Hartsock: DeSclafani sharp in rehab start

Published: Saturday, July 29, 2017 @ 9:29 PM

            Anthony DeSclafani
Anthony DeSclafani

It’s a long way from low-A to the Major Leagues, but Anthony DeSclafani took a step toward rejoining the Reds rotation with a rehab start for the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night.

DeSclafani gave up one hit and struck out six batters in four innings of work against on the road at Fort Wayne TinCaps. The right-hander threw 46 pitches, 33 of them for strikes, and faced 14 hitters.

DeSclafani suffered an elbow injury in spring training. Saturday’s game was his second rehab start. He will likely be back on the mound for the Dragons when they return to Fifth Third Field next week.

Hemade a rehab start in Dayton in 2016, battling back from an oblique injury. He suffered a setback in that game, but still managed 20 starts last season, posting a 9-5 record.

He owns a 20-20 record in three big league seasons, the first with the Miami Marlins before coming to the Reds in a 2014 trade. Cincinnati gave up pitchers Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon in return.

HS Results 1/20: Trotwood boys knock off Northmont

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:42 PM

The Trotwood boys basketball team routed GWOC foe Northmont, 76-73.

Myles Belyeu led all scorers with 30 points in the win.

Amari Davis tacked on 16 points and Justin Stephens 13.

Jabari Perkins and Jamaal Linson each chipped in 16 points for Northmont in the losing effort.

Ryan Foy added on 11.

The win moves Trotwood to 7-0 in conference and 10-3 overall.

Northmont drops to 1-5 in conference and 4-8 on the season.

Boys Basketball

Sidney 69, Lehman Catholic 44: Devan Rogers netted a double double, earning 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Logan Bunker and Preston Rodgers each tacked on 12 points in the loss.

Tippecanoe 66, Bellbrook 58: Donnie Crouch put up 20 points in the loss.

Spg. Shawnee 56, Stebbins 45: Camden Van Velzor sunk four from the three point line to lead all scorers with 26 points. Damiene Boles countered with one 3-pointer of his own and 17 points for Stebbins.

Clinton Massie 62, Waynesville 53: Thomas Myers had 17 points in the win.

Valley View 51, Springboro 49: Clayton Erbaugh and Ben Herman each shot for 15 points in the Valley View victory. Thomas Arrington countered with 14 points in the loss.

Fenwick 49, Alter 44: David Luers amassed 24 points in the Fenwick win, while C.J. Napier tacked on 20. Connor Bazelak had 20 points for Alter.

Ponitz 106, Yellow Springs 69: Demonte Bailey recorded his second consecutive double double with 27 points and 11 rebounds for Ponitz. Jaren Smith chipped in 22 points, 5 assists and four steals.

Stivers 68, Bowling Green 66, 2OT: Doug Spear led all scorers with 29 points, seven assists and six steals in the win. Da’juan Allen hit the winning basket with one second left in the second overtime period.

Cincinnati Christian 42, Taylor 33: Cole Martin shot for 15 points in the CC win.

West Liberty-Salem 75, Madison Plains 52: James Loffing notched 26 points to lead WLS. Max Eggleston tacked on 20.

Anna 71, Miami East 23: Griffin Doseck put up 21 points in the Anna victory. Dylan Hahn had seven in the losing effort.

Tri County North 50, Preble Shawnee 49: Dillon McCullough led with 17 points in the win.

Fort Loramie 52, Minster 51: Dillon Braun netted 23 points to lead all scorers in the win. Jarod Schulze had 15 for Minster in the losing effort.

Fort Recovery 47, Arcanum 30: Peyton Jutte and Ryan Braun recorded 15 points each in the win. Carter Gray tacked on 10 points to his season total for Arcanum.

St. Henry 60, Ansonia 40: Zach Niekamp, Ryan Luttmer and Parker Link combined for over half of St. Henry’s points in the win, chipping in 11 each. Hunter Muir netted 13 to lead Ansonia.

