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HS Softball: Lady Maroons Tame Broncos In 2A Regional Opener

In a game heard Monday afternoon on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons topped the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos, 7 to 1, in Class 2A Regional softball action.  
 

Clinton jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first two innings, and never trailed.  
 

The Lady Maroons were led by the Serv Pro of Piatt Dewitt County Player of the Game - Ashley Armstrong.  The junior pitched seven innings for the win, only allowing 1 run on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts and no walks.  Armstrong also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs batted in.  

 

In addition, the Maroons saw Heidi Humble go 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Alaina Soberalski also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. 
 

Serena Throneburg took the loss for the Broncos.  She gave up 7 runs on 10 hits with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.  CGB committed six errors in the game.  The Broncos season ends at 1-21. 
 

Clinton improves to 4-19 on the year.  They advance to take on Maroa-Forsyth Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Illinois Wesleyan University. Hear all the action on all WHOW platforms! 
 

 

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HS Baseball: Olympia Walks Off Clinton for Regional Win

Saegen Pierce drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Olympia walked off Clinton 3-2 in high school boy's baseball Class 2A regional quarterfinal action from Stanford Monday afternoon. 

 

Pierce finished 2-for-3 for the Spartans. 

 

Mason Walker was terrific on the bump for Clinton twirling 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball. He allowed five hits, issued three walks and struck out four.

 

Caiden Rich scored the tying run for Clinton in the sixth inning. 

 

The Maroons finish the regular season 8-8.

 

Class 2A Regional quarterfinal action from Tuesday:

 

Fithian-Oakwood 12

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 14

 

Dee-Mack 17

Fieldcrest 11

 

Pana 9

Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond 0

 

Warrensburg-Latham 7

Buffalo Tri-City 6

 

Class 1A Regional Quarterfinal Action from Tuesday:

 

Ridgeview 9

Dwight 10

 

Decatur LSA 8

Cerro Gordo 2

 

Meridian 8

Central A & M 9

 

Villa Grove 13

Broadlands-Heritage 3

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HS Baseball: Monticello Rolls Okaw Valley

Monticello used a balanced attack to get by Okaw Valley 7-3 in the regular-season finale of the high school boy's baseball season from Bethany Monday afternoon. 

 

Triston Foran, Jack Buckalew, and Thomas Swartz drove in two runs apiece and Luke Teschke from the nine-spot drove in a run for the Sages.

 

Foran threw two innings of two-run ball for Monticello. Dawlton Chupp followed with three innings of one-run ball and Spencer Mitze and Joey Sprinkle fired a scoreless inning each to fins out the win. 

 

Monticello finishes the regular season 19-8 overall. It's off to the postseason next for the Sages who take on Westville in Regional semifinal action Thursday from Tolono Unity.

 

Hear the action starting at 4:30 pm on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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White Sox Outlast Royals

In a game heard on WHOW, Luis Robert hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after Johnny Cueto's impressive Chicago debut, and the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Monday night in the opener of a five-game series.

 

Yasmani Grandal also had a two-run shot for the White Sox, who squandered a 3-0 lead in the eighth.

 

The 36-year-old Cueto pitched six shutout innings in his first major league start this season after getting promoted from Triple-A Charlotte. He allowed just two hits and two walks, striking out seven. Only one runner reached second base against him.

 

Ryan Burr (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth and Liam Hendriks earned his 10th save in 13 tries.

 

Barlow got five outs without giving up a hit until Robert went deep.

 

Brad Keller also was solid for Kansas City. He allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings - with many of the hits coming on soft contact.

 

The White Sox got their first run on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Vaughn in the third. Adam Engel led off with a fly ball that dropped between left fielder Andrew Benintendi and center fielder Michael A. Taylor. Engel then stole second and scored on Vaughn's fly to right.

 

Grandal made it 3-0 when he lined an 0-2 pitch into the right-field bullpen. He drove in Robert, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with an infield single.

 

The Royals tied it in the eighth against Kendall Graveman. Whit Merrifield lined a two-run double off the wall in left-center. He went to third on the throw home and scored on a single by Benintendi.

 

The White Sox will send RHP Dylan Cease (3-1, 3.55 ERA) to the mound in the opener and wait until after that game to determine who gets the ball for the nightcap. Tony La Russa said it's possible RHP Lucas Giolito (2-1, 2.70) could return from the COVID-19 injured list.

 

The Royals will have Jonathan Heasley (0-1, 2.70 ERA) pitch one game and Brady Singer (0-0, 6.35) the other. Kansas City manager Mike Matheny had not announced the order.

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Cubs Roll Pirates

Willson Contreras led off with a double and became a rare leadoff hitter with a first-inning grand slam as the Chicago Cubs burst to an eight-run lead and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 on Monday night.

 

Contreras became the 10th leadoff hitter since 1901 with a first-inning slam, the first since Houston's George Springer off Kansas City's Edinson Volquez on June 24, 2016. The slam was the 100th homer of Contreras' career, making him the third Cubs catcher to reach that mark along with Gabby Hartnett and Jody Davis. Contreras became the first Cub with two extra-base hits in an inning since Javier Baez on May 1, 2019.

 

Wade Miley (1-0) retired his first 14 batters before Michael Chavis lined a single to left and ended a 13-inning hitless streak for Pittsburgh batters. The Pirates didn't get any hits in a 1-0 win over visiting Cincinnati on Sunday and had not gotten a hit since Rodolfo Castro's seventh-inning single during Saturday's 3-1 win.

 

Miley started the season on the injured list with elbow inflammation and made his second start with Chicago after he was claimed on waivers from the Reds in November. He allowed one runner in seven innings and struck out six, throwing 83 pitches.

 

After getting a big early lead, the left-hander worked fast and kept Pirates hitters off balance.

 

Michael Rucker finished with two-hit relief, and the Cubs won their third straight.

Pittsburgh is batting .223 this season.

 

Ian Happ had three hits, including a double in the first, and scored three runs as Chicago ended a six-game slide at home and improved to 5-11 at Wrigley Field. Yan Gomes also had three hits, including a double.

 

Contreras led off with a double off Dylan Peters (3-2) and scored Chicago's first run, then lined his fourth slam to left- center off Bryse Wilson on the first pitch of his second at-bat.

 

Happ also had two hits in the first as the Cubs chased Peters, who faced seven hitters and retired only two. All five Cubs who reached against Peters scored.

 

Wilson was charged with the next three Chicago runs.

 

Pittsburgh RHP JT Brubaker (0-3, 5.34) starts against Chicago RHP Keegan Thompson (2-0, 1.67) on Tuesday night.

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Mets, Cardinals Washed Out Monday

The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets scheduled for Monday night was postponed because of rain in the forecast and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Tuesday at Citi Field.

 

The first game will begin at 3:10 p.m., with the nightcap to follow 30-40 minutes after the opener ends.

 

The teams are set to play a four-game series - their first meeting since getting into a bench-clearing scuffle last month in St. Louis.

 

With heavy thunderstorms in the evening forecast, the game was postponed a little more than 3 1/2 hours before it was supposed to begin.

 

Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49 ERA) had been slated to pitch for the Cardinals, who arrived in New York off a 15-6 blowout of the San Francisco Giants at home Sunday night.

 

The Mets were expected to tab long man Trevor Williams (0-2, 5.73) for a spot start in place of injured Tylor Megill.

 

The team said Williams and fellow right-hander Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.00 ERA) will start Tuesday, with the order to be announced.

 

Walker and former Mets lefty Steven Matz (3-3, 6.40) were the scheduled starters Tuesday night before Monday's game was called off.

 

New York lost 8-7 at home to Seattle on Sunday, dropping two of three to the Mariners over the weekend for its first series loss this season. The Mets entered Monday with the best record in the National League at 23-13.

 

Tuesday will mark the Mets' fourth doubleheader this year. They swept the Giants on April 19 and the Atlanta Braves on May 3, both at home, before splitting a twinbill in Philadelphia on May 8.

 

It will be the first doubleheader this season for the Cardinals (19-15).

 

New York took two of three games in St. Louis from April 25-27.

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HS Softball: Lady Maroons Tame Broncos In 2A Regional Opener

In a game heard Monday afternoon on WHOW, the Clinton Lady Maroons topped the Cerro Gordo-Bement Broncos, 7 to 1, in Class 2A Regional softball action.  
 

Clinton jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first two innings, and never trailed.  
 

The Lady Maroons were led by the Serv Pro of Piatt Dewitt County Player of the Game - Ashley Armstrong.  The junior pitched seven innings for the win, only allowing 1 run on 6 hits with 8 strikeouts and no walks.  Armstrong also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 runs batted in.  

 

In addition, the Maroons saw Heidi Humble go 2 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Alaina Soberalski also went 2 for 3 with an RBI. 
 

Serena Throneburg took the loss for the Broncos.  She gave up 7 runs on 10 hits with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.  CGB committed six errors in the game.  The Broncos season ends at 1-21. 
 

Clinton improves to 4-19 on the year.  They advance to take on Maroa-Forsyth Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 at Illinois Wesleyan University. Hear all the action on all WHOW platforms! 
 

 

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Illinois Outlasts Weather and Nebraska

The Fighting Illini walked off in the bottom of the ninth inning after coming back from a four-run deficit to take the final game of the series against Nebraska, 5-4. 

 

The game had two rain delays totaling four hours and fifty-three minutes as the originally scheduled 2 p.m. game ended at 9:45 p.m. CT.

 

All four of Nebraska's runs came on a grand slam in the top of the third inning. The Illini scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get within one of the Huskers, and Justin Janas's 2-out single led the Illini to their second walk-off win of the season.

 

Ty Rybarczyk started for the Illini and Joe Glassey came in out of the bullpen, throwing five innings and giving up just one hit while striking out six. Tommy Green entered after the second rain delay, throwing one scoreless inning and earning the win to move to 2-2 on the season. Nebraska's Hawkins moves to 0-2 with the loss.

 

The Illini took two of three on the weekend. 

 

Illinois is on the road next weekend at Penn State for the final B1G series of the season before heading to Omaha, Neb. for the B1G Tournament (May 25-29).

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Illinois State Powers Past Missouri State

Sophomore Ryan Cermak and junior Jake McCaw blasted back-to-back home runs in the 8th inning to lift the Illinois State baseball team to a 4-3 victory over Missouri State at Hammons Field on Sunday.

 

Cermak's 18th home run of the season tied the game at 3-3 before McCaw's 12th home run of 2022 put the Redbirds (19-27 overall, 6-12 Missouri Valley Conference) on top for good.

 

Sophomore Justin Schubert threw 4.1 innings in relief, recording the win as he did not allow a run in the 7th, 8th, or 9th innings. Senior Colin Wyman also had a solid showing on the mound, allowing one run in 4.2 innings. Wyman was forced to exit the game after a 1:41 rain delay.

 

Cermak robbed what would have been a game-tying home run in the 4th inning.

 

The Bears drop back to .500 at 24-24 overall and move to 7-11 in the MVC.

 

Illinois State is scheduled to play at Indiana on Tuesday with a 6:00 p.m. CT start, seeking to defeat its fourth Big Ten team in 2022.

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Yankees Drop White Sox

Nestor Cortes pitched a career-high eight innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over Michael Kopech and the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

 

New York managed just two hits: a second-inning single for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a two-run homer by Joey Gallo in the ninth. But it was more than enough, thanks to the crafty Cortes (2-1).

 

The 27-year-old left-hander, who carried a no-hitter into the eighth in his previous outing against Texas, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked none in another brilliant performance. He has permitted two runs or fewer in each of his seven starts this year.

 

Since his first big league outing of last season, on May 30, 2021, Cortes has an AL-low 2.44 ERA over 133 innings. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 16 straight starts, matching Luis Severino in 2018 for the second-longest such streak in franchise history.

 

Clay Holmes finished the four-hitter for New York's 18th win in 21 games. The major league-leading Yankees took three of four in the series.

 

Kopech (0-1) pitched six innings of one-hit ball for Chicago. The right-hander had five sharp innings - and one real bad one.

 

New York got to Kopech for three runs in the second after he retired the first two batters, making the most of four walks, a wild pitch and Kiner-Falefa's single to left. Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu each walked with the bases loaded, and Jose Trevino scored on the wild pitch.

