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May 7th, 2014
PAWTUCKET --- As good as Brandon Workman was on Wednesday night â€“ and he was very good â€“ his counterpart was just a tad bit better.
Toledo Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein delivered his best outing of the year, limiting the Pawtucket Red Sox to four hits and a free pass in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Hensâ€™ bullpen kept the PawSox off the board the rest of the way in securing a 4-0 victory at McCoy Stadium.
ATTLEBORO â€“ If not for Abigail McNultyâ€™s father pushing her in the direction of high-school running, there is no story about how this Cumberland native and Bishop Feehan senior blossomed into a long-distance ace that will be Stanford-bound this September.
To borrow from a popular television series: â€śFather Knows Best.â€ť Tom McNulty certainly fits the bill after parlaying a strong tennis career at Feehan into a scholarship to Providence College.
CUMBERLAND â€” In an outstanding display of sportsmanship and community concern, especially for those who have suffered from cancer, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles conducted a â€śPink Outâ€ť contest at Tucker Field on Tuesday afternoon.
When Clippersâ€™ skipper Marty Crowley opened his heart and invited MSC veteran mentor Cliff Matthews to partake in such a fundraiser last month, the latter jumped at the chance.
The coaches produced an emotional yet fun-loving ceremony prior to the Division I tilt, and five cancer survivors took part in the event.
PAWTUCKET â€” The Alex Wilson who posted a 10.80 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings is a distant memory.
In his place is a reliever who has been a rock solid contributor at the backend of Pawtucketâ€™s bullpen. Entering Tuesdayâ€™s game against Toledo, the right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 12.1 innings. International League foes are hitting a paltry .143 against Wilson, who is averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The PawSox devoted a portion of Monday afternoonâ€™s pregame experience to bunting â€“ a come one, come all session where attendance is not mandated but rather encouraged.
No, this often forgotten discipline at the minor-league level was done not in direct response to recent events involving the parent club.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Understanding beforehand that Lincoln High senior co-captain and stellar linksman Jon Wahl would sit out the match, sophomore Jake Laverdiere took a rather subdued, stable approach on Monday afternoon.
It would be he that took the leap from No. 3 to the second spot in the lineup, but he didnâ€™t let that affect him. Laverdiere and senior co-captain James Isabella fired respective scores of four-over 40 and eight-over 44 to propel the unbeaten Lions to a 178-207 victory over Northern Division foe Burrillville on Crystal Lake Golf Clubâ€™s par-36 front side.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
PAWTUCKET â€” Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.
Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnwayâ€™s credit, heâ€™s made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if itâ€™s come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket â€“ after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.
SMITHFIELD â€“ After not having a competitive game situation for 12 days, North Smithfield High skipper Jon Leddy worried about his team being lackluster prior to facing Division II-North host Smithfield on Saturday.
Leddy had focused on keeping the offense clicking with plenty of batting practice; still he was unsure as to his kidsâ€™ collective mind-set.
He had reason to worry through the first four frames, when his Northmen left five on the bags while holding a scant 1-0 advantage.
PAWTUCKET â€” Itâ€™s common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel â€“ located a stoneâ€™s throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium â€“ prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.
This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasnâ€™t at all shocking.