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Workman, PawSox done in by long ball

May 7, 2014

PAWTUCKET --- As good as Brandon Workman was on Wednesday night – and he was very good – his counterpart was just a tad bit better.

Toledo Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein delivered his best outing of the year, limiting the Pawtucket Red Sox to four hits and a free pass in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Hens’ bullpen kept the PawSox off the board the rest of the way in securing a 4-0 victory at McCoy Stadium.

Cumberland's McNulty’s distance running takes her from Bishop Feehan to Stanford

May 7, 2014

ATTLEBORO – If not for Abigail McNulty’s father pushing her in the direction of high-school running, there is no story about how this Cumberland native and Bishop Feehan senior blossomed into a long-distance ace that will be Stanford-bound this September.

To borrow from a popular television series: “Father Knows Best.” Tom McNulty certainly fits the bill after parlaying a strong tennis career at Feehan into a scholarship to Providence College.

Mount tops Cumberland in "Pink Out" softball game

May 6, 2014

CUMBERLAND — In an outstanding display of sportsmanship and community concern, especially for those who have suffered from cancer, Cumberland High and Mount St. Charles conducted a “Pink Out” contest at Tucker Field on Tuesday afternoon.
When Clippers’ skipper Marty Crowley opened his heart and invited MSC veteran mentor Cliff Matthews to partake in such a fundraiser last month, the latter jumped at the chance.
The coaches produced an emotional yet fun-loving ceremony prior to the Division I tilt, and five cancer survivors took part in the event.

Wilson's been thumbs-up in PawSox's bullpen

May 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The Alex Wilson who posted a 10.80 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings is a distant memory.

In his place is a reliever who has been a rock solid contributor at the backend of Pawtucket’s bullpen. Entering Tuesday’s game against Toledo, the right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.71 ERA in 12.1 innings. International League foes are hitting a paltry .143 against Wilson, who is averaging 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

PawSox learn the power of sacrifice

May 6, 2014

PAWTUCKET – The PawSox devoted a portion of Monday afternoon’s pregame experience to bunting – a come one, come all session where attendance is not mandated but rather encouraged.

No, this often forgotten discipline at the minor-league level was done not in direct response to recent events involving the parent club.

Laverdiere leads Lions past Broncos on links

May 5, 2014

BURRILLVILLE – Understanding beforehand that Lincoln High senior co-captain and stellar linksman Jon Wahl would sit out the match, sophomore Jake Laverdiere took a rather subdued, stable approach on Monday afternoon.

It would be he that took the leap from No. 3 to the second spot in the lineup, but he didn’t let that affect him. Laverdiere and senior co-captain James Isabella fired respective scores of four-over 40 and eight-over 44 to propel the unbeaten Lions to a 178-207 victory over Northern Division foe Burrillville on Crystal Lake Golf Club’s par-36 front side.

Webster brings out his best in PawSox's 3-2 win

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s not often that an athlete at an advanced stage such as Triple-A baseball is hearing something for the first time, but that was the case after Pawtucket held on for a 3-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.

Lavarnway's catching on at first base for PawSox

May 4, 2014

PAWTUCKET — Ryan Lavarnway has worn many labels since his dynamic Triple-A debut with the PawSox three summers ago.

Back then he was viewed as a long-ball threat whose catching abilities needed refining. To Lavarnway’s credit, he’s made tremendous strides behind the plate, though some scouts wonder if it’s come at the expense of his power. The 26-year-old clubbed a combined 14 home runs over the past two seasons between Boston and Pawtucket – after belting 18 round trippers in only 61 games at the Class AAA level in 2011.

Northmen come on strong, top Sentinels on the diamond

May 3, 2014

SMITHFIELD – After not having a competitive game situation for 12 days, North Smithfield High skipper Jon Leddy worried about his team being lackluster prior to facing Division II-North host Smithfield on Saturday.

Leddy had focused on keeping the offense clicking with plenty of batting practice; still he was unsure as to his kids’ collective mind-set.

He had reason to worry through the first four frames, when his Northmen left five on the bags while holding a scant 1-0 advantage.

Nava’s in good (and familiar) hands with Joppie

May 1, 2014

PAWTUCKET — It’s common to see a number of Pawtucket Red Sox hitters shuffle in and out of the indoor batting tunnel – located a stone’s throw away from the home clubhouse at McCoy Stadium – prior to heading outside for more hitting and on-field work.

This time-tested practice was once again on full display Thursday afternoon, as Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, and others chose to take full advantage of the early work services offered by hitting coach Dave Joppie. Daniel Nava was also among the participants, which wasn’t at all shocking.

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