 

Kopech threw 41 pitches in the second, 17 for strikes. He threw a total of 50 pitches in his other five innings, 33 for strikes.

 

Kopech's shaky stretch provided more than enough run support for Cortes, who retired 15 in a row after Luis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a first-inning single.

 

Adam Engel homered for Chicago with one out in the eighth, but Cortes retired the next two batters. Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal flied out to the warning track in right for the second out.

 

The White Sox open an eight-game trip Monday night at Kansas City. The White Sox haven't announced their starting pitcher, and the Royals plan to go with RHP Brad Keller (1-3, 2.70 ERA).

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Cubs Edge Dbacks

Frank Schwindel had a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Sunday.

 

Patrick Wisdom and Rafael Ortega also homered for the Cubs, who have won four of six after a 3-14 stretch.

 

Wisdom doubled to deep center field to lead off the ninth against Ian Kennedy (2-2) and Schwindel reached out and hit a soft line drive over first base for his second hit of the game.

 

Scott Effross (1-1) gave up a single to open the ninth. Rowan Wick allowed a single to the first batter he faced before getting his fourth save in as many chances on a foulout and double-play grounder.

 

Chicago starter Justin Steele struck out a career-high 10 and gave up one earned run and three hits in six innings. It was his first appearance since being removed from last Sunday's start after four innings because of thumb soreness.

 

Cubs right fielder Seiya Suzuki was 1 for 3 with a double and a walk in his second straight start after missing three starts with an ankle injury.

 

Suzuki also made two outstanding plays in the field, a sliding catch on Christian Walker's line drive in front of him in the first inning and a backhanded, over-the-shoulder catch on Josh Rojas' flyball to the warning track in the seventh.

 

Arizona lost its first series in six. The Diamondbacks had won their previous last five one-run games - they are 7-4 in one-run games this season after going was 10-31 in such games last season.

 

Ortega hit the second pitch of the game for a 428-foot homer and Wisdom led off the second with a 414-foot homer for a quick 2-0 lead off Humberto Castellanos.

 

Daulton Varsho had an RBI single and shortstop Ildemaro Vargas made a two-out error as the Diamondbacks tied it at 2-all in the fourth.

 

Walker and Pavin Smith singled to open the ninth before Varsho fouled out and Peralta grounded into a double play started by second baseman Jonathan Villar. Peralta's ball was measured at 107 mph.

 

Wade Miley (0-0) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh RHP Bryse Wilson (0-2) in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Monday.

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Cardinals Club Giants

Albert Pujols made his first career pitching appearance Sunday night, closing out a 15-6 blowout for the St. Louis Cardinals over the San Francisco Giants that gave Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina the major league record for wins by a starting battery.

 

Molina homered and drove in four runs, Wainwright tossed six effective innings and St. Louis roughed up Carlos Rodon early. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado each added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who took two of three in the series after losing two of three to struggling Baltimore. Goldschmidt had three RBIs.

 

Pujols, the Cardinals' designated hitter, entered to pitch in the ninth inning for the first time in his 22-year career. He gave up a three-run homer to Luis Gonzalez and a solo shot to Joey Bart but managed to get the final three outs with plenty of margin to spare.

 

Wainwright and Molina broke the major league mark with their 203rd victory as a starting battery. They passed Warren Spahn and Del Crandall, who amassed 202 wins for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves from 1949-63.

 

Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer for San Francisco, which lost its second in a row after winning six straight.

 

Molina capped a four-run outburst in the first inning off Rodon (4-2) with a two-run single. The 39-year-old catcher added a two-run homer off reliever Zack Littell in the fifth to make it 11-0.

 

Wainwright (4-3) gave up two runs and three hits. He struck out five and walked two. The 40-year-old right-hander retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced. Gonzalez got the Giants' first hit with a two-out single in the fifth.

 

Rodon allowed eight runs and 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. He had given up just seven earned runs over his previous six starts this season.

 

Every St. Louis starter had a hit by the sixth inning. Pujols was 2 for 3 at the plate with a double. He scored twice and drove in a run.

 

St. Louis outfielder Juan Yepez singled in the first inning. He has reached safely in each of his first 11 games, the longest streak by a Cardinals rookie since Luis Alicea went 23 successive games to begin his career in 1988.

 

The Cardinals were 0-4 in Sunday night games last year before winning in their first try this season.

 

Gonzalez came in from the outfield to pitch in the seventh with the bases loaded and two outs. He gave up a run-scoring single to Dylan Carlson before getting Harrison Bader to fly out.

 

Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49 ERA) faces the Mets in the opener of a four-game set Monday night in New York - though a storm is in the forecast. Mikolas has allowed two runs or fewer in all seven starts this season. The Mets had not announced a starter yet.

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Kurt Busch Dominates Kansas for First Win of 2022

Kurt Busch survived a weary day of tire attrition, then pinched his way past Kyle Larson for the lead with eight laps to go, before driving away from the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to win for the first time at Kansas — and give the up-and-coming 23XI Racing team owned by Hamlin and NBA great Michael Jordan its second win ever.

 

Larson had the dominant car, riding the top line around the mile-and-a-half oval, but Busch was able to put his Toyota just about anywhere he wanted. That paid off when the two were side-by-side with eight to go and Busch squeezed by Larson, who brushed the wall and lost just enough momentum to surrender the lead — and the win.

 

Busch pulled his No. 45 car — one of the numbers that Jordan wore during his career — to a stop at the start-finish line and climbed out the window before throwing his arms up in triumph, the familiar Jumpman logo splashed across his fire suit.

 

It was the second win for 23XI after Bubba Wallace triumphed last year at Talladega, and it came at the most unexpected of times; neither of the team’s drivers had finished in the top 10 this season.

 

Kyle Busch, who earlier this week welcomed daughter Lennix Key into the world, managed to avoid the tire trouble and hold off Ross Chastain and Chase Elliott to win the first stage Sunday. His older brother, Kurt, beat him to the line to take the second stage with Elliott again coming across in third.

 

Christopher Bell parlayed his third pole of the season into a fifth-place finish. Martin Truex, Jr. bounced back from his tire issue to finish sixth with Chastain, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Alex Bowman and Wallace rounding out the top 10.

 

The series takes a regular-season break before the Coca-Cola 600 and heads to Texas for next weekend’s All-Star race.

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HS Baseball: Clinton Downs Warrensburg-Latham

The Clinton Maroons used a five-run second inning to propel them past Warrebsurg-Latham 8-3 in Central Illinois Conference high school boy's baseball action from Clinton Friday afternoon.

 

Josh Carter and Brooks Cluver combined to shut down the Cardinals on the mound and Cluver and the Walker brothers led the way at the plate.

 

Carter went two innings allowing three runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Cluver finished the game with five shutout innings allowing two hits, walking four and striking out seven. 

 

Cluver and Mason Walker went 2-for-4 with a double apiece and freshman Colton Walker finished 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

 

Joey Young hit a solo homerun for Warrensburg-Latham. The Cardinals drop to 16-10 overall with a 9-5 mark in the CIC. 

 

The Maroons finishes the regular season 8-7 overall and 8-6 in the CIC. 

 

Next week it's off to postseason play at Olympia for Clinton in Regional action in the 2A playoffs.

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HS Baseball: Big Sixth Inning Sends Monticello Past Mt. Zion

The Monticello Sages used an eight-run sixth inning to get by Mt. Zion 11-2 in non-conference high school boy's baseball action from Millikin University in Decatur on Friday afternoon.

 

Jacob Trusner tripled twice in and drove in four runs as part of a 3-for-4 afternoon at the plate. Biniam Lienhart hit third on Friday and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and had two runs batted in.

 

Triston Foran finished 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot. Jack Buckalew added a triple and Joey Sprinkle doubled for the Sages. 

 

Buckalew struck out ten across six innings of two-run ball, both runs were unearned. He issued two walks and permitted four hits. 

 

Sprinkle struck out the side in a scoreless seventh for Monticello. 

 

The Sages improve to 18-8 overall. They conclude the regular season Monday afternoon and head to postseason action on Thursday at Tolono Unity taking on Westville. 

 

Hear Thursday's action from Tolono on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.

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HS Baseball: Mt. Pulaski Rolls Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy

The Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers started fast and rolled at 12-1 five-inning, ten-run rule win over Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy in non-conference high school boy's baseball action Friday afternoon in Bloomington. 

 

The Hilltoppers started with a seven-run first inning to open things up and never let up from there. Kolin Gibbs was 3-for-3 with a double, four RBIs, three runs scored and swiped two bags.

 

Jackson Fricke was 2-fof-3 with a double and a pair of runs batted in while Lucas Kuhlman scored three times in a 2-for-2 afternoon with a stolen base.

 

Luke Farris went four innings allowing a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout for the Hilltoppers.

 

Mt. Pulaski goes to 21-4 overall. They'll wrap up the regular season this morning at New Berlin. 

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HS Softball: Meridian Downs Clinton

Meridian used a quick start and shut down Clinton for a 7-2 win in Central Illinois Conference High School girl's softball action Friday afternoon from Meridian.

 

Katy Hendrick struck out 17 in a complete game, two-run effort in circle for the Lady Hawks. Hendricks walked four and permitted four hits. 

 

Hendricks went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Lucy and Lizzie Snow each tripled as well for Meridian. Sophie Roe and Kristina Smith added a double apiece in the victory. Hendricks and Snow had two RBIs apiece. 

 

Brooke Reeves and Chloe Griffin finished 1-for-4 for the Lady Maroons and Heidi Humble was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in both Clinton runs. 

 

Meridian moves to 22-5 overall and 13-1 in the CIC.

 

Clinton drops to 3-19 overall and 2-12 in the CIC.

 

The Lady Maroons are off to postseason play next week against Cerro Gordo-Bement to open Regional action from Clinton High School. Hear the action at 4:30 pm on Monday afternoon on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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HS Softball: Tuscola Blanks Clinton

The Clinton Lady Maroons could only muster six baserunners against Tuscola's Keri Pierce and fell 10-0 in Central Illinois Conference high school girl's softball action Thursday from Clinton High School. 

 

Pierce struck out five over seven scoreless innings and issued a walk while permitting five hits.

 

The Lady Warriors committed an error and Ashley Armstrong was hit by a pitch. 

 

Armstrong, Chloe Griffin, and Heidi Humble recorded hits for the Lady Maroons. 

 

Clinton falls to 3-18 overall and 2-11 in the CIC. They wrap up regular season play this afternoon at Meridian. 

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HS Boy's Baseball: Mt. Pulaski Rolls El Paso-Gridley

The Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers boy's baseball team racked up 17 hits and rolled to a 15-5, five-inning, ten-run rule win over El Paso-Gridley in non-conference high school boys baseball action Thursday afternoon at Mt. Pulaski High School.

 

Gavin Smith was 3-for-4 with five RBIs while Evan Cooper finished 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Landon Smith and Jackson Fricke finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chance Payne was also 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Lucas Kuhlman was 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored four times. 

 

AJ Bailey scored four runs and doubled for the Hilltoppers. 

 

Cooper went five innings, allowing five runs, two were earned on five hits with a walk and strikeout. 

 

With Thursday's win, Mt. Pulaski tops the 20-win mark for the third straight season going to 20-4 overall. 

 

The Hilltoppers take on Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy this afternoon and finish out the regular season tomorrow morning at New Berlin. 

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Yankees Outslug White Sox

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in a career-best six runs, and New York beat the Chicago White Sox 15-7 on Thursday night for its fourth straight victory.

 

Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson also connected for the major league-leading Yankees in the opener of an eight-game trip. Judge had four RBIs, and Donaldson drove in three runs.

 

Led by its relentless lineup, New York won for the 16th time in 18 games. Stanton and Co. are off to the franchise's best start since the Yankees also opened 23-8 in 2003.

 

Chicago tied it at 7 on Yoan Moncada's first homer of the season, a three-run drive to center against Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1) in the seventh. It was the third homer allowed by Loaisiga this year after he yielded a total of three in 70 2/3 innings in 2021.

 

Didn't matter all that much.

 

After Joe Kelly (0-1) retired the first two batters in the eighth, New York put together its highest scoring inning this season.

