Dayton Flyers arrive in Indianapolis for NCAA Tournament

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith leaves the bus after the team arrived in Indianapolis on March 15, 2017. David Jablonski/Staff
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith leaves the bus after the team arrived in Indianapolis on March 15, 2017. David Jablonski/Staff

Ben Sander would know better than anyone in the Dayton Flyers program the last time the team took a bus to a road game. The second-year graduate assistant manager from Cincinnati handles all the travel plans. He knows when the team has to leave. He knows when it will return. He plans meals and practice times, you name it.

“I make sure if something goes wrong,” Sander said earlier this season, “I have a plan in place. I want to put our guys in a good situation to have a smooth trip so they can just focus on the game.”

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Sander got straight to work in the lobby of the Omni Severin Hotel at 7 p.m. Wednesday after Dayton arrived in Indianapolis in advance of a 7:10 p.m. Friday game against Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. First he had to answer one question.

“When was the last time you bused to a game?” a reporter asked.

“The Duquesne game last season,” Sander said.

That was Jan. 2, 2016. The Flyer didn’t play well that day, making 3 of 25 3-pointers, though they won 66-58.

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Coach Archie Miller decided this season to fly to Pittsburgh for the Duquesne game because they had such a short turnaround from the previous game three days earlier at Massachusetts. The Flyers did play well at Duquesne this time, winning 76-57 on Jan. 14. That’s one reason they flew to Pittsburgh last week for the Atlantic 10 tournament.

There was no reason to fly to Indianapolis. It’s as close as UD has played to home since it played at Miami on Dec. 3, 2014. That doesn’t count a secret scrimmage against Marquette in October of this season when the Flyers got a look at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Little did they know they would be back for the biggest game of the season.

WATCH: Dayton makes final preparations for NCAA Tournament on Friday vs. Wichita State.

Dayton is 5-6 all time in Indianapolis. It last played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which used to be called Conseco Fieldhouse, in 2001. The Flyers beat Purdue 83-72. Dayton played one game at the Pacers’ previous home, Market Square Arena, losing 69-66 to Evansville in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference tournament in 1993.

Miller called Indianapolis a great city and was glad the team had an easy trip to the big dance.

“We had a couple good workouts leading into it,” he said after arriving. “We’ll get settled in tonight and really start to dive into some film with the team. Tomorrow will be a jam-packed day with media and all that. But this is the fun part for the team.”

UD TOURNAMENT LEGENDS: Negele Knight in 1990; Roosevelt Chapman in 1984; Mike Sylvester in 1974; Don May in 1967; Hank Finkel in 1966.

The Flyers (24-7) are a No. 7 seed in the South Region. Their preparation for No. 10 seed Wichita State (30-4) began Sunday as soon as the selection show ended.

Work will continue with a 4:25 p.m. practice Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the home of the Indiana Pacers. Former Flyer Brian Roberts played there Wednesday night with the Charlotte Hornets.

Dayton’s practice is open to the public. Fans can attend for free. They won’t see Dayton giving away its game plan. That kind of work takes place away from the court.

“You have to prepare your team to do what you’ve done all year the best you possibly can,” Miller said. “Like we told them the other day, at this time of the year, playing good isn’t good enough. You have to play great.”

FRIDAY’S GAME

Dayton vs. Wichita State, 7:10 p.m., WHIO Ch. 7, FM 95.7, AM 1290 WHIO

Siri reaches milestone in Dragons’ win over Lake County

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 5:27 PM


            Dragons center field Jose Siri waits on a pitch during a game against Great Lakes earlier this season at Fifth Third Field. Contributed Photo by Bryant Billing
Dragons center field Jose Siri waits on a pitch during a game against Great Lakes earlier this season at Fifth Third Field. Contributed Photo by Bryant Billing

Dayton’s Jose Siri hit a home run and stole a base to become the first Midwest League player since 1982 to reach 20 home runs and 40 steals in a season as the Dragons defeated the Lake County Captains 8-3 on Sunday.

