August 23rd, 2011
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. â€” They might not have won the Little League World Series championship, but the Cumberland American Little League all-stars proved one last time on Tuesday afternoon why they are champions.
Connor Mastin, Max Hanuschak and Conor Lavallee delivered clutch sixth-inning hits and Colin Cannata scored the winning run on an error as Cumberland roared back from a four-run, sixth-inning deficit to edge Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8-7, in a consolation game at Lamade Stadium.
Chris Costantino made sure not leave any traces of doubt.
Thanks to a strong showing this with the Laconia (N.H.) Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, any and all speculation the St. Louis Cardinals had in the 19-year-old Lincoln native fell by the waste side. The fact-finding mission might have encompassed much of the summer, but the Cardinals realized that Costantinoâ€™s talents exceeded those of a typical 43rd round selection, which is where he emerged during this past Juneâ€™s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Medical receptionist Lisa Gillespie was going about her chores on the eighth floor of the Cornerstone Building yesterday afternoon when something that isn't supposed to happen did.
â€śI felt a tremor,â€ť said Gillespie. â€śThe first thing I did was look behind me to see if anyone else felt it, and one of my co-workers confirmed that she did. The patients in the waiting room felt it, too.â€ť
WOONSOCKET â€” A passerby trying to save people in a burning tenement ended up the only casualty from the fire at 121 Providence St. early Tuesday.
Police said William A. Paul III was treated at Landmark Medical Center for lacerations to his hand after punching through a window.
There's no way Paul could have known, but no one was inside the three-story, four-family residence when he happened upon the fire during a late-night bicycle ride.
â€śIt was vacant,â€ť said Lt. Michael Morin of the Woonsocket Fire Department. â€śIt looked like the whole house was going through a rehab.â€ť
UXBRIDGE - Edward H. Powers, 71, of Chapin St. died Mon. Aug. 22 at his home surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 35 years Leona Carol (Depatie) Powers died in 1995.
UXBRIDGE - Russell J. Murray Sr., 79, of Sutton St. died Thur. Aug. 18 at his home. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Claire A. (Vincent) Murray; 2 sons Vincent M. Murray of Hope, ME and Russell J. Murray, Jr. of Wellesley; a daughter Mary Ellen Gordon of Waterbury Center, VT; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister Patricia (Murray) Rivet of N. Carolina and several nephews and nieces.
Making the tough call goes with the territory of being a baseball general manager, knowing full well that rosters arenâ€™t built on favoritism. The never-ending quest to explore every imaginable avenue in search of talent is one that canâ€™t be entered into lightly for fear of making a decision that comes back to haunt the ballclub.
With that as the backdrop, Theo Epsteinâ€™s evaluating glasses figure to get plenty of usage as the Boston G.M. spends the 2012 season drawing conclusions regarding the decisions to be made relating to the teamâ€™s long-term answer at third base.
For the 11 high school teams in the Blackstone Valley, as well as the others from across the state, the road to postseason glory in December started last week during workouts on hot mid-August mornings and afternoons that were better suited for spending on a beach.
And while the ultimate goal of every team is to reach the Super Bowl in their respective divisions, two teams from the area, Woonsocket and Tolman, are hoping to get back to the championship game.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler had only request of his starting pitcher Monday night â€“ pitch deep into the game.
Tony Pena Jr. heeded the wishes of his skipper, the right-hander tossing 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday night as Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 win against Syracuse. The victory enables the PawSox to move into sole possession of first place in the I.L. North after Lehigh Valley was shut out by Indianapolis, 2-0.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Luis Exposito finally heard the words heâ€™s longed to hear â€“ the catching responsibilities for the Pawtucket Red Sox are his and his alone.
No longer is Exposito subjected to a strict platoon partnership, one that can test even the most patient of souls. Thanks to Ryan Lavarnwayâ€™s promotion to Boston and the Red Sox shipping off prospect Tim Federowicz at the July 31 trade deadline, the 24-year-old Exposito holds the title as the primary backstop.
Naturally, PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler wasted little time in delivering the message to Exposito.