Girls Basketball

Butler 77, Xenia 29: Willow Knight netted 20 points in the win over Xenia.

Miamisburg 46, Greenville 42: Abby Cater led the scoring with 15 points for ‘Burg. Alex Sperry chipped in 11 and Kirah Pringle nine.

Springboro 53, Lebanon 46: Jordan Diehl sunk 21 points for Springboro. Kendall Folley dropped 15 for Lebanon.

Springfield 84, Mifflin 49: Mickayla Purdue added 28 points to her season total, tacking on 11 assists and 10 streaks. Caralyssa Byrd had 20 points and eight steals in the Africentric Nubian Classic win.

Stebbins 48, Sidney 38: Stebbins’ Kennedie Lingg recorded 20 points, five steals and three assists in the win.

Tippecanoe 60, Trotwood 45: Allison Mader and Maddie Fredereck each netted 18 points for Tipp.

Talawanda 60, Harrison 54: Talawanda’s Addie Brown scored a season high 27 points, 18 of which came from the three point line. Kyra Koontz tacked on her second double double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Greenon 63, Catholic Central 45: Lydia Henry tallied 20 points in the Greenon victory. Abbigail Peterson countered with 24 in the loss.

Kenton Ridge 68, Jonathan Alder 64: Mikala Morris notched her 1,000th career rebound in the win over JA, putting up 24 points in the process.

Tecumseh 66, Bellefontaine 14: Corrine Thomas notched a triple double with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in the Tecumseh victory. Aubrey Stoll put up half of Bellefontaine’s points in the loss with seven.

Urbana 51, Graham 38: Alaina Lyons netted 18 points for Urbana and Marissa Horn tacked on 12 points and seven rebounds. Katelyn Nash recorded 10 points in the loss.

Bellbrook 55, Centerville 54: Cassidy Hofacker scored 17 points in the Bellbrook victory. Amy Velasco put up 10 in the loss.

Carlisle 52, Milton-Union 49: Christa Harris’ 19 points led all scorers in the win. Kristen Dickison had 16 points and four assists for MU.

Eaton 51, Brookville 22: Becca Mowen netted 15 points to lead all scorers in the Eaton win. Katlin Pistone shot for nine in the losing effort.

Monroe 51, Franklin 41: Sophie Sloneker and Olivia Wells-Daniels each chipped in 10 points in the Monroe victory. Layne Ferrell added 25 points to her season total in the loss.

Valley View 64, Oakwood 54: Valley View’s Hunter Stidham scored 30 points to lead in the win. Lauren Hapgood put up 22 for Oakwood.

Waynesville 54, Preble Shawnee 45: Rachel Murray tacked on 22 points to her season total in the win. Brenna Woodard recorded 14 for Preble.

Dunbar 51, Thurgood Marshall 37: Aria Cole netted 18 points and five steals, while Monet Allen tacked on a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Amari Scales and Taylor Dunson co-led with 10 points each in the loss.

Stivers 37, Meadowdale 13: Maya Randolph tallied 13 points in the Stivers win. Ilea Bradfield had four in the loss.

Carroll 48, Roger Bacon 38: Julia Keller put up 16 points for Carroll.

Chaminade Julienne 66, Badin 52: Dallas Jones added 17 points to her season total to help snap Badin’s seven game win streak. Emma Broermann’s double double with 20 points and 12 rebounds came in the loss.

Fairbanks 56, Triad 42: Cati LeVan shot for 11 points in the loss.

Greeneview 62, Southeastern 33: Frankie Fife recorded 23 points to lead all scorers in the win. Leslie Flores amassed 11 in the losing effort.

West Jefferson 54, Northeastern 41: Hayley Suchland tallied 24 points in the loss.

Cincinnati Christian 69, New Miami 13: Briahana Bush tallied 18 points in the win over New Miami. Arielle Scalf recorded over half of NM’s points, putting up seven.

