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June 24th, 2014
BARRINGTON â If PGA stalwarts Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt had their way, they'd return to the CVS Caremark Charity Classic every summer.
The only problem? Given the duo's remarkable success at Rhode Island Country Club over the past two years, tournament co-hosts and local favorites Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade joked about their possible return after a wildly-entertaining finish early Tuesday afternoon.
When asked if there was anything he would change about the event, Faxon grinned, âI wouldn't invite Stricker back. He's too good.â
PAWTUCKET â It wasnât Mookie Bettsâ intention to create a firestorm. Thanks to his strong play since joining the PawSox three weeks ago coupled with Red Sox manager John Farrellâs impromptu âI know Mookie Betts is swinging the bat wellâ remark last weekend, the 21-year-old wunderkind is being seen in a different light.
In response to the attention that goes with the territory of being the flavor of the moment, Betts sought out Kevin Boles. The last thing Betts wanted to do was to make the life of the PawSox manager even more chaotic.
PAWTUCKET â In the world of target dates and timetables, Shane Victorinoâs bid to rejoin the Red Sox during the teamâs current West Coast sojourn came up well short.
With Wednesday marking the final game of a three-game set in Seattle, the best that Victorino can hope for is a return this weekend in New York. In order reach the point where the Red Sox feel comfortable enough to activate him, itâs safe to say that the outfielder will have to withstand the challenge of playing nine innings.
BARRINGTON â Peter Jacobsen found himself in an unusual position when the first round of the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic ended Monday afternoon.
The former PGA star and playing partner Jimmy Walker manufactured a nine-under 62 at Rhode Island Country Club, and he admitted being tied for the lead â with the defending champion tandem of Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt â was a spot he didn't anticipate.
âWhat was our secret? I don't know, except maybe my youngest daughter (Kristen Sahler) is in the hospital (in Greenwich, Conn.); she's in labor, so maybe that's it,â he smiled.
WOONSOCKET â Justin Switzer admitted his initial two years at Woonsocket High, those in 2005 and '06, were at the very least problematic.
He had wanted to compete on the Villa Novans' wrestling team, but he missed most of his freshman season because he was deemed academically ineligible. He didn't even practice as a sophomore for the same reason.
When Vaughn Hayward walked off the mound at Connecticutâs Dodd Stadium on May 24, part of him was resigned to the possibility that he had thrown his last pitch in a competitive game.
That spring afternoon featured the collegiate Hayward at his finest for Bryant University. With the Northeast Conference championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line, the senior flummoxed the Sacred Heart hitters with 6.1 shutout innings while scattering five hits. It looked like a chance to go out on top, as Hayward did not make an appearance in either of the Bulldogsâ NCAA games.
PROVIDENCE â After several years of watching Rhode Island high school boysâ basketball crown one undisputed state champion and do so with mostly positive reviews, the girlsâ hoops community is officially prepared to follow suit.
PAWTUCKET â If his parents, or any others, could have heard the words spoken by North Smithfield High senior quad-captain/shortstop Dylan Narodowy inside McCoy Stadium late Wednesday afternoon, they would've expressed joy.
The Northmen had just sustained a more-than-crushing 3-1 loss to top-ranked East Providence in Game Two of a best-of-three R.I. Division II Tournament championship final set, but Narodowy maintained his poise.
His dream of earning a state title over, he remained a rock.
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 didnât seem quite as daunting to Dante Baldelli. Never mind that heâs a precocious 16-year-old who on the surface has some big shoes to fill following in a certain big brotherâs footsteps.
Call it a case of what happens when baseball and family serve as parallel threads.