INDIANA STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

1A CHAMPIONSHIP

Washington Township 6 Shakamak 0

2A CHAMPIONSHIP

Providence 4 Eastside 0

TONIGHT

Class 3A State Championship
5 pm ET / 4 pm CT | Hanover Central (29-3-1) vs. Southridge (25-7)
 Hanover Central playing in second state title game, first in 3A
 Southridge playing in third title game in four years, first in 3A

Class 4A State Championship
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT | Fishers (23-12) vs. Jasper (30-2)
 Fishers playing in second 4A title game in four years, aiming for second crown
 Jasper seeking sixth baseball title in state record 10th championship game appearance

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Stanford 14 Arizona 5

NC State 1 Vanderbilt 0

Tuesday, June 22

Game 7: Tennessee vs. Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPNU

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Wednesday, June 23

Game 9: Vanderbilt vs. Stanford | 7 p.m. | ESPN

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Cleveland 4 Chicago Cubs 0

Minnesota 7 Cincinnati 5 (12)

Houston 10 Baltimore 2

Texas 8 Oakland 3

NY Mets 4 Atlanta 2

Atlanta 1 NY Mets 0

Arizona 5 Milwaukee 1

San Diego 6 LA Dodgers 2

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NHL PLAYOFFS

Tampa Bay 8 NY Islanders 0

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Hernandez pitches one-hitter to help Washington Township to first state championship
Senior left-hander Steven Hernandez fired a one-hit shutout, while Logan Curren and James Kirk each drove in two runs to lead Washington Township to a 6-0 win over Shakamak in the Class A championship game.

Hernandez allowed just one walk and three other batters to reach base via errors, but didn’t allow a Shakamak runner past second base. The only hit Hernandez allowed came with two out in the sixth inning. He finished with four strikeouts.

It marks the third one-hitter and title-game history – the first since 2007 when Shakamak also fell victim to a pitcher’s gem.

The Senators of coach Randy Roberts broke through with the only run they would need in the fifth inning, while Kirk keyed a three-run sixth with a two-out double. Curren added a two-run single in the seventh.

The title for the Senators (27-7) marked the first state title in any sport for the school. Roberts guided WT to a runner-up finish in 2019.

First-year coach Jeremy Yeryar’s Lakers (19-10) were seeking their third state title and have now finished as runner-up five times.

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Reisinger leads Providence to 2A State Championship
Ray Reisinger tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Providence to a 4-0 victory over Eastside in the Class 2A championship game.

Reisinger dominated from the start, retiring the first 11 Blazers hitters and finished it off by scattering just two singles and compiling 11 strikeouts without walking a batter.

Reisinger also helped himself with his bat, as he doubled and scored in the second inning as the Pioneers (23-7) had six (of their seven) hits for extra-bases.

Shortstop Casey Kaelin proved to be the hitting star for the winners as he rapped an RBI-double in the first inning, then drove in Reisinger with a two-out double in the third. Coach Scott Hutchins’s squad added two insurance runs in the sixth inning.

The title in the second in program history as Providence also won in 2016. It was also the second state title of the 2020-21 school year for PHS, as the boys soccer team achieved that feat the previous fall.

Coach Aaron Willard’s Blazers (26-7) were making their first appearance in the state finals. Eastside got hits from Dylan Hertig and Jack Buchanan.

Stanford wins slugfest, N.C. State wins pitchers’ duel on CWS Day 3

(NCAA RELEASE) The day game belonged to the guys in the batter’s box, and the night game belonged to the guys on the pitcher’s mound on Monday at the College World Series.

The Stanford Cardinal avoided elimination with an offensive explosion against Arizona, defeating the Wildcats 14-5. Stanford utilized a 7-run third inning and a huge day from Brock Jones to keep playing in Omaha. Jones drove in 5 runs in the game, including a double and home run as part of a day that left him just a triple shy of the cycle.

NC State beats Vanderbilt

(NCAA RELEASE) Jack Leiter was the top bill, but Sam Highfill came out on top of an excellent pitcher’s duel on Night 3 at the College World Series in Omaha.

The freshman Highfill did not blink against the defending national champions, throwing 7 and 1/3 innings of shutout baseball, giving up only 2 hits, striking out 7, and allowing only one runner to reach second base. Evan Justice relieved Highfill in the eighth inning and mowed down the Commodores in order, immediately erasing a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth inning with a double play.

It’s the only time Vanderbilt has been shut out this season and the first time since March 2019.

On the opposite side, Leiter only blinked once, and that was the difference in the game. Terrell Tatum launched a mammoth home run to right field in the fifth inning. While that was all the Wolfpack could muster against Leiter, that was all they needed. The star sophomore was fantastic in his own right, throwing a complete game and striking out 15, including getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh with back-to-back strikeouts.

Watch complete game highlights here | Check out full stats from the game here.

The Wolfpack moves to 2-0 in the CWS and will not play again until Friday. Of the last 30 champions, 25 have started 2-0.

Vanderbilt will now face Stanford in an elimination game at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on ESPN.

AP source: Harden commits to US Olympic men’s team for Tokyo

Brooklyn guard James Harden has committed to play on the United States men’s national basketball team next month at the Tokyo games.

According to USA Basketball, eight of the 12 spots have been claimed.

Miami’s Bam Adebayo has also informed USA Basketball of his intention to play for the team at the Tokyo Games.

The eight commitments, include Adebayo, Harden, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Boston’s Jayson Tatum, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

One of the final spots won’t be going to Golden State’s Stephon Curry. Curry has declined an invitation to be a part of the team.

Report: Becky Hammon among finalists for Trail Blazers’ head coaching job

(AP) San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon is a finalist for the Portland Trail Blazers’ vacant head coaching position, The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick report.

Hammon, who also previously interviewed for the open Orlando Magic coaching gig, becomes the first woman to enter the final stages of an NBA head coaching search. In addition to Hammon, Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups, Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni, Spurs vice president of basketball operations Brent Barry, and South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley are among the candidates who have been interviewed for the position.

The 44-year-old has worked as a member of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff for seven seasons. She became the first woman to serve as a head coach after taking over for Popovich in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 30 after the veteran was ejected.

Bird, Taurasi earn spots on 5th U.S. Olympic basketball team

(AP) Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try and become the first five-time Olympic gold medalists in basketball as they lead the U.S women’s team at the Tokyo Games.

The duo was selected for their fifth Olympics on Monday, joining Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players in U.S. history to play in five. Edwards won four gold medals and a bronze in her illustrious Olympic career.

There have been five international basketball players to play in five Olympics: Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro, Brazil’s Adriana Moises Pinto and Oscar Schmidt, Australia’s Andrew Gaze and Puerto Rico’s Teofilo Cruz.

The 40-year-old Bird and 39-year-old Taurasi will lead a veteran group in Japan, including 6-foot-6 Sylvia Fowles, who will be playing in her fourth Olympics. Tina Charles will be in her third while 6-8 Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart are back for a second time.

There will also be six newcomers to the Olympic stage led by reigning WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson. The Las Vegas Aces star helped the U.S. win the World Championship in 2018 in Spain. Others making their Olympic debuts are Skylar Diggins-Smith, Chelsea Gray, Ariel Atkins, Jewell Loyd and Napheesa Collier.

“USA Basketball has never been in a better place,” said U.S. head coach Dawn Staley, who won three Olympic gold medals as a player and helped the team win two more as an assistant coach. “I’m honored to be the coach of such an amazing collection of talented women, both those named to the team and those who gave their all the last few years but won’t be with us in Tokyo.”