Middletown Christian 61, East Dayton Christian 50: Jordan Wolfenbarger led with 11 points in the MC win.

Arcanum 56, Dixie 30: Kayla O’Daniel netted 16 points in the Arcanum win. Mckinlee Ruppert led all scorers with 18 in the losing effort.

Bethel 58, Dayton Christian 50: Olivia Reittinger earned 16 points in the Bethel victory.

Covington 61, Newton 37: Samantha Whiteman continued her streak of leading Covington with 28 points in the winning effort. Tatum McBride shot for 11 for Newton.

Franklin Monroe 47, St. Henry 38: Audrey Cable shot for one from the three point line, putting up 17 points in the FM win. Alyssa Buschur countered with 13 for St. Henry.

Minster 55, Ottoville 54: Courtney Prenger scored 22 points in the winning effort.

Versailles 65, Celina 23: Kami McEldowney recorded 27 points in the Versailles victory.

Fort Loramie 67, Fairlawn 21: Kenzie Hoelscher scored 12 points in the FL win.

Lehman Catholic 68, Mississinawa Valley 25: Lauren McFarland tallied 17 points to lead in the win. Taylor Stachler had 10 for MV in the loss.


Comet Classic: Butler took home first place overall, while Versailles took home third. Tecumseh finished sixth and Xenia 15th.

HIT Classic: Northwestern finished seventh overall out of 20 teams with 101.5 points. West Carrollton came in with 77.0.

Golden Panthers Tournament: Monroe and Ponitz finished in first and second respectively, with Trotwood taking fourth. Travis Travis won at 138 for Ponitz and De’Angelo Edwards at 145.

Sycamore Invitational: Caleb Blake placed second at 145 for Tippecanoe. Tipp finished 12th overall as a team with 64.0 points.


Bellbrook Invitational: Bellbrook finished first overall in combined scoring and girls scoring, while Badin took home first for boys. Bellbrook’s Cody Bybee won both the boys 50 and 100 yard freestyle.


Elk Invitational: Miamisburg took home first place with a season high score of 137.675. Leah Myers took home 4th place on vault, 3rd on bars , 1st on floor and 2nd overall.


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Awesome: The lessons learned by Brandon Larson

Published: Sunday, January 07, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Shortly after the National Anthem concluded before the University of Dayton-Massachusetts basketball game Saturday at UD Arena, a fan tapped me on the shoulder and said, “How many times have you stood for the National Anthem?”

That’s something I’d never thought about. Considering that I’ve covered more than 7,000 baseball games, hundreds of college and high school football and basketball games, a slew of auto racing events, a whole bunch of pro football and basketball games, I’d say the total easily surpasses 10,000 times.

I can recite the words backwards (but don’t test me on it).

And a couple of days later, former Cincinnati Reds pitcher and clubhouse comedian Kent Mercker, of one my all-time favorite players, shared something penned by former teammate Brandon Larson.

It shocked me.

Larson was a first-round draft pick by the Reds in 1997 out of Louisiana State University, where he hit something like 40 home runs.

But it didn’t transfer to the major leagues. In four years with the Reds (2001-2004), he played only 109 games and hit .179 with eight home runs.

He is probably best known for breaking his arm in the visitor’s dugout in St. Louis. He did it when he tried to dodge a foul ball and fell to the floor.

He was a pleasant fellow, an outgoing guy that teammates enjoyed having around and he was often the butt of pranks and jokes and took them all with a smile.

As a No. 1 draft pick, he was a failure on the field. But if you think he slinked away from the game bitter and disillusioned, you are most assuredly dead wrong.

This is what Larson penned, as shared by Mercker. What it means to be a pro.

“For anyone who wants to know, this is what it means to be a professional baseball player: My job was on the line every single day.

That taught me work ethic.

If we weren’t good enough, we didn’t play. And if we didn’t play, we didn’t get promoted. That taught me competitiveness.

