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For two area runners, finishing the Boston Marathon after not doing so last year would qualify as success

April 20, 2014

The bib numbers in the 30,000s and high 20,000s look awfully strange.

And the newly created fourth wave won’t start until at least 85 minutes after the first wave has crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.

But to Lincoln’s Poyee Oster, Pawtucket’s Linda Bachand, and the nearly 5,700 runners that did not finish last year’s Boston Marathon because of the terrorist attack, that means very, very little.

Getting another chance to return for the 118th running of this legendary race, and this time, finishing what they started, is the only thing that matters.

Woonsocket Little League celebrates first Opening Day in style at Renaud Field

April 19, 2014

WOONSOCKET — Since last October, Mike St. Germain and dozens of other folks have spent countless hours planning and resourcing the new Woonsocket Little League.
After all that organizing, those people saw their labor come to fruition during the first-ever WLL Opening Day at Renaud Field.
Because the league – which consists (baseball-wise) of teams that once represented the Bernon and East Woonsocket organizations – now is so large, the board of directors had to schedule the ceremonies for the new home of Woonsocket High baseball.

Former Cumberland star Hilary Dionne hopes to make her presence felt once again at Boston Marathon

April 19, 2014

When Hilary Dionne graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 after a spectacular running career for the Hanover, N.H. school, she put her focus and energy into the next step of her life — entering the work force and making a good living for herself as she entered her mid-20s.
Dionne continued to run, but aside from a few appearances at the CVS Downtown 5K and some other local road races, she mostly stayed away from racing for the next three years.

Victorino passes first rehab test with PawSox

April 19, 2014

PAWTUCKET — To PawSox manager Kevin Boles, Shane Victorino passed his first rehab test.

Playing six innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at McCoy Stadium, Victorino went hitless in three at-bats and did not record a play in right field. He was replaced in the top of the seventh inning by Alex Hassan.
“The game-plan was five to six innings and three at-bats,” noted Boles.

Workman relishing rotation role after making mark in Boston as reliever

April 18, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Rarely do you hear “versatility” and “pitcher” mentioned in the same breath.

According to PawSox manager Kevin Boles, the adjective perfectly sums up a promising Red Sox pitcher who last year earned high marks due to his ability to gracefully swing back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen.

For the time being, Brandon Workman is no longer viewed as an interchangeable swingman. He now takes the ball once every five days for Pawtucket and quiet frankly, the 25-year-old is thrilled to be included in the rotation mix.

Triple play, sixth-inning rally help Mount top Novans

April 17, 2014

WOONSOCKET — On an afternoon when Mount St. Charles pulled off an astonishingly spectacular triple play, head coach Cliff Matthews and Co. doubled its pleasure with a solid 5-2 victory over city rival Woonsocket at the upper campus field Thursday.
The feat came with the Mounties guarding a tenuous 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth inning. It had opened with junior Taylor Pawlina’s ability to reach on a shortstop bobble, and classmate Amanda Nunez moved her to second with a hard single down the left-field line.

Palmieri's five-hitter helps Lincoln defeat Woonsocket

April 16, 2014

WOONSOCKET — For Lincoln High junior Mason Palmieri, it doesn’t get much better these days.

On Monday, Palmieri verbally committed to join the Bryant University ‘9’ beginning in the fall of 2015. On Wednesday, the pitcher with the towering mound presence tossed a complete-game five-hitter in Lincoln’s 4-2 victory over Woonsocket at Renaud Field.

Injured Barnes anxious to return to PawSox's rotation

April 16, 2014

PAWTUCKET — The right shoulder tenderness that grounded Matt Barnes for the majority of spring training has subsided to the point where the Red Sox pitching prospect believes it’s only a matter of time before he departs Fort Myers.

When Barnes will be officially granted exile so that he can take the mound for the PawSox … let’s just say there’s a cloak and dagger element in play.

“I don’t know when I’m leaving, but all I know is that I feel real good right now,” said Barnes from Florida earlier this week. “I’ll let the people who are in charge make the important decisions.”

Cumberland keeps SRA winless with 7-2 triumph

April 16, 2014

Sports editor emeritus
PAWTUCKET — It’s still April and high school baseball teams continue to search for their identity while Mother Nature struggles to find her own winning form.
On a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Vets Park field, a flock of geese looked for food in the barren outfield as Cumberland and St. Raphael Academy squared off, each seeking a badly-needed victory.

MSC overcomes opening-game loss to spike La Salle

April 15, 2014

WOONSOCKET -- The opening game was one to erase from the memory bank. The next three showed why Mount St. Charles is perfect in the Division I-North ranks and could be one of the teams to beat come tournament time in June.
After watching a 24-16 lead evaporate in a first-game loss to La Salle, the Mounties came out for the next game firing on all cylinders and never took their foot off the accelerator in fashioning a 3-1 victory over their visiting rivals.

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