Archive - Sports Article
June 21st, 2011
EAST PROVIDENCE â Bellinghamâs Brian Higgins really had to earn his berth in the Northeast Amateur Invitational field.
Higgins, who will tee off at Wannamoisett Country Club this morning for the third straight year in this prestigious event, remembers how he first got his foot in the door during the summer of 2008.
PAWTUCKET â As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.
Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing âping!â sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a âcrack!â at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâs golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
âEven though Brad lives in Florida,â Dave said, âwe still talk to each other every day.â
PROVIDENCE --- They split their regular-season series by winning lopsided games on their home fields. They battled to a 1-0 duel in the winnersâ bracket semifinals, and they shared some Division I championship history by playing a one-sided game that was decided by a dozen runs.
On Tuesday night, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles Academy battled each other in a winner-take-all showdown for the ages, a nine-inning duel that saw the Clippers emerge with their programâs first state title.
PROVIDENCE --- The Division I state title will come down to one game.
Cumberland High scored early and often and senior ace pitcher Bethany Paul continued her postseason brilliance on the mound in Mondayâs championship round against Mount St. Charles Academy at Rhode Island College.
And the final result was a surprisingly-lopsided 15-3 conquest by the fourth-seeded Clippers that not only dealt the ninth-seeded Mounties their first loss of the double-elimination tournament, but set up tonightâs 8 p.m. winner-take-all clash back at RIC.
PROVIDENCE â Mount St. Charles Academyâs first season in Division I ended on Wednesday night with a semifinal round loss to South Kingstown at Rhode Island College, which used an edge on the front line to good advantage during a three-game sweep of the Mounties.
PROVIDENCE --- First came the four-run uprising in the seventh inning that led to a 4-3 win over top-seeded Lincoln High on Saturday night. Then came the seventh-inning run that helped cop a 1-0 victory over Cumberland High in Monday afternoonâs winnersâ bracket semifinals.
On Wednesday night, ninth-seeded Mount St. Charles Academy struck again late in its winnersâ bracket final against third-seeded Cranston West High, and as a result, the Mounties will be playing for the Division I championship.