People would get released or demoted literally every week, and we’d have to see the look on their faces as they cleaned out their locker in front of the whole team, as their dream came to an end. That taught me compassion.

When we failed or performed poorly, we did it with a spotlight on us in front of hundreds and thousands of people, with no excuses to hide behind and no one to blame but ourselves. And then the next day, we’re right back in front of that same disappointed crowd, but we couldn’t let that affect us at all. That taught me mental toughness.

I was on the road for about 7-8 months out of the year, missing out on family, friends, holidays and relationships. That taught me sacrifice.

There were times when we would outperform our competition, do noticeably better than them, go above and beyond what was expected of us… and still receive no recognition or promotion. Whether it be because of the person’s name, or who they know. That taught me that life isn’t always fair.

And on the opposite end of the spectrum, I have seen people less talented than others train extremely hard and just plain outwork/outhustle their competition, and then get recognized and promoted above the more talented player because of it. That taught me that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

If I was late, I was fined, fired, or left behind. That taught me to be punctual.

When you live, travel, work and hang out with the same people everyday, you become close to them and form a bond. You become family. And then in a few months, the season ends and they are gone and you may never see them again. That taught me the value of friendship.

When I saw, heard and felt the love, respect and admiration from the fans, old and young… that taught me humility.

I got to listen to the National Anthem (hundreds of times each year) before my job starts each night. That taught me pride and patriotism for my AWESOME country we live in

But to think others sacrificed their lives so I could chase a dream and play a game. That taught me perspective. I try to never take the little things for granted.

I have a masters degree in Real Life. It has to be lived. You can’t teach it. I have failed in a season, more than most fail in a lifetime and still wanted more. Because that’s how baseball players are wired.
You do what you’ve gotta do, no matter what.

The looks alone on all the little kids’ faces when they see you approaching them, like they think you are Derek Jeter and whatever you say to them is gospel. That you could change and influence a child’s day/week/month/year or even life by the way you treat them in the next few seconds or the next few words you say to them. And that’s when I realized that even though I was the one playing the game, and I was the one who all the kids looked up to and came to see, it really wasn’t about me, at all. And that taught me my favorite lesson…selflessness.”

What an unbelievable tribute to a game that looked as if it defeated Larson. But this shows it was just the opposite. And the next time I stand for the National Anthem, I will think about Brandon Larson.


Why Aaron Boone will succeed in New York

Published: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 1:10 AM

By Hal McCoy

The first purchase Aaron Boone should make as new manager of the New York Yankees is a fire retardant suit.

He is going to need it in The Bronx, where putting out fires in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse is a pre-requisite to occupying the manager’s chair.

Just ask Joe Girardi, Boone’s predecessor. He had the Yankees won win from participating in the 2017 World Series. But he lost Game Seven of the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros and lost his job in the process.

If anybody can handle it, Aaron Boone can shoulder it all, even though he hasn’t even held a major league coaching job, let alone a manager’s job.

Boone was born with a golden baseball spike in his mouth. His grandfather, Ray Boone, was a better-than-average major league infielder. His father, Bob Boone, was a long-time catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and California Angels. Aaron Boone and his brother, Bret Boone, were wearing Phillies uniforms and running around Veterans Stadium from the day they could walk.

Aaron Boone played for the Cincinnati Reds and survived one of the toughest atmospheres a player has to endure — playing for his father when Bob Boone managed the Reds.

Boone not only survived it all, he survived it with the utmost of professionalism. As a communicator, he is perfection. Nobody who ever came in contact with him ever uttered a disparaging word about him.

Every teammate loved him. Every member of the media loved him, especially during his time with the Reds. Players don’t like to talk after losses and many hide in area of the clubhouse that are off limits to the media.

Aaron Boone never hid. There were some games, after loss, when the media entered the clubhouse there was one player sitting at his cubicle. Aaron Boone. And even though he rarely had anything to do with the loss, he sat and fed meaningful and insightful quotes to the media.

He was what the media call, “The go-to guy.”

