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Once again, Cumberland comes up short against Moses Brown

June 6, 2013

PROVIDENCE — For the second time in less than a week, Moses Brown dealt Cumberland a difficult one-run defeat.
Unfortunately for the Clippers, Thursday afternoon’s 3-2 loss at the Quakers’ McCulloch Field proved to be a lot tougher to swallow – it eliminated them from the Division I playoffs.
A two-out infield miscue by the Clippers in the home half of the fifth inning allowed the host Quakers to score the run that broke a 2-2 tie and lifted them to a 3-2 victory and a chance to play another day in the tournament.

Northmen remain alive in Division II softball playoffs

June 6, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Assistant coach Paul Mercier put it best after North Smithfield High pulled off an amazing, come-from-behind 3-2 triumph over West Warwick on Thursday afternoon: “The girls were a whole lot happier today than they were 24 hours ago. It was a really quiet ride home.”

MSC spikers survive five-set playoff thriller with N.K.

June 5, 2013

WOONSOCKET — If Mount St. Charles planned to overcome a tough opponent and earn a spot in next Tuesday night’s Division I semifinals, the Mounties were going to have to do something they hadn’t done during the regular season.
Win a five-set match.
After going 0-for-3 in matches that were decided by 3-2 scores, the Mounties were able to cap a two-hour thriller with visiting North Kingstown on Wednesday afternoon with an impressive 15-12 victory in their quarterfinal-round matchup.

Errors come back to bite N.S. in playoff loss to E.G.

June 5, 2013

PROVIDENCE — North Smithfield High head coach Tom Bourgeois stood on a sidewalk in front of Rhode Island College's Gaige Hall late Wednesday afternoon and struggled to find words to describe his squad's inability to field the ball cleanly – or muster a timely hit.
His top-seeded Northmen (from II-North) had entered this R.I. Division II Tournament winners' bracket semifinal tilt against fifth-ranked East Greenwich having dropped just one league decision all year, that a 5-3 nailbiter at Cranston East back on April 10.

Will extra time with PawSox benefit Middlebrooks?

June 5, 2013

PAWTUCKET – Based on the comments John Farrell made Wednesday, it wouldn’t classify as a tremendous shock to see Will Middlebrooks remain with the PawSox beyond when he’s eligible to come off the disabled list, which is Saturday.
Position players are allotted a 20-day rehab window with Wednesday serving as Day Two of Middlebrooks’ on-the-mend stint. During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI, Farrell mentioned that it’s just not a matter of the third baseman shaking off the cobwebs after landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain.

Tremblay lifts Northmen to walkoff win over Scarlet Knights in Div. II softball playoffs

June 4, 2013

NORTH SMITHFIELD – After an exhausting and draining eight-inning affair, the victors from North Smithfield High still possessed enough strength to lift the game’s heroine into the air.

Upon placing Jessica Tremblay on the ground, the Northmen remained on the mound to listen to the postgame thoughts of head coach Tom Bourgeois and his assistant, Paul Mercier.

“I told them that this is the most excited that I’ve been all season,” stated a relieved Bourgeois.

McGair: Double-elimination playoff formats need to go

June 3, 2013

A little of this, a little of that …

Rainouts during high school spring sports are always problematic. Sure, there’s comfort in knowing that you can reschedule, but what happens if the same issue arises on the rescheduled day? Can’t keep pushing the games or matches further and further down the road forever, you know.
A rainout like the one that washed away the vast majority of Monday’s baseball and softball playoff contests brings with it a whole host of complications.

In DiSarcina’s eyes, Iglesias has come a long way

June 3, 2013

PAWTUCKET – One day after Jose Iglesias went deep for his first big-league home run of the 2013 season, PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina was asked to weigh in on the suddenly red-hot Red Sox infielder.
The blast at Yankee Stadium continues a stretch that has seen Iglesias shift from short-term fill-in to possibly serving as a full-time backup. The official answer won’t come until Boston activates third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the disabled list, yet if Iglesias continues to perform at a high level, it’s hard to imagine that the 23-year-old will be back with Pawtucket.

Game of missed opportunities for MSC softball

June 2, 2013

WARWICK – The Division I winners’ bracket contest that took place under sunny yet windy conditions at Winslow Field was your classic Cinderella matchup.

Occupying one dugout was Mount St. Charles, a No. 12 seed responsible for eliminating fourth-seeded Cumberland from the postseason equation. Certainly what the Mounties accomplished qualifies as a shocker, but they weren’t the only underdog to send a heavy favorite packing.

Mayer, 'smallball' helps Lions vanquish Bengals in Div. I softball playoffs

June 2, 2013

LINCOLN – After watching Bay View’s Shannon McArthur bloop a shot that hugged the left-field foul line, Lincoln High head coach Dick Ryan got up from his dugout perch and asked the home plate umpire to grant him time.

With the infielders and star pitcher Lindsay Mayer gathered around him on the mound, Ryan conveyed the following decree – don’t let the Bengals bring the potential tying run to the plate. If the hitter that was next in line to face Mayer was fortunate enough to blast one out of Sullivan Field, the Lions would remain ahead by one run.

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