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PawSox pitchers Duckworth, Mathis opt to leave team for Japan

July 26, 2012

Understand that veteran minor-league ballplayers have provisions written into their contracts that grant them the freedom to explore and seek opportunities elsewhere. These clauses – no doubt put in at the suggestion of one’s agent – are designed with the player’s protection in mind and can be triggered at different points throughout the season.

N.J. team ousts Cumberland from Eastern Regionals

July 26, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. – The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) All-Star softball team arrived at the end of the line on Thursday afternoon, the team’s magical run culminating in a 4-2 defeat to Robbinsville, N.J. in semifinal-round action of the Eastern Regionals at Breen Field.
The defeat closes Cumberland’s stay at the 10-team tournament, which featured teams from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, at 4-2. In its six games, Cumberland outscored its opponents by a 42-19 margin and outhit them, 49-24.

Johnston tops Bernon, repeats as Junior champs

July 26, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Northern Bernon's summer campaign ended at Pineview's Tomlinson Field on Thursday night, but there were no tears shed and a minimum amount of frowns cast after it dropped a 10-5 decision to Johnston.
Instead, skipper Ron Masse and his assistants chose to accentuate the positives following the championship game of the R.I. Little League Junior Division (13-14) Tournament.

Cumberland cruises into semis of Eastern Regionals

July 25, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — One down, two to go.
The Cumberland Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team took its first step towards what it hopes will be the program’s first-ever Eastern Regional championship and a spot in the Little League World Series on Wednesday afternoon by capturing its quarterfinal-round game with ease.

Cumberland caps pool play with 8-1 win over Vt. team

July 24, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. --- Cumberland certainly did its part in pool play. Now the local Major Division (ages 11 and 12) all-star team will try to produce the three victories it needs to capture its first-ever Eastern Regional softball championship and advance to the Little League World Series.
Cumberland wrapped up its New England portion of the regional tournament with its third victory in four games on Tuesday afternoon by producing an 8-1 victory over winless Swanton, Vt. at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex.

McGair: Pawtucket native Williams treasures time with new Hall of Fame member Barry Larkin; what Daniel Bard needs to do in order to return to Boston

July 22, 2012

Baseball, the romantics cite, is steeped in so much tradition that it’s simple to draw a line in the sand and connect generations – whether we’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.

Burrillville bounced from Little League states

July 22, 2012

LINCOLN — 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.

Barrington blasts Burrillville in L.L. tourney opener

July 21, 2012

LINCOLN — 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 Cabral’s bunch seemed poised to do the same when the R.I. Little League Major Division Tournament began Saturday afternoon at Lonsdale Elementary School’s Randy Hien Field.
The only problem: Barrington’s best didn’t care.

Cumberland girls drop 7-6 heartbreaker to Fairfield

July 21, 2012

BRISTOL, Conn. — 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.

Randy Hien Field, it's your time to shine

July 20, 2012

LINCOLN — A showcase event like the R.I. Little League Major Division state tournament calls for just the right venue, a spot that’s accommodating in every applicable way.
Naturally, the spotlight will shine on the players and coaches hailing from the four district winners – Burrillville, Barrington, Cranston Western and Coventry American. In addition, there’s just cause in touting the scene of what figures to be a close and tightly contested double-elimination spectacle.

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