WOONSOCKET â€” Woonsocket found the perfect way to top Thursday afternoonâ€™s big victory over the Prout School -- by coming back the very next day to soundly beat a Division II-North rival on the road.
The Villa Novans broke open a tight game by rallying for four runs in the top of the fifth inning and rode the splendid five-hit pitching of freshman ace Amanda Nunez the rest of the way to a windswept 9-2 victory over Burrillville.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” This one was almost too close for comfort.
Owners of a 7-1 lead just two innings into its Division II crossover contest with Middletown on Thursday afternoon, North Smithfield appeared to be well on its way to an easy win, and possibly one of the mercy-rule variety.
LINCOLN â€” Euphoria quickly gave way to frustration Thursday afternoon at rainy Chet Nichols Field.
Lincoln, which rallied for three runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to tie the game at 3-3 against visiting Toll Gate, watched as the Titans pushed across an unearned run in the top of the eighth to secure a 4-3 verdict.
PAWTUCKET â€“ If recent history is any sort of indication regarding the Red Soxâ€™s handling of minor league players with opt-out clauses written into their contracts, then expect pitcher Aaron Cook to head up to Boston next week.
PAWTUCKET â€” Leave it to the Yankees to spoil what would have been history-in-the-making for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Standing just three outs away from extending their winning streak to a franchise-best 10 consecutive games, the PawSox watched as reliever Garrett Mock melted down in an 8-6 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.
LINCOLN -- Cumberland High head coach Scott Carpenter couldnâ€™t believe his good fortune when, back on March 19, two new girls claiming to be goalies showed up at to his first practice at Tucker Field.
â€śI was grinning ear-to-ear, and I know the girls were wondering why,â€ť Carpenter chuckled. â€śWe had two kids who had never played lacrosse before; they were (senior Kara Gorman and (freshman) Julia Eaton. From Day One, you could definitely see both had huge potential.â€ť
PAWTUCKET --- A few pitchers who could find themselves with the Boston Red Sox in the very near future stated their cases for a promotion on Monday night in the Pawtucket Red Soxâ€™s doubleheader with the Durham Bulls.
In the opener, starting pitcher Justin Germano and rehabbing Boston Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller teamed up to blank Durham on three singles, and run-scoring singles by Mike Rivera and Tony Thomas provided all the offense in a 2-0 victory.
In a span of seven days, Michael Bowden went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.
Allâ€™s well that ends well, it seems, as the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher now gets a chance to start anew with his hometown team, the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps just as important, the 25-year-old now has a legit shot to find a niche on a big-league roster â€“ something that proved quite elusive during his seven-year tenure with Boston.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Granted, itâ€™s only April, but when a player increases his batting average by 170 points in less than two weeks, curious minds want to know why.
Is the player seeing the ball better? Or is the spike the result of some sort of mechanical adjustment, such as closing the stance or shortening the stride? Are all those extra sessions in the batting cage finally paying off?
In the case of Jose Iglesias, the recent rise in his offensive production can be traced to the adjustments the shortstop prospect looked to make before the first pitch of the 2012 season was even thrown.
WOONSOCKET â€” As soon as senior Zack Viveiros grounded out to third to end the top of the sixth inning, Tolman High skipper Theo Murray huddled his troops in front of their first-base dugout early Friday afternoon and implored them to exhibit outstanding defense.
â€śThis is it,â€ť he told them, referring to the Tigersâ€™ 2-1 cushion. â€śTheyâ€™ve got 9-1-2 (the ninth, first and second batters) coming up! Weâ€™ve got to get out of this inning!â€ť