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June 16th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â For the better part of seven innings, Tolman High seemed destined to clinch the opener of its R.I. Division II Tournament best-of-three championship series against Mount St. Charles.
Senior righty Alex Lopez pitched himself out of trouble time after time, with help, of course, from his defense, especially freshman second baseman Kyle Depatie, who managed seven assists and a putout.
PAWTUCKET â Virtually every time Tolman High meets Mount St. Charles on the diamond, Tigers' mentor Theo Murray mentions his personal history with the Woonsocket Catholic school.
It seems back in 1992, when Murray represented Shea as a standout senior third/first baseman, his Raiders held a precarious lead over the Mounties in the R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final. In the end, however, MSC prevailed with a late rally, 7-6, eliminating Shea from a berth opposite Westerly, the eventual state champion.
CUMBERLAND – Because they competed in different leagues within Division I, Cumberland High didn't face fellow state finalist Hendricken during the regular season, but that doesn't mean Clippers' first-year skipper Andy Tuetken hasn't done his homework.
He knows full well what his club is up against when the two meet in the opener of the best-of-three D-I championship set, slated for today at 6 p.m. inside McCoy Stadium.
BURRILLVILLE – Despite committing four errors and getting outhit, Burrillville moved one step closer to the Division III championship with a 3-1 win over Mt. Hope on Sunday at Eccleston Field.
The Broncos, who are now 3-0 in the playoffs, now head to Rhode Island College on Tuesday to take on either Mt. Hope once again or top seed Juanita Sanchez. The Huskies and Cavaliers are scheduled to play a losers’ bracket final this afternoon at RIC.
WEST WARWICK – With a trip to the R.I. Division I Tournament championship set on the line, Cumberland High first-year skipper Andy Tuetken delivered to his team one final bit of advice on Sunday.
“Jump on them early and often, gentlemen,” he implored them. “I want to see a lot of intensity.”
PROVIDENCE – You create your own luck, and that’s exactly what the North Smithfield softball team tried to do Sunday afternoon with a spot in the Division II finals on the line.
North Providence responded in calm and cool nature, making defensive plays that took the air out of the Northmen’s attack. It was a scene that repeated several times and represented a major reason why the Cougars emerged from the losers’ bracket with a 2-1 victory.
PROVIDENCE â Jen Pasquariello can almost be described as North Smithfield head coach Paul Mercierâs pet project.
âSheâs not a starter. Sheâs somebody who needed to be pushed and kind of wake up a little bit,â said Mercier. âYouâve got to show the coaching staff during practices that you want to be out there.â
It reached the point where Mercier sat down with Pasquariello as the regular season drew to a close. Since the coach-to-player moment, the naturally skilled Pasquariello has done everything within her power to reward Mercierâs faith in her.
EAST PROVIDENCE â According to Mount St. Charles head coach Tom Seaver, the starting pitchers for Thursday nightâs Division II Regional Pod II final know each other quite well. MSCâs Alex Lataille and his counterpart from Prout, Mason Feole, are teammates on the same summer baseball team.
LINCOLN â Alex Levin knew there was going to be a celebration, but not the extent.
Mere seconds after he himself recorded the final out, Lincoln Highâs starters rushed him from their positions and the subs poured out of the dugout with a single mission: Piling onto Levin, then standing near the hill.
âI had to squeeze my catcher (senior Jake Petrin) from underneath; I kept saying, âGet âem off me â now!ââ Levin grinned afterward. âI couldnât breathe.â
WOONSOCKET â Mount St. Charles and The Prout School are certainly no strangers to exciting and memorable Division II playoff encounters. Who can forget the 2009 finals at McCoy Stadium that saw the Mounties earn the title with an eight-inning, walk-off win in Game 2?
How about the 2010 finals between the same two teams that saw MSC respond from a Game 1 setback to capture the next two?