July 29th, 2011
WEST WARWICK â€“ Like many American Legion coaches, Collette Vacations boss Ray Ventura was probably hoping that Jeff Diehl was going turn pro after getting drafted by the New York Mets in June.
You could see why Friday night as Diehl single-handily almost won the game for Gershkoff/Auburn Post 20, the catcher belting two home runs in a 6-4 win over Collette in the winnersâ€™ bracket final of the American Legion Senior Division playoffs.
WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket High School athletic director George Nasuti is guardedly optimistic that his interscholastic sports program will continue to enjoy the success, and occasional state championships, that the Villa Novans have accrued in recent years.
WEST WARWICK â€“ Instead of dwelling on Thursdayâ€™s loss to Collette Vacations Post 79, the boys from Cumberland Post 14 answered the challenge of keeping its season alive.
Top-seeded Post 14 lives to fight another day thanks to eight standout innings from knuckleball artist Zach Perry and key hits from Tyler Santaniello and Nick Zammarelli. Almost forgotten in the aftermath of Fridayâ€™s 5-2 win against defending champion New England Frozen Lemonade/Shields Post 43 was the spectacular â€“ some may argue season-saving â€“ catch Matt Sorkin made in center field to end the top of the first inning.
The fourth week in July means the following:
1). The bombardment of back-to-school commercials, serving as a cruel reality check and a reminder that summer reading will not be accomplished through osmosis or CliffsNotes.
2). Thereâ€™s roughly a month remaining in the minor league season. Where does the time go?
3). Another fast-moving July 31 trading deadline is just days away from building toward a crescendo.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” Itâ€™s been quite some time since Collette Vacations Post 79 enjoyed a nine-game win streak or found itself two wins away from a state championship, but thatâ€™s the state of the Pawtucket ballclub heading into tonightâ€™s 8 p.m. winnersâ€™ bracket final at McCarthy Stadium.
Eric Geisman gave a splendid performance on the mound and Post 79 did just enough offensively to help produce a 4-1 victory over Cumberland Post 14 on Thursday night in their semifinal-round game at Pierce Field.
Roland Lavallee has never veered away from his dream of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January.
But for the last nine months, the former Mount St. Charles standout has certainly been tested with a series of personal and physical setbacks.
Irving D. Studley
HOLLISTON, MA - Irving D. Studley, 90, of Dorset Road and formerly of Albion died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Framingham Union Hospital, Framingham, MA surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Eleanor M. (Peltier) Studley.
Born in Pittsfield, MA, a son of the late James and Charlotte (Rogers) Studley, he had lived in the Albion section of Lincoln before moving to South Yarmouth, MA for 20 years. He later lived in Twentynine Palms, CA before moving to Holliston 2 years ago.
Robert G. Cloutier
WOONSOCKET- Robert G. Cloutier 49, of Woonsocket, died Monday at home.
Mr. Cloutier was born in Woonsocket, the son of Robert E. Cloutier and the late Jeanne (Mandeville) Cloutier.
He was an assembler of fiber optic wire for General Cable in Franklin, MA for five years, and was previously employed by the Okonite Co. in Cumberland for many years. He was an avid Yankees and Patriots fan and enjoyed spending time at the beach.
Raymond B. Begin
WOONSOCKET- Raymond B. Begin, 77, resident of Woonsocket, died July 27, 2011 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence.
Born Oct. 19, 1933 in Albion RI, a son of the late Rodolpha & Jeanne (Leroux) Begin.
Raymond worked for the Replacement Auto Parts, and the Zambarano Hospital. He was a peacetime Navy veteran. He enjoyed visiting the Library, an avid cat lover and enjoyed feeding ducks.
WEST WARWICK â€” To say that Ryan Oâ€™Dell and his Cumberland Post 14 teammates are looking forward to the American Legion Senior Division playoffs would be a gross understatement.
Just a few months earlier, many of the same players on manager Jim Dawberâ€™s crew figured prominently on the Lincoln High baseball squad that exited quickly from the Division I playoffs. It was the type of ending that was viewed in some corners as a complete shock, especially since Lincoln had captured the I-North division title and rattled off seven consecutive wins to begin the season.