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April 7, 2018

 

PAWTUCKET, RHODE ISLAND, --  Louisa, Ky. native and former Lawrence Co. High star athlete Chandler Shepherd is wearing his red PawSox jersey. First pitch on this 2017 day isn’t for another 10 hours, so what exactly is the right-handed pitcher doing?

This particular version of the 25-year-old Shepherd isn’t unleashing mid 90s fastballs from his three-quarters arm slot. On this occasion, Shepherd is armed with a “give back to the community” spirit as he ventures into a tough Providence neighborhood.

Shepherd and his Pawtucket squad will be in Columbus April 16-17-18 and the Lazer hopes to be there. Shepherd and his Pawtucket squad will be in Columbus April 16-17-18 and the Lazer hopes to be there.


Joined by a couple Pawtucket teammates and the Paw Sox mascot, Shepherd accompanies kids on their walk to Fogarty Elementary School in an effort to make sure they arrive safely and on time. Tardiness is a known chronic problem in this particular school district, an issue that’s addressed through the “Walking School Bus” program headed by Family Service of Rhode Island.

Shepherd is heading into his fourth season with the PawSox and the first as a member of Boston’s 40-man roster. He will get a shot as a starter this season after working primarily out of the bullpen with a couple of spot starts.

Now, he finds himself in a prime position to brighten someone’s day, at least for a short while.

In the PawSox clubhouse, there’s a bulletin board where manager Kevin Boles tacks up that day’s lineup. Usually, that same board will feature a notice about an upcoming community appearance and how the front office is looking for players to donate their time.

Without fail last season, Shepherd easily distinguished himself as one of the leaders in the PawSox clubhouse when it came to responding to the call sounded by Joe Bradlee, the team’s director of communications & community relations. Every time the PawSox went out in the community with the goal of contributing to a worthwhile endeavor, there was the 6-foot-1 pitcher who was selected in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Besides participating in the “Walking School Bus” initiative, Shepherd in July traveled to Camp Hope in Burrillville and put on a one-hour clinic for young kids who had either been diagnosed with cancer or were at the camp in support of their siblings who were going through the battle.

In the same month and before a noontime game at McCoy Stadium, Shepherd was the subject of questions from aspiring sports writers from Pawtucket and Central Falls as part of the “Write on Sports” Camp. In August, Shepherd stopped by the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen to serve food to those in need. Later that same month, he went to Central Falls to help put on a clinic for aspiring young ballplayers.

The community appearance that yielded the most satisfaction for Shepherd was the two-plus hours he spent when he visited Hasbro Children’s Hospital in late August.

Shepherd did not receive the 2017 Sullivan Tire Community Spirit Award from the PawSox. That honor went to infielder Mike Miller after he spearheaded an effort to refurbish Fairlawn Little League’s Deluca Field during the All-Star break. Had a runner-up finisher been declared, there’s no question who would have been recognized – and deservedly so for the active role he played as an ambassador for the local Triple-A club when it came time to step outside the white lines.

Parts of this story from an article by Brandon McGair of the Pawtucket Times


Louisa native Chandler Shepherd

CHANDLER'S COMMENTS

“... Growing up in a close knit community like Louisa, I was fortunate to have neighbors who never blinked when asked to give the proverbial shirt off their back. Seeing plenty of olive branches distributed in the game of helping out your fellow man or woman made quite an impression.”


“...We’re representing the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Boston Red Sox. Anything in the community we can do speaks a lot about our organizations. We’re so privileged to be able to play a kid’s game and get paid for it,” said Shepherd. “There’s a lot of people who aren’t as fortunate, but that’s when you consider yourself fortunate to be in a position where you can give a little bit back.”

 

“... I just don’t want to take playing baseball for granted. If I can reach out and help brighten someone’s day, that makes me feel better as a human being and comfortable playing this game for a living. I don’t see any reason why people shouldn’t help each other out. It speaks a lot about who you are when you take the time. I would love if someone came to brighten up my day, too. It works both ways.”

