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Tuscola Ten Runs Clinton

The Clinton Maroons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but that was all they could muster as Tuscola scored 11 straight runs over the next six innings to walk-off with an 11-1 win in six innings Wednesday afternoon at  Tuscola High School in Central Illinois Conference boys baseball action.

 

Braden Cross homered for the Maroons in the top of the first inning but Logan Tabeling allowed just three base runners, two walks and a hit batsman, the rest of the way. He struck out 15 over his six innings.

 

Michael Oswald went four innings for the Maroons. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, issued three walks and struck out five. 

 

Jalen Quinn, Brayden VonLanken and Max Wyninger each homered for Tuscola in a five run fourth inning. 

 

The Maroons drop to 5-5 overall and are 3-3 in the CIC. Tuscola, the CIC's top team, remained undefeated in conference play at 7-0 and went to 17-2 overall. 

 

The Maroons host Central A&M Friday. Hear the game live on 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

 

Scores in CIC boys baseball action Wednesday....

 

Macon Meridian 4

Central A&M 0

 

Decatur St. Teresa 4

Warrensburg-Latham 0

 

Shelbyville 8

Sullivan 2

 

CIC Girls softball scores from Wednesday....

 

Macon Meridian 6

Central A&M 4 

 

Tuscola 11

Clinton 0

 

Warrensburg-Latham 18

Decatur St. Teresa 2 

 

Shelbyville 8

Sullivan 7

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Illinois State Edges Sacramento State

The Illinois State Redbirds defeated the Sacramento State Hornets by a final score of 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Duffy Bass Field. 

 

John Rave blasted a two-run home run to left field to put the Redbirds in the lead, 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Illinois State improves to 22-15 on the season and 9-2 at Duffy Bass Field.

 

Derek Parola hit two doubles and Jack Butler scored a run. 

 

Colton Johns and Mitch Vogrin each went three innings on the mound. It was Vogrin who was the winning pitcher. Jacob Gilmore pitched an inning and a third for his seventh save. 

 

Illinois State returns to action this weekend when the team travels to Carbondale to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis for a three-game conference series.

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Cardinals, Cubs Win Wednesday; Sox Lose Emotional Game to Royals

>>Cardinals Double Up Brewers

 

Michael Wacha slowed Christian Yelich and pitched six solid innings, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid being swept.

 

Wacha (1-0) bounced back after a tough start Thursday against the Dodgers. He struck out seven Brewers, allowing two runs and five hits to improve to 6-0 career against last year's NL Central winners.

 

Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

 

Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes (0-2) got beat by the long ball again. He surrendered three home runs in each of his first three starts, then coughed up two more against St. Louis. He's allowed a major-league-most 11 on the season.

 

Ozuna went deep in the second and Carpenter in the fourth. It was Ozuna's fourth consecutive game with a homer and eighth overall.

 

The Brewers had won nine of 10 against St. Louis, including four in a row, but two RBI singles by Matt Weiters and one apiece by Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong helped snap that streak. DeJong went 4 for 5.

 

Burnes struggled through 3 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out three in his shortest start of the inning.

 

The Cardinals placed OF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, and recalled rookie OF Lane Thomas. He came in as a defensive replacement in center field for Jose Martinez in the eighth.

 

C Yadier Molina got the day off.

 

Adam Wainwright (1-1, 3.94 ERA) starts against the New York Mets on Friday.

 

>>Cubs Blank Marlins

 

Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and the Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 6-0 win Wednesday night.

Hamels (3-0) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter. He struck out eight while throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

 

Daniel Descalso had two hits and three RBIs, Javier Baez homered and knocked in two, and Jason Heyward also drove in a run for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

 

Hamels retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a lead-off single to Jorge Alfaro in the second.

Kyle Hendricks (0-3, 5.40 ERA) looks for his first win of the season when he takes the mound on Friday to begin a three-game home series against Arizona.

 

>>Royals Win Emotional Game Over White Sox

 

The fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat following a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball in his next at-bat, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.

 

Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.

 

There were four ejections - Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.

 

The 25-year-old Anderson and the Royals have mixed it up before.

 

In April 2018, Anderson shouted after a home run against Kansas City. Later in the game, he was playing shortstop when Royals star catcher Salvador Perez reached second base. Words were exchanged and the benches cleared.

 

When the tempers cooled, Perez and Anderson shook hands. Perez said Anderson had hollered a few weeks earlier when he homered twice on opening day.

 

Anderson also has a history with crew chief Joe West, who he called ''terrible'' after getting tossed from a game against the crosstown Cubs in September.

 

Dozier connected leading off the 10th against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastball made a winner of Wily Peralta (2-1), who worked two innings.

 

White Sox starter Lucas Giolito left with two out in the third because of tightness in his left groin.

Giolito did not allow a run or hit in 2 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.

 

Ivan Nova (0-2, 5.28) tries for his first win with the White Sox as Chicago opens a four-game series at Detroit.