The Americans have won the last six consecutive gold medals, not dropping a game at the Olympics since 1992. They are the heavy favorites to win again. The Americans are in a pool with France, Japan and Nigeria, which the U.S. opens up against on July 27. The Americans face Japan on July 30 and France on Aug. 2.

The U.S. team will get together in Las Vegas in July to train for a week as well as play an All-Star Game against a selection of WNBA players. The Americans will also play games against Australia and Nigeria.

Stamkos, Vasilevskiy pace Lightning’s 8-0 rout of Islanders

(AP) Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist and Andrei Vasilevskiy notched his fourth career playoff shutout, helping the defending Stanley Cup champions rout the Islanders 8-0 in Game 5 of their semifinal playoff series on Monday night.

“I like to think we play determined all the time, not just tonight,” coach Jon Cooper said after his team moved within one victory of a return to the Stanley Cup Final.

“It’s certainly a response and a mindset and it starts with our goalie,” Stamkos said.

“Vasy just has an amazing ability to bounce back whether he plays great or he doesn’t play great. But when we lose, he takes that personally,” the Lightning captain added. “He was outstanding, made some big saves early, settles us down, we get some goals and get some confidence.”

The Lightning improved to 13-0 in games following a postseason loss since launching their 2020 title run and will take a 3-2 series lead over the Islanders into Game 6 of their best-of-seven matchup Wednesday night in Uniondale, New York.

Game 7, if necessary, would be back in Florida on Friday.

Sanó homer lifts Twins past Reds 7-5 in 12 innings

(AP) Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning to lift Minnesota past Cincinnati 7-5 on Monday night – the fifth straight victory for the Twins and fifth loss in a row for the Reds.

With a five-man infield and a runner on third, Sano hammered a 3-1 slider from Heath Hembree (1-3) over the wall in left-center. It was Minnesota’s fourth consecutive extra-innings win after eight straight losses in extras to start the season.

The game lasted 5:14 and ended 30 minutes past midnight, after beginning on a somber note with a remembrance of the late Mike Bell – the former Reds player and Twins coach who was the younger brother of Cincinnati manager David Bell and died of cancer earlier this year.

Matt Shoemaker (3-8), whose struggles as a starter prompted a recent demotion to the bullpen, pitched two hitless innings for the win. Shoemaker loaded the bases in the 12th after two walks, one intentional, but struck out Eugenio Suarez – who had a homer and three RBIs – to escape.

Indians beat Cubs 4-0, lose Civale to finger injury

(AP) When it comes to all the pitching injuries for the Cleveland Indians, manager Terry Francona doesn’t have time to feel sorry for himself.

He has to figure out the next step for his team.

Cleveland lost another starter when Aaron Civale exited with a finger injury Monday night, but Bobby Bradley and Josh Naylor homered to lead the Indians to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Civale, who leads the majors with 10 wins, left with two out in the fifth inning because of a right middle finger injury. The right-hander had a 3-2 count on Eric Sogard when he was visited by Francona and a trainer.

“The tip of his finger was bothering him, so we didn’t mess around with that,” Francona said. “We just got him out of there.”

Francona said the team wants to have Civale see hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham as soon as possible. Any prolonged absence for the 26-year-old pitcher would be a big blow for Cleveland, already missing ace Shane Bieber and right-hander Zach Plesac due to injuries.

“Rather than feel sorry for ourselves, we’ll just try to figure it out the best we can,” Francona said.

Naylor finished with two hits as the Indians improved to 2-2 on a nine-game road trip. They moved within two games of the idle White Sox for the top spot in the AL Central.

Chicago lost for the sixth time in eight games, and Javier Baez was pulled by manager David Ross after the shortstop made an embarrassing mental mistake. Adbert Alzolay (4-6) permitted three runs over 4 2/3 innings in his return from the 10-day injured list after being sidelined by a blister on his right middle finger.

Kelly helps D-backs end 17-game skid, beat Brewers 5-1

(AP) Ketel Marte camped under the high fly ball in center field and watched as it fell into his glove. Relief pitcher Joakim Soria smacked his hands together, grinned and walked toward catcher Stephen Vogt, who pumped his arms in a little victory dance.

The Arizona Diamondbacks had finally won a baseball game, ending three weeks and 17 games of misery.

“Sheer joy,” Vogt said. “We’ve been working so hard, fighting, clawing.”

Merrill Kelly pitched seven effective innings and Marte had two hits as the Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Monday night. Vogt described the postgame clubhouse scenes of victory that have been missing over the past few weeks: Music blaring, lots of laughing and high-fives.

“It’s definitely more fun winning than losing,” Kelly said.

The win was a long time coming for Arizona, which has plunged to the bottom of the standings in the NL West and has the worst record in the majors at 21-53. It was the first victory for the Diamondbacks since they beat the Mets 6-5 in 10 innings on June 1.

Astros take combined no-hitter into 8th, rout Orioles 10-2

(AP) Jake Odorizzi pitched five outstanding innings in another sign of progress after his arm issues, and Houston won its eighth straight game.

A no-hitter would have been nice, but the Astros have plenty of other things to feel good about.

Odorizzi and the Houston bullpen took a bid for a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning Monday night, eventually settling for a 10-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Houston now leads the AL West by a game over Oakland, which lost at Texas.

The 31-year-old Odorizzi missed more than a month with a strained muscle in his right arm. This was his fifth appearance and fourth start since returning. He retired his first 13 batters before walking DJ Stewart on a full count in the fifth.

“I’m happy with the way I’m progressing,” Odorizzi said. “I knew it was going to be a process. I stuck to that process, and I feel more and more comfortable every time I’m on the mound.”

Maikel Franco hit a two-run homer with one out in the eighth off Brandon Bielak, breaking up the no-hitter. Odorizzi and reliever Cristian Javier held the Orioles without a hit through seven.

Get a grip: Pitchers unsure on eve of sticky stuff crackdown

Major League Baseball began their crackdown on pictures using sticky substances during games. Beginning Monday night, pitchers will be dejected and suspended for 10 games if they are found to be using a foreign substance to doctor any baseballs.

Major and minor league umpires will now make regular checks of all pictures, even if opposing managers don’t request an inspection.

Umpires will now check all starters multiple times and all relievers at the end of his first inning or when removed from the game.

Players suspended for any violations will not be replaced on the active roster. Catchers are also subject to inspections and position players could also be searched.

“It definitely will be probably a little awkward,” Cubs manager David Ross said Sunday. “But we’ll get through it, adjust.”

“I’m curious like everyone of what it’s going to look like,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Are we going to have frisking going on, what that whole process is going to look like? Are guys trying to get away with things? Certainly that’ll be part of it.”

Toronto’s Guerrero will not participate in this year’s homerun derby

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won’t take part in the 2021 Home Run Derby at Coors Field on July 12, according to Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.

Guerrero told Mae he wants to focus on the second half of the season and refresh mentally.

The 22-year-old slugger enters Monday’s action in a tie with Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani for the MLB lead with 23 homers. Ohtani will enter the event.

Guerrero set a new Home Run Derby record with 91 total bombs across three rounds in 2019, although he finished runner-up to New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso.

Regardless of his decision on the event, Guerrero will likely start in the All-Star Game. He leads all MLB players with over 1.7 million votes so far.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL POWER RANKINGS

  1. San Francisco
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Houston
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Tampa Bay
  6. Oakland
  7. Boston
  8. San Diego
  9. New York Mets
  10. Chicago Cubs
  11. New York Yankees
  12. Milwaukee
  13. Toronto
  14. Cleveland.
  15. St. Louis
  16. Cincinnati
  17. Philadelphia
  18. Atlanta
  19. Seattle
  20. Washington
  21. Los Angeles Angels
  22. Miami
  23. Kansas City
  24. Minnesota
  25. Detroit
  26. Colorado
  27. Texas
  28. Baltimore
  29. Pittsburgh
  30. Arizona

Vikings rookie Jaylen Twyman recovering from gunshot wounds

(AP) Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is recovering from four gunshot wounds that caused scary but superficial injuries after bullets hit a vehicle he was riding in, his agent Drew Rosenhaus said Monday night.