The Dragons opened the game with back-to-back home runs. Randy Ventura hit the second pitch of the contest for a homer to left field, and Siri hit the very next pitch over the left field fence as well. Ventura’s home run was his first of the year while Siri’s was his 20th.

The Dragons added three more runs in the third inning, taking advantage of two Lake County throwing errors, and then tacked on three more in the fourth to build an 8-0 lead.

Dragons starter Wennington Romero (4-10) matched a career high with nine strikeouts as he earned the win. Romero went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks. Carlos Machorro earned his first save, going three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit with no walks and four strikeouts.

Ventura finished 3 for 4 with a home run, three runs scored, and a walk. Bruce Yari had two hits and drove in three runs.

Centerville High School product Ryan Colegate fired four and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief for Lake County, allowing just two hits.

The Dragons have won five of their last seven games overall and have taken two of the first three in the four-game set at Lake County.

Up Next: The Dragons (18-37, 59-66) close out the four-game series with the Captains (23-32, 50-74) on Monday night at 7:00. Scott Moss (12-6, 3.48) will start for the Dragons against Lake County’s Juan Hillman (6-8, 5.98).

Alabama’s Nick Saban on eclipse; ‘I’ll watch it on TV’

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:59 PM

Alabama football coach Nick Saban.
Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Alabama football coach Nick Saban.(Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Alabama football coach Nick Saban is not impressed with the hype surrounding Monday’s total eclipse, ESPN reported. 

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“I watch the Weather Channel every day,” Saban said Saturday after a scrimmage at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “They're already saying what it's going to look like in every city in America. So what's going to be significant? Watch the Weather Channel, and you'll see what it's going to be like in Portland, Oregon.”
The solar eclipse peaks in Tuscaloosa around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Saban said he would accommodate any players who wanted to watch the event.

“We'll set it up so if the players want to go out there and get some sunglasses,” he told ESPN. “I guess they can. That's not something that I'm really that focused on right now."

Saban said he has a lake house in Clayton, Georgia, that is in the path of totality. But he is not planning a road trip for himself or his players.

“Tell them to watch it on TV,” he said. “Maybe we should have a team meeting about how we want to do this. I haven't thought about it.”

HS Results 8/20: ‘Boro nabs another win in Tennessee

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:25 PM

Springboro followed up Saturday’s win with a 4-0 victory over Farragut (TN) at the Bearden High School Girls Soccer Tournament in Tennessee on Sunday.

Alex Garver, Bridie Herman, Peighton Banks and Paige Obrecht all had goals for ‘Boro.

Springboro returns to the Buckeye state to face Springfield on Wednesday.

SCORES LIST

Boys Soccer

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, Monroe 0

Badin 1, Northwest 0

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0

Fairfield 0, Fairmont 0

Fairlawn 3, Springfield 2

Kenton 8, Benjamin Logan 2

Lakota West 2, Centerville 2

Marysville 3, Bellefontaine 0

Ross 1, New Richmond 0

Sidney 4, Lehman Catholic 1

St. Xavier 3, Lakota East 2

Tippecanoe 2, Oakwood 1

West Liberty Salem 6, Indian Lake 1

Girls Soccer

Saturday’s Results

Badin 6, Northwest 0

Bethel 4, Stebbins 0

Centerville 3, Anderson 0

Graham 9, Southeastern 1

Indian Hill 2, Tippecanoe 1

Loveland 3, Fairfield 0

Madeira 2, Lehman Catholic 0

Milton Union 4, Dayton Christian 0

Northmont 7, Middletown 1

Springboro 1, Bearden (TN) 0

Tecumseh 5, Miami East 0

West Liberty-Salem 5, Troy Christian 0

Sunday’s Results

Springboro 4, Farragut (TN) 0

Boys Golf

Saturday’s Results

Twin Valley South 166, Franklin Monroe 190

Girls Volleyball

Saturday’s Results

Alter 3, McAuley 2

Catholic Central 3, Northwestern 0

Fort Loramie 2, St. Marys 0

Greeneview 3, Yellow Springs 1

Miamisburg 3, Spg. Shawnee 0

New Knoxville 2, Fort Loramie 1

Oakwood 3, Milton Union 0

Preble Shawnee 2, National Trail 0

Tippecanoe 3, Northmont 0

Urbana 3, Bethel 2

Valley View 2, National Trail 0

Versailles 2, Fort Loramie 1

Girls Field Hockey

Saturday’s Results

Oakwood 2, Col. Bexley 1

REPORTING RESULTS

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Reds set record for grand slams allowed in season in loss to Braves