 

 

 

April 4, 2018

Myrtle Beach, SC --  Lawrence Co.'s  girls softball team improved to 6-1 on the season after winning 2 out of their first 3 games at the Cal Ripken experience in South Carolina on spring break.

The Lady Bulldogs are enjoying the sun, the sand and softball.

 

LADY BULLDOG GIRLS SOFTBALL AT MYRTLE BEACH, SC FOR 2018 SPRING TRAINING: Top L to R Coach Tim Hayes, Coach Dennis Bowen, Abby Nelson, Savanah Wright, Kensley Feltner, Kassidy Cavins, Hannah Childers, Ciana Bowen, Lillian Kinser, Chelsey Fields, Ashley Hayes, Brittany Shapaka, Coach Jimmy Methax, Coach Kenny Horn   Bottom Row L to R bottom Hayden Bowen,  Abby Fletcher, Kaylee Ison, Halli Caudill, Emily Burke, Amber Triplett, Mackenzie Methax, Keyarah Bowen, Katelyn Boggs, Allie Triplett, Ella Fitzpatrick LADY BULLDOG GIRLS SOFTBALL AT MYRTLE BEACH, SC FOR 2018 SPRING TRAINING: Top L to R Coach Tim Hayes, Coach Dennis Bowen, Abby Nelson, Savanah Wright, Kensley Feltner, Kassidy Cavins, Hannah Childers, Ciana Bowen, Lillian Kinser, Chelsey Fields, Ashley Hayes, Brittany Shapaka, Coach Jimmy Methax, Coach Kenny Horn Bottom Row L to R bottom Hayden Bowen, Abby Fletcher, Kaylee Ison, Halli Caudill, Emily Burke, Amber Triplett, Mackenzie Methax, Keyarah Bowen, Katelyn Boggs, Allie Triplett, Ella Fitzpatrick

Lawrence Co. 24 Cape May County Tech, NJ 6 (Monday)

 

The Lady Dawgs wasted no time in their first game of the trip with a five inning mercy shortened victory.

Ciana Bowen went three innings in the circle to get the win. Bowen struck out nine batters and helped her own cause with a home run.

Halli Caudill and Abby Fletcher finished with 4 hits apiece.

Ashley Hayes, Keyarah Bowen, Mackenzie Methax, Brittany Shapaka and Kassidy Cavins each had one hit. 

 

LADY DAWG SOFTBALL MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Abby Fletcher with the base knock at the Beach.  LADY DAWG SOFTBALL MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Abby Fletcher with the base knock at the Beach.

Wilson Hall, SC 9 Lawrence Co. 6 ( Monday )

 

In the second game of the day Lawrence Co. faced off with Wilson Hall a powerhouse from South Carolina who dealt the Lady Dawgs their first loss of the year. Ciana Bowen suffered the loss but did pick up 1 hit.

Halli Caudill had 2 hits, Mackenzie Methax, Kassidy Cavins and Keyarah Bowen had one hit each.

 

Lawrence Co. 15 Acad.- Notre Dame De Namur, PA 2

(Tuesday)

 

Ciana Bowen picked up another victory striking out 12 she also contributed one hit along with Kaylee Ison, Kassidy Cavins, Abby Fletcher, Mackenzie Methax, and Halli Caudill who all had hits.

Lawrence Co. will return to action on Thursday with a doubleheader to close out the spring break trip against

vs Soddy Daisy, Tennessee at 9:00 AM and

vs St. Joseph Academy from Cleveland Ohio at 1:00.

 

Lawrence Co. Head Coach Kenny Horn

COACH'S COMMENTS

“...We have had a good week up to this point. Our team has played good ball and have showed it in all three games. To put up 45 runs in three contests tells me that we are swinging at good pitches.

"...Pitching has been on point and the defense has made plays. We still have a few things to get figured out. The small things that all good teams do, need to be brought up to a higher level. Those things fall on the coaching staff.”