That will serve him well in New York, where a manager has to feed the mammoth mouths of a media menagerie that devours every tidbit and tries to turbn it into something bigger than it might be. Aaron Boone will be non-plussed.

There is, of course, some prejudice emanating from this corner. Aaron Boone holds a special place in my heart – a story that has been told and retold many, many times.

For those who haven’t heard it:

Back in 2003, due to strokes in both my optic nerves, I became legally blind and considered retiring for good. It happened just before spring training and I sent to my sports editor, Frank Corsoe, intending to quit.

Corsoe, though, convinced me to give spring training a try and I agreed. The first day I walked into the Reds clubhouse in Sarasota, I stood at the door and looked around.

Everything was dark and fuzzy. Faces were blurred. I didn’t recognize players who I had known for years. Boone noticed me standing at the door with a perplexed look on my face.

He approached me and asked, “What’s wrong?” I told him what had happened, that I was legally blind, and that he probably wouldn’t see me again, that I was going home, I was about to quit.

He grabbed me by my elbow and led me to his locker stool, pointed to it and said, “Sit down.” I sat. And Boone said, “I don’t ever want to hear you saw the word quit again. You love what you do and you are good at it. Everybody in this room will help you when you need it.”

Boone turned me around that day. There were tough times and there are still tough times, but Boone gave me the impetus and the confidence to plod on and because of him I am still doing this 14 years later.

Of course, he made me pay for it. He would tell people he caught me talking to a Coke machine. And he might have been right.

That’s the kind of communicator he is, the kind of passionate and compassionate person he is. Writers and players are water and oil. They don’t often mix. And I wrote my share of critical things about Boone. But he took the time to change a writer’s life, to save a career.

And that’s why when Aaron Boone became eligible for the Hall of Fame, he received one vote. Boone was a solid player, a very good player, but he didn’t have Hall of Fame numbers. But I was the one writer who voted for him because to me what he did for me was the stuff of a Hall of Famer.

So now he is getting his reward for a life-time of living, breathing and exhaling baseball.

It won’t be easy. Managing the New York Yankees is probably the most demanding and challenging job in sports. And there is a guy with zero experience stepping in.

He is expected to win. Right now. The Yankees are loaded, not only on the major league roster but throughout the minors. The tools are there and Boone is now the carpenter, plumber and blacksmith.

As Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay said, “Boone is being handed the keys to his first car. And it’s a Lamborghini.”

Rest assured. He won’t wreck it.

Baseball bans former Braves GM Coppolella for life 

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 5:39 PM

Baseball barred former Braves GM John Coppolella from baseball for life for circumventing international player signing rules. He joins a list of sports figures banished by their sport. Donald Sterling The former L.A. Clippers owner was banned from the NBA after he was captured in an audio recording making racist remarks in 2014. Pete Rose While manager of the Cincinnati Reds, Pete Rose was accused of betting against his team. Baseball banished him amd the sport's Hall of Fame in 1991 made him ineligi

Former Braves general manager John Coppolella has been banned for life by Major League Baseball as part of discipline handed down by the league Tuesday for major infractions committed in the international free-agent market.

In addition, special assistant Gordon Blakeley has been suspended for one year. In handing down the punishment, the league announced that Braves will forfeit rights to 13 international prospects, will be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period and are restricted from signing players in the next two signing periods for contracts with bonuses greater than $300,000.

MLB drops hammer on Braves following lengthy investigation

The highest-profile signee that the Braves will lose is infielder Kevin Maitan.

Here is the complete statement from MLB Commissioner Robert Manfred: 

“My office has completed a thorough investigation into violations of Major League Rules by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves cooperated throughout the investigation, which was conducted by MLB’s Department of Investigations. The senior Baseball Operations officials responsible for the misconduct are no longer employed by the Braves. I am confident that Terry McGuirk, John Schuerholz, Alex Anthopoulos and their staffs have and will put in place procedures to ensure that this type of conduct never occurs again and which will allow the Club to emerge from this difficult period as the strong and respected franchise that it has always been. 

