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Lady Jeffcats fall short in NWC softball
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS — Jefferson’s softball unit put together its best all-around effort in a long time as the Lady Wildcats entertained Northwest Conference foe Lincolnview on a damp spring Monday afternoon.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t quite finish the deal as the Lady Lancers rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the final three frames to escape with a 6-4 triumph.

Both pitchers went the distance.

Jefferson (0-8, 0-2 NWC) sophomore Claire Thompson (0-4) gave up seven hits and six runs (5 earned), walked two and fanned two in her 95-pitch (65 for strikes) outing.

Lincolnview (3-4, 1-1) senior Ashley McClure (3-4) had to work harder in her 161-pitch effort (93 for strikes): nine hits, four earned runs, five bases-on-balls, 10 strikeouts.

Number 8 hitter Sophia Wilson led the hosts with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate (1 run batted in), while second hitter Samantha Branham was 2-for-4 (RBI).

On behalf of the guests, Macey Ashbaugh (RBI, run) and Julia Thatcher (RBI, run) both went 2-for-4.

The Wildcats return to the diamond Wednesday at Perry, while Lincolnview hosts Lima Central Catholic Thursday.

Score by Innings:

Lincolnview 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 - 6 8 1

Jefferson 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 - 4 9 2

Ashley McClure and Julia Thatcher; Claire Thompson and Samantha Branham. WP: McClure (3-4); LP: Thompson (0-4). LOB: Lincolnview 5, Jefferson 10. 2B: Lincolnview - Thatcher 2, Macey Ashbaugh, Bailey Neate; Jefferson - Thompson. SB: Lincolnview - Ashbaugh; Jefferson - Hannah Sensibaugh. Sac: Lincolnview - Macala Ashbaugh. SF: Jefferson - Sensibaugh.

(Longer article and box score in Wednesday’s paper)

Local Roundup
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM

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Jays garner 1st diamond win of 2014

KALIDA — St. John’s has struggled to put a winning formula together on the baseball diamond so far in 2014.

The Blue Jays finally got it together Monday night, holding off Kalida 10-8 in non-league action at Kalida’s Holy Name Field.

Gage Seffernick led the Blue Jay offense with three hits. Andy May had three walks and three runs batted in, while Kyle Pohlman totaled three bases-on-balls, Ben Wrasman three RBIs and T.J. Hoersten two RBIs.

Colton Farrell paced the Wildcats with a pair of base hits and Trent Gerding worked his way for three walks.

The Jays won despite committing seven errors.

St. John’s hosts Fort Recovery tonight.

Kalida hosts Arlington this afternoon.

Score by Innnings:

St. John’s 0 2 4 2 0 2 0 - 10 7 7

Kalida 0 0 3 0 3 0 1 - 8 5 3

(Longer article and box score in Wednesday’s paper).

Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Associated Press


LONG BEACH, Calif. — A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver announced he was also getting out of his car.

Ed Carpenter's decision in November to race only on ovals and to turn his car over to a more skilled driver on road and street courses was largely overshadowed by Franchitti's sudden retirement because of injuries suffered in a crash a month earlier.

Carpenter wanted Mike Conway, who had willingly walked away from ovals a year earlier, behind the wheel and said hiring the British driver would "strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event."

It couldn't have been an easy decision for Carpenter, the professional race car driver.

But as the owner of Ed Carpenter Racing, he had to make what appeared to be the best decision for his young race team.

Only two races into the new arrangement, Carpenter's decision was validated Sunday by Conway's win at the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It was just the second victory for the organization, which first visited Victory Lane in the 2012 season finale at Fontana as Carpenter wrapped up his debut season as a driver/owner.

Green jacket and golden moment for Bubba Watson
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM


Associated Press


AUGUSTA, Ga. — For all the crazy stunts Bubba Watson does for fun, the green jacket was off limits.

When he won the Masters for the first time in 2012, he went to New York the next day for a media tour. He wore his green jacket walking the streets of Manhattan while going from one interview to the next one and was amazed by the attention it brought. No other piece of clothing in golf gets that kind of reaction.

But that was the extent of it.

Watson spoke about his year with the green jacket a week before returning to Augusta National to claim another one.

Browns' Mack looking forward with business over
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:00 AM


Associated Press


BEREA — Dressed in a powder blue T-shirt, plaid shorts and a pair of flip-flops, Alex Mack looked ready to take a stroll on a beach somewhere in Florida. Maybe someday.

Instead, Mack walked back into work in Cleveland, still a member of the Browns.

Relieved that a whirlwind few weeks are behind him, the Pro Bowl center said he's looking forward to focusing on football and a day when the Browns stabilize into a consistent winner.