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June 17th, 2014
PAWTUCKET â€“ Call it crazy, but North Smithfield High head coach Jon Leddy seemed rather upbeat while walking through the McCoy Stadium grass behind the plate on Tuesday afternoon.
His club had just dropped an at-times ugly, 5-2 decision to top-seeded East Providence in the opener of the best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship set before a crowd of at least 500, but the calm seemingly came from the fact he knew why.
PAWTUCKET â€” Walking into McCoy Stadium didnâ€™t seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâ€™s a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâ€™s footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Despite an early lead and a dominating five-inning performance from Felix Doubront (see related story), the PawSox couldnâ€™t close out Charlotte on Fatherâ€™s Day.
Left-hander Drake Britton came on in the ninth with Pawtucket guarding a 1-0 lead they had held since their first turn at bat. Britton got the Knightsâ€™ Matt Davidson to foul out to first to start the inning, but yielded a ground single to left to Matt Tuiasosopo. The Sox then caught a break as Tyler Saladino botched a sacrifice bunt attempt and fouled out to catcher Christian Vazquez.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Professional baseball was a way of life for Kevin Boles and Travis Shaw long before they reached their respective posts with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Both have their fathers to thank for lighting the way, giving them a model for understanding the gameâ€™s finer points. Thereâ€™s no substitute for having a dad who understands the baseball culture because heâ€™s lived and experienced it.
PAWTUCKET –Will Middlebrooks won’t publicly fault the Red Sox’ decision to sign Stephen Drew – a move that has cast a rather large shadow over his future with the club.
PAWTUCKET â€” To say that Felix Doubront was merely okay in his rehab outing for the PawSox on Tuesday would be a fair and accurate assessment.
There were times when the lefthander appeared in control, mainly when he utilized his changeup and curveball. His velocity, however, suggested a pitcher who was content with the idea of keeping things under wraps â€“ at least for now.
It all added up to a 4.2-inning stint where he was charged with two runs on six hits â€“ all of which were struck with authority â€“ as Pawtucket rallied to knock off Louisville in 10 innings, 4-3.
PAWTUCKET â€” Even though he has one more rehab start lined up, Felix Doubront didnâ€™t beat around the bush when asked about the significance of Tuesdayâ€™s mound assignment for the PawSox.
PAWTUCKET â€” With a look of determination on his face, Mookie Betts tried to make sense of the scouting report devoted to the Louisville starting pitcher the PawSox faced on Sunday afternoon.
Mind you Pawtucket did not face your garden-variety Triple-A hurler, hence why the information provided to the clubâ€™s hitters was a bit more elaborate. In Chien-Ming Wang, weâ€™re talking about a 34-year-old right-hander who once posted back-to-back 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees and has eight years of big-league service time on his rĂ©sumĂ©.
LINCOLN â€” Rich Gingras remembers all too well the first time he sported a New England championship belt around his waist.
It lasted all of two minutes.
Last summer, after a marquee matchup with Providenceâ€™s Vladine Biosse for Biosseâ€™s super middleweight title at Twin River went to the judgesâ€™ cards, it was announced that Gingras had won the championship, winning by a slim margin on two of the three cards.
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EAST PROVIDENCE â€” North Smithfieldâ€™s baseball team doesnâ€™t get serious until it is backed against the wall.
â€śWeâ€™re resilient, thatâ€™s for sure,â€ť head coach Jon Leddy said on Sunday evening after his Northmen erased a 3-0 deficit to beat Classical 5-3 in 10 innings. Game Two of this best-of-three series is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday back at Pierce Field.