Twyman does not need surgery and is expected to make a full recovery from the exit wounds to his arm, shoulder, buttocks and leg, according to Rosenhaus.

The Vikings also confirmed the shooting, after being in contact with Twyman and family members.

“We are extremely thankful Jaylen is expected to make a full recovery,” the team’s statement said.

ESPN first reported the news, which was confirmed by Rosenhaus to The Associated Press. He said he spoke earlier Monday to Twyman, who was selected in the sixth round out of Pittsburgh in the NFL draft two months ago.

The incident occurred in his native Washington, D.C., where Twyman was visiting during the team’s summer break. Rosenhaus said Twyman was simply in the “wrong place, wrong time.” Washington TV station WUSA reported that two other men also had nonfatal wounds from the shooting.

Twyman was the 199th overall pick, after opting out of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with an eye toward providing financial help for his mother and brothers.

The 6-foot-1, 301-pound Twyman, was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2019 after becoming Pittsburgh’s first interior lineman to lead the team in sacks (10 1/2) since Aaron Donald in 2013. Donald, the six-time All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams, has become a mentor to Twyman.

In 2014, then-Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph was struck in his calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis. His injury was not serious.

Clark arrested in LA on suspicion of having concealed gun

(AP) Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was arrested in Los Angeles after police saw a submachine gun in his car, police said Monday.

Clark, 28, was pulled over for a vehicle violation south of downtown at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, LAPD public information officer Tony Im said.

“Officers noticed a bag with an Uzi sticking out” in plain sight in the car,” Im said.

Clark was arrested on suspicion of having a concealed firearm in a vehicle, Im said.

He was booked into Los Angeles County jail and released Monday afternoon on $35,000 bond, according to the county sheriff’s jail inmate website.

“We are aware of the matter which will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Clark’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said the gun belonged to Clark’s bodyguard.

Clark, who is a native of Los Angeles, played his first four NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019. He was part of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning team in the 2019 season and overall has 49 sacks in 91 career games.

Clark previously was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of domestic violence over an incident at an Ohio hotel, leading to his removal from the University of Michigan team. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.

Tokyo Olympics to allow local fans — but with strict limits

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced Monday. There will be a limited number of fans allowed to attend the games.

Organizers have set a limit of 50% capacity, up to a maximum of 10,000 fans, all who must be Japanese residents. The limits will be enforced regardless whether activities are indoors or outdoors.

Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, called the decision “the last piece for the Olympics” to proceed on July 23.

Hashimoto, meanwhile, left the door open for a no-fans Olympics if the conditions worsen around the pandemic.

“We need to be very flexible. If there is any abrupt change in the situation, we will hold five-party meetings again to make other decisions,” Hashimoto said. “If there is an announcement of a state of emergency during the Games, all the options like no-spectator games will be examined.”

High court sides with ex-athletes in NCAA compensation case

The Supreme Court decided Monday that the NCAA can’t enforce rules limiting education – related benefits, that colleges offer to student-athletes.

Despite the ruling, this case didn’t decide whether students will be paid salaries. The ruling will determine whether schools can decide offer athletes tens of thousands of dollars in benefits that would go toward tutoring, studying abroad and graduate scholarships.

The court did agree with a group of former college athletes that the NCAA limits on education – related benefits are unenforceable.

Under current NCAA regulations, student/athletes can’t be paid and scholarship money that colleges offer is at the cost of attending the school.

Former athletes argue that the NCAA’s rules are unfair and violate federal antitrust laws. The Supreme Court did uphold a lower court ruling stopping the NCAA from enforcing those rules.

“It is our hope that this victory in the battle for college athletes’ rights will carry on a wave of justice uplifting further aspects of athlete compensation,” said Steve Berman, an attorney for the former college athletes, in a statement following the ruling. “This is the fair treatment college athletes deserve.”

“Even though the decision does not directly address name, image and likeness, the NCAA remains committed to supporting NIL benefits for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement following the ruling. “Additionally, we remain committed to working with Congress to chart a path forward, which is a point the Supreme Court expressly stated in its ruling.”

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Ohio LB Isaiah Jones now a Hoosier

Indiana football coach Tom Allen picked up a commitment from Ohio linebacker Isaiah Jones, bringing Indiana’s recruit total to 5 in the 2022 class.

Jones is a 6’2” 215 pounder from London, Ohio. He is also the third linebacker in this recruiting class, along with Kaiden Turner and Desan McCullough.

Jones is ranked the 35th best product in the state of Ohio.

He also had offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Minnesota and Cincinnati.

Jones was named the Central Buckeye Conference’s defensive player of the year.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Trevell Mullen commits to Indiana

CB Trevell Mullen, the younger brother of Indiana cornerback Taiwan Mullen, has made a verbal commitment to play football at Indiana. Mullen is considered to be a four – start recruit according to 247Sports.

He is 5 foot 11, 180 pounds, and was a U.S. Army All – American. As a sophomore Taiwan collected 38 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and three interceptions.

He also received offers from Oregon, Auburn and Florida.

“I’d like to thank all the coaches that reached out to me and recruiting me throughout the whole process,” Mullen tweeted Sunday. “With that being said, after speaking with God and my family, I will be announcing that I am committed to Indiana University. 

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Marcus Cushine is now a Boilermaker

Former Alabama A&M DE Marcus Cushine announced Monday he is transferring to Purdue. He is 6’2” 250 pounds and is considered to be one of the top DE’s at the FCS level.

Cushine had seven sacks in four game last season and totaled 12 tackles in the SWAC title game.

He played LB in his first two season’s of college football before moving to DE.

Florida State was one of several schools to offer Cushine in the portal.

PURDUE SWIMMING: Austin Now a 3-Time Paralympian After 3 Wins at Trials

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MINNEAPOLIS – Already a top candidate to represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games, Purdue women’s swimming assistant coach Evan Austin officially clinched his trip to Tokyo and third Paralympic bid with three event victories at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials.

After a weekend showcase at the University of Minnesota’s Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, Austin was among the 34 swimmers selected to the U.S. Paralympic Team on Sunday. Competing as part of the Boilermaker Aquatics club, he won the 50-meter butterfly (29.57), 400-meter freestyle (4:50.20) and 200-meter individual medley (2:40.19) while demonstrating his versatility over three consecutive days in the Twin Cities.

Austin is the reigning world champion in the 50 fly, winning the event at the 2019 World Para Championships. He departs for Tokyo with Team USA on Aug. 14 and the opening ceremonies are set for Aug. 24. Austin’s individual events should fall on Aug. 27 (200 IM), Aug. 29 (400 free) and Aug. 30 (50 fly).

Austin is competing in different events at the Paralympics this year. Previously, he raced in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4×100 free relay in first two appearances, adding the 100-meter fly and 4×100 medley relay to his schedule in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The men’s medley relay is on the final day (Sept. 3) of the Paralympic Games so he remains a top candidate for that event as well this year.

The 50 fly was Austin’s first event of the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials and he posted a winning time (29.57) that was better than his victorious mark in the event (30.07) at the Para World Series in April. His impressive start in Minneapolis coupled with his three victories among the international field in Texas solidified his place as one of Team USA’s top medal hopefuls in the pool in Tokyo. He also took second in the 100 breast at the Para World Series.