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Celtics Rally Past Pacers, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and Boston rallied late in the fourth quarter to beat Indiana 99-91 Wednesday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

 

Coming out of a timeout and with a chance for Indiana to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on the other side of the court with 12.1 seconds left. On the ensuing play, the Celtics' Al Horford passed to Jayson Tatum, who was fouled on a two-handed dunk. He completed the three-point play to make it 97-91 with 8.8 seconds left.

 

The Pacers turned it over again and the Celtics were able to close out the game at the free throw line.

Tatum scored 26 points, including his thunderous dunk down the stretch to help punctuate a 10-0 run by Boston over the final five minutes.

 

Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 23 points. Young added 15 points. Myles Turner finished with six blocks.

 

Game 3 is Friday in Indiana.

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Maroons Roll Meridian Hawks

After falling behind 5-2 early, the Clinton Maroons rallied to score the games final seven runs and beat Meridian 9-5 at Meridian High School Tuesday afternoon in Central Illinois Conference boys baseball action.

 

Pictured Right: Garrett Wayne gets set to deliver a pitch at Meridian High School during his four-inning save.

 

Logan Peterson and Braden Cross each doubled twice in the offensive rally, Rustin Wertz doubled and drove in four. Drew Stacey and Michael Oswald each hit had a pair of hits for the Maroons as well.

 

Parker West started for the Maroons and picked up the win, firing three innings, allowing five runs, four were earned, on five hits, issuing three walks and striking out four. Garrett Wayne finished the final four innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

 

The Maroons improve to 5-4 overall and 3-2 in the CIC while Meridian falls back to 3-7 overall and 2-4 in the CIC.

 

Clinton travels to Tuscola this afternoon and will host Central A&M Friday to finish out the week. 

 

In other CIC action Tuesday....

 

Warrensburg-Latham 5

Sullivan 2

 

CIC Softball action from Tuesday....

 

Central A&M 11

Riverton 0 

 

Tuscola 3

Teutopolis 0

 

Shelbyville 16

St. Elmo 6 

 

Warrensburg-Latham 10

Sullivan 0

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Bradley Outlasts Illinois

Bradley hit six home runs Tuesday to beat the Illinois baseball team 12-8 at Illinois Field. 


Bradley (23-10) extended its winning streak to 11 games, the longest active streak in the nation. The Braves' six homers tied for the fourth-most home runs in Bradley history.

 

Illinois hit three home runs in the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead but was blanked over the next five innings. 

 

Illinois (22-13) got homers from Grant Van Scoy, Jacob Campbell and Michael Massey in the span of four batters in the fourth. Van Scoy had three hits in the game, while Massey, Ben Troike and Cam McDonald added two apiece. 

 

Van Scoy extended his career-long reached base streak to 18 games.

The Illini are home again this weekend, hosting Penn State for a Big Ten series Friday-Sunday. Bradley and Illinois are scheduled to play again next Tuesday at Dozer Park in Peoria, Illinois.

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UIC Downs Illinois State in Chicago

The Illinois State baseball team lost on the road Tuesday afternoon in Chicago to the UIC Flames, 6-1. 

 

The Redbirds scored in the top of the first inning, but the Flames scored six unanswered runs in the contest. 

 

Joe Butler drove home Derek Parola on a single to right field to go up 1-0 on the Flames. Butler and Joe Aeilts each finished 2-for-4. 

 

Brett Wicklund took the loss for the Redbirds firing four innings and allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts. 

 

The loss dropped the Redbirds to 21-15 on the season.

 

Illinois State will host Sacramento State this evening.

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Winnipeg Gets Past Blues in Overtime, Evens First Round Series

Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 to tie their best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.

 

Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who arrived in St. Louis down 2-0. It is the only first-round playoff series in which the home team has failed to win a game.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues.

 

Tarasenko beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle 35 seconds into the third period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The power-play goal, Tarasenko's eighth career in the postseason, moved him into a tie with Brian Sutter and Al MacInnis for fourth in franchise history.

 

Scheifele tied it at the 7:33 mark, tipping in a feed from Connor. It was Scheifele's second goal of the series.

 

Connor ended it when he banged home a feed from Scheifele for his third goal in two games. It was the first playoff overtime winner for the Jets since they returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

 

The series shifts back to Winnipeg for Game 5 on Thursday night.

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Cubs, White Sox Win Tuesday; Yelich Homers Again As Brewers Double Up Cardinals

>>Quintana, Cubs Blank Marlins

Jose Quintana gave up six hits in seven innings to lead the Cubs to a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

 

Quintana (2-1) struck out seven and extended his scoreless innings streak to 14. The left-hander didn't allow a runner to reach second until Austin Dean's two-out double in the seventh.

 

Javier Baez went 3 for 4 and hit his fifth homer, a solo shot to the opposite field off Adam Conley in the eighth. Baez has three hits in each of his last three games and is the third Cubs shortstop in the last 60 years with the feat, joining Larry Bowa and Starlin Castro

 

Brandon Kintzler relieved Quintana and surrendered a two-out single to Brian Anderson and walked Castro. Jorge Alfaro drove Kintzler's 1-1 fastball to the warning track in center before Albert Almora tracked it down for the third out.

