Archive - Jul 25, 2013 - Sports Article
It began as a simple road race 41 years ago.
Since then the Narragansett Lions Clubâs annual Blessing of the Fleet Road Race has become not just one of the most recognized races in New England, but also one of the signature events in the state of Rhode Island. On Friday, it is a legacy that will be furthered when the Blessingâs 42nd running takes place.
Sometimes things just fall into place.
This is the best way to describe what happened for the Eastern Surfing Association New England Summer Surfing Championships that ran this past Saturday at Second Beach in Middletown.
For the entire previous week, the surf was hopelessly flat and the surf zone at Second Beach was riddled with an odd form of sea life that resembled small, biting insects.
On the morning of the contest, the winds went strong onshore, kicking up a solid head high swell and blowing away all of the unwanted sea pests from the line-up.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Summer League is always a little different.
Different players. Different atmosphere. A chance to try different things.
It should not be surprising then that something considered an advantage in a normal game might turn out to be a disadvantage, as was the case Tuesday night in East Greenwichâs matchup versus Prout.
More bodies means fresher legs, which generally produces better results in sports, especially later in games.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â When it comes to summer league, it is not always the final score that matters. Coaches will say that the summer is more about their players developing their skills and learning to play better as a team.
Yet, even if getting the win is not the priority, the will to win usually seems to kick in, as was the case Tuesday night when South Kingstown put the hammer down on Coventry for a 31-22 win.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâOld Mountain field has seen its share of firework displays over the years but after the first inning of Wednesdayâs Ocean State Waves game the fans on hand seemed to be in store for quite a show.
Ocean State and the visiting Mystic Schooners combined for five runs and five extra base hits in the opening frame alone.
The wind ultimately let out of the Schooners sails though, and the Waves kept rolling as Ocean State went on for a 9-4 victory Wednesday.
CRANSTON â Coventry American Major Division all-star coach Brendon Furtado proved prophetic.
Prior to his teamâs opening round game of the state tournament against King Philip of Bristol, Furtado talked about how it was important for his team to make the simple plays because if they donât the District 3 championships would be in trouble against the other elite teams in the state.
WEST WARWICK â They didnât want to sound cocky, but the Coventry Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars entered last weekâs state tournament at McCarthy Field believing they were the team to beat.
After tough wins over Cranston and Warwick PAL, it seemed Coventry would have some competition for the state title.
Thatâs when Coventry took its game to another level. After smothering North Providence/Smithfield in the winnersâ bracket final, Coventry delivered its finest performance in the tournament in Saturdayâs state final against a solid Cranston squad.
NARRAGANSETTâA little over two hours after the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Starsâ season came to an end the EWG seniors followed suit.
Exeter dropped a 9-0 decision to Riverside â its second loss to the District 2 champs in as many games â Tuesday at Sprague Park to bring its summer run to an end.
As was the case in Saturdayâs 8-2 loss to starting pitcher C.J. Woods, Exeter-West Greenwich couldnât get anything going against Riverside starter Ethan Gervais.
NARRAGANSETTâThe run for the Exeter-West Greenwich Junior Little League All-Stars finally came to an end Tuesday at Sprague Park.
After winning its first game in the state tournament Saturday EWG dropped two straight, the second of which an 11-2 loss to Glocester to officially end Exeterâs tournament.
The defeat came on the heels of a close 4-3 victory over Rumford â in a game that started late Saturday night and finished Sunday afternoon â and a 12-3 loss to Edgewood Sunday night.
WICKFORD â A baseball force is brewing in Wickford and it comes in the form of the townâs 11-Year Old All-Star Little League team.
The team dominated once again last Friday night as they defeated Warwick Continental 10-0 in five innings in the championship game of the District 3 Tournament at Wilson Park.
âTough to put into words, really. Awful proud of these guys,â said Wickford manager Joe Walsh. âJust a lot of work and they all just came together.
ââŠDistrict Championship? 10-0? Iâll take that every day of the week.â