 

Three straight walks loaded the bases for Judge, who beat out a grounder up the middle for a two-run infield single. Torres ignored third-base coach Luis Rojas' stop sign and slid home safely for a 9-7 lead.

 

Stanton added a two-run single, and Donaldson capped the rally with a three-run shot to left against Tanner Banks.

 

Judge's major league-leading 11th homer leading off the seventh traveled an estimated 456 feet to left-center.

 

Chicago right-hander Dylan Cease matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts in four innings, but he was tagged for a season-high six runs to go along with six hits. He yielded a total of nine runs in his first six starts of the year.

 

The White Sox had won seven of eight.

 

Gerrit Cole (2-0, 2.67 ERA) pitches Friday night for New York. The right-hander has allowed one run and struck out 25 in 19 innings over his last three starts. Vince Velasquez (2-2, 3.97 ERA) takes the mound for Chicago. The right-hander is going for his third straight win.

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Orioles Edge Cardinals

Rylan Bannon became just the third Baltimore player since 2000 to get a hit on the first pitch of his big league career, Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom homered and the Orioles beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Thursday.

 

Bannon a 26-year-old third baseman, was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game and singled on a pitch from Steven Matz (3-3) with two outs in the second inning, one batter after Mateo homered to put the Orioles ahead.

 

Bannon went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and two flyouts. The 2017 Big East Player of the Year at Xavier, he was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2017 amateur draft and traded to Baltimore in July 2018 in the deal that brought Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Bemboom hit his first big league home run since September 2020 in the seventh, and Cedric Mullins added an RBI single off Genesis Cabrera later in the inning for a 3-0 lead.

 

Matz lost his second straight start, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks.

 

Baltimore took two of three from the Cardinals and improved to 4-1 in rubber games this season after going 7-5 in such games in 2021.

 

Keegan Akin (1-0), the second of six Orioles pitchers, got just his fourth win in 16 big league decisions, allowing one hit over 2 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out four on a bullpen day for the Orioles.

 

Bryan Baker gave up one hit in 2 1/3 innings of his first big league start.

 

Dylan Carlson hit a solo homer off Cionel Perez in the seventh after Tyler O'Neill bounced into a double play. Nolan Arenado added a sacrifice fly in the eighth against Joey Krehbiel.

 

Felix Bautista got four straight outs for his second save of the series and the season.

 

Trey Mancini singled twice and has a hit in eight of nine games since returning from bruised ribs on May 3.

 

 

 

Jordan Hicks (1-2, 3.78) is slated to start in Friday's series opener against Francisco. Hicks has not gone longer than 4 1/3 innings in six starts this season.

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NASCAR Off to Kansas

Joey Logano used a bump-and-run to ease leader William Byron out of the way on the next-to-last lap and won at Darlington, ending a 40-race winless streak. 

 

Logano's maneuver has been all the talk in the NASCAR world this week as the series shifts to Kansas after a lengthy run at short and intermediate tracks. 

 

Kyle Busch won after starting ninth in the spring race last year. 

 

Logano became the 10th different winner through 12 races. He also extended to 11 his streak of years with at least one victory. 

 

Byron and Ross Chastain are the lone two-time winners. Chase Elliott now leads Byron and Ryan Blaney by 65 points. Logano is fourth, 79 points back, with Chastain, Busch and Martin Truex Jr. all 89 behind. 

 

The race will be followed by the non-points all-star race at Texas, a virtual one-week break from the championship battle at the regular season midpoint for the premier series.

 

The Adventhealth 400 races at 2 pm central time Sunday with practice and qualifying Saturday afternoon at 4 pm. 

 

Pole winner John Hunter Nemechek held off Carson Hocevar by 0.552 seconds in overtime at Darlington to earn his first victory of the season in the Camping World Truck Series last weekend at Darlington. 

 

Nemechek became the sixth different winner in seven races this season. Zane Smith is the only two-time winner. Nemechek jumped to second in the points race, 30 behind Ben Rhodes. Chandler Smith is 32 back. Zane Smith all leads all drivers with 6 top-10s, but is fifth in points, 42 back.

 

Busch won after starting second in the spring race last year. 

 

The Camping World Truck Series races at 7 pm Saturday night with practice and qualifying Saturday morning at 11 am. 

 

The XFinity Series takes the week off and returns next week at Texas. Justin Allgaier ended a 34-race winless streak with his second consecutive victory at Darlington, beating teammate Noah Gragson and leading a second consecutive 1-2 finish for JR Motorsports.

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HS Baseball: Clinton Downs Meridian

Dom Thayer went the distance striking out 14 and Clinton downed Meridian 9-1 in Central Illinois Conference high school boy's baseball action from Meridian Wednesday afternoon. 

 

Thayer followed an exceptional pitching performance Tuesday by Mason Walker and for the second straight game, a Maroons pitcher went the distance helping preserve arms and pitch counts heading to postseason play starting next week.

 

Thayer allowed a run, one hit, and walked five in facing six batters over the minimum Wednesday. 

 

Brooks Cluver, Payton Cross, and Walker each had three hits apiece. 

 

Cluver finished 3-for-4. Walker was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Cross was 3-for-4 with a double and Wes Harrold drove in a pair of runs going 2-for-3 for Clinton.

 

The Maroons get back to .500 at 7-7 overall and move to 7-6 in the Central Illinois Conference. 

 

The Maroons wrap up the regular season at home Friday hosting Warrensburg-Latham and begin Regional play at Olympia next week.

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HS Baseball: Mt. Pulaski Downs Havana

The Mt. Pulaski Hilltoppers used a four-run fourth inning to propel them past Havana 6-2 in non-conference high school boy's baseball action Wednesday afternoon in Havana.

 

Gavin Smith struck out 12 across 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball, one was earned. Smith permitted two hits and walked four. Liam Smith closed the game out with two strikeouts across an inning and two-thirds.

 

Freshman Chance Payne was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Clayton Aylesworth was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Lucas Kuhlman walked three times and Jackson Fricke was 1-for-2 with an RBI and walked twice.

 

Smith scored two runs for the Hilltoppers.

 

Mt. Pulaski goes to 19-4 overall. 

 

The Hilltoppers host El Paso-Gridley this afternoon.

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HS Softball: Shelbyville Downs Clinton

Shelbyville scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 4-all tie and got by Clinton 9-4 in Central Illinois Conference High School girl's softball action from Shelbyville Wednesday afternoon.

 

Brooke Reeves pitched a scoreless inning to start for Clinton and the wheels fell off late for Ashley Armstrong who allowed all nine runs, but six were earned. She walked two, struck out four and permitted 11 hits.

 

Reeves was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI to lead the Lady Maroons offense. Heidi Humble finished 2-for-2 with a triple, pair of walks, and an RBI. Alaina Soberalski, Ari Humes, Ella Steward, and Mea Kivlehan each recorded hits for Clinton. 

 

The Lady Maroons fall to 3-16 overall and are 2-9 in the Central Illinois Conference.

 

Clinton will host Tuscola this afternoon and then travels to Meridian Friday to wrap up the regular season before Regional play at Cerro Gordo next week.

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COVID Postpones White Sox, Guardians Wednesday Game

The Cleveland Guardians are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined manager Terry Francona and several of the team's coaches, leading to the postponement of Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.

 

Shortly after Francona's positive test became known, Major League Baseball said there were ''multiple positive COVID-19 tests'' in Cleveland's organization and called off Wednesday's series finale to allow for more testing and contact tracing.

 

It's the first coronavirus-related postponement since the season started on April 7.

 

Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who was slotted to fill in for Francona, also tested positive, and Cleveland has ''multiple coaches and other team support staff members'' infected with the virus, according to team spokesman Bart Swain.

 

At this point, it's unclear who will manage the Guardians when they open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. It's likely the team will bring up several minor league coaches and field coordinators for the series.

 

First-base coach Sandy Alomar could be an option to manage. He took over those duties during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season after Francona was forced to step away after just 14 games due to a health issue.

 

The Guardians are off Thursday. The team did set its rotation for the Twins series, with Aaron Civale starting on Friday, followed by Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie. Civale was scheduled to start Wednesday.

 

Francona, who has dealt with serious health problems the past two seasons, tested positive for the virus a few hours before the scheduled first pitch. The team said the 63-year-old Francona currently is not showing any symptoms.

 

Cleveland's team recently had a coronavirus outbreak, with infielders Owen Miller, Yu Chang and pitchers Cal Quantrill and Anthony Castro all being placed on the COVID-19 injury list. All have returned except Chang, who is in the minors.

 

Also, the team's TV broadcast crew had several members test positive during the team's West Coast trip.

 

Francona had been in good health this season following two challenging years. In 2020, he was hospitalized with gastrointestinal issues. Last year, Francona struggled after undergoing offseason surgery on his foot and left the team in July.

 

Dylan Cease (3-1, 2.38 ERA) will face the New York Yankees on Thursday. Cease allowed one run in five innings in a 3-1 win at Boston on Saturday.

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Cubs Down Padres

Playing against his hometown San Diego Padres for the first time, Alfonso Rivas hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning to lift the banged-up Cubs to a 7-5 victory on Wednesday.

 

Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs, who took two of three from the Padres after arriving in town with a season-high, five-game losing streak. Frank Schwindel hit a two-run double in Chicago's four-run fourth.

 

Rivas, who grew up in Tijuana and Chula Vista, came up with the bases loaded and singled up the middle off Luis Garcia (0-2). Rivas hit a two-run homer in Tuesday night's 5-4 loss that bounced out of the glove of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar and went over the fence.

 

One-time Padres pitcher Rowan Wick got a six-out save, striking out Manny Machado to end the eighth with a runner on second. It was his second save in as many chances.

 

The Padres announced during the game that manager Bob Melvin had prostate surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Melvin said Tuesday that he hoped to miss only the first six games of the Padres' forthcoming nine-game road trip.

 

San Diego tied it at 5 on solo homers by Eric Hosmer and Luke Voit in the seventh.

 

Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner departed with a sprained right ankle an inning after colliding with second base umpire Dan Iassogna in center field. The Cubs, who have a crowded injured list, were without outfielder Seiya Suzuki for the second straight game due to a sore right ankle.

 

Hoerner was running to get into relay position after Jurickson Profar hit a fly ball over center fielder's Jason Heyward's head for a triple when he collided with Iassogna. Hoerner was on the ground in pain after the collision in the first inning and was tended to by a trainer. He batted in the second and struck out, and then was replaced in the bottom half of the inning by Ildemaro Vargas.

 

With the Padres trailing 5-3, Hosmer connected with one out in the seventh against Mychal Givens (2-0) and Voit went deep with two outs. It was the seventh career multihomer game for Voit, who was batting .136 and in an 0-for-29 slump coming in. Voit, who recently missed 14 games with a biceps tendon injury, has struck out 18 times this season.

 

Contreras homered off Nick Martinez with one out in the first, his fourth. San Diego went ahead 2-1 on Hosmer's RBI single in the first and Voit's first homer with the Padres, leading off the second.

 

The Cubs jumped on Martinez for four runs in the fourth. Contreras keyed the inning by drawing a leadoff walk and then taking second on a wild pitch by sliding around the tag of Machado in the shift, touching the bag with his right hand.

 

Contreras scored the tying run on Patrick Wisdom's one-out single, and Schwindel doubled to center with two outs for the lead. Heyward added an RBI single.

 

Machado extended his on-base streak to 21 games.

 

Cubs spot starter Keegan Thompson permitted two runs and five hits in four innings.

 

Martinez allowed five runs and four hits in four innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

 

Yu Darvish (3-1, 4.05 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta. The Braves are expected to start former Padres farmhand Max Fried (4-2, 2.68 ERA).

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Cardinals Pound Orioles

Juan Yepez homered and Miles Mikolas pitched seven strong innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

 

Paul Goldschmidt drove in three runs for St. Louis, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Brendan Donovan added a two-run double to the Cards' 11-hit attack.

 

Baltimore had its season-best three-game winning streak halted.

 

Yepez continued a sizzling start to his MLB career. He has hit safely in all seven games since being called up on May 3. He hit a homer in the second inning off Spenser Watkins (0-1) and reached base safely in 13 of his first 25 plate appearances.