Austin, who has spastic paraplegia, began assisting with Purdue women’s swimming in the fall of 2019 and officially took on the volunteer assistant coach duties in time for the 2020-21 school year. The Indiana State alumnus now trains under the guidance of Purdue coach John Klinge at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center after a stint at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He’s also multi-time medalist at the CanAm Para Swimming Championships and Pan Pacific Championships.

Austin is candidate for an ESPY this year, as one of four men’s nominees for best athlete with a disability. Fans can vote at ESPN.com and the award winners will be announced on July 10 at 8 p.m. ET during the ABC telecast.

NOTRE DAME TRACK: SEVEN IRISH ATHLETES COMPETING AT US TRACK & FIELD OLYMPIC TRIALS

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OTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame’s track and field program has seven athletes competing at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon in hopes of qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The four women Irish representatives are current athletes Olivia Markezich (steeplechase), Jadin O’Brien (heptathlon), Rachel Tanczos (hammer) and alumna Dani Aragon (1,500m).

On the men’s side current athletes Samuel Voelz (800m) and Yared Nuguse (1,500m) are joined by alumnae Nate Richartz (pole vault) at the trials.

Voelz will compete in Monday evening’s final in the 800m at 8:28 p.m. ET after posting a PR time of 1:46.39 in the semifinals to qualify for the final with a sixth place finish. Voelz is one of three current NCAA athletes in the final.

Aragon, a 2017 graduate, will look to punch her ticket to Tokyo in the 1,500m final also on Monday. Aragon qualified for the final by placing 10th in Saturday’s semifinal with a time of 4:09.94. The final will start at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Another Olympic hopeful, Nuguse, will begin his trials on at 9:04 p.m. ET with the opening round of the 1,500m. The semifinal for the race is set for 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday with the final to be ran at 8:10 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Tanczos will compete in the hammer throw qualifying round at 4:25 p.m. ET on Thursday with hopes of qualifying for the final on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

O’Brien will have a grueling two days of heptathlon competition on Saturday and Sunday throughout the day. The first of the seven events will be the 100m hurdles at 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Richartz and Markezich have each completed their respective events at the trials. Richartz cleared 5.50m in the pole vault and placed 18th in the qualifying round while Markezich turned in a time of 10:00.45 in the first round of the steeplechase to finish 26th.

The Irish already have one alum heading to Tokyo, as Molly Seidel will represent the US in the marathon. Seidel qualified for the Olympics on Feb. 20, 2020, placing second in the race with a time of 2:27.31 despite it being the first marathon she ever competed in.

TRACK AND FIELD: ROBUST TELEVISION SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – TRACK & FIELD

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USATF broadcast partner NBC Sports Group announced a robust coverage schedule for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, which take place June 18 – 27 in Eugene, Oregon. NBC and NBCSN will provide coverage over eight nights, including six in primetime on NBC.

Track & Field coverage from Hayward Field begins on Friday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with qualifying, and continues at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC, with the finals in men’s shot put and men’s 10,000m. Live coverage concludes on Sunday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC with numerous events, including the men’s 200m and women’s 400m hurdles finals.

NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present exclusive streaming coverage of select field events, including long jump, pole vault, shot put, hammer, javelin, discus, 20km race walk, decathlon and heptathlon from Eugene.

The U.S. has topped the track & field medal standings at seven straight Games. U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field are expected to feature nine individual reigning world champions, including 200m world champion Noah Lyles, 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist and world record holder Dalilah Muhammad and world championship silver medalist and member of the 4x400m relay world championship team Sydney McLaughlin. Also expected to compete is the most decorated American woman in Olympic track & field history and six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix.

Day 1 – Friday, June 18

NBCSN

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET

Day 1 – Friday, June 18

NBC

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET

Day 2 – Saturday, June 19

NBCSN

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET

Day 2 – Saturday, June 19

NBC

10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET

Day 3 – Sunday, June 20

NBC

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET

Day 4 – Monday, June 21

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Day 4 – Monday, June 21

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Day 5-6: Rest Day 

Day 7 – Thursday, June 24

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Day 8 – Friday, June 25

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Day 9 – Saturday, June 26

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INDIANA STATE WBB: Center Florence Tshimanga Signs with Sycamore Women’s Basketball

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head women’s basketball coach Chad Killinger announced the addition of Florence Tshimanga on Monday afternoon.

Tshimanga, a 6-3 center from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, joins Sycamore women’s basketball after spending two seasons at Southern Methodist University.

“Florence will bring much needed size, athleticism and experience to our roster,” Killinger said. “She gives us a physical presence in the paint defensively and is someone who can finish around the rim. We are looking forward to working with her and helping her to continue to pursue her goals, both academically and athletically.”

During the 2019-20 season, Tshimanga saw action in 22 games where she scored 30 total points and brought down 32 total rebounds. She recorded a season-high six points against Cincinnati on Feb. 8 and grabbed a season-best five rebounds in the American Athletic Conference Tournament against Memphis. On the year, she finished 12-of-14 (.857) from the charity stripe while also adding 11 blocks and six steals. SMU’s 2020-21 season was cut short after only six games.

Tshimanga began her collegiate career at Grand Canyon during the 2017-18 campaign where she played in eight games for the Lopes, including a four-point performance against UNLV.

Prior to her time at Grand Canyon, Tshimanga was a three-time all-star at the MacDuffie School in Massachusetts. At the MacDuffie School she averaged 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds 3.6 blocks and 1.1 steals per game as a senior.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE SOFTBALL: Softball Welcomes Signees for 2022

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne softball program announced the signing of a pair of student-athletes for the 2022 season: Thais Uyema (Lima, Peru / Colegio La Union / Chipola College), Taryn Jenkins (Aldergrove, British Columbia / DW Poppy Secondary / Douglas College / McCook Community College), Jaime Suppa (Chicago, Illinois / Nazareth Academy) and Taylor Warne (Aurora, Colorado / Cherokee Trail / Menlo College / Lake Land College).

Thais Uyema is a 5-foot-4 middle infield transfer from Chipola College, an NJCAA Division I program in Marianna, Florida. She led her team to the 2019 NJCAA National Championship, which saw the Indians win their last eight games of the season with a 95-14 differential, including a 19-2 national championship final game against Angelina College. In her two seasons at Chipola, the Indians went 52-5 and 28-4 before the season was halted due to COVID-19. Uyema’s squad won their last 12 games of the 2020 season. As a sophomore, Uyema had a .333 batting average. At Chipola, she earned a spot on the Dean’s List. Prior to her time at Chipola, Uyema attended Colegio La Union in Lima, Peru. Her high school did not have a softball team, but she competed with the Peruvian National Team system since she was 13 years old. In her time there, she earned two silver medals with the U-15 team and two bronze medals with the U-18 team. She participated in the U-19 World Cup Championship in 2017 and the Pan American Games in 2020. She also played in the Pre Qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. She was selected as the best third baseman in 2015 and the best scorer in 2016. Uyema also played for the Aelu Club Team. Her career with Aelu was highlighted by being selected as the Tiemi Yajima Standout Catcher in 2012 and Best Catcher in 2013. Uyema led Aelu to the opening and closing championship titles every year from 2011-19. She was named the Best Catcher eight times in the opening and closing championships, while stealing the most bases five times, and being named the Best Scorer four times. In addition to her softball play, she also competed in the debate club and on the soccer, volleyball and baseball teams at Colegio La Union.

