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June 8th, 2014
Sports editor emeritus
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.
PROVIDENCE â€” On a Saturday when one of the state's finest floundered, the future flourished.
Woonsocket High senior Connor Fugere had hoped to defend his indoor shot put title at the R.I. Outdoor Championships at Brown Stadium, but didn't earn a berth in the finals. He also wanted to place in the top six in the three other throwing events, but walked away with â€śjustâ€ť a bronze medal in the hammer toss.
That came courtesy of a decent heave of 196-7, though far behind victor Bob Colantonio of Barrington (215-6) and runner-up Adam Kelly of the same (213-8).
BARRINGTON â€“ When senior righty John Sikie is â€śfeeling it,â€ť heâ€™s usually outstanding.
When heâ€™s not, well, heâ€™ll walk and/or hit batters, and indicates no real feel for the zone around the plate.
Excepting one inning on Friday afternoon, Sikie proved to be much more of the former. The co-captain manufactured a stellar two-hitter with two walks and a six strikeouts in a six-frame stint, propelling Cumberland High to a solid 5-3 victory over Barrington before at least 150 fans at Victory Field.
NORTH SMITHFIELD --- Itâ€™s very rare for a Division II player in any sport to receive the R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year award, but North Smithfieldâ€™s Karissa Carlton landed the stateâ€™s biggest individual honor on Thursday.
The 5-foot-1 senior ace pitcher of the two-time Division II-North champion Northmen won the award thanks to a phenomenal season that saw her post a 16-1 record with an 0.72 ERA and strike out 170 batters and walk 17 in only 92 innings of work.
PAWTUCKET â€” Rich Gingras has a lot on his plate these days.
In addition to his everyday duties as the owner and head trainer of his Fight 2 Fitness gym on Blackstone Avenue, the Lincoln resident is hard at work packing on muscle for a fitness competition later this month in Medford, Mass., as well as handling a new project at his gym that offers workouts for people with Parkinsonâ€™s Disease.
Oh yeah, heâ€™s also fighting for the New England light heavyweight championship on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” Cumberlandâ€™s return to Rhode Island College for the first time since the Clippers won the 2011 state championship was spoiled by the team that handed them their worst defeat of the season.
Undefeated North Kingstown snapped a scoreless tie with two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and a three-run uprising in the fifth before winding up with a 6-2 win on Tuesday night in a Division I winnersâ€™ bracket semifinal.
PAWTUCKET â€“ It used to be that any mention of the first name â€śMookieâ€ť would send a collective shiver down the backs of Red Sox fans. Mention this particular Mookie, however, and youâ€™re bound to receive a completely different reaction, one that doesnâ€™t center on key words or phrases such as â€śgroundball,â€ť â€śthrough the legsâ€ť or â€śBuckner.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€“ The final game of Tolman Highâ€™s season featured an all too familiar pattern: Plenty of good pitching to go around, but not nearly enough hitting to carry the day.
â€śEspecially over the last third of the season, our pitchers have been holding teams to three or four runs. In Rhode Island Division II baseball, youâ€™re doing all right,â€ť stated Tigers coach Theo Murray.
WOONSOCKET â€“ After suffering a difficult-to-swallow 2-1, eight-inning loss to North Smithfield High on Saturday afternoon, Mount St. Charles faced elimination in the R.I. Division II/Region II Tournament entering its losersâ€™ bracket tilt against Prout on Monday.
Thatâ€™s why skipper Tom Seaver took his players aside beforehand and explained his game plan for the Crusaders.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Just before the start of the back half of the sixth inning, North Smithfield High head coach Jon Leddy approached his bench and indicated Prout School had just eliminated Scituate, 7-5, in a R.I. Division II/Region II Tournament loserâ€™s bracket semifinal.
At least 30 miles north, Leddyâ€™s Northmen had been embroiled in a 1-1 deadlock with favored Mount St. Charles in a winnersâ€™ bracket final on the latterâ€™s home diamond on Saturday afternoon.