 

Yepez's seven-game streak is the longest by a St. Louis player to start a career since Magneuris Sierra hit in his first nine games in 2017. Yepez went 2 for 5 and is hitting .444.

 

Yepez, who is 12 for 27, is the seventh player in franchise history to have 12 or more hits through his first seven games.

 

Mikolas (3-1) allowed one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked one. Mikolas has allowed two runs or less in all seven starts this season.

 

Donovan, who reached base in all four trips to the plate, capped off a three-run outburst in the second inning with a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Goldschmidt highlighted a four-run fourth inning with a two-run double. He added a run-scoring single in the sixth.

 

Tommy Edman also drove in a pair of runs for the Cardinals.

 

Watkins gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.

 

Even with the loss, Baltimore has won seven of 11 after a 6-14 start to the season.

 

Jordan Hicks (1-2, 3.78) will start for the Cardinals in the final game of the three-game set on Thursday afternoon. Baltimore has not named a starter. Hicks has never gone longer than 4 1/3 in any of his previous six starts this season.

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White Sox Down Guardians

Lucas Giolito threw seven innings in winning his second consecutive start, Gavin Sheets homered in his second straight game, and Chicago shook off a major collapse by beating the Cleveland Guardians 4-1 on Tuesday night.

 

Tim Anderson added three hits and two RBIs as the White Sox won for the seventh time in eight games. The lone blemish was when they blew a six-run lead in the ninth on Monday and lost in 11 innings.

 

The only run Giolito allowed was on a homer by Josh Naylor, otherwise giving up six hits, striking out five and walking one.

 

Anderson gave the White Sox a 1-0 lead with a single in the fifth. Sheets hit a two-run shot in the sixth and Anderson then chased Cleveland's Cal Quantrill (1-2) with an RBI double in the seventh for the final score.

 

Quantrill went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and 10 hits.

 

Jose Ruiz got two outs in the eighth before Bennett Sousa retired Jose Ramirez on a groundout with a runner on second. Kendall Graveman worked the ninth for his second save in three chances.

 

Graveman walked Franmil Reyes with two out and gave up a single to Amed Rosario before retiring Andres Gimenez on a slow roller to first baseman Jose Abreu. A diving Gimenez was initially ruled safe, ahead of a sliding Abreu, but the call was overturned after a lengthy review.

 

The teams close out the three-game series, with RHP Vince Velasquez (2-2, 3.97 ERA) starting for Chicago and RHP Aaron Civale (1-2, 9.45 ERA) pitching for Cleveland. Civale had allowed an American League-worst 24 runs entering Tuesday's games.

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HS Baseball: Clinton Blanks Tuscola

In a game heard on WHOW, Mason Walker went the distance in a shutout effort as Clinton blanked Tuscola 9-0 in Central Illinois Conference High School boy's baseball action from Clinton Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Walker allowed three hits, two walks and struck out 11 facing just six over the minimum. 

 

Payton Cross was 1-for-2 with a double for the Maroons. 

 

Clinton moves to 6-7 overall and 6-6 in the Cental Illinois Confernece.

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Orioles Down Cardinals

Cedric Mullins and Tyler Nevin each homered and Kyle Bradish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

 

Mullins also added three singles and a stolen base in a 4-for-5 night and Anthony Santander had three hits, including a RBI double.

 

It was the Orioles' first time playing at the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.

 

But the Cardinals were the ones to have a historic moment when Harrison Bader hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth - the first for St. Louis at the current Busch Stadium and first for the Cardinals at home since 1985. The ball hit the wall in center and caromed toward left field away Mullins. Bader raced around the bases behind Yadier Molina, who had doubled, and scored standing up without a throw.

 

Fernando Vina was the last Cardinal to hit an inside-the-park HR, Oct. 2, 2001, in Milwaukee. There've been two other inside-the-parkers in the current Busch Stadium by opposing teams. The last Cardinal to do it at home was Vince Coleman on May 21, 1985, at Busch Stadium II.

 

Bradish (1-1) pitched seven innings for his longest outing this season and his first career win.

 

Bradish gave up four hits, including the homer to Bader. A double play in the first two innings helped him work around two singles. He was glad he was allowed to go back out in the seventh.

The Cardinals optioned SS Paul DeJong to Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2019 when he hit 30 homers. He is hitting .130. in 24 games this season, with one home run, seven RBIs and 25 strikeouts in 77 at-bats.

 

Spenser Watkins (0-0, 3.22 ERA) will be making his first career outing against St. Louis. He did not factor in the decision in his last start, a 5-3 Orioles victory over Minnesota. The Cardinals will put up RHP Miles Mikolas (2-1, 1.53), who went 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits but just one run against the San Francisco Giants in a 7-1 win.

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Padres Hold Off Cubs

Manny Machado hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and left fielder Jurickson Profar caught Frank Schwindel's bases-loaded drive at the wall to seal a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.

 

Closer Taylor Rogers allowed Ian Happ's RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before retiring Schwindel for his 12 save in 13 chances.

 

Rogers allowed Ian Happ's RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before Profar caught Schwindel's drive.

 

Clevinger pitched well for 4 1/3 innings in his first start at Petco Park since late in the 2020 season. He missed last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. Chicago's Wade Miley lasted three innings in his Cubs debut, which was delayed due to elbow inflammation.

 

Machado and Eric Hosmer have been carrying San Diego's often-anemic offense all season and they came up big in the sixth. Machado doubled down the left field line off Chris Martin with two outs to bring in Jake Cronenworth with the go-ahead run. Hosmer then singled in Jurickson Profar, who had singled in front of Machado.

 

Steve Wilson (3-0) got the win and Robert Gsellman (0-1) took the loss.

 

The Cubs had tied it at 2 in the third on a two-run home run by Alfonso Rivas that bounced out of rookie center fielder Jose Azocar's glove and over the fence. It was the second for Rivas, who grew up in nearby Chula Vista and went to La Jolla Country Day.

 

Azocar was starting in place of Trent Grisham, who won a Gold Glove in 2021, because the Padres were facing a lefty. Azocar slumped to the ground in

disappointment after the play. The ball might not have gotten out without the redirection.

 

Austin Nola gave the Padres the lead back on an RBI single in the third before his throwing error in the fifth allowed Rafael Ortega to tie it at 3.

 

Clevinger, his long hair brained into pigtails, allowed three runs, two earned, and six hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking two. It was the first time Clevinger's unorthodox delivery - which starts with happy feet and ends with a sweeping motion with his right leg - was on display in San Diego since Sept. 23, 2020.

 

Miley allowed three runs and five hits in three innings. The Cubs picked him up off waivers from Cincinnati in November. Miley allowed Wil Myers' RBI single in the first and then walked Kim Ha-seong with the bases loaded.

 

The Cubs haven't named a starter for the series finale Wednesday afternoon while LHP Nick Martinez (2-0, 1.71) is scheduled to start for the Padres.

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Blues Roll Past Wild

Vladimir Tarasenko had three goals in the third period to pry open a tied game and series, and the Blues pushed the Wild to the edge of elimination with a 5-2 victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

 

Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth time in the series and Brandon Saad got the tying goal late in the second period as the Blues upstaged a stellar performance by Wild star Kirill Kaprizov. Whatever rivalry exists between the two Russians, Tarasenko wasn't having any part of that, either.

 

Kaprizov brought the building to life on yet another late-night start - puck drop was at 8:50 p.m. local time - by scoring twice on Minnesota's previously sluggish power play in the first period. Kaprizov has an NHL-leading seven goals in the playoffs, already a Wild record for a series.

 

The Wild are 4 for 19 on the power play, and Kaprizov has three of the goals.

 

The series returns to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday night. If the Blues win, Game 7 would be back in Minnesota on Saturday. The top-seeded Colorado Avalanche, fresh off a sweep of the Nashville Predators, are waiting in the second round.

 

Entering this year, there have been 277 best-of-seven postseason matchups in NHL history that were tied at two games apiece. The Game 5 winner went on to take the series 219 times, a whopping .791 winning percentage.

 

Jordan Binnington made 30 saves for his second straight win, a franchise-record 18th career postseason victory.

 

Pavel Buchnevich outmuscled Jacob Middleton for the puck behind Marc-Andre Fleury's net and fed Tarasenko for the go-ahead score with 63 seconds elapsed after the second intermission.

 

Then Tarasenko, who bounced back strong with 34 goals in 2021-22 after consecutive injury-wrecked seasons, gave the Blues a two-goal lead with his wrist shot from the high slot just 1:28 later. He tacked on an empty-netter with 1:33 remaining.

 

The Blues bolstered their blue line by bringing Robert Bortuzzo and Nick Leddy back from their upper-body injuries that kept them out of the two games in St. Louis, though defensemen Torey Krug and Marco Scandella were again absent with lower-body injuries.

 

Rookie Scott Perunovich, who appeared in the lineup in Game 4 for his first action in four months, was the seventh defenseman to suit up while the Blues made only 11 forwards active. The native of Hibbing, Minnesota, made his presence felt on the power play after Middleton was whistled for cross-checking - a dubious call from the view of the booing home crowd - to give the visitors the man advantage just 4:06 into the game.

 

Perunovich's slap shot forced Fleury to create a rebound, and after a scramble for the puck that Brayden Schenn won in front of the crease, O'Reilly found it with an open net to knock it in.

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HS Baseball: Monticello Rolls Rantoul

On Senior Day at Monticello High School, it was the Sages four seniors that led the way in an 11-1, ten-run rule, five-inning win over Rantoul in Illini Prairie Conference High School boy's baseball action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com Tuesday afternoon at Monticello High School.

 

Senior Dawlton Chupp worked through control issues to strike out eight across four one-run innings. Chupp struck out the leadoff man to start the game but then walked three straight before getting a strikeout and flyout to center field to end the inning.

 

Senior Triston Foran played exceptional defense with three putouts and threw a scoreless inning to close out the win. He started a double play on a comebacker to the mound to end the game. Foran also was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored with a double.

 

Senior Joey Sprinkle was 0-for-3 but reached base twice on errors and scored two runs. 

 

Senior Thomas Swartz was 1-for-3 but reached base three times. 

 

Biniam Lienhart reached base four times. He was hit by a pitch twice, walked, and reached on an error. He scored twice.

 

Luke Teschke finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. 

 

The Sages four seniors shared the Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game award.

Rantoul falls to 2-16 overall. Monticello moves to 17-7 and finishes the Illini Prairie slate 6-4. 

 

The Sages have three regular-season matchups remaining before starting postseason play next Thursday afternoon at Tolono Unity taking on Westville in Regional semifinal action. Hear next Thursday's action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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HS Softball: Warrensburg-Latham Rallies Past Clinton

Warrensburg-Latham scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning and rallied past Clinton 5-4 in Central Illinois Conference high school girl's softball action Tuesday afternoon from Clinton.

 

Brooke Reeves drove in a run for the Lady Maroons finishing 1-for-4 and Morgan Fortune was 0-for-3 but drove in two. 

 

Ashley Armstrong started in circle and twirled four innings of one-run ball, it was an unearned run and struck out four while walking two and allowing two hits. 

 

Reeves relieved in the fifth inning but could not hold onto the lead for Clinton and took the loss. 

 

Clinton drops to 3-16 overall and 2-9 in the CIC. 

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HS Softball: Clinton Edges Central A&M

Ashley Armstrong returned to the circle for Clinton and the Lady Maroons scored the game's winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to get past Central A&M 3-2 in Central Illinois Conference high school girl's softball action from Clinton Monday afternoon.

 

Armstrong struck out eight in a complete-game effort and allowed two runs, issued a walk and permitted nine hits. She also finished 1-for-3 with a double.

 

Chloe Griffin was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run scored and drove in a run. Alaina Soberalski was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. 

 

The Lady Maroons are 3-15 overall and improve to 2-8. They will host Warrensburg-Latham this afternoon. 

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HS Baseball: Shelbyville Clobbers Clinton

The Shelbyville Rams put up seven runs in the second and third innings and took home a 15-run rule 16-1, three-inning win on Monday from Shelbyville in Central Illinois Conference high school boy's baseball action.

 

Wes Harrold drove in the only Maroons run with a double and Caiden Rich had a double for Clinton.