 

Chicago scored its fourth run on Ben Zobrist's sacrifice fly in the ninth.

 

Pedro Strop pitched a scoreless ninth for the Cubs, who have won five of six.

 

Miami starter Pablo Lopez (1-3) allowed two runs, five hits, struck out six and walked one in five innings. Lopez has not pitched six complete innings in his four starts.

 

Cole Hamels (2-0, 3.79) is scheduled to start the series finale Wednesday against RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 4.24).

 

>>White Sox Roll Royals

 

Yoan Moncada hit a pair of solo shots for his first multihomer game and Leury Garcia added a two-run drive to power the Chicago White Sox past the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday night.

After struggling to consistently produce last year in his first full major league season amid huge expectations, Moncada is off to a fast start with a .333 batting average, five homers and 16 RBIs.

 

Yonder Alonso also homered and went 4 for 4 as the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games.

 

Reynaldo Lopez (1-2) allowed one run and five hits in six innings to rebound from a poor start to his season. The 25-year-old right-hander had permitted 18 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over his first three games and gave up eight runs on 10 hits in his last outing against Tampa Bay.

 

Daniel Palka, who led the White Sox with 27 homers as a rookie last season, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and is hitless in 32 at-bats this year. He is 0 for 34 dating to last season, the longest current skid for a major league position player.

 

Lucas Duda homered for the Royals, who are 0-5 on the road.

 

Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez (0-2) had a career-high 10 strikeouts but gave up three homers and allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.

 

rad Keller (2-1, 2.45 ERA) and Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 6.19) are scheduled to start the finale of the three-game series Wednesday afternoon. Keller had a career-high 10 strikeouts in his last outing against Cleveland, while Giolito is 4-0 with a 2.40 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Royals.

 

>>Yelich Homers Again as Brewers Double Up Cardinals

 

Christian Yelich welcomed Helsley to the big leagues with a three-run homer, his eighth against St. Louis this season, to help send the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Lorenzo Cain and Yasmani Grandal each homered in a five-run third against Jack Flaherty (1-1), when the Brewers went up 5-0.

 

Yelich, who homered three times on Monday, was the first batter faced by Helsley, who debuted with two on and two outs in the fifth. Yelich fell behind 0-2, evened the count and then fouled off a 98 mph fastball, before sending the next pitch 427 feet to right center for his ninth home run, putting Milwaukee up 8-0.

 

Brandon Woodruff (2-1) held the Cardinals scoreless until Marcell Ozuna's two-run homer, his seventh, with one out in the sixth. Woodruff allowed two runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six.

 

The Cardinals added two in the eighth on RBI singles by Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong.

 

Flaherty was tagged for five runs on nine hits and needed 75 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings.

 

Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.28) starts the series finale at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, including three homers, in 3 2/3 innings in his last start. Wacha is 5-0 in 12 career games against the Brewers, including 11 starts.

 

Corbin Burnes (0-1, 10.05) has allowed three home runs in each of his first three starts in a total of 14 1/3 innings. Opponents are batting .339 against him, although the Brewers are 2-1 in his starts.

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Bears TE Miller Forced to Retire

A year and a half after suffering an injury so severe it nearly resulted in the loss of his leg, Bears tight end Zach Miller is moving on from football. Miller, 34, is officially retiring from the NFL. 

 

On Tuesday, Miller announced his retirement with a heartfelt Instagram post, in which he said that he's stepping away from the game because he "physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve."

 

His career ended tragically, though. In the middle of the 2017 season, Miller appeared to haul in an incredible touchdown from Mitchell Trubisky in a tight game against the Saints. 

 

Not only did the touchdown get inexplicably overturned, but Miller also suffered an injury that nearly resulted in the amputation of his leg. It would end up being the final play of Miller's career.

 

The Bears, who signed Miller to a one-year contract last summer even though they knew he was unlikely to play, thanked Miller on Twitter.

 

Miller, a sixth-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2009, was plagued by injuries for most of his career, which is why he played in only 66 games over the course of his career. He finished with 146 catches, 1,631 yards, and 15 touchdowns, most of which came in Chicago. With the Bears, Miller racked up 101 catches, 1,161 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

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Clinton High School Monday Baseball Conference Matchup Moved to Today; Softball Shut Out in Meridian

The Clinton High School boys baseball team's game scheduled for Monday at Meridian has been moved to today because of wet field conditions at Meridian High School. 

 

Meanwhile, the softball team traveled to Meridian for their scheduled conference tilt and were shutout 4-0 to the conference leading Hawks. 

 

Monday softball action in the CIC....

 

Central A&M 15

Warrensburg-Latham 1

 

Shelbyville 12

Decatur St. Teresa 9

 

Tuscola

Sullivan PPD - Makeup TBD  

 

CIC boys baseball action Monday....

