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Elida eliminated from ACME tourney
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 6:57 PM )


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BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath built a 5-1 lead in its District 6 ACME summer baseball tournament contest with archrival Elida Monday evening.

The Wildcats then held off a 7th-inning uprising to secure a 5-3 victory at Bath High School.

Bath (12-5) collected 11 hits versus two Bulldog hurlers: lefty starter Austin Morrison (3 2/3 innings pitched, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, 1 base-on-balls, 2 strikeouts; 78 pitches, 55 for strikes) and reliever Garrett Brinkman (2 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K; 37 pitches, 19 for strikes).

“Austin battled today. He is an even-keeled pitcher and you know what you’re going to get,” Elida ACME coach Zack Miller said. “What you saw today offensively was the story of our summer: we couldn’t get the big 2-out hit until it was late. It seems every time we got something going, it was with two outs.”

Tyler Stahr (2 runs scored), Cam Jenkins (2 runs batted in), Cam Clark and Andrew Renner each garnered two hits for the hosts.

“Jared has been a really solid pitcher for us this summer,” Bath coach Johnny Simindinger explained. “We came off a big offensive day Sunday and we carried that confidence over to today.”

Bath starter Jared Davis got the win (5 2/3 IPs, 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 BBs, 5 Ks; 91 pitches, 48 strikes) and Jacob Horstman mopped up (1 1/3 IPs, 2 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 BB; 23 pitches, 14 strikes).

Leadoff man Adam Purdy had the best day at the plate for the Orange and Black, going 1-for-2 (double) and added two free passes.

Bath retaliated in the home half on Stahr’s leadoff hit to left, a stolen base, a 2-out wild pitch and an error on the sequence.

Elida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a leadoff walk to Purdy, a wild pitch, a sacrifice bunt by Owen Anderson and a single to left by Travis Watkins.

Cougars advance to ACME districts
Written by Daniel Joseph   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM


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CONVOY – The Van Wert Cougars squared off against the Crestview Knights with a trip to the ACME District 5 District tournament on the line Tuesday night at the Crestview Athletic Complex.

Van Wert defeated the Knights during the regular season and the outcome was the same in tournamnet play as the Cougars advanced to districts with a 6-2 win.

The loss eliminates Crestview from the tournament.

The Knights scored a run in the first inning following a leadoff single by Jordan Miller. He advanced to second on a sacrifice, then to third on a wild pitch by Van Wert starter Ryan Stoller before scoring on Jordan Roop’s groundout.

The Cougars were down a run until the fourth inning against Crestview southpaw Jon Krause when their offense finally woke up. After a lineout to begin the inning, Caleb Fetzer walked and then scored when Mason Carr smoked a double to the gap. The offense wasn’t done yet as Carr and Gavin Gardner eventually scored to give the Cougars a 3-1 advantage.

US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to Belgium
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

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SALVADOR, Brazil — They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.

But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with a loss in extra time in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Belgium scored twice in extra time, then held on for a 2-1 win Tuesday.

“It’s heartbreaking,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”

Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves — the most in the World Cup since 1966.

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.

MLB Scores, Schedule
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


Monday's Results

Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Yankees 3, 12 innings

Baltimore 7, Texas 1

Detroit 5, Oakland 4

Chicago Cubs 2, Boston 0

Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1

Seattle 10, Houston 4

L.A. Angels at Chicago, ppd., rain

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cleveland 0

Tuesday's Results

Toronto 4, Milwaukee 1

L.A. Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 4, 1st game

Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

Baltimore 8, Texas 3

Detroit 3, Oakland 0

Chicago Cubs at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:40 p.m., 2nd game

Cleveland at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

British Open qualifying leaves younger players out
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


The British Open this year decided to scrap its 36-hole qualifiers on the European Tour and PGA Tour in favor of what effectively is 72-hole qualifiers. Four leading players from the top 12 on the leaderboard at Congressional and the Greenbrier earn spots. In Europe, the leading three players from the Irish Open, French Open and Scottish Open get into The Open. The John Deere Classic gets one spot.

It's the same amount of qualifying spots as were available last year through both 36-hole qualifiers.

But it eliminates any chance for Web.com Tour players, or for some of the top college players who turn pro in the summer. The only chance they have to qualify — without a trip across the Atlantic — is to get a spot in the PGA Tour (or European Tour) fields.