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:11 PM


            ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 20: Tyler Flowers #25 of the Atlanta Braves rounds the bases after hitting a fifth inning grand slam as Drew Storen #31 and Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds watch on at SunTrust Park on August 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 20: Tyler Flowers #25 of the Atlanta Braves rounds the bases after hitting a fifth inning grand slam as Drew Storen #31 and Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Reds watch on at SunTrust Park on August 20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Braves rookie Sean Newcomb relied on some clutch defense — including his own creative play — to frustrate the Cincinnati Reds.

Tyler Flowers’ grand slam broke open a close game in Atlanta’s six-run fifth inning, Newcomb earned his first home win and the Braves beat Cincinnati 8-1 on Sunday.

Newcomb (2-7) gave up five hits with five walks in five scoreless innings for his first victory since June 27 at San Diego. He improved to 1-6 in eight starts at SunTrust Park.

Strong defensive plays by Newcomb and Ozzie Albies kept the Reds from scoring in the third after loading the bases with one out.

Albies made a leaping grab at second base of Joey Votto’s liner for the second out. Adam Duvall then hit a slow grounder that bounced past Newcomb before the pitcher chased it down, falling to the ground. Still on the turf, Newcomb flung the ball on a bounce to Freddie Freeman at first base in time for the out.

“I couldn’t get it with the glove so I had to make a little dive at it,” Newcomb said. “I chipped it a little bit and once I was on the ground I was able to get it.”

Asked to describe the awkward toss to Freeman, Newcomb said: “I just had to get it toward the bag.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Newcomb “was just fighting like heck to make a play.”

Newcomb, who is 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, has struggled with control problems but has a 3.31 ERA over his last six starts.

“I love the way he competes,” Snitker said. “It’s not perfect, but he doesn’t ever give in and his stuff is live. … There’s a lot there to like.”

Cincinnati also left the bases loaded in the fifth, when Newcomb ended the inning on Scott Schebler’s fly ball to shallow center field.

The Braves led 2-0 before the big fifth against Reds reliever Drew Storen. Atlanta scored four runs in the inning before Storen got his first out. Brandon Phillips singled and moved to third on Freeman’s ground-rule double. An intentional walk to Nick Markakis loaded the bases before Flowers’ homer to left field.

Phillips and Freeman each had three hits.

The Reds were denied their first series sweep in Atlanta since 2009. Storen gave up six runs while getting only two outs.

Phillip Ervin’s run-scoring single off Max Fried in the ninth ended the Braves’ bid for a combined shutout.

Luis Castillo (2-6) gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in four innings. It was the shortest of the rookie’s 12 starts with the Reds.

“They were able to foul off a lot of good pitches,” Castillo said. “I went out there and didn’t have my best stuff and just competed.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds SS Zack Cozart was held out for the second straight day after he was hit by a pitch on his left shin Friday night. Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said he is “optimistic” Cozart can return Tuesday following Monday’s off day. Price said Cozart is “still quite sore.”

REMEMBER ME?

Phillips had two of his three hits , both singles, in the fifth against his former teammates. He scored two runs and drove in a run. He has at least one hit and a run scored in six straight games and is hitting .290. He also has impressed Snitker with his “unbelievable” defense since moving to third base to clear a spot for Albies. “It’s so relaxing just to have him over there,” Snitker said.

GRAND RECORD

Flowers’ grand slam was the ninth allowed by Reds pitchers this season, setting a team record.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Homer Bailey (4-6, 8.44 ERA) is scheduled to make his second straight start against the Cubs on Tuesday after giving up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-6 loss Wednesday.