“The investigation established that the Braves circumvented international signing rules from 2015 through 2017. During the 2015-16 international signing period, the Braves signed five players subject to the Club’s signing bonus pool to contracts containing signing bonuses lower than the bonuses the Club had agreed to provide the players. The Club provided the additional bonus money to those players by inflating the signing bonus to another player who was exempt from their signing pool because he qualified as a ‘foreign professional’ under MLB rules. Consistent with the rules, the Braves could have signed all of the 2015-16 players for the full, actual signing bonus amounts. Had the Club signed the five players to contracts containing their actual bonuses, however, the Braves would have exceeded their signing bonus pool by more than five percent and would have been, under MLB rules, restricted from signing any players during the next two signing periods for contracts with bonuses greater than $300,000. 

Kevin Maitan, infielder Abrahan Gutierrez, catcher Yunior Severino, infielder Juan Contreras, pitcher Juan Carlos Negret, outfielder Yefri del Rosario, pitcher RHP Guillermo Zuniga: 19-year-old right-handed pitcher from Columbia was 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 31.2 innings in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League INF Livan Soto: 17-year-old shortstop from Venezuela hit .225 with 14 RBIs in 47 games in the Gulf Coast League 3B Yenci Pena: 17-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic hit .230 wi

“As a result of the 2015-16 circumvention, the Braves were able to sign nine high-value players during the 2016-17 signing period who would have been unavailable to them had the Club accurately accounted for its signings during the 2015-16 signing period. These players were Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Kevin Maitan, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Peña, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto and Guillermo Zuniga. In addition, the Braves entered into additional ‘package’ agreements in 2016 and 2017 in which they signed Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas and Antonio Sucre for reduced amounts, and provided additional money to those players’ agents by signing other players affiliated with their agents to contracts with inflated bonuses. In order to remedy these violations, I am releasing these players from their contracts with the Braves and declaring them free agents eligible to sign with any other Club. The procedures governing the players’ release and the signing process will be communicated to MLB Clubs under separate cover. 

“The investigation also determined that the Braves: (i) agreed to sign six players to inflated signing bonuses pursuant to an agreement with prospect Robert Puason’s agent in exchange for a commitment that Puason would sign with the Club in the 2019-20 signing period; and (ii) offered prospect Ji-Hwan Bae extra-contractual compensation. In order to remedy these violations, I am prohibiting the Club from signing Robert Puason when he becomes eligible to sign, and disapproving the contract between Bae and the Braves, which has not yet become effective.

Schultz: Coppolella submarined the Braves

“While the remedies discussed above will deprive the Braves of the benefits of their circumvention, I believe that additional sanctions are warranted to penalize the Club for the violations committed by its employees. Accordingly, the Braves will be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period, which is the first signing period in which the Braves are not subject to any signing restrictions under our rules; and the Braves’ international signing bonus pool for the 2020-21 signing period will be reduced by 50 percent. 

“The investigation also determined that the Braves offered impermissible benefits, which were never provided, to a player they selected in the First-Year Player Draft in an attempt to convince him to sign for a lower bonus. As a penalty for the Club’s attempted circumvention involving a draft selection, the Braves will forfeit their third-round selection in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

“With respect to individual discipline, former Braves General Manager John Coppolella will be placed on the permanently ineligible list, effective immediately. Former Braves Special Assistant Gordon Blakeley will be suspended for a period of one year, effective immediately, and may not perform services for any MLB Club during his suspension. I intend to discipline other Braves’ International Baseball Operations employees who participated in the misconduct after the completion of our internal procedures. My staff will speak to the Players Association and officials in the Dominican Republic regarding appropriate consequences for the representatives of the players who intentionally participated in schemes to circumvent our rules, none of whom are certified by the Players Association.”

Check myAJC.com for a full report on the Braves and the punishment.