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June 18th, 2015
PAWTUCKET – It was right there for Cumberland’s taking.
On two separate occasions Thursday night, the Clippers had three-time state champion Bishop Hendricken against the ropes. There was a surefire double-play ball in the ninth inning that instead was a throwing error resulted in the Hawks scoring the tying run.
That was hard to watch, but then came the 10th inning where Cumberland loaded the bases with no outs and failed to capitalize. It was a huge chance squandered.
PROVIDENCE – Immediately after senior southpaw Colin Murphy had fielded Eriberto Collado’s grounder and tossed to first for the final out on Wednesday evening, he turned to his Burrillville High infielders, threw his glove in the air and allowed them to tackle him.
It took mere seconds for Murphy, now under a whole lot of poundage, to fall to the turf closest to the Broncos’ third-base dugout, and he had no qualms with the pile-on.
PAWTUCKET – For his final high-school act this year before turning his attention to the summer baseball travel circuit, Alex Lataille turned in flawless performance on the mound that on this particular day was championship caliber.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Cumberland High skipper Andy Tuetken knew long before the start of this R.I. Division I Tournament championship set that upsetting top-ranked and unbeaten Hendricken would be a tall order.
He nevertheless understood his never-say-die squad was peaking at the right time, especially after producing a pair of impressive semifinal wins against a Lincoln team that had been rolling.
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.