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Bath earns ACME State berth at expense of Van Wert
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Monday, July 07, 2014 8:00 PM


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ELIDA — Bath scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning versus Van Wert in their ACME summer baseball District Tournament on a warm Monday evening at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.

Wildcat starter Andrew Renner made it stand up with a 3-hitter as the Wildcats dismissed the Cougars 7-0 to end their season at 15-8.

Cougars keep on winning in ACME
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM
Van Wert’s Joe Lisa makes contact on a first-inning pitch against LCC Sunday at Elida’s Ed Sandy Memorial Field. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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ELIDA — Van Wert lost its first ACME District Tournament game Saturday morning at Ed Sandy Memorial Field in Elida.

The Cougars have battled back by winning the next two, including Saturday afternoon’s 8-3 victory over Lima Central Catholic to oust the Thunderbirds.

Van Wert (15-7) opened the scoring in the top of the first against LCC starter Bitler Rumer (4 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 5 bases-on-balls, 2 strikeouts). Justice Tussing led off with a double to deep left and scored on consecutive bounceouts to second by Joe Lisa and Brandt Henry.

The T-Birds retaliated with a run in the home half against Van Wert right-hander Kaleb Jenkins (6-plus IPs, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 5 BBs, 5 Ks; 114 pitches, 72 strikes): a 1-out walk to Jacob Judy, a steal and a single to left by Liam Stolly.

“Kaleb pitched a great game. You could see him grow in confidence as the game wore on, starting to hit his spots more consistently,” Cougar ACME head coach Carlin Dunlap noted. “It seemed every time he needed a big out, he got it against a good team. On the other hand, we got a big 3-run double by Gavin (Gardner) in the fifth and that just seemed to open it up for us.”

LCC left a pair of runners on in the second, two of the 11 they stranded for the game.

The Cougars left a pair of runners on in the third (Ryan McCracken and Lisa).

Van Wert went up 3-1 in the fourth. Ryan Stoller singled to left, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Caleb Fetzer walked. The Cougs turned a double steal to plate Stoller and put pinch-runner Bryan Mills at second. Mason Carr walked. An out later, McCracken forced Carr at second to put runners on the corners. Jenkins helped his own cause with a single to right to plate Mills for a 3-1 edge.

The T-Birds got within 3-2 in the home fourth on a 1-out strikeout in the dirt, allowing pinch-hitter Keaton Meyer to be safe, a Regan Altenbach single and a 2-out Judy double.

Lima Junior Golf Association
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM

McDonald’s Junior Series

Independent Insurance Agents Classic - Lost Creek Golf Club

Tuesday’s Tee Times

(Notes - Special Raffle at Lost Creek on Tuesday. Purchase a raffle ticket to win a Leupold Range Finder. Proceeds benefit the LJGA. $5.00 tickets - Only 60 tickets being sold. Drawing will be held after the boys 16-18 age division at the tournament where the last ticket is sold.)

Hole Tee Time Age Division Names

01 8:00 am Team #1 - Boys 16-18: Wesley Markward, Brandon Pedersen, Kaleb Kuhn

01 8:08 am Team #2 - Boys 16-18: Nathan Clark, Kayne Richardson, Alex Britton

01 8:16 am Team #3 - Boys 16-18: Joshah Rager, Spencer Stubbs, David Jenkins

01 8:24 am Team #4 - Boys 16-18: Devin Mouser, Jared Nelson, Brady Garver

01 8:32 am Team #5 - Boys 16-18: Parker Frey, Xavier Francis, Sam Meredith, Grant Ricketts

01 8:40 am Team #6 - Boys 16-18: Evan Recker, Adam Vieira, Caleb Meadows, Brandon Hernandez

01 8:48 am Team #7 - Boys 16-18: Michael Barber, Chance Campbell, Evan Hall, Michael Omlor

01 8:56 am Team #8 - Boys 16-18

01 9:04 am Team #9 - Boys 14-15: Collin Poling, Derek Klausing, Marcus Mcgee

01 9:12 am Team #10 - Boys 14-15: Ricky Carroll, Jared Hernandez, Jared Miller, Sean Houston

01 9:20 am Team #11 - Boys 14-15: Sam Reed, Logan Miller, Jacob Hollman, Jake Klingler

01 9:28 am Team #12 - Boys 14-15: Austin Lucas, Eli Kuck, Kyle Huffman, Regan Altenbach

01 9:36 am Team #13 - Boys 14-15

Cougars stay alive in Districts
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM
Ryan McCracken goes the other way with this pitch during Saturday ACME action at Elida. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)


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ELIDA — With their backs to the wall — win or go home for the summer — Van Wert lefty Ryan Stoller held down St. Marys Memorial enough for a 6-4 victory in the losers’-bracket ACME District tournament Saturday afternoon at Ed Sandy Memorial Field at the Elida Athletic Complex.

