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Jefferson punishes Bearcats, 13-4
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson’s Brandan Herron delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the Wildcats’ ACME tournament win over Spencerville on Friday afternoon. (DHI Media/John Parent)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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CONVOY — Jefferson pounded out 13 hits and punished Spencerville 13-4 in Friday’s opener at Convoy.

The Wildcats put four players on the mound: lefty starter Jake Pulford and righties Brendan Herron, Jace Stockwell and Hunter Binkley.

Spencerville used three hurlers in what ended up being their summer season finale — Luke Carpenter, Mitchell Youngpeter and Brady Becker.

The Wildcats put up a 2-spot in the top of the first. Stockwell led off with a single to left, stole second and took third on a Hunter Binkley base hit. After Binkley stole second, Gaige Rassman flied out to center to score Stockwell and moved Binkley to third, from where he scored on a Gage Mercer rip down the left-field line.

The Wildcats made it 6-0 in the top of the second. Nick Fitch grounded a hit into right and Kurt Wollenhaupt singled up the gut before Stockwell singled to load the bases. An error on Binkley’s grounder plated Wollenhaupt and Teman and advanced Stockwell to third. Rassman slapped a single to center that got Stockwell and Binkley across for a 6-0 edge.

 
Fetzer 1-hits Jays in ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM
Ethan Williams comes home to score a run for Van Wert as St. John’s catcher Buddy Jackson awaits a throw during the first inning of the Cougars’ 14-0 win on Friday night. Van Wert advances to play Jefferson on Saturday. St. John’s will play again on Sunday. (DHI Media/John Parent)

By JIM METCALFE

DHI Media Sports Editor

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CONVOY — Caleb Fetzer didn’t need a lot of help in the second game of the District 5 ACME summer baseball opener Friday night at the Crestview Sports Complex.

He 1-hit St. John’s.

However, he also got plenty of offensive help with an 11-hit attack and four Blue Jays errors in a 14-0, 5-inning affair.

The Cougars advance to a matchup with Jefferson — the other winner Friday afternoon — at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Fetzer tossed 73 pitches (44 strikes) while walking four with four strikeouts.

The Jays used four hurlers: lefty starter Jake Youngpeter, who was charged with 8 runs (3 earned) in 1.1 innings, Gage Seffernick, Josh Warnecke and Ryan Hellman. All told they threw 115 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Youngpeter tossed 42 in the bottom of the first inning alone when he was tagged for five runs. With one down, Joe Lisa singled after staying alive on an error on a foul pop, Brandt Henry walked and Fetzer singled in Lisa, with the other runners advancing on the throw home. An error on Mason Carr’s ground ball scored Henry and put runners on the corners. After Carr stole second, Ethan Williams slapped a 2-run knock to right, part of a 4-RBI night for the third baseman. Gavin Gardner kept the inning going with a double to left center, and Williams scored on a Ryan McCracken groundout for a 5-0 lead.

 
US ready to take on Belgium in World Cup
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM

BY RONALD BLUM

AP Sports Writer

RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Now that the U.S. has survived the so-called “Group of Death,” it’s time for sudden death: the knockout phase of the World Cup.

The Americans play Belgium on Tuesday night in the round of 16, hoping to show they’re better than the U.S. team that lost in overtime to Ghana in the second round four years ago.

“By no means are we satisfied with just getting out of the group,” midfielder Graham Zusi said Sunday after the Americans advanced despite a 1-0 loss to Germany. “We want to keep going and make some history.”

Belgium eased past the Americans 4-2 in a May 2013 exhibition at Cleveland on two goals by Christian Benteke (currently sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon), and one each from Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas. Two years earlier, Belgium won 1-0 in Brussels on Nicolas Lombaerts’ half-volley in the 55th minute in Jurgen Klinsmann’s first road game with the U.S.

“They’re a top team. Everyone around Europe will tell you how good they are,” American goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “They’ve got so many good players, young players, strong, fast, good on the ball. I actually think because of that we match up well with them, but we’ll see.”

 
Manziel: ‘I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong’
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Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM

BY TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Johnny’s gonna play and Johnny’s gonna party.

Tired of scrutiny about how he spends his weekends away from football and drained by the spotlight that follows him, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel said he has no plans to tone down his lifestyle.

“I don’t think I’m doing anything wrong,” he said.

Speaking at a PLAY 60 event with other AFC rookies, Manziel said he’s been bothered by recent criticism about his behavior.

Since being drafted by the Browns in the first round in May, Manziel’s weekend adventures — hanging out poolside with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in Las Vegas, photographed on a swan raft while drinking champagne, shown in a video talking into a stack of money as if it were a phone — have added to the legend of Johnny Football.

Manziel understands it may not be a good look, but he’s not a party animal.

“I’m going out,” he said. “Everybody goes out on the weekends and enjoys their life and lives their life. And just for them, they don’t have people that when they walk into a place pull out their phones and all they want to do is follow me around and record everything. My situation is unique and different and now more than ever I’ve seen that it’s an every weekend thing wherever I’m at — whether it’s in Cleveland on a weekend, or in Dallas or anywhere on a weekend, people want to record what I’m doing because they think it’s a story.

 
Top pick Wiggins joins Cavs with lofty goals
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Friday, June 27, 2014 8:00 PM

BY TOM WITHERS

AP Sports Writer

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As his talented son, Andrew, was presented with his new wine-and-gold Cavaliers jersey, Mitchell Wiggins finally let go of some painful memories.

This is it, he thought, his second chance, another shot at an NBA career broken in a haze of cocaine abuse.

His son is the No. 1 overall pick, and Mitchell Wiggins is now unburdened by guilt, embarrassment and disappointment. He’s whole again.

“It just gives me closure,” said Mitchell Wiggins, who was suspended for two full seasons with Houston in the 1980s for drugs. “I’m able to let go of maybe some of the things I was feeling when I left the league and I can sleep better now. This is a big moment.”

The Cavaliers introduced Andrew Wiggins on Friday, one day after the team ended weeks of public debate and internal discussion by selecting the slender small forward from Kansas first in the NBA draft. Wiggins, who probably would have also been chosen before anyone else a year ago, began his news conference by saying his personal expectations are as high as what the Cavaliers believe he can attain.

The 19-year-old with the 44-inch vertical jump plans to soar.

 
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