Taryn Jenkins is a 5-foot-9 shortstop that throws and bats right-handed. She comes to Purdue Fort Wayne after playing two years of collegiate softball: one year at Douglas College in New Westminster, British Columbia, and one year at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska. She attended DW Poppy Secondary for her high school career. At McCook, Jenkins started in 30 of her 32 appearances. For the season, she averaged a scorching .398 from the plate, registering 39 hits, 40 RBIs and 36 runs. She knocked nine home runs in her sophomore campaign. At Douglas in 2020, Jenkins played in four games before the season was halted due to COVID-19. She hit .571 and had four RBIs in those games.

Jaime Suppa is a 5-foot-9 catcher/outfielder that throws right handed and is a switch hitter. Suppa graduated from Nazareth Academy in 2021 after spending four years under head coach Victoria Sobol. She set a program first by hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in the same day. She hit .340 with 15 home runs and 35 stolen bases. Suppa led her team to a regional championship in 2019, while also serving as a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math National Honor Society, Life Skills Club, Roadrunner Club Student Ambassadors, Future Health Care Professionals, and SMILE club. Suppa also attended retreats for Operation Snowball and Kairos. She played club softball for Bridgeport Bombers U10, Windy City Ice U12, U14 and U18 and Tinley Park Rockers U16 teams. In 2020, she led her club team to a first-place finish at the Portage Indiana Super Shoot Out Tournament.

Taylor Warne, a 5-foot-1 outfielder, bats lefty and throws righty. Warne spent two seasons at Menlo College where she appeared in 29 games as a freshman with eight starts. She hit .345 with five stolen bases and 12 runs. At Lake Land College, where she spent one season, she hit .341 overall and .412 in conference. She played in 48 games, recording 15 stolen bases, 40 runs and 16 RBIs. A 2018 graduate of Cherokee Trail, Warne was a four-year honor roll member, AVID Scholar and earned the Academic Department Award three times. She was a four-year varsity player for the Cougars, hitting a career .351 with 15 RBIs. Warne led her team to the 2016 Colorado 5A State Championship. She played club softball for the Colorado Prodigy Elite (2014-19) and the Prodigy National Team (2017-19). Warne led her team to fourth place at the national championship in 2019.

Uyema, Jenkins, Suppa and Warne will join previously signed Gracie Brinkerhoff, Haven Dwyer and Alise Moneypenny for the Mastodons’ 2022 season.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Pfau Signs Five for 2021 Season

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team announced the signing of five student-athletes for the 2021 season.

“I am excited about the incoming class and what each player can bring to our program,” head women’s soccer coach Chris Pfau said. “They will all give us great experience and push our program. This class will give us depth in each position and have the ability to come in and challenge for starting positions.”

The first signee, Hailey Autenrieb, comes to Evansville from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lettered four years in soccer, one year in track and competed in basketball. Autenrieb, a four-year varsity starter and captain of her high school program her senior year also earned GGCL third team offensive player with 12 goals and seven assists. She also earned Seton High School MVP Award in and Southwest District All-Star Team in 2020.

Next is Mackenzie Folk from Las Vegas, Nev., who lettered all four years at Faith Lutheran High School, highlighted by an undefeated season in 2019 and earning varsity captain during her senior year. Competed in the ECNL Championships League Playoffs in 2017 and 2018 and made it to the Surf Cup finals in 2019 with her club team Heat FC.

Jasmine Hauser is a transfer from Marietta College playing in 26 games and 1,768 minutes in two seasons. Hauser is a native of Powell, Ohio and scored her first career goal in college against Oberlin during her freshman campaign.

Sophie Linder a native of Vienna, Austria, was a key player for her club team SKN St. Pölten. Winning conference and earning best goalkeeper in her academy twice and winning an indoor tournament championship during her time. As a team they reached the U18 finals in champions league.

Reese Simmons rounds out the Evansville signing class. Simmons comes to UE from Las Vegas, Nev. and the Heat FC club team, teammates with Folk. Simmons made the ECNL team during her freshman and sophomore seasons, while earning a Surf Cup Championship in 2020 and 2019, Vegas Cup finalist and Mayors Cup finalist in 2019.

“Not only do these players come from great clubs and have done some amazing things on the field but they are even better people,” Pfau said. “All of them are very driven on and off the field.  They will not only make our soccer program better but they will represent UE on the soccer field and in the classroom.”

The UE women’s soccer program is set to return to action in early August for the 2021 season.

DAYTON MEN’S BASKETBALL: Red Scare’s Seeding And First Round Game in TBT Revealed

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DAYTON – The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN networks – today revealed Red Scare’s seed and first-round matchup for TBT 2021.

The Dayton alumni team received the second seed in the Columbus Regional, which will be held from July 23-27 at the Covelli Center on the campus of Ohio State University. Their first round matchup will be against #15 seed BC Vahakni City, champions of the Armenian professional basketball league who secured their spot in Columbus via buy-in, on Saturday, July 24 at 3 pm ET.

If Red Scare advances past BC Vahakni City, they’ll face the winner of #7 seed Wolf Blood (NC State alumni) and #10 seed Category 5 (Miami alumni) on Sunday, July 25, at 2 pm ET. The winner of that game will play their third and final game of the Columbus Regional Tuesday, July 27, at 7 pm ET.

Eight quarterfinalists across TBT’s four regionals will advance to Championship Weekend at University of Dayton Arena beginning on July 31, culminating with a million-dollar, winner-take-all championship game August 3.  Click here for ticket information.

In addition, the UD bookstore will be selling TBT Red Scare team merchandise.  Pre-orders will be taken starting today and continuing leading up to the TBT.  Orders will be shipped (or available for pick up the week of July 19th before the Red Scare competes in the Columbus regional.  To place and order, click here.

TBT 2021 will be Red Scare’s third year competing in the event. Red Scare is coming off their furthest run ever, advancing all the way to TBT’s semifinals in 2020 before losing to eventual champion Golden Eagles. The team is organized by former walk-ons Joey Gruden and Jeremiah Bonsu. Red Scare’s current roster includes:

●    Brandon Spearman (2010-11)

●    Devin Oliver (2010-14)

●    Devon Scott (2012-15)

●    Jordan Sibert (2013-15)

●    Kyle Davis (2013-17)

●    Kendall Pollard (2013-17)

●    Darrell Davis (2014-18)

●    Ryan Mikesell (2015-20)

●    Trey Landers (2016-20)

●    Trevor Thompsonn (Ohio State)

Tickets for all four TBT’s regionals, as well as Championship Weekend at UD Arena, are currently on sale at TheTournament.com

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S TRACK: CHRISTINA CLEMONS IS A U.S. OLYMPIAN

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State track and field has a U.S. Olympian. Christina (Manning) Clemons, one of the great sprinters/hurdlers in Ohio State history, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the 100 hurdles late Sunday evening at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, which are being held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Clemons was third in the 100 hurdles in a time of 12.53. In order to make Team USA, a top three finish in most events is required. Keni Harrison was first in this 100 hurdles in 12.47 with Brianna McNeal second in 12.51. Gabbi Cunningham was fourth, also in 12.53, but Clemons beat her by a lean and five-thousands of a second: 12.521 to 12.526.

“I’ve been going after this team since 2012,” Clemons emotionally shared with NBC’s Lewis Johnson following her race. “I ruptured my Achilles in 2013. I wasn’t healthy enough in 2016. We had to wait a whole year in 2020. And now here I’ve been looked over, I’ve been counted out, but when God is with you, it doesn’t matter. I’m just so happy!”

Outstanding as a Buckeye

Clemons competed for Ohio State track and field under head coach Karen Dennis from 2009-12 and graduated in 2012 with her degree in criminology. She was an 11-time All-American, a 10-time Big Ten champion, including eight individual championships, and she won two NCAA titles as a senior in 2012: the 60 hurdles indoors and the 100 hurdles outdoors.