Stoller threw a 112-pitch complete game (73 strikes), ceding seven hits and four earned runs. He walked five and fanned 10.

The Roughriders, who end the summer season 10-3, got 4-plus frames out of right-hander Derek Jay (7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 3 BBs, 1 K) and two innings from lefty Michael Hastreiter (1 unearned run, 1 BB, 1 K).

Brandt Henry led the Cougar offense in going 3-for-3 (2 runs), while Justice Tussing was 2-for-4 (2 runs).

Dustin Howell was 2-for-3 for the Roughriders, while Tristan Becker was 2-for-4.

“It didn’t take a lot for this team to bounce back after a tough loss in the opener (4-1 to LCC). There’s great leadership on this team,” Cougar coach Carlin Dunlap noted. “We’ve battled all year and today was no different. We got great pitching performances both games today, especially Ryan. He pitched backwards today because St. Marys is such a good-hitting team. He kept them off-balance.”

Van Wert went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Tussing chopped a hit up the gut to lead it off, Joe Lisa walked and Henry bunted his way aboard to load them up. Stoller flied out to left to get Tussing across the dish.

Memorial tied it in the top of the second on 1-out 2-baser by Dustin Howell and a 2-out chopper to center by Michael Hastreiter.

The Cougars broke a 1-1 tie in the home third. Tussing beat out an infield hit to third, Lisa sacrificed him up a base and he scored on Henry’s double to left.

The Cougars got three big tallies in the fifth. Lisa’s liner to right got it started and Henry chopped one to left. Stoller bunted them up; an error on the play left bases loaded. A wild pitch plated Lisa and moved the others up a base, from where they scored on a 2-run double to left by Caleb Fetzer for a 5-1 edge. That finished Jay.

Almirola wins rain-cut NASCAR race at Daytona
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, July 06, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It had been more than 15 years since the iconic No. 43 drove to Victory Lane.

So waiting through two days of thunderstorms and three red flags was relatively easy for Aric Almirola and his Richard Petty Motorsports team.

Almirola won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, putting Petty’s famed blue car back on top for the first time since 1999.

Almirola’s first Cup win came on the same weekend Petty celebrated the 30th anniversary of his 200th career win. The 30-year-old Almirola was just a baby when Petty picked up that milestone victory.

“The 43 car is without a doubt the most famous car in our sport’s history,” Almirola said. “And to have that opportunity to drive that race car has been really special from the day that I stepped foot in it. All I wanted to do from the very first time I drove it was get it to Victory Lane. It took two and a half years I guess but I finally did it.”

Petty wasn’t around for the festivities, having already left Daytona during one of the many delays. He didn’t miss much considering steady rain put a slight damper on the post-race party.

NASCAR, though, patched through the 7-time NASCAR champion nicknamed “The King” on a conference call afterward and talked about how he never lost faith despite years of struggles as a team owner.

“If you look back at the history of Petty Enterprises and all the turmoil we’ve been through, I never gave up on the thing,” Petty said. “It was one of those deals I said, ‘OK, if I keep working at it long enough, we’re going to be able to overcome all of this.’ Just because we won a race doesn’t mean we’ve overcome it, don’t get me wrong. But it puts in a higher speed track. You know you can do it.

“Everybody’s got to have a start and I think this will be starting it pretty good.”

The Coke Zero 400 was originally scheduled to go off Saturday night but steady rain forced it to be postponed a day. When it did finally get started Sunday, it was interrupted several more times.

There were three red flags, two of them because of huge accidents that took out most of the 43-car field and several top contenders. Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch were among those knocked out of contention.

Biffle and Kahne started the second massive wreck, a 25-car fiasco that ended with Busch getting flipped upside-down in his No. 18 Toyota.

“It just felt like a slow carnival ride,” Busch said.