 

Central A&M 11

Warrensburg-Latham 9

 

Shelbyville 5

Decatur St. Teresa 2

 

Tuscola 3

Sullivan 2

 

Today in CIC boys baseball action....

 

Warrensburg-Latham @ Sullivan

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Minnesota Downs Illinois in Series Finale Monday

Minnesota scored two runs in the seventh and two runs in the eighth to beat the Illinois baseball team 5-4 at Siebert Field. Illinois won the series 2-1 with a Sunday doubleheader sweep.

 

It was a controversial loss for Illinois (22-12, 3-6 Big Ten) as Minnesota's tying run was scored on a pitch that hit Eli Wilson's bat knob and rolled into fair territory before being ruled a hit by pitch. Illinois catcher Jeff Korte immediately picked up the ball steps away from home plate, touched the plate and was ready to double up the batter for what he thought would be an inning-ending double play. Instead the inning went on and Minnesota's next hitter added the winning run on a fielder's choice.

 

Minnesota scored both of its eighth inning runs without getting a hit, benefiting from three walks and the hit by pitch call. Illinois was up 4-1 through six innings but could not hold on. 

 

Minnesota (15-18, 7-5 Big Ten) salvaged a game in the series after Illinois clinched its fifth straight series win at Minnesota on Sunday. The Illini snapped a seven-game winning streak in Minneapolis with Monday's loss.

 

Michael Massey had three hits and Zac Taylor homered for a second straight game. Michael Michalak led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double but was stranded at third after a sac bunt and two ground outs. 

 

Cyrillo Watson started and gave Illinois five innings on the mound while allowing one run on five hits. Nathan Lavender (1-2) took the loss after walking three batters in the eighth.

 

Illinois is at Illinois Field for the rest of the week with matchups against Bradley (Tuesday) and Penn State (Friday-Sunday). 

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Cubs, White Sox Win Monday; Yelich Hits 3 HRs To Send Brewers Past Cardinals

>>Cubs Down Marlins

 

Darvish struck out eight in a season-high 5 2/3 innings for his first win of the year, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Monday.

 

Willson Contreras hit his sixth homer, drove in three and reached base four times for the Cubs.

 

Darvish (1-2) allowed two runs, lowering his ERA to 6.11, and earned just his second victory since signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Cubs before the 2018 season. He made it through only eight starts last year before being shut down with right triceps tendinitis.

 

Contreras walked to force in a run in the first, homered in the seventh and added an RBI single in the ninth. David Bote also drove in three.

 

Miami went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

 

Jose Quintana (1-1, 5.14) is scheduled to start Tuesday against RHP Pablo Lopez (1-1, 6.60).

 

>>White Sox Down Royals

 

Wellington Castillo atoned for an error with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Monday night.

Castillo's poor throw on Billy Hamilton's steal in the seventh helped set up Whit Merrifield's tiebreaking sacrifice fly. But Castillo came up big after Tim Anderson led off the eighth with a double against Brad Boxberger (0-3), sending an opposite-field drive to right.

 

Manny Banuelos (1-0) pitched three hitless innings for his first win since 2015, and Alex Colome worked the ninth for his fourth save in four chances and No. 100 for his career. Anderson had three hits and scored twice, lifting his average to a major league-leading .453.

 

Hunter Dozier and Chris Owings homered for Kansas City, which was coming off a three-game sweep of Cleveland, the AL Central favorites.

 

Royals right-hander Jorge Lopez and White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez get the ball Tuesday night. Jorge Lopez (0-1, 3.71 ERA) pitched six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision against the Mariners in his previous start. Reynaldo Lopez (0-2, 12.15 ERA) has struggled so far this year, allowing 22 hits in 13 1/3 innings over three starts.

 

>>Yelich Hits Three Home Runs, Brewers Power Past Cardinals

 

Christian Yelich hit three homers, including a pair of three-run shots, and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Milwaukee Brewers past the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Monday night.

Yelich, the reigning NL MVP, hit his first three-run homer to cap a six-run second inning. After St. Louis tied it with three runs in the sixth, Yelich answered in the bottom half with a towering three-run blast to right off Mike Mayers (0-1).

 

Yelich capped off his night with his eighth homer this season, going deep to lead off the eighth. He also lined out in the first and was walked intentionally in the fourth.

 

Seven of his eight homers this season have come against the Cardinals.

 

Junior Guerra (1-0) worked 1 2/3 innings for the victory. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth after allowing Marcell Ozuna's sixth home run to open the inning.

 

In the sixth, the Cardinals loaded the bases with one out. Guerra entered, and his first pitch to Paul Goldschmidt sailed past catcher Yasmani Grandal for a run-scoring passed ball. Goldschmidt and Ozuna followed with RBI singles to tie it.

 

The Brewers erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the second off Dakota Hudson. Mike Moustakes opened with his sixth homer. Eric Thames, Ben Gamel, pitcher Freddy Peralta and Lorenzo Cain each singled to account for two runs. Yelich then lined a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center.

