April 15th, 2015
CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t the prettiest one-hitter ever produced, but that meant little to Cumberland High freshman southpaw Jocelyn Bodington.
Already a household name on the youth softball circuit in town and around the region, Bodington hurled six innings of hitless ball, finally closed with that one allowance – courtesy of eight walks and nine strikeouts in seven full frames – and dominated Westerly, 9-2, in a Division I crossover tilt at Tucker Field on Wednesday afternoon.
WOONSOCKET â€“ During a period of six days, city firefighters have battled four structure fires, and investigators have determined that all but one of them was the result of arson.
Now police and firefighters say theyâ€™ve zeroed in on a suspect after the most recent arson fire damaged Rickâ€™s Bar & Grill on Cass Avenue Tuesday.
â€śThis was an arson fire,â€ť Asst. Deputy State Fire Marshal Michael Morin told The Call. â€śItâ€™s not even questionable.â€ť
GLOCESTER â€“ A fully-involved fire destroyed a single-family home at 350 Old Snake Hill Road Tuesday afternoon after starting while its owners were away, according to fire officials.
Fire officials identified the property as belonging to Leo David and his wife. A daughter of the couple was reported to have been at school at the time of fire.
A family dog inside home perished in the fire, and possibly the familyâ€™s pet cats, but a horse and pony kept in a barn nearby the home were not injured, according to West Glocester Deputy Fire Chief Brian McKay.
PROVIDENCE – The clock at TD Garden had struck triple zeros, yet John Dolan was on standby for official confirmation.
With the boys’ volleyball season in full swing, here’s an early-season lookout relating to our local entries.
Movin’ on up at Tolman
Success can come at a hefty price. In the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, this double-edged sword is sharpened every few years or so when the time comes to realign the divisions.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The city dodged a potentially crippling financial bullet as a Superior Court judge ruled against a group of taxpayers who filed suit to quash the 2012 supplemental tax, claiming the $2.5 million levy was against the law.
Edmund Alves, legal counsel to the now-defunct Budget Commission, which ordered the tax, hailed Associate Superior Court Judge Netti Vogelâ€™s ruling on Friday as a major victory for the city. If the plaintiffs had prevailed, Alves said the state would very likely have petitioned the city into receivership, much as it did in Central Falls over three years ago.
LINCOLN – Given the brutal winter and rainy early spring, neither Lincoln High nor Mount St. Charles had spent much time practicing outside. In fact, both programs have seen their fair share of several disappointing postponements.
Yet it sure was hard to tell on Monday afternoon, as the two teams seemed happy to finally take Sullivan Field for their Division I-North season opener.
ALLENTOWN, Pa – Pawtucket left Coca-Cola Park late Sunday afternoon with an opening-weekend series in their pocket.
However, their last game certainly wasn’t easy.
The PawSox had what appeared to be a comfortable 3-1 lead in their grasp at the top of the seventh inning, and a series sweep appeared inevitable. Starter Eddie Rodriguez had just left the game with an impressive 84-pitch showing in which he retired the final 11 batters he faced.
PAWTUCKET – “I’m preparing in spring training to be a starter,” stated Matt Barnes in February, not long after the official report date for Red Sox pitchers and catchers.
When reminded of what the hard-throwing right-hander said during follow-up phone interview late last week, Barnes came across as open-minded individual.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ The Town Council has taken the first step in a lengthy process to designate Chapel Street (from River Street to Union Avenue) in Harrisville; the former Boliden Metech Mill in Mapleville; and the Pliant site in Nasonville as potential sites for redevelopment.