 

The Maroons drop to 5-7 overall and are 5-6 in the CIC. The Maroons will host Tuscola this afternoon. Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3/106.5 FM WHOW as well as WHOWs digital platforms.

 

It's a busy week for the Maroons who will be trying to make up for rained-out conference games this week. After this afternoon's matchup with Tuscola, they travel to Meridian Wednesday and then host Warrensburg-Latham on Friday. 

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Guardians Outslug White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Josh Naylor hit a tying grand slam with two outs in the ninth and a three-run homer in the 11th, powering a huge comeback that carried Cleveland past the Chicago White Sox 12-9 on Monday night.

 

Naylor also had a run-scoring double in the eighth and finished with eight RBIs for the Guardians, who stunned Chicago by erasing an 8-2 deficit in the ninth aided by two White Sox errors.

 

Andres Gimenez led off the inning with a homer and then doubled home a run in the 10th as the Guardians snapped Chicago's six-game winning streak. They have won eight of 10 following a seven-game skid.

 

It was the first multi-homer game for the 5-foot-11, 250-pound Naylor, back from a horrific leg injury last season. The 2015 first-round draft pick (by the Marlins) from Canada is 10 for 17 with runners in scoring position this year.

 

Naylor launched his first career slam off Liam Hendriks, handing the All-Star closer his first blown save since April 8.

 

The White Sox loaded the bases on three walks in the bottom of the ninth, but third baseman Jose Ramirez made a diving, backhand stop to save the game and Naylor stretched far at first base to field the one-hop throw for the final out of the inning.

 

Naylor's go-ahead drive came off Ryan Burr and barely cleared the right-field fence.

 

Burr (0-1) started the 11th in place of Reynaldo Lopez, who felt lower back tightness while warming up and left the game.

 

Emmanuel Clase (1-2) allowed a run in the 10th but earned the win. Trevor Stephan pitched a perfect inning for his second major league save and first this season.

 

White Sox starter Michael Kopech allowed two hits through six innings, and Chicago got three-run homers from Gavin Sheets and AJ Pollock to build a big lead. But four errors, which tied a season-high set April 20 in the first game of a doubleheader, came back to burn the White Sox.

 

Sheets dropped a line drive to right field with two outs in the first that allowed the Guardians' first run to score. Chicago shortstop Tim Anderson and third baseman Yoan Moncada committed costly errors in the ninth.

 

Kopech lowered his ERA to 0.93, and his six innings tied a career-high set Aug. 26, 2018, at Detroit.

 

The game marked the return of Moncada and the White Sox debut of reliever Joe Kelly. Moncada hadn't played this season because of a right oblique strain. Kelly, who was out due to a right biceps nerve injury, pitched a scoreless seventh.

 

Lucas Giolito (1-1, 3.20) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings last Tuesday in a 4-3 win over the White Sox.

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Tri-City Edges Mt. Pulaski

Tri-City held off Mt. Pulaski 2-1 in a non-conference win in high school boy's baseball action from Mt. Pulaski Monday afternoon.

 

Mt. Pulaski's Logan Smith and Tri-City's Landen Patton dueled through six innings. Patton struck out 13 pitching into the seventh inning and Alex Budd got the final out to secure the win for the Tornadoes. 

 

Smith struck out ten, walked one and allowed six hits in six innings of two-run ball for the Hilltoppers. 

 

AJ Bailey finished 2-for-4 for Mt. Pulaski. 

 

Tri-City moves to 10-6 overall while Mt. Pulaski drops to 18-4.

 

In the final week of the regular season, the Hilltoppers travel to Havana Wednesday, host El Paso-Gridley Thursday, travel to Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Acadamy Friday and wrap up the regular season Saturday at New Berlin. 

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Cubs Blank Padres

Kyle Hendricks came within one out of a three-hit shutout for the Cubs, who beat the listless San Diego Padres 6-0 Monday night to snap a season-high five-game losing streak.

 

Manager David Ross came out to get Hendricks after he got Jurickson Profar to fly out to left on his 116th pitch. Hendricks struck out rookie Jose Azocar to open the ninth and walked Jake Cronenworth on six pitches before going to a full count against Profar. Scott Effros came on and retired Manny Machado.

 

The Padres were shut out for the second time in three games. The only inning the Padres have scored in during their last three games was the ninth inning Sunday, when pinch-hitter Jorge Alfaro hit a three-run walkoff homer in a 3-2 win against the Miami Marlins.

 

Ian Happ drove in two runs for the Cubs, who handed rookie lefty MacKenzie Gore (2-1) his first loss. They took a 1-0 lead two batters in after Willson Contreras singled to right and scored on Suzuki's double to left. Suzuki left the game in the middle of the sixth with a sore right ankle.

 

Happ hit an RBI single in the fourth. The Cubs added a run on Suzuki's double-play grounder in the fifth and a throwing error on Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth in the seventh. Happ hit another RBI single in the eighth.

 

Gore allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out six and walked none.

 

Wade Miley is scheduled to make his Cubs debut on Tuesday night in the middle game of the series. He has been sidelined since spring training with left elbow inflammation. The Padres will counter with RHP Mike Clevinger (0-0, 5.79).

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Illinois Sweeps Miami (OH)

Illinois Fighting Illini baseball completed the sweep of Miami (OH) with a 6-2 win at Illinois Field Sunday afternoon. 

 

Ryan Kutt entered the game in relief of Jack Crowder, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on six hits while striking out three. At the plate, Cam McDonald extended his on-base streak to 56 games in his second at bat, just one shy of tying Ben Troike's Illinois record of 57. McDonald went 2-for-4 on the afternoon while also driving in two runs. Danny Doligale, Branden Comia, and Brody Harding each registered two-hit games on the afternoon.

 

Miami jumped on the board first with runs in the first and third innings before the Illini responded with a five-run fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Illinois added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to take 6-2 lead into the final inning.

 

Ryan Kutt earns the win to improve to 3-2 on the season while Miami's McLean drops to 1-1 with the loss. Tommy Green earned his fourth save of the season, entering with two outs in the ninth inning to record the final out of the game.

 

With the win, the Illini improve to 26-19 (12-6 B1G) while Miami is now 19-29 (14-18 MAC). This weekend marks the third series sweep of the season for the Illini.

 

Illinois returns to Illinois Field next weekend and is back to Big Ten play, hosting Nebraska for the final home series of the season before traveling to Penn State (May 19-21) to wrap up the regular season slate.

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Evansville Sweeps ISU

The Illinois State baseball team dropped the series finale on a walk-off single at Missouri Valley Conference-leading Evansville, 4-3, at Charles H. Braun Stadium on Sunday.

 

Sophomore Ryan Cermak hit his 17th home run of the season for the Redbirds (18-25 overall, 5-10 MVC). 

 

The Purple Aces rallied for a pair of runs to walk it off in the 9th inning. Evansville won two games in the series via walk-off

 

Evansville scored once in the 2nd and 4th innings to lead 2-0 through five innings.

In the 6th inning, Cermak blasted a two-shot inside the left field foul pole to tie the game.

 

Sophomore Justin Schubert recorded a key bases-loaded strikeout in the 6th inning to keep the game tied before the 'Birds took the lead on a safety squeeze bunt from sophomore Greg Nichols in the 8th inning.

 

Evansville (27-18 overall, 12-3 MVC) outhit the 'Birds, 10-6. Illinois State is scheduled to host St. Thomas in a Wednesday doubleheader at Duffy Bass Field starting at 1:00 p.m. CT. Both games are seven innings.

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White Sox Get By Red Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Dallas Keuchel halted his three-start losing streak with six solid innings, Jose Abreu hit a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 Sunday for their season-high sixth straight victory.

 

Leury Garcia added an RBI single for the White Sox (14-13), who moved over .500 for the first time since April 20 and completed a 5-0 road trip, including three wins at Fenway Park.

 

Christian Vazquez had an RBI single for Boston (10-19), which has lost a season-most five straight and 14 of 18.

 

Keuchel (2-3) allowed two runs on eight hits, fanning five and walking one after posting a 9.90 ERA in his previous three starts.

 

The game started at 11:38 a.m., an unusual start time as part of an experiment by Major League Baseball for streaming broadcasts.

 

Rookie left-hander Bennett Sousa got pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki on a fly to center for the final out, recording his first big league save with the potential tying run at second. Regular closer Liam Hendriks was unavailable due to his recent workload.

 

Abreu, who had a go-ahead double in Saturday's 3-1 comeback victory, sent his double down the left-field line in the third against fill-in starter Tanner Houck (2-3) after Garcia's hit pushed Chicago in front.

 

J.D. Martinez had a run-scoring groundout and Vazquez followed with his RBI single for Boston in the sixth.

 

Houck gave up three runs in 2 2/3 innings after replacing scheduled starter Michael Wacha. Wacha was placed on the 15-day injured list after experiencing soreness on his left side after his last bullpen session.

 

The White Sox open a three-game series at home against Cleveland on Monday. Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.17 ERA) is set to start for Chicago.

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Giants Edge Cardinals

Mike Yastrzemski hit a tiebreaking home run into McCovey Cove in the sixth inning, and the San Francisco Giants only struck out once while beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 Sunday.

 

San Francisco closer Camilo Doval got slugger Nolan Arenado to strike out swinging with the tying run on second base to complete his fifth save.

 

LaMonte Wade Jr. also homered in his third game off the injured list to help the Giants win their second straight after a five-game losing streak. They split the four-game series with the Cardinals.

 

San Francisco hitters didn't have any strikeouts until Joc Pederson whiffed against Giovanny Gallegos for the last out in the eighth inning. No team has gone an entire game without striking out since Kansas City on Sept. 7, 2017 against Minnesota, per MLB.com. The Giants last did it in 2008.

 

Juan Yepez hit his first career home run for St. Louis and has hit safely in all five games he's played in since being called up from the minors Tuesday. The rookie outfielder also walked and scored on Harrison Bader's groundout.

 

Dominic Leone (2-0) won despite allowing the tying run in the sixth.

 

Yepez homered after Albert Pujols was hit near his left wrist by a 90 mph sinker from Jakob Junis. The Cardinals slugger winced and rubbed his wrist as he slowly walked to first. Yepez crushed the next pitch to center.

 

Wade's two-run homer off Dakota Hudson in the bottom of the inning came after Darin Ruf's leadoff walk. Luis Gonzalez then reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Yastrzemski's sacrifice fly.

 

Jack Flaherty threw about 30 pitches in his bullpen session Saturday, an important step as the right-hander works his way back from a shoulder injury after being shut down in the spring.

 

After a day off Monday, the Cardinals return home to host the Orioles in their first visit to Busch Stadium III since it was built in 2006. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has not announced a starter.

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Dodgers Sweep Cubs

Walker Buehler pitched seven sparkling innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Chicago Cubs 7-1 on Sunday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

 

Buehler (4-1), a two-time All-Star who made his big league debut in 2017, improved to 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA over his last three outings. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits, struck out six and walked two.

 

Cody Bellinger had three hits for Los Angeles, and Justin Turner and Freddie Freeman each contributed a sacrifice fly. Mookie Betts went 2 for 5 while extending his hitting streak to a team-high nine games.

 

Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. It managed just three runs and 15 hits in the three-game sweep by Los Angeles.

 

The Cubs had to shuffle their rotation after Marcus Stroman was scratched, and then they lost Justin Steele to a left hand injury.

 

Stroman was placed on the injured list without a designation, likely meaning the right-hander was shelved by a COVID-19-related issue.

 

Steele (1-4) stepped in, making his first appearance since April 30. But he departed before the fifth inning, sidelined by left thumb soreness.

 

3B Patrick Wisdom was out of the starting lineup, but David Ross said Wisdom was feeling better. He left the second game of Saturday's doubleheader because of a bruised left ankle.

 

Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 5.64 ERA) starts Monday night at San Diego in the opener of a six-game trip. LHP MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 1.71) takes the mound for the Padres.

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Blues Tie Series With Wild

Jordan Binnington made 28 saves and the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Sunday to even the best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.

 

Jordan Kyrou and David Perron each scored twice and Ryan O'Reilly added a goal and two assists. Perron also had an assist for St. Louis.

 

Kirill Kaprizov and Matt Boldy scored for Minnesota. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves.