 

St. Louis made it 6-3 in the third on Yadier Molina's RBI double.

 

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first on consecutive one-out homers by Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong. Goldschmidt has hit five of his seven home runs this season at Miller Park, including a three-homer game on March 29.

 

Cain robbed Matt Carpenter of a two-run homer with a grab above the center field wall to end the second inning.

 

Neither starter was effective. Peralta allowed three runs on four hits with three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Hudson was tagged for six runs on eight hits with three walks in 3 2/3.

 

Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.93 ERA) looks to build on consecutive solid starts, having allowed one run in 11 innings in his previous two outings. Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 6.00) makes his fourth start and second against the Cardinals.

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Girls Softball: Monticello Rallies Past Rantoul

Skyler Frye broke a 6-all tie with a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete a comeback 8-6 win over Rantoul in Illini Prairie Conference girls softball action Monday afternoon from Monticello High School.

 

The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings but Monticello scored three runs in the third and fifth innings to tie the score at 6. Addison Wichus reached on an error to start the sixth inning on a play that was ten feet in front of the plate as Rantoul pitcher Lexi Sherrick and catcher Bella Shields collided and could not make the play. Their collision allowed Wichus to take second base on the play.

 

After lead-off hitter Max Daniels Struck out, Frye barely cleared the right field fence for the go-ahead home run.

 

Miranda Fogel picked up the win in circle for Monticello, going the distance with three strikeouts. 

The Lady Eagles stranded seven runners on base, with five of those in scoring position, all in the fourth inning or later.

 

Frye and Fogel each finished 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored. Fogel also drove in a run and Wichus scored twice for the Lady Sages. Avery Oberheim, Josie Nelson and Lizzie Stiverson each drove in runs in the win. 

 

The Lady Sages even their record at 7-7 overall and are 2-2 in the Illini Prairie Conference. 

 

Rantoul falls to 7-7 overall and are 1-3 in Illini Prairie action. 

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Illinois Sweeps Sunday Double-Header at Minnesota

The Illinois baseball team clinched Sunday a series win over Minnesota with 4-2 and 13-3 victories at Siebert Field. The start of the series was delayed two days due to blizzard conditions in Minnesota. 

 

Zac Taylor led Illinois with two hits and two RBIs in each game of the doubleheader. Ben Troike added a career-best-tying four hits in the opener.

 

Ben Troike led the lineup with a career-high-tying four hits, while Cam McDonald also tied a career high with three hits including a go-ahead single in the seventh. Zac Taylor drove in two runs.

 

Andy Fisher (4-1) gave Illinois its first strong outing of the day by scattering 10 hits over six innings and allowing only two runs. 

 

In game two, the Illini walked a season-high 11 times, including a program record-tying five walks issued to Kellen Sarver. 

 

Zac Taylor got the scoring started with a solo home run in the first inning and Illinois never looked back. Taylor added an RBI single later. 

 

Illinois' six fourth-inning runs were scored without the benefit of an RBI hit. Runs scored on a wild pitch, a passed ball, two fielder's choices, a bases-loaded walk, and a catcher's interference.

 

Ty Weber (3-1) took advantage of the run support and was sharp on the mound. He allowed only two runs on five hits in six innings, while striking out a season-high seven batters. 

 

The Illini go for the sweep Monday at 12 p.m. CT. 

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White Sox, Cardinals Win Sunday; Cubs Washed Out

>>Sox Get To Tanaka, Down Yankees

 

Tim Anderson hit his first career grand slam and Carlos Rodon pitched the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the scuffling Yankees on Sunday. 

 

Jose Abreu nearly had a grand slam as well - to almost the same spot in the ballpark - but settled for a sacrifice fly when Aaron Judge made a jumping catch in front of the wall. Held to one hit Saturday in a 4-0 loss, Chicago chased Masahiro Tanaka with nobody out in the fifth and won for only the second time in eight games.

 

Yoan Moncada had three hits and a walk for the White Sox, who stole five bases in the last five innings - several of them uncontested. Chicago won two of three to take consecutive series in the Bronx for the first time since 2002-03. Before last August, the White Sox hadn't captured a series at Yankee Stadium since 2005.

 

With the Yankees (6-9) missing five dangerous regulars from their lineup, Judge did all he could in this one. He scored on Luke Voit's double, lined an RBI single and threw out Moncada trying for a two-base hit. New York handed Tanaka (1-1) an early 2-0 lead, but he unraveled in the fourth and fifth as the Yankees lost their fifth in six games.

 

Rodon (2-2) allowed three hits in six innings and struck out five , improving to 3-0 in three starts at Yankee Stadium. He retired his final 11 batters after a visit from pitching coach Don Cooper.

 

Looking for his 150th career win, RHP Ervin Santana (0-1) pitches against one of his former teams Monday night when Chicago hosts Kansas City. The two-time All-Star was tagged for seven runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings by Tampa Bay in his White Sox debut last Tuesday.

