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N.S. gridders will appear in Capitol City All-Star Game

June 16, 2012

PROVIDENCE --- The recently-graduated seniors on the Central Falls and North Smithfield football teams put on their helmets and pads on Wednesday night and worked out together on the Northmen’s turf complex to prepare for one final game before officially turning the pages on their high school careers.
But if you’re thinking that final game they’re getting ready for is the 14th annual Governor’s Cup showdown – the one that pits Rhode Island’s top seniors against Connecticut’s finest 12th graders – on June 30 in Southington, Conn., think again.

Woonsocket’s Soukhamthath part of Friday's MMA event at Twin River

June 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET — 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 he’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.

Thanks to PawSox pitching coach, Bard’s arm, confidence on the rise

June 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — From his dugout vantage point, Rich Sauveur saw something in Daniel Bard’s delivery that was fixable while the pitcher was toeing the rubber – providing that the PawSox pitching coach could grab the attention of catcher Ryan Lavarnway.

McGair: It's time to give Bard a definite path

June 11, 2012

Through all the video and bullpen sessions along with everything else geared toward the task of Reconstruction: The Daniel Bard Story, there’s one loose end left.
What exactly is Bard’s mound assignment moving forward – 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 pitcher’s itinerary, the one that the Red Sox brain trust undoubtedly compiled and left atop Bard’s equipment bag as he packed up his Fenway Park locker.

Bard allows run in PawSox loss to Gwinnett; Cook's agent weighs in on pitcher's progress

June 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET – Daniel Bard got his wish Monday night. Unfortunately for the pitcher, the switch to the bullpen did little inspire confidence that he’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.

Woonsocket falls in Div. II losers' bracket final

June 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE – 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.
“I'm really proud of my kids,” he said following a contest best described as wild and, well, weird. “They showed a lot of fight, they showed grit, and they swung the bats well. It just didn't go our way.”

Champions! Davies belts Central for Div. III softball title

June 10, 2012

PROVIDENCE — 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' “rubber” tilt.
When Rawcliffe chose “tails” and won the flip, choosing to bat in the bottom half of each inning, Cooper silently said a prayer.

Crusaders slow down Villa Novans

June 10, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — It was a great irony, how Woonsocket High sophomore hurler John Flynn allowed only two hits – and a mere six batted balls to leave the infield dirt – but still dropped a crazy 3-1 decision to Prout School at Pierce Field on Sunday afternoon.
“It's a funny game,” 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.

Clippers’ Patrick holds Rebels at bay

June 10, 2012

Contributing writer
WEST WARWICK — If there is a margin of separation between the Cumberland Clippers and the South Kingstown Rebels, it doesn’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.
Cumberland’s head coach Paul Murphy could not have asked for more of his starter in a critical elimination game.
“He’s been absolutely fantastic in the playoffs,” Murphy said of Patrick.

Avengers walk all over Villa Novans

June 9, 2012

PROVIDENCE — 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 “mercy rule” 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.

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