 

Binnington, who had lost his previous nine postseason starts, picked up his first playoff win since beating Boston in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. He denied Kaprizov from point-blank range late in the second period. Binnington also stopped Mats Zuccarello on a 2-on-1 breakout midway through the final period.

 

Kyrou and Perron scored 54 seconds apart in the second period to break a 1-1 tie.

 

Perron converted the go-ahead score on a shot that squeezed past Fleury towards the net. Minnesota forward Marcus Foligno tried to keep the puck from rolling across the line, but he flipped it off the back of Fleury and into the net.

 

Kyrou got his second of the game to push the lead to 3-1 with a shot off a pass from Ryan O'Reilly, who assisted on both second-period goals.

 

Perron added an empty net goal with 1:58 remaining, and O'Reilly had a power-play goal with 1 minute left to cap the scoring.

 

St. Louis struck first when Kyrou pounced on his own rebound just 4:19 into the game.

Kaprizov tied it 1-1 with his fifth goal of the series off a pass from Jared Spurgeon with 5:54 left in the opening period.

 

Kaprivoz, who recorded the first hat trick in postseason franchise history in Game 2, was wide open in the slot. His five goals ties him with Wes Walz and Marian Gaborik for most goals in a series. Walz and Gaborik each scored five times in the 2003 Western Conference semifinals against Vancouver.

 

The Blues were without defensemen Torey Krug (lower body), Nick Leddy (upper) and Robert Bortuzzo (upper). They also lost Marco Scandella with an injury early in the first period. Scott Perunovich made his first appearance since Jan. 15. Rookie Steven Santini made his playoff debut.

 

Game 5 is Tuesday night at St. Paul, Minnesota, before returning to St. Louis for Game 6 on Thursday.

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Logano Bumps Past Byron for Win at Darlington; Riverton Native Allgaier Wins XFinity Race

After William Byron squeezed him against the wall on a final restart, Joey Logano knew what he’d do if he got the chance to regain the lead.

 

Logano bumped Byron from behind on the next-to-last lap to win at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. Byron hit the wall in turn three and Logano went on to his first win of the season and first at the track “Too Tough To Tame.”

 

Logano, who started from the pole, had one of the strongest cars all day and was in front coming out of the pits before a restart with 25 laps left. But Byron, who started low, forced Logano into the wall and out of the lead.

 

Byron was not happy with the maneuver, calling Logano an “idiot” and a ”moron” who has raced others questionably throughout his career.

 

Byron, who signed a contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports, seemed as if he’d keep up his team’s dominant season over the final laps. Instead, Logano broke a 40-race winless drought.

 

Tyler Reddick was second followed by Justin Haley, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Christopher Bell, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez.

 

Byron fell to 13th. He said the restart was just close racing and Byron didn’t deserve a hard hit on the rear bumper so close to the end.

 

Logano led 108 of the 293 laps and reached victory lane for the first time since winning on the dirt at Bristol in 2021.

 

It was the first time the new Next Gen car took on NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway and the results were mixed. The racing was strong, although several of the top competitors didn’t last to the end.

 

Reigning NASCAR champion Kyle Larson was out with engine failure after 112 laps. Past champions Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski were also out well before the finish.

 

Riverton native Justin Allgaier ended a 34-race winless streak when he passed AJ Allmendinger to start a two-lap sprint following a caution and cruised the final 2.7 miles to give team owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. another victory in NASCAR’s second-tier feeder series. The XFinity Series takes a week off before returning at Texas Motor Speedway on May 21.

 

The top series moves to Kansas Speedway, where Kyle Busch is the event’s defending champion. Kyle Larson won the October race in Kansas.

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Mt. Pulaski Gets By Athens

Evan Cooper struck out ten as he went the distance for Mt. Pulaski who got by Athens 4-1 in Tomahawk Conference high school boy's baseabll action Wednesday afternoon in Mt. Pulaski.

 

 Cooper allowed seven hits and did not issue a walk. 

 

Jackson Fricke, Clayton Aylesworth, and Gavin Smith drove in runs for the Hilltoppers and Landon Smith scored two runs. 

 

The Hilltoppers as a team drew six walks and struck out only four times. 

 

Mt. Pulaski is 18-3 overall and moves to 4-2 in the Tomahawk.

 

The Hilltoppers are scheduled to host Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy this afternoon with a home, non-conference game scheduled tomorrow afternoon with Fisher.

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White Sox Outlast Cubs

In a game heard on WHOW, Lucas Giolito struck out 10, Luis Robert made a game-saving catch and Matt Foster worked out of a major jam Wednesday night as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 at Wrigley Field.

 

Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia homered for the White Sox, who overcame an early 3-1 deficit.

 

Giolito (1-1) reached double digits in strikeouts for the 14th time since joining the White Sox in 2017. He allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings, including home runs by Nico Hoerner and Patrick Wisdom in the second.

 

After issuing a walk to Ian Happ, the right-hander was pulled in favor of Reynaldo Lopez.

 

Willson Contreras ripped a drive to deep center field, where Robert sprinted to make the grab before his left shoulder crashed into the brick wall. Robert laid on the warning track for several seconds before trotting off the field under his own power.

 

The Cubs, held to three hits through seven innings, put the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base with no outs in the eighth. Foster relieved Aaron Bummer and retired the next three batters, punctuated by a called third strike on Happ.

 

Liam Hendricks pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

 

The White Sox (11-13) swept the two-game series against their intercity rivals and stretched their winning streak to three. The Cubs (10-14) lost for the fifth time in six games.

 

RHP Vince Velasquez (1-2, 4.58 ERA) will face the Boston Red Sox in Friday's series opener. Velasquez pitched 5 2/3 innings Monday in a 4-0 win over the Angels.

 

Drew Smyly (1-2, 2.79) is scheduled to pitch Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers if he returns from the bereavement list. Smyly allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on April 28.

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Cardinals Clobber Royals

Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of one-hit ball in a 10-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on a cold, damp day at Kauffman Stadium.

 

Wainwright and Molina, who went 1 for 5 at the plate, tied the Braves' Warren Spahn and Del Crandall for the most team wins by starting battery mates with their 202nd together.

 

Now, Wainwright and Molina need just six more starts to match Spahn and Crandall for second in history behind Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of the Tigers.

 

Wainwright (3-3) allowed just a one-out single to Michael Taylor in the third against the weak-hitting Royals, whose only other baserunners against the 40-year-old right-hander came on a fielder's choice, an error and a walk.

 

Meanwhile, the slumbering St. Louis offense came alive in a big way: Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Tyler O'Neill hit a two-run shot and drove in three, and Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong also drove in runs.

 

The final scheduled game between the cross-state rivals this year was moved from a night game to the afternoon because of the threat of rain, though sprinkles still fell on the sparse Kauffman Stadium crowd midway through it.

 

By that point, the few fans still in their seats were mostly wearing red.

 

It took a mere 17 pitches from Kris Bubic (0-3) for Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt to work leadoff walks and Arenado to turn on a 2-1 pitch, depositing it 410 feet away in the left-field stands and giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

 

The three runs were more than they had scored against Kansas City the past two games combined.

 

Juan Yepez, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace ailing INF Edmundo Sosa a day earlier, got the start in RF in his big league debut. He finished 2 for 3 with a pair of bloop doubles down the right-field line.

 

Royals C MJ Melendez got his first start behind the plate Wednesday. Last year's minor league home run champ went 1 for 3 after also getting a hit as the DH in his big league debut Tuesday night.

 

Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (1-1, 1.52 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series in San Francisco on Thursday night. The Royals have the night off before RHP Carlos Hernandez (0-1, 6.00) opens a three-game set in Baltimore on Friday.

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Wild Blast Blues

Kirill Kaprizov had a hat trick and Joel Eriksson Ek scored twice for the Wild, who snapped back at the St. Louis Blues with a 6-2 victory to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece Wednesday night.

 

The scoreless streak for the Wild was pushing 70 minutes when they finally caught a break with a broken St. Louis stick.

 

Eriksson Ek got the game's first goal a few seconds later, and the entire Wild bench jumped up in elation - with a bit of relief.

 

Frederic Gaudreau and Kaprizov scored on the power play for the Wild, who went 0 for 6 with the man advantage in their 4-0 defeat in Game 1 and were 1 for 9 against the Blues over three regular-season losses. The Wild beat their Central Division rival in regulation for only the third time in 16 games since the Blues won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

 

The Blues didn't score on Minnesota goalie Marc-Andre Fleury until Jordan Kyrou's power-play goal midway through the second period. They lost defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to injury after he blocked a shot with the side of his face in the first.

 

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who host Game 3 in St. Louis on Friday night.

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HS Baseball: Monticello Routes Oakwood

Monticello scored ten rus in the second innings and rolled past Oakwood 13-3 in non-conference high school boy's baseball action from Monticello Wednesday afternoon.

 

Wednesday's game was an impromptu addition to the schedule earlier in the week. 

 

Triston Foran, Jacob Trusner and Luke Teshke drove in three runs apiece. Foran and Trusner each finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Teschke was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Each hit a double.

 

Biniam Lienhart reached base four times going 3-for-3 with a walk and scored three times. 

 

Joey Sprinkle went three innings for Monticello allowing three runs, one was earned, striking out four and walking two while permitting a hit. Foran finished the final two innings striking out two and allowed two hits.

 

Monticello moves to 16-7 overall. They will host Rantoul Thursday afternoon in Illini Prairie Conference action. Hear the game on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com. 

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HS Softball: Maroa-Forsyth Blanks Monticello

In a game heard on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com, Marina Rohman faced three-batters over the minimum in a complete-game shutout effort and Maroa-Forsyth blanked Monticello 3-0 in non-conference high school girl's softball action.

 

Rohman stuck out eight, allowed two hits, and walked one. 

 

Megan Holub and Reese Turpak went deep against Macy Hicks and Kaylee Yost drove in a run a ground out.

 

Addison Wallace and Reese Patton had the only hits for Monticello and Lizzie Stiverson drew a walk for the Lady Sages.

 

Hannah Uebinger was named the ServPro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game for her defensive efforts. Uebinger had an outfield assist when Tori Thomas hit a bullet through the box for a single to centerfield. The ball was hit so hard when Uebinger fielded it, it bounced in front of her.

 

Uebinger lost track of the ball for a split second and Thomas took off for second but Uebinger recovered and threw a strike to second base to get Thomas trying to take the exra base. Uebinger also had four putouts.

 

The Lady Trojans move to 19-7 overall while the Lady Sages drop to 8-12.

 

The next Sages broadcast on WEZC and at dewittdailynews.com is Thursday afternoon when Monticello hosts Rantoul in Illini Prairie Conference action at 4:30 pm. 

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Seeding Announced for Baseball, Softball Postseason

Most high school baseball games in central Illinois were postponed Tuesday with rain in the area early in the day but high school baseball and softball teams received notice of seeding for the upcoming postseason.

 

There's about a week-and-a-half left in the high school baseball and softball regular seasons. The Clinton Maroons are the ninth seed in the Decatur Millikin sub-sectional. Eureka is the top seed in the sub-sectional followed by Tremont, Pontiac and El-Paso Gridley rounding out the top four seeds. 

 

Olympia, Tri-Valley, Prairie Central, Fieldcrest and Dee-Mack are also in the sub-sectional. Eureka and Olympia will serve as Regional hosts.

 

In the other sub-sectional of the Millikin Sectional, Monticello is the third seed. Illini Prairie Conference teams dominate the top-three seeds of the sub-sectional. St. Joseph-Ogden is the top seed followed by Tolono Unity, Monticello and Bismarck-Henning.

 

Westvilla,e Clifton Central, Fithian-Oakwood, GCMS, Iroquois West, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, and Hoopeston round out the sub-sectional. Tolono Unity and Hoopeston are Regional hosts.

 

Highlighting the Pleasant Plains Sectional, in one sub-sectional, Shelbyville received the top seed followed by Gillespie, North Mac, and New Berlin. Piasa Southwestern, Carlinville, Auburn, Pana, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Sullivan and Litchfield round out the sub-sectional.