 

>>Cardinals Outlast Reds in Mexico

 

Marcel Ozuna hit two home runs and Matt Carpenter connected for a tiebreaking drive in the seventh inning that sent the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 Sunday for a split of their two-game series in Mexico.

Tyler O'Neill also homered for St. Louis. Yasiel Puig hit his first home run for the Reds and Jesse Winker hit his second in two days.

 

It was 4-all when Matt Carpenter opened the seventh with his second home run of the season, tagging Amir Garrett (1-1). Ozuna hit a solo homer off Jared Hughes and Jose Martinez capped the five-run inning with a two-run single that made it 9-4.

 

Ozuna hit a three-run homer and O'Neill added a solo drive as the Cardinals took a 4-0 lead in the first off Anthony DeSclafini.

 

The Reds rallied to tie it with a four-run fifth off Miles Mikolas. An error by Carpenter at third base set up an RBI double by Michael Lorenzen, and Winker's three-run drive tied it.

 

Puig homered in the eighth to make it 9-5 and the Reds loaded the bases, but Jordan Hicks retired pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer on a grounder to escape.

 

Hicks closed for this third save. John Gant (3-0) pitched one inning.

 

Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.79) starts at Milwaukee tonight.

 

>>Cubs, Angels Washed Out

 

Snow and rain led to the postponement of Sunday's finale of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

A makeup date was not immediately announced.

 

Steady snow fell throughout the morning and a mix of snow and rain continued throughout the afternoon.

 

With the postponement, the Cubs decided to keep Tyler Chatwood in the bullpen for now and start Yu Darvish in the opener of three-game series in Miami on Monday night. Chatwood was scheduled to take Jon Lester's turn in the rotation after the left-hander strained his left hamstring.

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Jets Beat Blues To Get On Board in NHL Playoffs

Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist, and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Sunday night to climb back into their first-round playoff series.

 

Winnipeg dropped the first two games at home.

 

Kevin Hayes, Brandon Tanev and Dustin Byfuglien also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves.

 

David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington made 23 stops.

 

Perron put St. Louis in front with a power-play goal late in the first period. He whipped a shot past Hellebuyck from the slot.

 

But the Jets grabbed the lead for good when they scored three times in a span of 4:01 in the second.

 

Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night in St. Louis.

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Celtics Rally Past Pacers for Game 1 Win in NBA Playoffs

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and the Boston rallied in the second half to the beat Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

 

Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points. Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points. It was the first playoff game since 2017 for Irving and Hayward after each missed last year's postseason with injuries.

 

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter. The Celtics capitalized and led by as many as 22 in the fourth. The 29 points that Indiana scored in the second half were its worst of the season.

 

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers. Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

 

Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead. The Pacers didn't get their first field goal of the second half until Joseph dropped in a layup with 3:38 left in the third. They finished the quarter 2 for 19 from the field.

 

The Pacers went 12 of 21 from the free throw line (57%) and the Celtics outrebounded the Pacers 55-42.

 

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

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Tiger Wins Masters

Tiger Woods, draped in red and black and aged sinew, popped under a graying sky. It did not feel like a Masters Sunday. Woods turned back time, literally in this case, as his first tee shot was in the air off the first hole at 9:21 a.m. local time. Players were going off both tees because an afternoon storm was coming. Little did we know that the only storm we'd see on this day was swinging a TaylorMade driver and wearing a mock-neck red shirt. 

 

Tiger stalked the fourth tee after his birdie at No. 3. His eyes were on the tops of the towering pines, and he came up well short, bogeying the fourth.

 

Then came the fifth, which he bogeyed for the fourth consecutive day. 

 

Tiger made birdies on Nos. 7 and 8 to get to 1 under on the day and scrape the top of the leaderboard at 12 under as playing partner Francesco Molinari plodded on at 13 under.

 

A bogey at No. 10 led to the moment of the tournament. Woods sprayed a drive on the par-4 11th that landed in a bowl of pine needles, fertilizer and mud well right of the hardest hole on the course. Spectators were roped off like cattle after a security guard tried to break up a double play with Woods playing the part of the second baseman earlier in the week, and Woods crouched behind his ball examining his options. 

 

On No. 11 and then on No. 12, it was the wisdom of a man who has played nearly 100 rounds at this tournament. After Molinari came up breathtakingly short on the dangerous 12th and his ball chugged for the water, Woods put one in the heart of the green. He would have pounded one onto Augusta Country Club before he was going to repeat what the Italian had just done.

 

Two putts for par, and Woods was tied for the lead headed to the second nine.

 

Tiger made an easy birdie on the 13th, but Molinari did the same. After Molinari's double bogey at the 12th, it felt as if they would be in lockstep the rest of the way. 

 

Tiger pumped a 5-iron to the middle of the green at 15 and two-putted for another birdie to push his number to 13 under. 

 

Ahead of them, Patrick Cantlay stumbled home as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele were unable to muster much-needed birdies at the final two holes. They finished at 12 under.

