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Local leagues have been to Williamsport before

August 18, 2011

As the players and coaches in the Cumberland American camp discovered this week, there’s nothing little about the Little League World Series.
On the surface, competing in this grand spectacle – how else would you describe an event that includes participants hailing from around the country and the world? – can seem overwhelming. ESPN cameras are practically everywhere, which CALL manager Dave Belisle hinted at earlier this week upon stating, “All of the eyes of the world are on Williamsport.”

PawSox pin 5-2 loss on Columbus

August 17, 2011

PAWTUCKET – For a team that has been almost flawless this season, the Columbus Clippers were anything but on Wednesday night.
The Clippers, the top team record-wise in the International League, committed three costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs. Such gift-wrapping tendencies proved to be difference as the Pawtucket Red Sox remain in first place in the I.L. North for another day after posting a 5-2 win before 7,010 at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket stands a game up on second-place Lehigh Valley, which defeated Rochester, 3-1.

Mike Hazen comes down to the farm

August 17, 2011

Mike Hazen’s role with the Boston Red Sox may have expanded, but make no mistake: he’s still very much in touch with what’s moving and shaking down on the farm.
Promoted to vice president of player development prior to the season, a position that involves overseeing the minor-league operation and amateur scouting, Hazen spoke Wednesday about some of the storylines that have crept up over the past 4 ½ months as they relate to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Cumberland American's time is now

August 17, 2011

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Dave Belisle has long been a standout hockey coach at Mount St. Charles.
But for the next few days, he’s just a kid again.
The 14 members of the Cumberland American Little League team have carried Belisle on the ride of his life this summer. This week the ride has reached its final destination, the ultimate destination for every Little Leaguer – the Little League World Series. The Series does not only exist on television to these players and coaches anymore. They are here, they are experiencing it and they are enjoying every moment.

Cumberland American having fun in Williamsport

August 15, 2011

It didn’t take long for Dave Belisle and his Cumberland American Little Leaguers to become immersed in the “Christmas in August” fervor that typically surfaces in Williamsport, Pa. around this time each year.

Lots of history, tradition at Pawtucket Country Club

August 14, 2011

PAWTUCKET — In this town, Pawtucket Country Club is to golf as Fenway Park (or Yankee Stadium) is to baseball.
Legends have long resided on this plush piece of greenery located on the city’s border with Seekonk. Caddy master Jim Tanner has been working the room since 1952. You can still find him downstairs almost any day of the week, taking care of clubs and caddies.

With backs against the wall, CALL delivered

August 14, 2011

The Cumberland American team that waltzed its way to Bristol, Conn., had gone missing in action.
Sure, the pitching and defense were still present, but the merciless offensive attack that became the theme of Cumberland’s state title run was nowhere to be found. The Rhode Island champions dropped two of their first three pool-play games in the New England regional tournament, standing perilously close to the end of a memorable summer.
But just when manager Dave Belisle’s club needed them most, Cumberland’s bats awoke from their ill-timed slumber. The rest, as they say, is history.

PawSox fall to Gwinnett

August 13, 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — On paper, the PawSox four-game enterprise against the stingy Gwinnett Braves pitching staff ought to have gotten gradually easier after they got the better of Julio Teheran on Friday.
Manager Arnie Beyeler wanted no such notion inhabiting his clubhouse, as evidenced by his thoughts between Friday and Saturday night’s bouts and the outcome of the latter game.

Cumberland American earns trip to Little League World Series

August 13, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. — It was only fitting.
The shutdown pitching. The relentless hitting. The comeback.
They were all on display in Saturday’s New England regional final. And that is why the Cumberland American players circled Breen Field in jubilation, their championship banner in tow, with Kool & the Gang’s “Celebration” blaring over the sound system.
Next stop: South Williamsport, Pa.
Down three runs before taking a swing, Cumberland erupted in an eight-run bottom of the first inning that set the tone for its 13-7 victory against Andover (Mass.) National.

First-place PawSox rally in ninth to top Gwinnett

August 12, 2011

LAWRENCEVILE, Ga. – The PawSox mustered just enough to deny the International League’s winningest pitcher, Julio Teheran, another decision Friday night. The Gwinnett Braves ace, who entered with a 12-2 record and a sparkling 1.11 ERA, nearly preserved a 2-1 lead through seven innings, but instead left with a 2-2 deadlock at hand.

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