 

Maroa-Forsyth is the other top seed in the Pleasant Plains sub-sectional. Quincy Notre Dame, Beardstown, and Pittsfield round out the top-four seeds. Other teams in the sub-sectional include Williamsville, Pleasant Plains, Warrensburg-Latham, Athens, PORTA, Tri-City, Rushville-Industry, and Riverton round out the sub-sectional. 

 

Mt. Pulaski is the top-seed in the Class 1A Champaign St. Thomas More sub-sectional. Decatur St. Teresa, Salt Fork and Champaign St. Thomas More round out the top four seeds of the sub-sectional.

 

Argenta-Oreana, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Villa Grove, Decatur LSA, Cerro Gordo, Broadlands Heritage, and Champaign Judah Christian round out the rest of the field of the sub-sectional. Mt. Pulaski and Salt Fork will serve as Regional hosts.

 

In the other sub-sectional, Blue Ridge received the eighth seed.

 

In the Illinois Wesleyan Sectional, Delavan received the top seed of one sub-sectional followed by LeRoy, Roanoke-Benson, and Gardner-South Wilmington. 

 

Heyworth, Ridgeview, Lexington, Streator-Woodland, Dwight, Hart-Em, and Bloomington Cornerstone Christian Academy round out the rest of the field in the sub-sectional.

 

In the Effingham St. Anthony Sectional, Tuscola received the eighth seed, followed by Central A&M and Meridian in the following seeds. 

 

In the Maroa-Forsyth Sectional, Clinton and Monticello are seeded in the same sub-sectional. The Lady Maroons received the ninth seed while Monticello is the fifth seed. Maroa-Forsyth is the top seed of the sub-sectional followed by Bloomington Central Catholic, Warrensburg-Latham, and Normal U-High. 

 

Tri-Valley, Pana, Bismarck-Henning, and Cerro Gordo are also in the sub-sectional. Monticello and Normal U-High will serve as Regional hosts.

 

In the other sub-sectional, Effingham St. Anthony is the top seed followed by Tolono Unity, St. Joseph-Ogden, and Westville. Teutopolis, Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond, Paris, Marshall, Sullivan, Shelbyville, and Fithian-Oakwood round out the field of the sub-sectional.

 

Olympia received the top seed of the first sub-sectional in the Athens Sectional. Buffalo Tri-City, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, and Carlinville round out the top-four seeds. 

Auburn, Williamsville, North Mac, Pittsfield, New Berlin and Riverton round out the rest of the field. 

 

In Class 1A of girl's softball, LeRoy received the top seed in the sub-sectional of its Sectional. Fisher, Heyworth, and Watseka round out the top-four seeds of the sub-sectional. The field rounds out with Armstrong, Milford, Blue Ridge, Champaign St. Thomas More, Donovan, and Tri-Point. 

 

Tuscola received the other sub-sectional top-seed of the LeRoy Sectional. Meridian, Villa Grove and Argenta-Oreana are the top-four seeds. Arcola, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Salt Fork, Decatur St. Teresa, Hume-Shiloh, Broadlands-Heritage and Chrisman round out the rest of the field. 

 

The brackets for the postseason will be released soon. 

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Illinois Topples Indian State

The Illinois Fighting Illini beat Indiana State Tuesday night 6-3. 

 

Jacob Campbell and Cam McDonald led the Illini at the plate, driving in a combined three runs while both tallied hits in the win.

 

Campbell opened up the scoring with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Danny Doligale to put Illinois (23-19, 12-6) in front. Indiana State (22-14, 7-5) scored runs in the second and third innings before the Illini put up a combined five runs in the fourth and fifth.

 

The two teams totaled just six hits each on the evening. The Illinois pitching staff allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven. RHP Ryan Kutt is credited with the win and moves to 2-2 on the season, while Indiana State's Cutts (2-2) gets the loss. Tommy Green earned his third save of the season, entering in the ninth inning to sit down the Sycamores in order.

 

It was the second matchup between the two with the Sycamores taking the first matchup last month. 

 

Illinois returns to Illinois Field on Friday evening for the opening game of a three-game series with Miami (OH).

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Illinois State Downs Iowa

The Illinois State baseball pitching staff allowed a mere four hits in the Redbirds' 3-2 win at Iowa on Tuesday evening at Duane Banks Field.

 

Sophomore Greg Nichols delivered the big blow of the game, a two-RBI double in the 3rd inning for the Redbirds (18-22 overall).

 

Nichols laced a two-RBI double into left-center to give ISU a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning before the Hawkeyes tied the game in the bottom of the frame.

 

The teams traded a trio of scoreless innings prior to an infield single from freshman JT Sokolove in the 7th inning. Sokolove beat the play at first base, but the throw got away, allowing sophomore Kayden Beauregard to score all the way from first base.

 

Junior Kolton Scherbenske escaped a one out, first and third jam in the 8th inning before giving way to junior Jared Hart, who record his second save.

 

Illinois State will travel to Evansville against the MVC-leading Purple Aces in a weekend series from May 6-8.

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White Sox Edge Cubs

Playing through rainy, windy conditions at Wrigley Field, Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox did just enough to win.

 

Anderson homered and Jose Abreu made two nice plays at first base, helping the White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Tuesday night.

 

The game-time temperature was 45 degrees, and rain blew across the field for much of the night. Even with the extreme weather, each team committed just one error.

 

Looking to dig themselves out of a rough start, the banged-up White Sox won for the third time in four games. Michael Kopech pitched four-plus scoreless innings, and Jake Burger had two hits.

 

Anderson led off the third with an opposite-field drive to right-center on Keegan Thompson's first pitch of the inning, making it 3-0 with his fourth homer. The dynamic shortstop is batting .359 (14 for 39) in his last 10 games.

 

The Cubs went with a bullpen day after they placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the bereavement list before the first meeting of the season with their crosstown rivals. Scott Effross (0-1) got four outs in his first big league start, allowing two unearned runs and two hits.

 

The North Siders put runners on first and second in the third, but Abreu grabbed Seiya Suzuki's liner and scrambled over to first for the inning-ending double play. The big first baseman started another slick double play in the fifth.

 

The White Sox threatened in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Abreu bounced into a double play that featured a strong turn by Madrigal.

 

Nico Hoerner got the Cubs on the board with an RBI double in the sixth. Yan Gomes then struck out swinging against Jose Ruiz, stranding runners at second and third.

 

Reynaldo Lopez (3-0), the first of five White Sox relievers, pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Liam Hendriks got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.

 

Right-handers Lucas Giolito (0-1, 2.57 ERA) and Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 5.47) start on Wednesday night. Giolito pitched six innings of three-run ball for the White Sox in a 5-1 loss to the Angels on Friday. Hendricks was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of an 11-1 loss at Milwaukee last week.

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Royals Power Past Cardinals

Bobby Witt Jr. hit his first major league home run, Brad Keller pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Tuesday night to end a four-game losing streak.

 

Witt connected for a solo homer in the second inning. The prized rookie extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

 

Witt had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. MJ Melendez got a hit in his big league debut and Edward Olivares had a career-high four of the Royals' 15 hits.

 

Keller (1-2) allowed four hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out two. He permitted a baserunner in every inning but sixth, but never more than one until the seventh.

 

Witt homered off Dakota Hudson (2-2), hitting an 0-1 changeup 417 feet into the bleachers in left center.

 

Witt came up in the fourth with no outs and runners on the corners and grounded into a double play that scored a run.

 

Hudson left after issuing a leadoff walk in the seventh to Nicky Lopez with the Royals ahead 2-0. Olivares hit an RBI trouble and Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield, Witt and Michael Taylor also had RBIs in the inning.

 

The Cards got a run in the eighth on Tyler O'Neill's single.

 

The Cardinals and Royals will conclude their two-game series Wednesday with an afternoon contest. The game was originally scheduled for a 6:10 p.m. start, but the weather forecast led to the change. The Cardinals will send RHP Adam Wainwright (2-3, 4.00 ERA) to the mound. The Royals will counter with LHP Kris Bubic (0-2, 10.50 ERA).

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Tri-Valley Rolls Clinton

The Tri-Valley Lady Vikings used a nine-run fourth inning surge to rout Clinton 17-2 in a four-inning, 15-run rule win in non-conference high school girl's softball action from Downs Monday afternoon.

 

The Lady Maroons put a run on the board in the first but the Lady Vikings quickly got it back with a three-run first inning, then went up 5-1 after two innings and 8-1 after three innings. 

 

The Lady Maroons cut the deficit to 8-2 in the top of the fourth but gave up nine runs in the Tri-Valley half of the frame to end the game.

 

Brooke Reeves, Chloe Griffin, Heidi Humble, and Alaina Soberalski recorded hits for Clinton and Griffin had the lone Lady Maroons RBI.

 

Clinton falls to 2-15 overall and is scheduled to host Warrensburg-Latham this afternoon.

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Mt. Pulaski Gets By Meridian

Gavin Smith struck out 11 and overcame a couple of costly wild pitches to lead Mt. Pulaski past Meridian 7-3 in non-conference high school boy's baseball action from Meridian Monday afternoon.

 

Smith allowed three unearned runs across 6 2/3 innings and Liam Smith closed the door with a strikeout to secure the win for the Hilltoppers. 

 

Jackson Fricke doubled and finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Landon Smith, Liam Smith, and Clayton Aylesworth drove in runs for the Hilltoppers, who drew nine walks. 

 

Mt. Pulaski was active on the basepaths. Smith, Evan Cooper, AJ Bailey, and Ethan Payne had stolen bases. 

 

The Hilltoppers improve to 17-3 overall and resume Tomahawk Conference action Wednesday when they host Athens. 

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Cardinals Blank Royals

Paul Goldschmidt hit an early home run and Steven Matz and the Cardinals bullpen made it stand up Monday in a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

 

Goldschmidt, who got his first day off of the season Sunday, connected with one out in the first inning against Zack Greinke.

 

This game was a makeup from a rainout on April 13 - the I-70 interleague series continues Tuesday and Wednesday in Kansas City.

 

Matz (3-1) scattered four hits, including a pair of doubles, in six innings. He walked none, hit a batter and struck out four.

 

Matz had allowed five runs over his previous three starts, spanning 14 2/3 innings, after yielding seven in his Cardinals debut on April 10.

 

St. Louis relievers Kodi Whitley, Nick Wittgren and Giovanny Gallegos were equally sharp, each pitching an inning in the combined five-hitter. Gallegos gave up a two-out single in the ninth but picked up his fifth save in six chances.

 

It was the fourth shutout this season for the Cardinals.

 

Greinke (0-2) gave up three hits in six innings. The 18-year veteran made the 493rd start of his career and didn't walk anyone with one strikeout.

 

Carlos Santana had two of the Royals' five hits. The Cardinals managed just four hits.

 

Brad Keller (0-2, 2.19) did not factor into the decision of Kansas City's 5-2 win in 10 innings last Thursday in Chicago, in which he allowed one run on three hits and no walks in seven innings. He has lost four straight starts to the Cardinals.

 

Dakota Hudson (2-1, 2.75) earned his second straight win in as many starts. In his last outing against Arizona, he carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning. The Cardinals have won all four games Hudson has appeared in his career against Kansas City.

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White Sox Blank Angels in Series Finale

Dylan Cease struck out 11 to match a career-best and gave up just one hit in seven sparkling innings, propelling the Chicago White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Lost Angeles Angels on Monday.

 

Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout struck out in all four at-bats, three against Cease. The Angels star, who homered and doubled in a win Sunday to raise his OPS to a whopping 1.247, fanned against Liam Hendriks to end the game.

 

The White Sox won for the third time in 12 games. Los Angeles has won seven of nine.

Cease (3-1) threw 64 of 93 pitches for strikes and walked none. Taylor Ward got the only hit against him, a leadoff double in the fourth.

 

Kendall Graveman pitched the eighth and Hendriks recorded his fifth save in the combined two-hitter.

 

Trout fanned four times in a game for the seventh time in his 12-season career.

 

Tim Anderson and Luis Robert got the White Sox started in the first with hits off Patrick Sandoval (1-1) and an error by left fielder Jo Adell moved them into scoring position. AJ Pollock hit an RBI grounder and Jake Burger followed with a sacrifice fly.