 

On the 18th, he hit 3-wood and sheathed it with a flip spin of the club. Woods would two-putt for bogey and a one-stroke win, his 15th major and fifth green jacket. 

 

Tiger Woods receives $2,070,000 for his Masters win. 

 

Runners up -- Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Koepka: $858,666.67 each. 

 

T5 -- Jason Day, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau: $403,937.50 each

 

T9 -- Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Rickie Fowler -- $310,500 each

 

T12 -- Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Justin Harding, Ian Poulter -- $225,400 each

 

17th -- Aaron Wise: $184,000

 

T18 -- Patton Kizire, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott -- $161,000 each

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Clinton vs Warrensburg-Latham Washed Out

Today's (FRI) scheduled baseball and softball games between Clinton and Warrensburg-Latham have been postponed due to wet field conditions.

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Jets Sign Former Packers RB, TE Montgomery

The New York Jets have signed former Baltimore and Green Bay running back Ty Montgomery, giving them some versatility and depth in the backfield behind Le'Veon Bell.

 

The 26-year-old Montgomery ran for 188 yards and one touchdown on 41 carries in 13 games with the Ravens and Packers last season. He also had 10 catches for 65 yards.

 

Montgomery was drafted by Green Bay in the third round out of Stanford as a wide receiver in 2015, but switched to running back in his second season. The Packers traded him to the Ravens last October for a 2020 seventh-round pick.

 

Montgomery has rushed for 932 yards and seven TDs in his career, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He also has 107 catches for 892 yards and three scores. Montgomery could also help on special teams, averaging 22.7 yards on 35 career returns.

 

The Jets signed Bell last month to be their lead running back, but now also have Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De'Angelo Henderson on the roster as potential backups.

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Cardinals, Cubs Win Thursday

>>Cardinals Outlast Dodgers in Slugfest

 

Matt Wieters drove in a three runs and stole a base for just the third time in six years, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-7 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the NL champions.

 

Making his first start this season, the 32-year-old Wieters hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and a two-run double in the fifth that put the Cardinals ahead 8-7. With runners at the corners in the fifth, Wieters stole second as Matt Carpenter struck out, his first steal since April 27, 2017, and just the ninth of his major league career.

 

St. Louis' bullpen combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings in the series finale and allowed one run in the four games.

 

Harrison Bader was hit by pitches with the bases loaded in both the second and fifth innings. He was the first player to force in runs twice in a game while getting hit since Toronto's Reed Johnson on April 16, 2005, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

 

He was part of a rare two-run wild pitch in the second inning by Walker Buehler. When the ball bounced toward the first base dugout and first baseman David Freese let catcher Rocky Gale chase after it, Jeff Gyorko scored from third and Bader from second.

 

Jose Martinez matched a career high with four hits, including an RBI double off Yimi Garcia in a two-run sixth. St. Louis set a season high for runs and swept the Dodgers in a four-game series for the first time since July 15-18, 2010.

 

Giovanny Gallegos (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his first appearance of the season for the Cardinals to win in relief of Michael Wacha, who allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. It was the first Major League win for Gallegos in 23 appearances.

 

Pedro Baez (0-1) gave up four runs - three earned - and four hits in one inning.

 

Adam Wainwright (1-0, 4.50) is to start Friday against the Reds and RHP Tanner Roark (0-0, 5.79). Wainwright is one win shy of 150.

 

>>Cubs Outlast Rain, Pirates

 

Jose Quintana struck out 11 in seven innings of four-hit ball as Chicago blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night.

Quintana (1-1) bounced back after being roughed up for eight runs and eight hits in three innings against Milwaukee during his first start of the season last Friday. It was the longest outing by a Chicago starter this season.

 

Daniel Descalso and Victor Caratini each had two hits and an RBI in a game that was delayed 69 minutes by rain before the eighth inning.

 

Caratini left after the delay and X-rays indicate the backup catcher might have a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He believes he was injured on a swing, and a CT scan is scheduled for Friday.

Steve Cishek pitched the eighth and Pedro Strop got three outs for his first save. The Cubs took two of three in their first home series after opening with a 2-7 road trip.

 

Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed two unearned runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.

With one out in the seventh, Jason Heyward lifted a pop fly to shallow left field and the strong right-to-left wind blew the ball toward the line. Because of a defensive shift, no Pittsburgh fielder had a clear shot at it. Three players converged and the ball hit off the glove of third baseman Jung Ho Kang in fair territory and fell in.

 

Descalso followed with a single to drive in Heyward for the game's first run. Descalso went to second on the throw to the plate and scored when the next batter, Caratini, doubled to right-center against Francisco Liriano.

 

Cole Hamels (1-0, 5.73 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game home series against the Angles on Friday afternoon. LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 2.45) goes for Los Angeles.

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Koepka, DeChambeau Atop Leaderboard at Day 1 of Masters

The 2019 Masters is off and rolling with major champions all bunched up at the top of the leaderboard and four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods very much in the hunt for another green jacket. Woods shot a 2-under 70, matching his first round score from each of his first three Masters victories.