Clemons still holds three Ohio State individual records: the 60m dash (7.23), 60m hurdles (7.91) and the 100m hurdles (12.68). She was a four-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and was the 2012 Big Ten Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

Clemons helped the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten team championship – the 2011 indoor championship – and then two more: the 2011 and 2012 outdoor championships.

Third U.S. Olympian

Clemons, who was enshrined in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, is the third from the Ohio State women’s track and field program to be named a U.S. Olympian: Diane Dixon was a U.S. Olympian in 1984 and 1988; and Stephanie Hightower was an Olympian in 1980. Dixon won gold and silver medals as part of the 4×400 relay team in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Hightower and Team USA was not able to compete in 1980 because of the boycott.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Olympic Games are officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, even though they are taking place in 2021 because of last year’s postponement. The Tokyo Olympics begin Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. EDT in the United States. Olympic track and field begins July 29.

OHIO STATE MBB: THE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (TBT) RELEASES FIELD AND MATCHUPS FOR COLUMBUS REGIONAL

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The Basketball Tournament (TBT) – the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event broadcast live on ESPN networks – announced the bracket for this year’s tournament.

In its eighth year, TBT 2021 will feature more than 69 players with NBA experience as well as elite professionals who are playing in top leagues all over the world. A unique aspect of the TBT is that is played entirely in or around some of the top collegiate campuses in the country. This year, there are a total of 28 collegiate alumni teams in the field.

Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State alumni) and Red Scare (Dayton alumni) will serve as the featured teams in the Columbus Regional. Those teams are joined by 14 other teams (including 10 alumni teams) that will compete for the chance to advance. The games, which will take place July 23-27, will be played at the Covelli Center on the campus of Ohio State University.

Eight quarterfinalists will advance to Championship Weekend at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, culminating with a $1 million-dollar, winner-take-all championship game August 3.

Carmen’s Crew, the top seed in the Columbus Regional, is organized and coached by Ohio State star and former NBA player Jared Sullinger. Dallas Lauderdale will serve as an assistant coach. Carmen’s Crew’s current roster includes:

David Lighty (2006-11)

Jon Diebler (2007-11)

William Buford (2008-12)

Aaron Craft (2010-14)

Lenzelle Smith Jr. (2010-14)

Evan Ravenel (2011-13)

Shannon Scott (2011-15)

Kaleb Wesson (2017-20)

Keyshawn Woods (2018-19)

Jeff Gibbs (Otterbein)

Julian Mavunga (Miami OH)

Top-seeded Carmen’s Crew will face No. 16 seed Mid-American Unity at 9 pm ET on Friday, July 23. The winner of that game, they will play the winner of No. 8 seed Men of Mackey (Purdue alumni featuring Robbie Hummel) and No. 9 seed Ballinteers (Tennessee alumni featuring Chris Lofton) on Sunday, July 25 at 4 pm ET.

Other alumni teams in the region include No. 3 seed Zip ‘Em Up, a Xavier alumni team starring J.P. Macura, Trevon Bluiett, and Semaj Christon, No. 6 seed Blue Collar U (Buffalo alumni), No. 7 seed Wolf Blood (NC State alumni), No. 10 seed Category 5 (Miami alumni), No. 13 seed Brown & White (St. Bonaventure alumni), and No. 14 seed Ohio 1804 (Ohio alumni).

Legendary undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is also entering The Money Team into the Columbus Regional, who received the No. 5 seed.

TBT 2021 schedule:

Regional Host Cities

Wichita, Kan. – headlined by AfterShocks (Wichita State) – July 16-20

Charleston, W.Va.  – headlined by Best Virginia (West Virginia) and Herd That (Marshall) – July 17-21

Columbus, Ohio – headlined by Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State) and Red Scare (Dayton) – July 23-27

Peoria, Ill. – headlined by House of ‘Paign (Illinois) and Always a Brave (Bradley) – July 24-28

Championship Weekend in Dayton

Quarterfinals – Saturday, July 31

Semifinals – Sunday, Aug. 1

$1 Million, Winner-Take-All Championship – Tuesday, Aug. 3

Game information for the Columbus Regional:

First Round

G1 – Friday, July 23 – 2 pm – (5) The Money Team vs. (12) The Region

G2 – Friday, July 23 – 4 pm – (4) Team Hines vs. (13) Brown & White

G3 – Friday, July 23 – 7 pm – (8) Men of Mackey vs. (9) Ballinteers

G4 – Friday, July 23 – 9 pm – (1) Carmen’s Crew vs. (16) Mid-American Unity

G5 – Saturday, July 24 – 1 pm – (7) Wolf Blood vs. (10) Category 5

G6 – Saturday, July 24 – 3 pm – (2) Red Scare vs. (15) BC Vahakni City

G7 – Saturday, July 24 – 6 pm – (6) Blue Collar U vs. (11) The Nerd Team

G8 – Saturday, July 24 – 8 pm – (3) Zip ‘Em Up vs. (14) Ohio 1804

Second Round

G9 – Sunday, July 25 – 2 pm – Wolf Blood/Category 5 vs. Red Scare/BC Vahakni City

G10 – Sunday, July 25 – 4 pm – Carmen’s Crew/Mid-American Unity vs. Ballinteers/Men of Mackey

G11 – Sunday, July 25 – 7 pm – Team Hines/Brown & White vs. The Money Team/The Region

G12 – Sunday, July 25 – 9 pm – Blue Collar U/The Nerd Team vs. Zip ‘Em Up/Ohio 1804

Third Round

G13 – Tuesday, July 27 – 7 pm – Game 9 Winner vs. Game 12 Winner

G14 – Tuesday, July 27 – 9 pm – Game 10 Winner vs. Game 11 Winner

Tickets for all TBT game days and events are on sale now at www.thetournament.com. For more information, please contact info@thetournament.com.

MARIAN SOFTBALL: SIGNS SAVANNAH BAKER TO 2021 CLASS

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INDIANAPOLIS – Marian softball head coach and the softball program has announced the signing of Savannah Baker, who signed with the Knights on Wednesday June 16. Baker is the 10th signee for Marian’s 2021 class. 

Savannah Baker is a native of Yorktown, Ind., where she attended Yorktown High School. As a senior at Yorktown, the Tigers went 24-6 with Baker’s help, as she hit .367 with 26 RBI. On the year Baker displayed her power at the plate often, ripping seven doubles, two triples, and eight home runs to go with a .773 slugging percentage. Outside of Yorktown softball, Savannah plays in the Shockwaves travel organization, hitting .500 in the summer entering her senior year with 29 hits and 26 RBI. With the Shockwaves last summer, Baker slugged an astonishing .948, ripping five home runs as part of her 13 extra base hits. 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       Umpire Hank O’Day forfeits the game to the Superbas when the Phillies stall the action in the bottom of the 11th inning, hoping the delay postpones the Baker Bowl contest due to darkness. Brooklyn had scored seven runs in the top of the frame to pull ahead in the slugfest, 20-13.

1913       The White Sox post their 1,000th victory in the 13-year history of the franchise when the team beats the Browns, 2-0. In the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep, Big Ed Walsh tosses a complete-game shutout with Shano Collins driving in both runs in the Comiskey Park contest.

1925       Max Carey gets two hits in both the first and eighth innings when the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 24-6. The feat will not be accomplished again until Rennie Stennett, also with Pittsburgh, collects two hits in one inning twice, the first and the fifth frames, in 1975.