 

Robert strung multi-hit games together for the first time since the opening series in Detroit on April 8 and 9. He singled three times on Monday and twice on Sunday.

 

Adam Engel hit an RBI double in the sixth to score Jose Abreu from first. Abreu flashed a delighted grin on his way back to the dugout after sliding home.

 

Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.42 ERA) will start Tuesday in the first of a pair of crosstown games against the Cubs.

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Blues Blank Wild in Game 1 of NHL First Round Playoff Series

David Perron had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Blues past the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Monday night in Game 1 of their first-round series, one year after COVID-19 kept him out of the postseason.

 

Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and an assist, Torey Krug added three assists and Ville Husso made 37 saves for the shutout in his postseason debut for the Blues, who seized home-ice advantage from a Wild team they've had their way with in recent years.

 

By blocking 17 shots, clogging the passing lanes and dominating on both special teams, the confident Blues quieted Xcel Energy Center quickly with a 2-0 first-period lead and never let the crowd - that the Wild pushed so hard to play in front of to start the postseason - become a factor.

 

Particularly on the power play, having led the league with a 29.4% scoring rate in 41 road games this season. Perron scored on each of the first two power plays for the the Blues, who went 6 for 6 on the penalty kill.

 

That was the greatest source of frustration for the Wild on a night marked by up-close misfires and clanged posts. They had a 55-28 edge on the Blues in shots attempted over the first two periods, but 14 of them went wide of the net.

 

Game 2 is here Wednesday night, before the series shifts south to St. Louis.

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Chase Elliot Wins at Dover

Chase Elliot earned his first victory of the season Monday at Dover Motor Speedway, making Hendrick Motorsports drivers 4 for 4 in the win column this season. It’s barely May and Elliott, Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman already are locked into the playoffs.

 

Elliott snapped a 26-race winless streak when the 2020 NASCAR champion led the final 53 laps to win his 14th career Cup race. He gave team owner Rick Hendrick another triumph on the mile concrete track. Elliott followed Bowman’s checkered flag a year ago as a Hendrick driver won for the 22nd time at Dover. Hendrick swept the top four spots last season; this one clinched the four playoff spots.

 

Elliott, who leads the points standings, hopped on the window ledge of his No. 9 Chevrolet and pointed in appreciation toward a solid crowd for a weekday race. The finish was delayed a day because of rain.

 

His last win was July 4 at Road America.

 

Even without a win, Elliott had been building toward this moment. The 2020 NASCAR champion and reigning most popular driver, Elliott took a steady pace while his teammates burst out of the gate with early season wins; Byron already has two wins. Elliott has only one finish worse than 14th this season and rolled into Dover with three straight top-10 finishes at Martinsville, Bristol dirt and Talladega.

 

Elliott snatched the lead from Ross Chastain, last week’s watermelon-smashing winner at Talladega Superspeedway, and pulled away on the concrete. Chastain led 86 laps and Kyle Busch, who finished seventh, led a race-high 103.

 

A Hendrick car in the top spot looked familiar at Dover, but that was just the tip of four different teams in the top four spots. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second and had his first top-five finish of the season for JTG Daugherty Racing. Chastain was third for Trackhouse Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Christopher Bell finished fourth.

 

Martin Truex Jr. spun himself out on the last lap while racing for a top-five finish when he appeared to get boxed out by Chastain. Truex confronted Chastain on pit road.

 

Denny Hamlin, who won the first stage of the race, lost serious ground after a left-front tire wasn’t properly attached to his No. 11 Toyota and rolled down the track. Hamlin apologized this week for posting a crass anti-Asian meme on Twitter.

 

Hamlin worked his way back into fourth when he connected with Cody Ware and brought out the caution on Lap 242. Hamlin finished 21st.

 

Larson also spun on the front stretch and blew the front and rear right tires on his Chevrolet. AJ Allmendinger also lost a tire. Allmendinger’s and Hamlin’s teams are expected to receive NASCAR punishments for the loose wheels.

 

The Cup Series races next Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Truex is the defending race winner. Toyota is set to celebrate its 1,500th NASCAR race during Darlington’s annual Throwback Weekend.

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Angels Hold Off White Sox

In a game heard on WHOW, Mike Trout homered, doubled and scored three runs, Michael Lorenzen pitched into the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels held off the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Sunday for their seventh win in eight games.

 

Shohei Ohtani had an RBI as the Angels' designated hitter. The two-way AL MVP went 0 for 3 and exited in the ninth inning because of tightness in his right groin.

 

Trout walked in three other plate appearances. Andrew Velazquez and Jo Adell each doubled in a run and Anthony Rendon each had an RBI as the Angels took a 6-0 lead.

 

Lorenzen (3-1) took a bid for his first career complete game into the ninth before the White Sox scored five times in a wild finish.

 

Ryan Tepera, the Angels' third pitcher of the inning, retired Gavin Sheets on a bases-loaded grounder for the final out. Chicago has lost 11 of 13.

 

Lorenzen gave up singles to Jose Abreu and Sheets singled to begin the ninth, then was pulled with one out after Leury Garcia's two-run double.

 

Reliever Raisel Iglesias allowed an RBI double by Josh Harrison and singles to Tim Anderson and Luis Robert as Chicago closed to 6-4. Iglesias walked Yasmani Grandal to load the bases with two outs and hit Abreu with a pitch to force in a run.

 

Tepera took over and earned his first save.

 

Lorenzen was mostly sharp for a second straight start and third in four since signing a one-year contract with the Angels last November. The right-hander allowed three runs and nine hits, while walking two and striking two in 8 1/3 innings.

 

Dallas Keuchel (1-3) labored through five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks. The 2015 AL Cy Young winner's ERA is 8.40.

 

Andrew Vaughn (right wrist) could be back in the lineup on Monday after getting hit with a pitch on Friday, manager Tony La Russa said. 

 

Yoan Moncada (right oblique strain) went 2 for 4 with a homer in the second game of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. The slugging third baseman has been out since spring training. 

 

RHP Joe Kelly (right biceps nerve injury) pitched a scoreless inning for Charlotte on Sunday in his rehab assignment.

 

Angels LHP Patrick Sandoval (1-0, 0.00) takes the mound against White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (2-1, 3.27) in the four-game series finale on Monday afternoon.

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Cubs Blank Brewers

Marcus Stroman threw two-hit ball for seven innings, outpitching Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes and leading the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Sunday.

 

Patrick Wisdom homered as the Cubs ended a four-game losing streak. They had been outscored 20-2 in dropping the first two games of the series at Milwaukee.

 

Stroman (1-3) earned his first win for his new team in his fifth start. Pitching on his 31st birthday, he struck out five and walked one.

 

Burnes (1-1) struck out 10 in seven innings, giving up four hits. He retired the first 13 batters before Wisdom homered in the fifth.

 

The Cubs added a run in the sixth when Alfonso Rivas singled and scored on a double by Seiya Suzuki.

 

Chicago reliever Rowan Wick got two outs in the eighth and David Robertson closed for his fifth save.

 

The Cubs will get the day off Monday and return to action Tuesday when the Cubs send LHP Drew Smyly (1-2, 2.79 ERA) to the mound against the crosstown rival White Sox (RHP Michael Kopech (0-1, 1.42).

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Cardinals Rally Past Diamondbacks

Andrew Knizner couldn't believe his eyes after catching a 103.1 mile-per-hour fastball from reliever Ryan Helsley in the eighth inning of the Cardinals' 7-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

 

Harrison Bader and Nolan Arenado homered in the seventh inning to help the Cardinals rally from a 5-3 deficit

 

St. Louis won for the third time in five games and salvaged a split of the four-game series.

 

Jordan Luplow hit two homers for Arizona, and Nick Ahmed and Christian Walker also went deep.

 

Helsley retired all six batters he faced to pick up his first save of the season. He overpowered Ahmed, Cooper Hummel and Daulton Varsho in striking out the side in the final frame. Helsley has 16 strikeouts without a walk in seven appearances this season covering 8 1/3 innings.

 

Brendan Donovan had a run-scoring grounder, and Bader slammed a two-run shot off reliever Keynan Middleton ((0-1) to put the Cardinals up 6-5.

 

One batter later, Arenado slammed his team-high sixth of the season. He had served a one-game suspension on Saturday for his part in an altercation against the New York Mets on Wednesday.6

 

Kodi Whitley (2-0) got the last out in the top of the seventh to pick up the win.

 

Luplow, who entered the game on a 1-for-11 skid, had solo homers in the first and seventh innings for his fifth career multi-homer game.

 

Ahmed hit his third homer of the season to snap a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. He has three homers in his last four games.

 

Arizona starter Zach Davies allowed just three hits in a five-inning, 90-pitch stint. He struck out two and walked one. Both of the runs he gave up were unearned.

 

St. Louis starter Jordan Hicks gave up two hits and two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

 

Albert Pujols, who went 1-for-4, started at first base for the Cardinals for the first time at home since Game 7 of 2011 World Series.

 

Steven Matz (2-1, 6.11) will take on Kansas City RHP Zack Greinke (0-1, 2.86) in a makeup game on Monday. The original contest was rained out on April 13. Matz allowed four runs in four innings on Wednesday.

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Blues, Wild Meet in First Round of NHL Playoffs

The Minnesota Wild and the St. Louis Blues were two of the best teams in the NHL down the stretch of the regular season, with these long-running rivals locked in a relentless heavyweight fight for second place in the Central Division.

 

After nudging ahead of the Blues by winning their last two games, the Wild earned the extra home game in the first round.

 

The Wild established a slew of franchise records, including points (113), wins (53) and goals (305), and finished behind only Colorado in the Western Conference.

 

The Blues had 109 points, 10 better than their 2018-19 team that went on to win the Stanley Cup. They won all three matchups with the Wild: in the Winter Classic at Target Field (6-4) and a pair of overtime decisions in St. Louis last month (4-3 and 6-5).

 

The Wild will host Game 1 on Monday and Game 2 on Wednesday. If the series goes the distance, they’ll have Game 7 on May 14 at Xcel Energy Center, where they went 31-8-2 this season.

 

The last time the Wild had home-ice advantage in a playoff series was, fittingly, against the Blues in the first round in 2017 when they lost in six games.

 

Over the final six weeks of the regular season, the Wild led the league with a plus-30 goal differential, according to Sportradar data. The Blues were tied with Calgary and Edmonton for second best in that span at plus-24.

 

For the Blues, center Brayden Schenn and defenseman Marco Scandella were on the ice with the team on Sunday and on track for Game 1 after recent injury absences.

 

The Blues were third in the NHL with 309 goals, featuring nine players who hit the 20-goal mark: Vladimir Tarasenko, Pavel Buchnevich, David Perron, Jordan Kyrou, Ivan Barbashev, Schenn, Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas.

 

The Wild were fifth in the league, after Kirill Kaprizov set the franchise record with 47 goals and Ryan Hartman (34), Kevin Fiala (33), Eriksson Ek (26) and Foligno (23) also established career highs. Zuccarello had 24 goals — and 55 assists.

 

Game 1 is tonight. 

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Rain Postpones Dover Finish To Monday

Martin Truex, Jr. can win for the third time at the Monster Mile on the unconventional race day after rain stopped the action only 78 laps into the 400-mile race Sunday. 


Truex raced to his first NASCAR Cup win June 4, 2007, at Dover and 12 years later used another rainout to take the checkered flag on May 6, 2019.

 

It’s the fourth time out of 104 career Dover races it will run on a Monday.

 

With a green flag start just after 3 p.m., and no lights at the concrete mile track, NASCAR faced a tight window to reach the halfway mark needed for an official race. So they’ll fire the engines again at noon Monday with Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott starting 1-2. Ryan Blaney is third, Truex is fourth and William Byron fifth.

 

Truex is winless this season with two top-five finishes over the first 10 Cup races. He won four races last season and would certainly like to break through into the win column, especially in the midst of contract negotiations with Joe Gibbs Racing. The 41-year-old Truex made his 596th career start at Dover and is set to join Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch as active drivers with 600 starts.

 

Chris Buescher won his only career Cup race in a weather-shortened race in 2016 — yes, on a Monday — at Pocono Raceway. Successes have been rare for Buescher since that checkered but he took the pole at Dover - his first in more than 230 career Cup races and 74 Xfinity starts.

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