 

The story of the afternoon was Brooks Koepka, who answered criticism of his weight loss in dominant fashion as he grabbed a share of the 18-hole lead late Thursday in his first Masters start as a major champion. After a mostly uneventful first nine, Koepka ran off five birdies in six holes to start the second nine and grab the tournament by the throat. But he's not alone. Bryson DeChambeau was equally as impressive, holding T1 alongside Koepka after firing off four straight birdies to end his opening round with a 6-under 66.

 

In total, there are 20 players within four strokes of the lead. Thursday didn't do much to sort out the top, but it did nearly eliminate several players we were watching heading into the week. Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth Paul Casey all played themselves out of contention. Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia all carded 1-over 73s. All of these world golfers are capable of going low on Friday to make the cut, but as they currently sit outside the top 40 on the leaderboard, it's hard to imagine that any of them have a real shot to win. 

 

When Koepka last played in the Masters, he had one PGA Tour win, no majors and was ranked 25th in the world. Koepka himself pointed to the experience of watching the 2018 Masters at home as a motivating factor in a renewed commitment to the game. Ever since, there hasn't been a better major championship player on the planet, and he seems extra motivated by the talk about his weight coming into the week. 

 

DeChambeau finished with six birdies over the final seven holes, nearly dunking a hole-in-one on 16 and chipping in from off the green.

 

Phil Mickelson had to pull out all the stops over the second nine during his charge. He rode the wave of good scoring in the afternoon and seemed to be in the zone, carding five birdies over the last seven holes, including being one of the few golfers to get a birdie on the 18th. Mickelson sits a shot back of the leaders at five-under.

 

There's nothing to be concerned about from a round of 68 from Dustin Johnson, it just seemed as though he was falling behind going head-to-head with DeChambeau down the stretch. Johnson sits at four-under, two back of the leaders. 

 

Fowler (-2) struggled with a couple tee balls early but caught some good breaks, battled a little and kept his card pretty clean with just one bogey. There's room for improvement, particularly on the par-5s, he's still in striking distance on a day where the course was tricky for even the game's biggest stars. 

 

Jason Day (T11, -2) needed to get stretched out for a back injury reportedly suffered while lifting one of his children near the putting green. He responded well to the treatment with a birdie on 2 and then birdies on two more par-5s (No. 8, No. 13) and another on No. 16. 

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Bozak's late goal lifts Blues over Jets 2-1 in Game 1

Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period off Maroon's assist to give the Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series.

 

Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to Bozak in the slot, and Bozak's quick shot went by Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck for the go-ahead goal.

 

David Perron also scored for St. Louis early in the third, and Jordan Binnington made 24 saves.

Patrik Laine scored late in the first period and Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who host Game 2 on Friday.

 

St. Louis outshot the Jets 8-7 in the opening frame, with Laine having two shots.

 

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien helped divert a St. Louis goal early in the second period. Vladimir Tarasenko fired a shot at Hellebuyck and the puck trickled out from under him toward the goal line, but Byfuglien swooped in and slapped it out of the crease.

 

Winnipeg's penalty kill worked twice more in the second period. Binnington then came up big on a backhand breakaway shot by Par Lindholm and a quick shot from Andrew Copp.

 

The Jets got their first power play of the game with 3:09 left in the middle frame. Byfuglien had his team's two shots with the man advantage - one was stopped and the other hit the post.

 

Laine rang a shot off the post just over one minute into the third, followed by Perron's point shot through traffic that went by Hellebuyck to tie it up at 4:05. The Winnipeg netminder blocked a Bozak shot late in the period and then couldn't stop the winner.

 

Hellebuyck was pulled right away for the extra attacker, but Binnington slid across his crease to make an impressive pad save on Scheifele's one-timer with under 12.4 seconds left.

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Lyles sharp, Cervelli and Marte homer, Pirates beat Cubs 5-2

Jordan Lyles struck out 10 in six crisp innings to tie a career high, Francisco Cervelli and Starling Marte homered off Yu Darvish, and the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs 5-2 on Wednesday.

 

Lyles (1-0) allowed three hits and was sharp again in his second start, with Jason Heyward's solo shot in the fifth accounting for the lone run against him. The right-hander walked only one as Pittsburgh bounced back from a 10-0 drubbing in the Cubs' home opener Monday to win for the fifth time in six games.

 

Heyward had three hits and Javier Baez drove in run with a double in the eighth, but Felipe Vazquez got the final five outs for his third save in as many chances.

 

Cervelli lined a homer to left-center in the first to put the Pirates ahead 1-0.

 

Marte turned on a fastball and lofted a two-run shot down the left-field line in the third to make it 3-0.

Heyward's drive in the fourth cut it to 3-1 and reached the edge of the center-field shrubs despite the steady incoming wind.

 

The Pirates tacked on two runs and chased Darvish in the sixth. Josh Bell had an RBI single off reliever Kyle Ryan, and Cervelli came home on Ryan's errant pick-off to first.

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