-5.
At 7-0, Lincoln stands tall amongst the Division I-North hierarchy. In fact, the Lions are one of just two teams in the league to sport such a glittering mark, North Kingstown being the other.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” When you have a very talented team thatâ€™s loaded with freshmen and sophomores like the one North Smithfield has this season, even the worst of innings can pop up now and then.
One of those innings took place in the sixth inning of the Northmenâ€™s Division II crossover game at home against Exeter/West Greenwich, and it helped lead to N.S.â€™s first loss of the season.
The Northmen committed four errors in an ugly inning that saw the defending Division II champion Scarlet Knights scratch out all its runs in a 3-0 victory.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Felix Doubront is returning to his pitching roots. After serving as a left-handed option in Bostonâ€™s bullpen for a week-plus, Doubront will now serve as a member of Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation.
â€śHeâ€™s going to start games,â€ť confirmed Mike Hazen, the Red Soxâ€™ vice president of player development. â€śHeâ€™ll probably be on a shortened pitch count to start, but weâ€™ll build him up from there. Heâ€™ll start the games.â€ť
CUMBERLAND â€” Cumberland High coach Paul Murphy attributes his teamâ€™s latest surge in the ultra-competitive Division I-North to its work at the plate
In Tuesday morningâ€™s contest against Mount St. Charles Academy, Murphyâ€™s crew didnâ€™t quite get the double-digit hits like it did against Moses Brown and Smithfield last week. But the Clippers did get the key hits it needed to earn themselves a come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the Mounties at Tucker Field.
PAWTUCKET â€” Mount St. Charles is starting to look a bit like the baseball program that captured two straight Division II state titles before joining Division I this season.
The Mounties won their second Division I game in four days on Monday, breaking open a tight contest against St. Raphael Academy with a seven-run rally in the fifth inning en route to a 10-3 victory.
Mount, now 2-3 in Division I, got a complete-game pitching performance from junior Taylor Sutherland, who scattered seven hits and settled in after allowing single runs in both the first and second innings.
Kyan Andersonâ€™s future regarding whether heâ€™ll play basketball at Providence College is still very much up in the air.
The same cannot be said for fellow recruit Markus Crider.
BOSTON â€” For the elite runners at this morningâ€™s Boston Marathon, the goal is to be the first to cross the finish line.
For several of the other participants, including Cumberland residents and forty-something runners Dave Constantino and Robert Lux, a winning performance is defined by the numbers on the clock when they reach their final destination at Copley Square.
Constantino and Lux, a pair of triathletes as well as good friends, those numbers theyâ€™re hoping begin with a two. In other words, a sub three-hour effort.