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June 25th, 2015
PAWTUCKET â€“ If anyoneâ€™s wondered how Allen Craig is faring in his prolonged tenure with the Pawtucket Red Sox, he has an answer: Just fine, thank you.
After a less-than-productive 2014 debut with Boston, not to mention more of the same this spring â€“ then being demoted from Boston back on May 10 â€“ the 30-year-old outfielder/first baseman is hell-bent on making a demonstrative return to the Red Sox. Heâ€™s hoping it will happen sooner than later.
PAWTUCKET â€” As far as heâ€™s concerned, Shane Victorino made an auspicious start to his comeback to the Red Sox on Wednesday night.
In his initial contest with Pawtucket after being sent for a 20-day rehab assignment to nurse a left calf strain, the 34-year-old BoSox outfielder played left and batted twice in his short, four-inning stint against Rochester.
He didnâ€™t field a ball and went 0-for-2 at the plate, but those numbers didnâ€™t matter much to him. Instead, this was just about getting back and conditioning himself for the road ahead.
PAWTUCKET – Matt Barnes could be upset, downright disgruntled, after being sent down to the Pawtucket Red Sox – again – on June 16.
Instead, the 25-year-old righty reliever has chosen to remain positive, and he claimed he has an abundance of reasons why.
First, during his second call-up to Boston between May 9 and June 16, he spent over five weeks collecting key information from coaches and fellow Red Sox relievers; and, second, is planning on putting that advice to good use while he’s honing his skills in Triple-A.
WOONSOCKET – Rising Stars, a Woonsocket-based organization that works with at-risk inner city youths, is using the basketball court as another means to save inner-city children from drugs, incarceration and feelings of hopelessness about the future.
CUMBERLAND â€“ When Toll Gate High head coach Jim Stringfellow came calling, Josh Lima, who holds the same position at Cumberland, couldnâ€™t and wouldnâ€™t say no.
Stringfellow had asked him back in April to serve as his offensive coordinator for the East team of the third annual Rhode Island All-Star Football Game, slated for Saturday, June 27, at Johnston High School, and Lima jumped at the chance.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ It had only happened once before â€“ 60 years ago in fact.
The feat in question: a Burrillville High student-athlete winning state championships in all three seasons.
CUMBERLAND – Given the success of the town’s two Little League programs over the past half-decade, it seems appropriate to label Cumberland a pure baseball community in the summertime – a town that rallies around its all-star squads and takes pride in each league’s accomplishments.
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.