WOONSOCKET â€” Andre Soukhamthath just wrapped up a very productive camp at Tri-Force MMA in Pawtucket.
The 24-year-old Woonsocket bantamweight will be fighting for the first time under the Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. banner, and heâ€™s a handful of pounds away from making his weight for his upcoming fight.
Now if only he had a scouting report on his opponent.
PAWTUCKET â€” From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bardâ€™s delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber â€“ providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, thereâ€™s one loose end left.
What exactly is Bardâ€™s mound assignment moving forward â€“ starter or reliever? Judging by the early returns in his minor-league stint with the PawSox, such a pretty important clarification appears to have been left off the struggling pitcherâ€™s itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bardâ€™s equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that heâ€™s ready to turn the corner.
Working one inning, Bard allowed one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts as the PawSox saw a ninth-inning rally come up just short in an 11-8 loss to the Gwinnett Braves. Bard ended up tossing 22 pitches, 11 for strikes.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Head coach Dan Belisle couldn't have been more matter-of-fact after Woonsocket High suffered an 8-5 loss to West Warwick High in a R.I. Division II Tournament losers' bracket final at Rhode Island College on Monday night.
â€śI'm really proud of my kids,â€ť he said following a contest best described as wild and, well, weird. â€śThey showed a lot of fight, they showed grit, and they swung the bats well. It just didn't go our way.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Immediately after the Davies Tech team bus arrived at the Rhode Island College diamond at approximately 4:30 p.m., Sunday, skipper Scott Cooper strode up the aluminum stands to the press box for a coin flip with Central High's mentor, Michelle Rawcliffe.
That toss would decide the home team for this Rhode Island Division III Tournament championship series' â€śrubberâ€ť tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose â€śtailsâ€ť and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” It was a great irony, how Woonsocket High sophomore hurler John Flynn allowed only two hits â€“ and a mere six batted balls to leave the infield dirt â€“ but still dropped a crazy 3-1 decision to Prout School at Pierce Field on Sunday afternoon.
â€śIt's a funny game,â€ť sighed skipper John Marsella from his third-base dugout after his Villa Novans suffered the defeat in this, the initial game of a R.I. Division II Final Four best-of-three semifinal series.
WEST WARWICK â€” If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesnâ€™t appear to be a very big one.
Yesterday, behind a shutout pitched by Justin Patrick, the Clippers beat the Rebels 1-0 to send the series into a third game. In seven innings, Patrick gave up just two hits while striking out six batters with only one walk.
Cumberlandâ€™s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
â€śHeâ€™s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,â€ť Murphy said of Patrick.
PROVIDENCE â€” After posting three straight victories in post-season action, Woonsocket High head coach Dan Belisle had every reason to believe his club had the makings of posting an upset over top-seeded East Greenwich.
That thought process fell by the wayside rather quickly, as the Avengers tallied five runs each in the first and second frames and rolled to an elementary 11-0 â€śmercy ruleâ€ť drubbing of the seventh-ranked Villa Novans in the R.I. Division II Tournament's winners' bracket final at Rhode Island College on Saturday night.
PROVIDENCE â€” For the better part of this spring campaign, Lincoln High mentor Dick Ryan has had to field sports writers' post-game queries concerning the amazing statistics compiled by his stellar hurler, junior righthander Lindsay Mayer.
He did so again Saturday afternoon, after Mayer allowed six hits (without a walk) and whiffed 15 in the Lions' 5-0 victory over Toll Gate in a R.I. Division I Tournament semifinal at Rhode Island College.
Ryan, however, couldn't stop praising the defensive play of his outfield, or the clutch hitting produced by senior third baseman Sarah Albanese.