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CALL routs Portsmouth in state tourney opener

July 23, 2011

Contributing writer
WARWICK – A three-run deficit in the first inning? Just a minor inconvenience for Cumberland American’s potent offense.
The District IV champions smacked three home runs Saturday in their Major Division state tournament opener, using an eight-run fifth to blow open a tie game en route to a 13-3 victory over Portsmouth at Warwick West Side Little League’s Abe Klitzner Field.

Cumberland American begins quest for state title

July 22, 2011

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland American Little League All-Star coach Dave Belisle has been this route before.
When his team, the recent District IV champions, takes to the field Saturday night for its opening-round game in the state tournament, it will be the second time that Belisle has made the trip.
Four years ago when his son Brian was on the squad, he was the coach when CALL also competed at the states after copping the district title with an exciting win over a very-talent Smithfield team in the finals.

Glocester 13-14s win District title

July 21, 2011

GLOCESTER -- Glocester Little League captured the District IV championship with an 11-7 victory over Burrillville in a game that was suspended due to darkness after Glocester rallied to tie the contest in the bottom of the sixth inning.
When the game resumed last Tuesday, Glocester pulled away to its victory. Jimmy Greene got the hit that put Glocester ahead for good. Matt Taillon added a two-run single that drove in Greene and Drew Angell.
Relief pitcher Derek Faria pitched out of a jam in the seventh inning. Danny Keefe and Mike Wilkenson also pitched well in relief for the champions.

Cumberland softballers in regionals on Friday

July 21, 2011

CUMBERLAND --- The Cumberland Major Division all-star team’s roads to the District IV and state championships were tough. The squad’s next venture only promises to be a whole lot tougher.
Cumberland joined nine other ballclubs from the northern part of the country this weekend to take part in the Eastern Regional Tournament at Breen Field on the Bart Giamatti Complex in Bristol, Conn.

Lavarnway worked hard to get where he is today

July 21, 2011

PAWTUCKET – Plate discipline and strike zone recognition can be found on the first page of the hitter’s manual. Knowing the pitches one can drive goes hand-in-hand with refusing to chase the ones that dance outside the strike zone, tempting as they may be.
One day Yale head baseball coach John Stuper passed along this nugget to Ryan Lavarnway, words of wisdom mentioned to him by Gene Tenace, a former teammate of Stuper’s with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 80s.

McGair: Who’s on second? Sandberg weighs in on Pedroia, Cano, Utley

July 20, 2011

As a Hall of Fame second baseman blessed with the ability to influence the game's outcome with his bat and glove, Ryne Sandberg appreciates the intangibles that present day second sackers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano bring to the ballpark.
To Sandberg, Lehigh Valley’s first-year manager, Pedroia and Cano are chips off the old block. For good measure, so is Chase Utley, who unlike Pedroia and Cano operates outside of the A.L. East caldron.

Okajima calls season 'unsatisfying'

July 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET -- Hideki Okajima tossed two spotless innings Monday, his first appearance since July 8. The lefty lowered his ERA to 1.47 in 21 appearances, yet it hasn’t been all fun and games, at least according to the pitcher himself.
“It’s been very unsatisfying,” said Okajima through interpreter Jeff Cutler when asked how he would quantify the season to date. “I haven’t been able to enjoy baseball the way I would like to.”

PawSox sit one game out of first after 2-1 walkoff win

July 20, 2011

PAWTUCKET — The Pawtucket Red Sox are in a pennant race.
Just don’t mention it to PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler.
“I get excited about all of our wins,” Beyeler said Wednesday after his PawSox moved to within one game of International League North division leader Lehigh Valley with a 2-1 walkoff victory, their third win in as many games with the IronPigs this week.
Pawtucket can move into a tie for first place with a win over Lehigh Valley in tonight’s series finale.

Locals struggle at N.E. Amateur tourney

July 18, 2011

EAST PROVIDENCE — There were more than a half dozen birdie putts that either lipped out or just missed the mark. There were two holes that he probably wished he could have had back.
But after an opening round of 3-over 73 at the 82nd annual New England Amateur Championship on Monday, Pawtucket’s Kyle Hoffman was perfectly content with how he shot the ball at the challenging and tricky Metacomet Country Club.

Crawford hitless, goes home early

July 16, 2011

PAWTUCKET – The second and final game of Carl Crawford’s rehab assignment with the Pawtucket Red Sox left much to be desired.
An 0-for-3 showing at the plate and no action in left field in the PawSox’s 11-8 loss to the Durham Bulls on Saturday at McCoy Stadium wasn’t the evening Crawford envisioned before rejoining the Boston Red Sox. Nonetheless, the left fielder departed Pawtucket with at least one reason for optimism: a healthy left hamstring.

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