1926       The Cardinals pick up future Hall of Famer Grover Cleveland Alexander, who was placed on waivers by the Cubs. The acquisition of ‘Old Pete’ will prove pivotal to the Redbirds’ World Series triumph over the Yankees when the 39 year-old right-hander wins Games 2 and 6 and saves Game 7 of the Fall Classic.

1932       The National League finally approves the use of uniform numbers to identify players. Some American League teams implemented digits on their jerseys regularly a few seasons ago, with the Senior Circuit refusing to follow suit, probably due to opposing players and fans harassing the Cardinals when they wore numerals on their sleeves in 1923.

1936       At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, Ival Goodman hits an unusual home run when his fifth-inning fly ball lands and stays on top of the scoreboard in right field. With the perched ball considered in play, the three Dodger outfielders watch the Reds’ right fielder round the bases for an easy inside-the-park round-tripper in their 7-2 loss to Cincinnati.

1941       In their 5-4 victory over Detroit, the Yankees establish a new record by hitting at least one home run in 18 straight contests. Joe DiMaggio’s sixth-inning blast breaks the major league mark previously held by the Tigers and continues his own consecutive game, hitting streak to 35 games.

1944       Boston right-hander Jim Tobin holds the Phillies hitless in the shortened five-inning nightcap, blanking Philadelphia at Braves Field, 7-0. In April, ‘Abba Dabba’ threw a full-game no-hitter against Brooklyn.

1944       In the first game of a twin bill, Charley Schantz gets the win when the Phillies blank Boston for 15 innings, matching the longest shutout in franchise history. Philadelphia right-fielder Ron Northey’s homer in the top of the frame scores the game’s only run in the 1-0 victory at Braves Field.

1947       After pitching a no-hitter four days ago against the Braves, Reds hurler Ewell Blackwell loses his chance for a second consecutive no-hitter when Dodger second baseman Eddie Stanky singles with one out the ninth inning at Crosley Field.

1959       At LA’s Memorial Coliseum, Sandy Koufax, facing 39 batters, goes the distance to beat the Phillies, 6-2. The Dodger southpaw fans 16 Philadelphia batters to set a new record for strikeouts in a night game.

1962       Stan Musial surpasses Ty Cobb as MLB’s all-time total base leader, collecting seven more with four hits in a doubleheader split against the Phillies. Stan the Man ties the Georgia Peach’s mark of 5,863 with a second-inning leadoff home run in the opener and then breaks the record in the same frame with a single when the Cardinals send 11 batters to the plate, en route to scoring six runs in their 7-3 victory at Connie Mack Stadium.

1962       Al Jackson throws the first one-hitter in franchise history when the Mets beat the Colt .45’s, the National League’s other expansion team, at the Polo Grounds, 2-0. The lone hit given up by the southpaw is Joey Amalfitano’s line-drive single to left field in the first inning.

1962       Boog Powell becomes the first Oriole player to homer over the center-field hedge in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium with a 469-foot blast off Don Schwall in the Birds’ 4-3 victory over Boston. In 1957, Yankee superstar Mickey Mantle became the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat.

1966       At the Astrodome, Houston sets a home attendance mark, which will last for 22 years. Dodger southpaw Sandy Koufax, who tosses a complete game to improve his record to 13-2, beats the hometown team, 5-2, in front of the 50,908 fans attending the Wednesday contest.

1976       In the seventh inning of a 4-2 Padres win over hometown San Francisco, Randy Jones ties Christy Mathewson’s NL mark by going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. The southpaw’s streak will end when he walks Marc Hill leading off the next frame, keeping the 63 year-old record intact.

1977       In a 7-4 victory over the Orioles at Memorial Stadium, the Red Sox collect their 100th round-tripper of the season, the earliest the club has ever reached the milestone. Today’s homers, hit by George Scott, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk (2), and Butch Hobson, all off Jim Palmer, contribute to a major league record of 29 home runs launched by one club in a span of eight consecutive games.

1979       With the Orioles trailing 5-3, going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Doug DeCinces hits a two-out walk-off home run off reliever Dave Tobik to give the team a 6-5 win over the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. Some believe the victory triggered the start of “Oriole Magic,” igniting an atmosphere of unbridled enthusiasm in the Charm City for the franchise.

1982       The Phillies’ Pete Rose moves past Hank Aaron into second place for career hits when he doubles off of Redbird right-hander John Stuper for his 3,772nd hit. ‘Charlie Hustle,’ 419 hits shy of Ty Cobb’s record, will surpass the Georgia Peach’s total in 1985 with his 4,192nd hit, a single to left-center field at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium off San Diego’s Eric Show.

1984       In an emotional home plate ceremony before the Twins contest at the Metrodome, a letter of intent is signed by Calvin Griffith and his sister Thelma Hayes, ending the most extended family ownership of a team in baseball history. The franchise, initially based in Washington, D.C. and owned by the Griffiths since 1920, is sold to Carl Pohlad, a Minnesota banker.

1987       After spending over two weeks training to make a comeback with the Mets, Tom Seaver announces his retirement. The future Hall of Famer ends his career with 311 victories, of which 198 came wearing a Met uniform.

1990       During the Double-A Eastern League contest between the Harrisburg Senators and Hagerstown Suns at Maryland’s Municipal Stadium, the home of the Orioles affiliate, George H.W. Bush’s motorcade enters the ballpark, marking the first time a US president has attended a minor league game. The 41st Commander-in-Chief and his guests, including NFL legend Walter Payton, initially planned to watch the Carolina League Single-A Keys play until a sudden storm washed out the nearby Frederick contest, making the alternative site for the previously unannounced visitor.

1993       On his final day as a professional baseball player, 45 year-old White Sox backstop Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game to surpass Bob Boone as the all-time leader. ‘Pudge’ played the first 11 seasons in his 24-year major league career with the Red Sox.

1994       In the Mets’ 5-2 victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, southpaw closer John Franco picks up his 253rd save, the most by a left-hander. The first two Braves’ batters in the lineup, Roberto Kelly and Jeff Blauser, both hit home runs off New York starter Pete Smith, but the back-to-back first inning round-trippers will prove to be the only scoring done by the team for the rest of the game.

1994       Hitting his 31st home run of the season, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks Babe Ruth’s record for most homers before July 1. Although the Yankee slugger needed only 63 games to reach 30 homers in 1928 and 68 games in 1930, Junior accomplishes the feat in the Mariners’ 70th game of the season.

1997       Four Braves players homer in the third inning of the team’s 12-5 rout of Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium. The round-trippers by Chipper Jones, Fred McGriff, Michael Tucker, and Jeff Blauser account for six of the nine runs scored in the frame.

1998       At Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the Marlins defeat the Devil Rays in an interleague contest, 3-2. The Citrus Series contest marks the first time the two major league teams from Florida have faced one another in the regular season.

1999       Although he has been dead for fifty-one years, Hack Wilson is awarded another RBI, increasing his major league RBI record to 191. The commissioner’s office revises the total after baseball’s historian Jerome Holtzman discovered the Cubs outfielder did not get credit for driving in Kiki Cuyler with a third-inning single in a game played in July of 1930.

2001       The Braves trade John Rocker and minor league third baseman Troy Cameron to the Indians in a four-player deal in return for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed as well as cash. The Atlanta fireballer became a national figure after his negative comments about New Yorkers, homosexuals, unwed moms, and immigrants in Sports Illustrated.

2002       Going going 0-for-4, Luis Castillo’s 35-game hitting streak comes to an end when he is left on deck as the Marlins cap off a four-run, ninth-inning rally to beat Detroit 5-4. The streak is the longest ever accomplished by a second baseman, a mark that Phillies’ second-sacker Chase Utley will equal in 2006.

