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Miller City patiently batters Lady Jeffcats
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:09 PM


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MILLER CITY — Jefferson’s fast-pitch softball team is going through typical growing pains with a brand-new pitching staff and a lineup featuring mainly freshmen and sophomores that is in need of playing time.

Wednesday night was a perfect example.

Miller City only had seven hits but took advantage of nine bases-on-balls, two hit batters, two errors and five wild pitches to put forth a 13-2 5-inning victory at L. Harry Leopold/Raymond Schmenk Athletic Complex in Miller City.

“We’re going through growing pains. We have a lot of young girls getting their first varsity playing time and it’s a process,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober said. “Just like with Claire on the mound. She didn’t play last year due to injury and got no time on the mound; she had no chance to learn. It takes a while to get into a groove on the mound and find that comfort zone.”

Local Roundup
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:08 PM

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Big Green beat Miller City

OTTOVILLE — The Ottoville baseballers downed Miller City 10-8 in a non-Putnam County League contest at Ottoville.

The game was moved from Miller City.

The Big Green out-hit the Wildcats 10-5, with Alex Horstman going 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and Kyle Bendele 2-for-4 with four RBIs.

Jared Fuka was the top hitter for the Wildcats, going 2-for-5. Jacob Schimmoeller knocked in four runs.

Ryan Moore wins Masters’ Par 3 tournament
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:07 PM

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — With friends and family members in tow, Ryan Moore made memories at the Masters on Wednesday.

Moore shot a 6-under 21 to win the Par 3 tournament at Augusta National, calling it a “perfect practice day.”

No one should consider it the perfect prelude to golf’s first major, though.

Since the Par 3 contest began in 1960, no winner has gone on to don the green jacket later in the week. Raymond Floyd (1990) and Chip Beck (1993) won the mid-week tournament and finished second on Sunday. But since no one has swept both events, making the Par 3 more of a curse than a forecast for the Masters.

“I’m not afraid of it,” Moore said. “You never know. Someone has got to break that curse at some point in time, so hopefully it’s me, if I end up winning. Who knows? I might go shoot 8 under or something, make a couple hole-in-ones. We’ll see.”

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

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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


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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.