July 22nd, 2012
Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that itâ€™s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations â€“ whether weâ€™re referencing fathers and sons or ballplayers from different eras.
Sometimes, though, the art of bridging venerable types with youth whose chapters are waiting to be written requires assistance. In that regard, Mason Williams, the Pawtucket native and high-ceiling outfield prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system owes Joe Logan much thanks.
LINCOLN â€” The Burrillville All-Stars may have taken a quick exit at this R.I. Little League Major Division Tournament, that after suffering an 11-9 losers' bracket elimination loss to Cranston Western late Sunday afternoon, but skipper Mike Cabral nevertheless mustered a smile afterward.
He had every reason, as his crew entered the top half of the sixth frame trailing 11-4, but manufactured five runs while causing their opponent's coaching staff fits.
Woonsocket firefighters sift through the rubble in Room 209 at Chateau Clare on Park Avenue in Woonsocket Sunday morning where a fire was reported. Roughly 30 residents were evacuated and asked to go to St. James Parish Hall across the street to await further
instructions. Mary Sene, a resident who suffers from COPD, was taken to Landmark Medical Center to be treated for difficulty breathing. Firefighters knocked down the wall to her apartment while battling the blaze, which is believed to have started around 5:30 a.m., according to a witness. The Red Cross was on scene to assist.
BELLINGHAM â€” A 30-year-old Warwick woman was killed and her passenger â€” a 31-year-old Harrisville man â€”was seriously injured following a car crash early Sunday.
Emergency crews from Bellingham and Woonsocket were called to the scene on Paine Street at about 1:30 a.m., according to WPRI-TV.
The driver, Jessie Crum, and her passenger, Joshua Champagne, were trapped inside an SUV that had rolled over into a tree in front of the New England Country Club in Bellingham. They were eventually cut free by the Jaws of Life, WPRI reported.
LINCOLN â€” Excepting the District IV championship game, a 1-0 triumph over Lincoln last Monday, the Burrillville All-Stars had bulled its way through the tourney, outscoring their opponents by 60-plus runs while posting a perfect 6-0 record.
Mike Cabralâ€™s bunch seemed poised to do the same when the R.I. Little League Major Division Tournament began Saturday afternoon at Lonsdale Elementary Schoolâ€™s Randy Hien Field.
The only problem: Barringtonâ€™s best didnâ€™t care.
BRISTOL, Conn. â€” A six-run rally by defending New England champion Fairfield, Conn. in the home half of the second inning put Cumberland in a hole the team could not climb out of on Saturday, as the Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team absorbed a tough 7-6 loss in their New England pool play game at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.
Down by five runs entering the top of the sixth inning, Cumberland (9-1) bravely battled back for four runs and had runners on second and third with two gone, but were unable to plate the equalizer.
WOONSOCKET â€” The final phase of demolition of the former French Worsted mill complex at 153 Hamlet Avenue may be the trickiest of what has been a year-long project at the site.
Coventry Building and Wrecking has demolished and recycled all but a small portion of the five-story woolen thread manufacturing structure built in the early 1900s during Woonsocket's manufacturing heyday.
BLACKSTONE â€” The water level in the Blackstone River and Canal above the Rolling Dam is now rising, but it may take a few days before levels are back to normal.
That was the latest announcement Thursday from town public works officials who said work conducted at the site yesterday is helping the situation, which is not nearly as dire as it was a few days ago when officials reported that the water level was about six feet lower than normal.
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WOONSOCKET â€” Kayden Watson was still in his motherâ€™s womb when a sonogram foretold the story of his fragile life.
At the age of just 14 weeks, the pictures clearly showed that his intestines were growing on the outside of his tiny body, recalls his mother, Jennifer Harken.
Itâ€™s a condition called gastroschisis.
â€śWe were told a lot of kids had it and it would be okay, they would put them back,â€ť she says.
LINCOLN â€” A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot thatâ€™s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners â€“ Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, thereâ€™s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.