 

 

April 4, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The weather in South Carolina is hot and so is the Lawrence Co. Baseball team as the Dawgs started spring break 3-0 and moved to 8-0 on the season.

 

Lawrence Co. head coach Travis Feltner talking to his team between innings.Lawrence Co. head coach Travis Feltner talking to his team between innings.


Lawrence Co. 6 Midlakes, N. Y. 0 ( Sunday )

 

The Bulldogs sent five pitchers to the mound and all five looked sharp to kickoff the Cal Ripken experience with a four hit shutout.

Lucas Maynard started and went one inning, Sophomore CJ Fairchild went one inning and struck out two batters and topped off at 88 MPH in his first action of the year. Jacob Fletcher went 1 and 1/3 inning to pick up the win. Kade Sword and Tyler Maynard pitched the final few innings to close out the win.

The Dawgs scored one in the first, three in the third and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, LC finished with 11 hits total.

Brad Parks, Jackson Feltner and Tyler Maynard had 2 hits each. Peyton Cyrus, Austin Roe, Jarrett Fairchild, Hunter Crum and Kade Sword had 1 apiece.

Fairchild, Maynard and Crum had 1 RBI each.

 


Lawrence Co. 6 Independence, OH 1 ( Monday )


Bulldog hurler Jackson Feltner threw a complete game two hitter striking out seven and allowing only a first inning run to pick up the win.

Bryce Blevins went 2-2 with 2 RBIs to pace the offense, Peyton Cyrus had 2 hits including a double and 1 RBI.  CJ Fairchild and Tyler Maynard had 1 hit and 1 RBI each, Jarrett Fairchild scored twice, Feltner had 1 hit, Brad Parks had 1 RBI and Hunter Crum scored a run.

The Dawgs scored 2 in the third, 1 in the fourth and broke it open with a 3 spot in the sixth inning.

 


Lawrence Co. 15 Whetstone, OH 3  ( Tuesday )


The early morning game didn’t affect the Bulldogs one bit as Bryce Blevins went the first five innings allowing 2 earned runs. Blevins gave up five hits and struck out two. Tyler Blackburn pitched the sixth inning to close it out.

The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the first inning and pounded out 15 hits as they cruised to the mercy shortened victory.

 

LC 's Peyton Cyrus crushing a triple off the center field wall on Tuesday morning.LC 's Peyton Cyrus crushing a triple off the center field wall on Tuesday morning.

 

Peyton Cyrus went 4-5 with a home run and a triple, drove in three runs and scored four times, Jackson Feltner finished with 2 hits and 3 RBI, Brad Parks went 2-2, scored twice and drove in one.

Austin Roe had one hit and 2 RBIs, Tyler Maynard had 2 hits, CJ Fairchild one hit and 2 RBI, Bryce Blevins 2 hits and 1 RBI.  Lucas Maynard had one hit and 2 RBI and Jarrett Fairchild and Dakota Shortridge scored a run.


Lawrence Co. will play:

vs. Livonia, New York- Wednesday night at 9:00,

vs. Fordham Prep, New York Thursday night at 6:30

and finish out spring break Friday morning at 9:00 vs Hancock Co. from Western Kentucky.


Lawrence Co. Head Coach Travis Feltner

COACH'S COMMENTS

“...Played well so far, hitting and pitching at a high level. Monday’s game was tough to hit in. The wind was blowing but we battled through it.”

“... Jumped all over them this morning with an 8 spot, Cyrus hit a bomb and barely missed another one to dead center field. Blevins was good once again.”


Lawrence Co. Senior Peyton Cyrus

“... The trip so far has been amazing with seeing teams we would never have matched up with in Kentucky. Really exposes us to better competition to see how we hold up against whatever they have to throw us up against.”


“... Ever since my unlucky sequence of injury after injury, I am finally settling back into my comfort zone at the plate and on the field. My goal for this year has been to get healthy and stay healthy so that I could play to my full potential and I am finally achieving that goal.”

 

 

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