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Carrasco helps Indians beat White Sox 3-2
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:10 PM

Associated Press

 

CHICAGO — Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Bourn had two triples among his three hits, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley each singled in a run for the Indians, who have won 4-of-5 and 11-of-16 overall to remain in the hunt for an AL wild card.

Alexei Ramirez had two hits for the White Sox and John Danks (9-9) pitched six solid innings.

 
Everyone watching as Barrett takes over for Miller
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM

By RUSTY MILLER

Associated Press

 

COLUMBUS — There are a lot of ways to describe J.T. Barrett’s new, amplified role for Ohio State.

His teammates and coaches say Barrett has taken over as No. 5 Ohio State’s starting quarterback as if that were the plan all along.

It wasn’t, of course. Barrett, a freshman, got the job when 2-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder 10 days ago and was lost for the season.

Offensive coordinator Tom Herman, tongue in cheek, said the Buckeyes would try to keep things simple when Barrett starts his first college game on Saturday against Navy in Baltimore.

“We don’t ask the quarterback to be a rocket surgeon by any stretch of the imagination, never have and never will,” said Herman, who despite those words is a card-carrying member of MENSA, the organization for those with extraordinarily high intellects. “We might actually make a more conscious effort to keep it simple but not a ton less than we already do.”

Quarterback? Yes. Rocket scientist? No. Brain surgeon? No. And definitely not a rocket surgeon.

Luckily, Barrett has met most other requirements of the job. Coach Urban Meyer says Barrett is doing a great job handling one of the highest profile jobs at the college level.

To illustrate the problems that a player in his first collegiate game can encounter, Meyer told a story about Alex Smith, who stumbled in his debut under Meyer at Utah in 2003.

“I’ll never forget Alex Smith couldn’t say the first play when I put him in against Utah State in the fourth quarter,” recalled Meyer, with a grin. “We were winning. We called the play and I said, ‘Alex, say that play back to me.’ He couldn’t say the play. I thought, I wonder if this guy will ever be any good.”

Smith became a No. 1 draft pick and solid NFL quarterback.

 
Local Athletic Roundup
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM

Schrag paces Defiance past Elida in volleyball

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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ELIDA — Defiance turned to its 6-2 middle blocker Laura Schrag the last two sets to grab a 26-24, 20-25, 25-15, 25-10 Western Buckeye League volleyball victory over Elida Thursday at Elida High School.

Schrag led the visiting Lady Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 WBL) with 20 kills and seven solo blocks.

“We just struggled to contain here. She’s a good player and we had no answer for her for four sets,” Elida coach Traci Sneary explained. “What hurt us was not so much the front line — I felt we had enough touches oin her shots — but the back row; we were not moving back there and thus weren’t digging things up like we can. It also hurt us trying to start our offense; when you can’t get the dig, you can’t get the set and thus won’t get good hits. You don’t won matches doing that.”

Defiance coach Brooke Shindler knows who sets the pace for her team.

 
Unforced errors cost St. John’s in volleyball
Written by Larry Heiing   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s front-line players Jessica Geise and Maddie Pohlman attempt to block the shot of Fort Recovery’s Cassidy Rammel Thursday night in MAC volleyball at Arnzen Gymnasium. (DHI Media/Larry Heiing)

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Media Correspondent

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DELPHOS — The young St. John’s Blue Jays volleyball team played their third match in four days to start the 2014 campaign at home against Midwest Athletic Conference

foe Fort Recovery Thursday night.

The Lady Jays looked impressive in their season opener against Van Wert on Monday by winning the first two sets of the match but dropped the final three.

St. John’s gained its first victory of the year by knocking off Spencerville the next night 25-16, 22-25, 25-6, 25-22.

The M.A.C. is strong year after year in volleyball and St. John’s can never seem to make any progress in the win column against their conference rivals. The Blue Jays were competitive against the Indians but dropped the match in 4 sets 16-25, 25-15, 14-25, 9-25.

The first set start was nip and tuck as the Blue Jays pulled within one at 8-7 on a kill by Jessica Geise. After the Indians scored straight points at the midway mark of the game, head

coach Carolyn Dammeyer called timeout after an ace serve by the Indians’ Payton Thobe.

 
Mustangs lasso Lady Blue Jays in soccer
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:00 PM
St. John’s junior Ashlyn Troyer beats Allen East’s Marie Beach to the ball in first-half girls soccer action Thursday at the St. John’s Annex. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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DELPHOS — Allen East grabbed a 3-0 lead after 20-plus minutes of its girls soccer matchup versus host St. John’s Thursday night and secured a 5-2 victory in non-league action at the St. John’s Annex.

The Lady Mustangs (2-1-1) dominated the action in the first half, launching 14 shots on-goal (5 for the Lady Blue Jays) and forcing senior netminder Sam Wehri (14 total saves vs. 22 shots on-goal) to make nine stops, several of the diving variety, as sophomores Leah Casey and Jade Meyer in particular were difficult to deal with up front.

“Sam was brilliant in goal; she flat-out kept us in the match,” Jays coach Katrina Smith explained. “Meyer and Casey were too good; every time we made a mistake — like fell for the faint or didn’t stay in front — they burned us. Basically, they were mental mistakes, like stabbing for the ball.”

Mustang coach Lamar Houston figures those two open it up for everyone else.

“We have about six girls that we feel can score. Those two, along with Savannah (Silone), are marked quite a bit by the defense,” Houston said. “That opens it up for the others to get good opportunities. We got penty of them but we struggled finishing. We could have had several more. We start seven sophomores and two freshmen, so we’re still a work in progress.”

The Jays (0-2-1) had the first shot on-goal at 37:45 when sophomore Maria Giambruno-Fuge was denied from 25 yards by sophomore goalkeeper Kassidy Reneau (8 saves vs. 14 shots on-goal).

Wehri made a 1-on-1 stop of a 16-yarder by Casey at 34:49.

 
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