2002       Joe Girardi, the Cubs’ player rep, informs the Wrigley Field crowd of the postponement of the game with St. Louis due to the death of Cardinal right-hander Darryl Kile. The 33 year-old starter, a victim of coronary disease found in his hotel room, becomes the first active major league player to pass away during the regular season since 1979 when Yankee captain Thurman Munson died practicing landing his plane.

2006       While being intentionally walked, Miguel Cabrera, noticing Baltimore’s catcher Ramon Hernandez’s proximity to the plate, pokes Todd Williams’ soft toss into center field for an RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez from second base. The tenth-inning tally proves to be the go-ahead run in the Marlins’ eventual 8-5 overtime victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

2006       In just his fourth major league start, Cardinals starter Anthony Reyes throws a one-hitter but is beaten by the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, 1-0. The only hit the Redbird rookie right-hander gives up is Jim Thome’s seventh-inning solo home run.

2006       Roger Clemens, opposing a pitcher born the year before he began his major league career, makes his much-hyped season debut against the Twins. The ‘Rocket,’ starting his 23rd major league season, is bested by Francisco Liriano, a 22 year-old pitching sensation from the Dominican Republic, when Minnesota beats the Astros, 4-2.

2007       Australian-born Ryan Rowland-Smith becomes the first player to wear a hyphenated last name on a major-league uniform. The 24 year-old Mariner reliever pitches 1.1 scoreless innings when the Reds rout the team at Safeco Field, 16-1.

2007       The fifth-longest consecutive game streak in baseball history comes to an end at 1,152 when Miguel Tejada sits out when Baltimore plays the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Oriole shortstop, who was struck by San Diego’s Doug Brocail two games ago, resulting in a non-displaced fracture of the left radius, continued his streak with an attempted sac bunt leaves the game for a pinch-runner in the first inning.

2008       Mark Teixeira’s three home runs account for half of the Braves’ runs in their 8-3 interleague victory over Seattle. Atlanta’s switch-hitting first baseman smacks solo shots from the left side in the second and fourth innings and then adds a two-run round-tripper batting right-handed in the seventh frame of the Turner Field contest.

2010       Before calling his 5000th major league game, Rays announcer Dewayne Staats, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the hometown team’s 2-1 loss to San Diego at Tropicana Field. In his 25th season, the veteran broadcaster has also done play-by-play for the Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and ESPN.

2011       The Marlins tie the franchise record for most losses in a month when the Angels beat them in 10 innings, 6-5. The defeat is the team’s 20th out of 22 decisions in June.

2011       In the nightcap of a twin bill split with New York, Chris Heisey blasts three homers and drives in half of the Reds’ runs in the team’s 10-2 interleague rout of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter goes deep off Brian Gordon in the first and fifth, and in the eighth frame connects off Hector Noesi in the Great American Ball Park contest.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston4329.59720 – 1723 – 1217 – 88 – 68 – 136 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay4330.5890.519 – 1424 – 1619 – 105 – 411 – 144 – 6L 6
NY Yankees3833.5354.519 – 1719 – 1617 – 2111 – 57 – 36 – 4W 2
Toronto3535.500713 – 1622 – 1914 – 174 – 66 – 104 – 6W 2
Baltimore2349.3192012 – 2411 – 259 – 204 – 138 – 91 – 9L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox4329.59727 – 1216 – 1710 – 724 – 126 – 85 – 5L 4
Cleveland4030.571220 – 1320 – 177 – 721 – 125 – 57 – 3W 2
Kansas City3238.4571018 – 1914 – 197 – 615 – 235 – 83 – 7W 1
Minnesota3141.4311215 – 2116 – 206 – 712 – 159 – 166 – 4W 5
Detroit3042.4171315 – 1915 – 234 – 514 – 249 – 84 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston4428.61126 – 1318 – 1513 – 76 – 423 – 129 – 1W 8
Oakland4430.595125 – 1819 – 1212 – 1112 – 213 – 147 – 3L 3
Seattle3836.514723 – 1515 – 2110 – 510 – 1215 – 127 – 3W 4
LA Angels3636.500821 – 1715 – 193 – 713 – 714 – 206 – 4L 1
Texas2646.3611816 – 1910 – 2711 – 104 – 99 – 163 – 7W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets3730.55221 – 816 – 2215 – 125 – 614 – 65 – 5L 1
Philadelphia3435.493421 – 1213 – 2317 – 179 – 44 – 86 – 4L 1
Atlanta3437.479520 – 2014 – 1716 – 1913 – 53 – 35 – 5W 1
Washington3336.478521 – 1812 – 1812 – 149 – 106 – 88 – 2W 2
Miami3140.437816 – 1415 – 2612 – 106 – 1311 – 95 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs4033.54825 – 1315 – 2010 – 1119 – 149 – 44 – 6L 1
Milwaukee4033.54820 – 1820 – 157 – 917 – 1314 – 64 – 6L 1
St. Louis3636.5003.519 – 1517 – 2114 – 1313 – 147 – 64 – 6L 1
Cincinnati3536.493416 – 1619 – 203 – 219 – 129 – 185 – 5L 5
Pittsburgh2545.35713.515 – 2010 – 254 – 77 – 227 – 102 – 8L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco4626.63924 – 1022 – 1610 – 711 – 420 – 117 – 3W 1
LA Dodgers4428.611223 – 1221 – 168 – 47 – 920 – 97 – 3L 1
San Diego4332.5734.526 – 1417 – 183 – 414 – 1318 – 146 – 4W 5
Colorado3043.41116.525 – 165 – 275 – 85 – 1214 – 215 – 5L 2
Arizona2153.2842612 – 229 – 318 – 157 – 86 – 231 – 9W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England962114954-0-02-2-120
Orlando City SC843111652-2-02-1-115
Philadelphia943211742-1-22-2-015
Columbus84229633-1-01-1-214
New York8404121024-0-10-0-312
D.C.9405911-23-0-21-0-312
New York City FC8323151051-1-22-1-111
CF Montreal832310911-1-12-1-211
Atlanta825111922-2-00-3-111
Nashville SC82519812-3-00-2-111
Inter Miami CF9225814-60-1-32-1-28
Toronto FC81251015-51-1-10-1-45
Chicago8116413-91-1-20-0-44
FC Cincinnati7115617-110-0-31-1-24
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle9630164123-2-03-1-021
Sporting KC10523171343-2-02-0-317
Colorado851214863-0-12-1-116
Los Angeles85031213-14-0-11-0-215
Portland84041112-13-0-11-0-312
Real Salt Lake733112842-2-11-1-012
Houston93331213-13-1-00-2-312
San Jose93151112-12-0-31-1-210
Los Angeles FC8233910-12-2-10-1-29
Austin923469-30-1-02-2-49
Minnesota8224712-52-0-20-2-28
Vancouver8215712-52-0-10-1-47
FC Dallas8143912-31-4-00-0-37

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun85.6155-13-44-25-53 L
New York Liberty76.5381.03-24-43-34-61 W
Chicago Sky77.5001.53-54-26-25-55 W
Washington Mystics66.5001.55-31-34-46-42 W
Atlanta Dream57.4172.52-43-34-35-51 L
Indiana Fever114.0678.01-60-81-80-1010 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm122.8575-27-05-29-15 W
Las Vegas Aces103.7691.56-14-24-18-25 W
Dallas Wings67.4625.52-34-46-55-51 W
Phoenix Mercury67.4625.51-55-23-44-61 W
Minnesota Lynx57.4176.04-31-42-45-51 L
Los Angeles Sparks57.4176.03-32-41-55-52 L