If you blinked, chances are you missed out seeing the Pawtucket Red Sox in the 2011 Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs. The three-game sweep administered by Lehigh Valley was that fleeting.
In a weekâ€™s time the PawSox went from mighty division champs to postseason wallflowers. One Saturday night, theyâ€™re basking in the glow of winning the I.L. North. The next Saturday sees the clubhouse resemble that of a funeral parlor, with players quietly exchanging farewell handshakes and hugs while gathering up their personal belongings for the trip back home.
PAWTUCKET â€” With the season now over for the Pawtucket Red Sox, several players and coaches now set their sights on the winter ball addresses theyâ€™ll hold from October through New Yearâ€™s.
After spending a few weeks catching up on rest and letting the body recover from the grind of a long season, many of the PawSoxâ€™ players will depart for warmer climates, utilizing the opportunity to further augment oneâ€™s skills or put extra cash in oneâ€™s pocket.
Jim Doyle was among the several hundred runners, walkers and family members at the Bryant University campus on Saturday at the Shawn M. Nassaney Memorial Cross Country Race/Walk. He was there to remember his former runner, who died tragically in the 9/11 terrorist attacks along with his girlfriend Lynn Goodchild.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Paris Correia ran wild on Saturday afternoon and his North Smithfield teammates followed suit.
The speedy senior scored four touchdown and fellow senior Carlos Guzman added two more as the Northmen claimed the coveted Lovett-Hauser Trophy with a 55-26 squashing of Burrillville in a non-leaguer at Alumni Field. North Smithfield garnered more than 400 total yards in the two-plus hour affair, held under a hot sun.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Thatâ€™s all she wrote for the 2011 edition of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Pawtucket concluded its meek showing in the Governorsâ€™ Cup playoffs with a lackluster 3-1 loss to Lehigh Valley Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. The three-game sweep pushes the IronPigs into the finals where they will face defending champion Columbus.
Pawtucket led just once in the entire series â€“1-0 after the first inning of the second game â€“ and wound up hitting 3-for-26 with runners in scoring position, including a hitless showing in six opportunities in Game 3. Collectively the PawSox hit .180.
BURRILLVILLE â€“ Chariho Regional senior Mike Marsella registered the fastest time of the day on Saturday at the annual Injury Fund Cross-Country Carnival, held at Burrillville Middle School.
Marsella covered the five-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 25.96 seconds to win the Platt III race, one of four boysâ€™ races.
EAST PROVIDENCE --- Jalin Braxton and East Providence High ran away with this season opener.
The Second-Team All-State fullback picked up 153 yards and a pair of long touchdowns on 11 first-half carries on Friday night to guide the Townies to a convincing 42-0 non-league victory over Woonsocket High at Pierce Field.
The Townies scored on each of their first four possessions of the contest and ended the opening half with 255 yards on the ground and a 28-0 command.
WOONSOCKET â€“ For the first three quarters of Fridayâ€™s game, Woonsocket High goalie Kory Lawrence didnâ€™t have to contend with too many shots fired his way by opposing Mount Pleasant.
But when the Kilties picked up their intensity a few extra notches in the crucial stage of the tilt, and Lawrence was called to action, the Villa Novan senior delivered.
WOONSOCKET â€“ During the final few minutes of the first half, Woonsocket High goalie Melinda Rice had to contend with a vicious attack by Classical.
But each shot, nearly a half dozen in that short span, Rice thwarted away with her stick or on a diving save.
That was just a sampling of the stellar effort by the talented senior in Thursdayâ€™s Division II clash at Barry Field. She finished her dayâ€™s work with 16 saves, most coming at close range.