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Reds beat Cardinals 4-0, avoid sweep
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:05 PM )

Associated Press

 

ST. LOUIS — The pop fly cleared the infield by about 20-25 feet. Billy Hamilton's teammates have seen his legs in action but figured he'd stay put at third.

"We didn't even think there would be a chance he would go," catcher Devin Mesoraco said after the Cincinnati Reds' 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. "As an outfielder, I'm sure you don't expect anybody to go on that play.

"He gets everybody on their edge of their seat."

Hamilton's best game of the season by far backed a stingy outing from Mike Leake. The rookie had three hits and his first two steals — against 6-time Gold Glove catcher Yadier Molina — plus that daring dash home on one of the shortest sacrifice flies you'll see.

Hamilton said third base coach Steve Smith told him, "I want to see how fast you really are.

"I might not make it every time but there's always a chance, there's always a good chance. I knew I had to go."

 

 
Spencerville scores 5 in 5th to defeat Jays
Written by Larry Heiing   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:15 PM

By LARRY HEIING

DHI Correspondent

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DELPHOS — Play Ball!

That’s two words that Coach Ryan Warnecke and his Blue Jay baseball team have been waiting to hear after five games in a row were washed out by rain.

After opening the season with losses to powerhouses Wapakoneta and Crestview, two games at Jefferson, a doubleheader at Antwerp and a game at Shawnee were all rained out.

Spencerville scored five runs in the fifth inning Tuesday night at Stadium Park to break a 4-4 tieand eventually grab a 10-5 victory to improve to 3-2 on the season, while the Jays dropped to 0-3.

 
Jefferson ekes out 1-0 triumph over Miller City
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:14 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 09, 2014 6:51 PM )

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — In high school baseball, pitching is usually far advanced of the batting, especially early on.

Therefore, it becomes important to find ways to score runs.

Jefferson did that Tuesday night at Wildcat Field, eking out a 1-0 non-league dandy over Miller City.

The game was moved from the Miller City park in the afternoon due to wet conditions.

The hosts used three senior pitchers: starter and winner Jordan Herron (1-0; 3 IPs, 1 hit, 2 BB, 2 Ks), Ross Thompson (1 IP, 1 hit, 1 K) and Austin Jettinghoff (1st save; 3 IPs, 2 hits, 3 Ks); combining for 92 pitches total.

 
Rockets soar by Musketeers in PCL baseball
Written by Staff Reports   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:13 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:54 PM )

By DAVE BONINSEGNA

DHI Correspondent

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PANDORA — Despite most of the baseball and softball games in the area being postponed due to poor field conditions, the Fort Jennings Musketeers and Pandora-Gilboa Rockets braved the wind and cold for a Putnam County League baseball showdown.

The Rockets were trying to remain among the ranks of the unbeaten, while the Musketeers were trying to make it two in a row in PCL play.

The hosts had scored 32 runs in their previous two games and were off to a similar start, scoring three runs in the first and adding two more in the second to come away with a 5-2 victory.

 
UConn men and women take championship title
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:09 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:16 PM )

Huskies again star in the underdog role

Associated Press

 

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Connecticut Huskies lost their coach, their teammates, their chance to play at the NCAA tournament for a year. They were castoffs, unwanted mutts without a home, told they had no chance.

Well, look who’s woofing now.

Playing with a chip-on-their-shoulder mentality and poise down the stretch, UConn starred in the underdog role for the second time in four years, knocking off Kentucky 60-54 Monday night in North Texas.

“It feels so good to prove the world wrong,” UConn junior guard Ryan Boatright said.

It was quite a journey to get here.

UConn won a national title in 2011 behind do-it-all guard Kemba Walker. One setback after another followed.

Coach Jim Calhoun retired in 2012. Players left the program, three who transferred away and two who left for the NBA.

The Huskies were barred from the 2013 tournament for failing to meet NCAA academic standards. They scrambled to find a home after the Big East blew up, landing in the American Athletic Conference.

UConn fought its way through last season, winning 20 games despite no hope of playing in the postseason, yet still was dismissed heading into this season.

The Huskies turned a few heads with an opening 9-game winning streak but were given little chance of making a run after stumbling late in the season. Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted on ESPN.com, only 0.3 percent picked them to win it all.

UConn continued to go against the grain of public opinion as it advanced through the bracket, beating the odds while knocking off Villanova, Iowa State, Michigan State and top-seeded Florida to reach the championship game.

Again, the Huskies were not supposed to win, told they were no match for the length and athleticism of Kentucky’s one-and-done freshmen, expected to get run over by those speedy ‘Cats.

Again, they wouldn’t listen.

Relying on its veteran leaders, UConn jumped to a big early lead, kept its composure whenever Kentucky tried to make a run and counterpunched every time the Wildcats landed a blow.

Senior Shabazz Napier took what he learned from Walker, his mentor, and became the leader who took the Huskies to a title, finishing with 22 points and six rebounds to bookend his career with national championships.

Gritty Ryan Boatright gave Kentucky fits at both ends all night, scoring 14 points while teaming with Napier to lock down the Wildcats’ heralded twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

Kevin Ollie proved a more-than-able caretaker of the program Calhoun built, creating his own legacy by becoming the first coach to win a national title within two years on his first Division I job since Michigan’s Steve Fisher in 1989.

 
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