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Jefferson sweeps Leipsic in doubleheader
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM


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DELPHOS — Doubleheaders the last two Saturday’s haven’t been too kind for Jefferson’s baseballers as they dropped a pair each to Parkway and Bath on the road.

Saturday’s home twin-bill versus Leipsic at Wildcat Field was much better as they swept the Vikings 9-0 and 7-1.

Local Roundup
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM

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Ottoville splits DH with Knights

CONVOY — Crestview downed Ottoville 5-0 in game 1 Saturday afternoon at the Crestview Athletic Complex.

In game 2, the Big Green earned a split with a 7-6 victory.

In the opener, Jordan Roop and Cam Etzler combined on a 2-hitter. Brandon Boecker and Alex Horstman had the only hits for the Green and Gold.

Etzler (2 runs scored, 1 run batted in) and Bryce Richardson (1 run) went 2-for-3 and Brock Rolsten scored twice.

In the nightcap, the Big Green scored twice in the top of the seventh and held on for the win.

Joel Beining, the third ottoville pitcher, got the win in relief. Horstman (2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Jared Fanning (RBI) went 2-for-3. Boecker scored twice and Kyle Bendele knocked in two.

Etzler (run, RBI) went 3-for-4 — with three doubles — and Richardson (run, RBI) and Jordan Miller (2 RBIs) 2-for-4.

Crestview hosts Allen East Monday.

Ottoville hosts Leipsic Tuesday.

Game 1

Score by Innings:

Ottoville 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 2 1

Crestview 1 0 1 0 3 0 x - 5 7 0

WP: Jordan Roop; Save: Cameron Etzler; LP: Kyle Bendele. 2B: Etzler (C), Bryce Richardson (C), Brock Rolsten (C). SB: Etzler 2, Richardson. Sac: Joel Beining (O).

Game 2

Score by Innings:

Ottoville 0 1 0 0 0 4 2 - 7 10 3

Crestview 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 - 6 10 2

WP: Joel Beining; LP: Adrian Camp. 2B: Etzler 3, Brandon Boecker (O), Justin Overmyer (C). SB: Jordan Miller (C). Sac: Beining, Miller.

(Longer article and box in Monday’s paper).

Cubs hit 3 HRs, break loose to beat Reds 8-4
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM


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CHICAGO — Rick Renteria prefers positive reinforcement, usually taking the approach of building up his players.

But following another loss and ho-hum effort on Friday, the new Chicago Cubs manager had seen enough and let the players know their intensity and focus was unacceptable.

"I think when Ricky talks and shows emotion, it means something," Darwin Barney said. "He doesn't do it every often. We know he's got our back and he's on our side. When he shows a little fire, it usually works."

It certain did Saturday.

Barney and Welington Castillo hit 2-run homers and Mike Olt added a solo shot as the Cubs broke out of a week-long offensive funk and beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-4.

Bats fall silent as Indians lose 5-0
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Sunday, April 20, 2014 12:00 AM

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CLEVELAND — Nick Swisher admits the Cleveland Indians are scuffling.

The veteran first baseman also knows it's too early in the season to overreact.

"Obviously we haven't had the start we wanted as a group," he said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto. "Then again last year we started off the season 5-10, so not time to panic just yet."

Lives lived both great and small
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:44 PM )

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Three deaths in the last week or so caught my eye for different reasons.

The first was about Lacey Holsworth, who I had written about not too long ago.

The 8-year-old girl had befriended Michigan State star Adreian Payne and had become a “fan” favorite of not only the player but his teammates and even the Spartan fans.

Her death came hard to all her newfound friends and supporters because they — like I and I am sure many, many more — were hoping she would win this fight.

There is something about a child dying that affects us — we ask all the questions and, quite frankly, there is no “answer” this side of The Veil; you just have to hope there is one that we will eventually understand and it’s all part of a Divine Plan that we cannot possibly comprehend.