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Haas leads with a pair of Masters champs 1 back
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:14 PM


Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.

With his green jacket upstairs in the locker room for Masters champions, Scott made only one bad swing that cost him two shots in a round of 3-under 69. It was the lowest opening score by a defending champion in 13 years and it left Scott one shot behind leader Bill Haas on an otherwise demanding day.

“It was really how you hope to come out and play at any major, especially the Masters,” Scott said. “And there’s no doubt winning the Masters last year had me a little more comfortable on the first tee than I’ve ever been in the past because I didn’t have the legs shaking and nerves jangling for six or seven holes like usual.”

Thunderbirds goose-egg Blue Jays
Written by Larry Heiing   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:10 PM
St. John's freshman catcher Buddy Jackson takes a throw in an attempt to nab an LCC runner at home Wednesday night at Stadium Park. (Delphos Herald/Randy Shellenbarger)


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DELPHOS — For the second time in eight days, the St. John’s varsity baseball team took the field against a 2014 state high school basketball champion.

Last week, the Blue Jays were shut out 12-0 by Division IV champion Crestview in five innings.

Wednesday evening at Stadium Park, St. John’s played host to Lima Central Catholic with four players from the Division III champion squad and were shut out 10-0.

The first three innings of the battle on the diamond was a pitching duel between St. John’s junior Gage Seffernick and Jamaal Hairston for the Thunderbirds as both pitchers had goose eggs on the scoreboard.

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
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:07 PM

Associated Press

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.”