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Harvick marks himself a contender with win
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick knew his first-year Stewart-Haas Racing team was better than it had shown the past few weeks. After taking the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Saturday night, Harvick is convinced the group has exactly what it takes to win a Sprint Cup championship.

“I’m excited about it and I think that’s why everybody on this team came here,” Harvick said. “We came here to race for wins, to be in a position to contend for a championship. I really feel like everybody on this team feels like we bettered ourselves by coming together.”

They took a major step to proving that with Harvick’s first victory in 18 races at the track “Too Tough To Tame.” It made Harvick the first this season with two victories — and a lock for the season-ending, 16-team Chase for a Sprint Cup championship.

The victory also ended a maddening slump where Harvick had finishes of 41st, 39th, 36th, seventh and 42nd in the races since the team’s breakthrough win at Phoenix last month.

 
Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn’t need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his 3-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elusive group as the 17th player to win the Masters more than once.

 
Local Roundup
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM

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Lady Bearcats belt Tigers in softball doubleheader

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s softball crew hammered Waynesfield-Goshen 18-1, 15-2 (both in 5 innings) in doubleheader action Saturday at Spencerville.

In game 1, Tori Johnston (2-2) got the pitching win with a 1-hitter (5 innings, 6 strikeouts, 3 walks).

Losing pitcher was Paige Crawford (5 IPs, 17 hits, 2 Ks, 4 BBs).

Leading hitters for Spencerville were Cait Propst (double) and Mackenzie Ringwald with three hits each; Johnston (double), Haleigh Mull (double), Amanda Crider and Megan Miller (2 hits each); and Alex Shumate, Maddy Hollar and Amber Hallard (1 hit each).

In the second game, Alex Shumate (2-1) got the win on the mound (5 IPs, 3 hits, 5 Ks, 4 walks).

Losing pitcher was Shepard.

Leading hitters for the Lady Bearcats (4-3) were Ringwald (2 triples) and Mull (2 doubles) with three hits apiece; Shumate (triple), Miller (double) and Johnston (double) with two hits apiece; and one hit from Crider, Hollar, Tiffany Work and Elisha Satterfield.

Spencerville visits Columbus Grove today.

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Elida splits 2

ELIDA — The Elida baseball crew downed Van Wert 6-4 but fell 8-4 to Napoleon in a 3-way doubleheader Saturday at Ed Sandy Memorial Field.

In game 1, Justin Murphy came on in relief of starter Travis Watkins in the fourth frame and got the win with four innings of 6-hit ball (1 earned run, 2 walks).

Logan Alexander went 2-for-2 and Josh Bull 2-for 3 for the Bulldogs.

They rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a 6-run fourth and then held on for the win over their Western Buckeye League colleague.

Kevin Agler took the loss for the Cougars, who were led at the plate by Brant Henry (3-for-4, 2 runs batted in) and Nathan Stoller (2-for-4).

Tyler Williams threw 2 2/3 innings of relief for the visitors, who left 13 runners on base.

In the nightcap, Austin Morrison took the loss in giving up only six hits and four earned runs (of the 8 he ceded). The Bulldogs committed seven errors behind Morrison and Murphy, who came on in relief in the fifth.

Michael Gilliland went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats (3 runs, 2 RBIs) — including a triple and a double — while Jacob Lerch scored three times.

Napoleon stole nine bases as well.

 
Track and Field Results
Written by Staff Reports   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:13 PM )

(Late Friday)

38th annual Spencerville Bearcat Relays

Girls Team Rankings (14 Events): Columbus Grove 88, St. Henry 74, Marion Local 73, Spencerville 71, St. John’s 51, Ft. Loramie 40, Ada 21, Jefferson 16.

Boys Team Rankings (15 Events): Columbus Grove 128, St. Henry 107, Spencerville 76, St. John’s 52, Ada 33, Marion Local and Ft. Loramie 32.

Points 10-8-6-4-2-1

Girls 4x1600 Meter Relay: 1. Spencerville (Caitlin Wurst, Cierra Adams, Tori Hardesty, Karri Purdy) 24:27.74; 2. St. Henry 24:47.74; 3. Marion Local 24:58.42; 4. Ft. Loramie 26:11.96; 5. Columbus Grove (Leah Meyerholtz, Macy McCluer, Alexis Ricker, Candace Downing) 26:39.0; 6. St. John’s (Lexi Pohlman, Anna Mueller, Baylee Lindeman, Breece Rohr) 27:10.55.

Boys 4x1600 Meter Relay: 1. Columbus Grove (Bryce Sharrits, Boone Brubaker, Lee Altenburger, Colton Grothaus) 19:44.02; 2. St. Henry 20:27.26; 3. Ft. Loramie 20:48.73; 4. Spencerville (Grant Goecke, Mason Nourse, Matthew Hurles, Byron Gay) 22:30.39; 5. Marion Local 23:14.76.

Girls 4x100 Meter Relay: 1. Columbus Grove (Raiya Flores, Julia Wynn, Sydni Smith, Sydney McCluer) 52.0; 2. Ft. Loramie 52.6; 3. St. John’s (Samantha Bonifas, Maddie Burgei, Ashlyn Troyer, Halie Benavidez) 53.0; 4. Ada 53.2; 5. St. Henry 54.2; 6. Jefferson (Brooke Culp, Taylor Stroh, Arianna Knebel, Brooke Gallmeier) 54.8.

 
Bath sweeps Jefferson in baseball twin-bill
Written by Jim Metcalfe   
Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:00 PM
Jefferson senior Tyler Rice fouls back an offering from Bath ace right-hander Taren Sullivan in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader. (Delphos Herald/Jim Metcalfe)

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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BATH TOWNSHIP — Jefferson’s baseball team faced two different style of pitchers Saturday afternoon in a twin-bill at Bath High School.

The result was the same: two losses.

Bath rode the 1-hit shutout of 6-6 right-hander Taren Sullivan in game 1 to a 10-0 5-inning triumph.

In the nightcap, southpaw Eric Jordan twirled a 6-hitter as the hosts grabbed a 6-1 triumph.

In the opener, freshman Jace Stockwell had the only hit for the visiting Wildcats against Sullivan (5 innings pitched, 2 bases-on-balls, 9 strikeouts, 1 hit batter). He, along with Nick Fitch, earned free passes and Austin Jettinghoff was hit by a pitch.

Freshman right-hander Hunter Binkley made his varsity pitching debut for the Red and White, ceding seven hits and five runs (4 earned), walking two and fanning two in 3 2/3 innings. Adam Rode threw an inning of relief (3 hits, 5 earned runs, 3 BBs).

 
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