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Home runs doom Castillo, Reds in loss to Pirates

Published: Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ 10:15 PM


            PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 16: Luis Castillo #58 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after giving up a home run in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 16: Luis Castillo #58 of the Cincinnati Reds reacts after giving up a home run in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle insists he hasn’t been keeping close tabs of his team’s slide following a hot start. He wasn’t aware the Pirates had dropped eight straight series until someone mentioned it to him earlier in the week.

“If somebody would have told me you’re going to lose eight series, you’d think you’re going to be horrible,” Hurdle said. “We’re not horrible. We’re fighting. And we believe that our best baseball is in front of us.”

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It is, at least when the Pirates play the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer, Colin Moran and Elias Diaz added solo shots and the Pirates pulled away for a 6-2 victory on Saturday to push their modest winning streak to three and assuring themselves of their first positive series since taking a two-game set from the Chicago White Sox a month ago.

Moran and Diaz both went deep off Luis Castillo (4-8) to give Pittsburgh the lead. Harrison hit his fourth of the season off reliever Austin Brice in the sixth. The Cincinnati native finished 2 for 4 is hitting .368 (14 for 38) against the Reds.

Ivan Nova (4-5) worked through heavy traffic on a day his breaking ball abandoned him to last six innings and pick up his second victory in as many starts since returning from the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right ring finger. Nova allowed only Eugenio Suarez’s 13th home run in the second, striking out three while giving up three walks.

Castillo struggled keeping the ball on the right side of the fence at PNC Park, a problem that’s plagued the 25-year-old all season. He’s now allowed at least one home run in 15 of his 18 starts.

“It’s surprising because I’m trying to do my best and every time I get out there, I give up one or two home runs,” Castillo said after dropping his fourth straight decision. “I really don’t know what’s happening right now. I’m just going to keep working in the bullpen and keep doing my best trying to help.”

Rookie Brandon Dixon hit his first major league home run off Pittsburgh reliever Michael Feliz in the ninth and Jesse Winker had two of Cincinnati’s seven hits to snap out of an 0-for-13 skid, but the Reds had issues taking advantage against Nova.

Cincinnati went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and is now 0 for 19 with runners in scoring position in the series.

“We’ve just got to get it going,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “You go through these things. We’ve got a good offensive ball club. We’ve shown it many times. We’re just in a little funk here where we’re not getting some timely hits.”

Moran broke a tie with his fourth home run of the season and first since June 2 when he sent Castillo’s pitch into the bullpen beyond the centerfield fence leading off the second. Diaz made it 3-1 when his fifth home run led off the third.

The Reds had their opportunities against Nova. They loaded the bases in the fourth only to have Billy Hamilton ground out to first to end the threat. Scott Schebler led off the fifth with a double but couldn’t get home and Hamilton came to the plate in the sixth with two runners on only to fly out to left field.

Hamilton finished 0 for 4 as his averaged dipped to .187.

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Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.40 ERA) starts the series finale on Sunday. The 28-year-old picked up his first victory since 2016 in his previous start against St. Louis.

Pirates: Joe Musgrove (2-1, 2.16) makes his first career start against the Reds. Musgrove gave up two earned runs in five innings of a no decision on Monday against Arizona.

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Two Dayton Flyers legends part of 2019 Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame class

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:31 PM

University of Dayton basketball legend Roosevelt Chapman in the 1980s.
Staff Writer
University of Dayton basketball legend Roosevelt Chapman in the 1980s.(Staff Writer)

Two of the top-10 leading scorers in Dayton Flyers men’s basketball history will join the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Roosevelt Chapman and John Horan will be honored on May 18, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.

Chapman is Dayton’s all-time scoring leader. He scored 2,233 points between 1980 and 1984. Horan (1951-55) ranks 10th with 1,757 points.

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Among the other inductees are:

• Beavercreek's Alison Bales, who won two state championships in high school and was a 1,075-point scorer at Duke.

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• The late Lauren Hill, who inspired people around the country while battling a brain tumor during her career at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

• Mike Pratt, a Dayton native who attended Meadowdale High School and starred for the Kentucky Wildcats.

• Larry Baker, a St. Paris native who ranks sixth in career scoring at Wittenberg (1,627).

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• Steve Moore, a Wittenberg graduate who has turned Wooster in a Division III national powerhouse and ranks second in career victories (822-239) at that level.

• The 1952 and 1953 Middletown High School boys teams that won Class A state championships.

• The 1952 and 1955 Lockland Wayne teams that won Class B state titels.

• Gary Walters, who won 407 games at Newark High School from 1972-1999.

• James Houdeshell, who had 21 winning records in 30 seasons at Findlay College.

• Reginald Lee, who won 434 games Brookhaven High School.

• Muskingum College’s Donna Newberry, the fifth-winningest active women’s coach in NCAA Division III.

• Eastlake North High School’s Kaayla Chones, Ohio's Ms. Basketball in 1998 and 1999.

• Larry Nance, who played seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

• Charlie Slack, who starred at Marshall University in the 1950s.

• Former Ohio State Buckeyes Dave Sorenson, Scoonie Penn and Jodi Roth Korbas.

• Official Mike Sanzere, of Cincinnati.

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Preseason football: Franklin Wildcats

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:42 PM


            QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
QB Braden Woods directed Franklin to a 24-21 defeat of Brookville last season. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Team: Franklin Wildcats

Division/Region: D-III, Region 12; no change from last season.

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.

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Location: Atrium Stadium, Franklin Field (Warren County).

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Head coach: Brad Childers, entering his fifth season as the Wildcats’ head coach and 24th year overall. Owns a 29-14 overall combined record.

Assistant coaches: Mike Schneider OC/QB; Frankie Russell, DC/DB; Steve Woods, RB; Tom Parker, OL; Mark Mullins, DL; Landen Brown, WR; Kevin Allen, DE; Todd Centers, LB; Rick Thompson, freshmen; Brian Salmons, freshmen.

2017 records: 4-2 SWBL Southwestern, 8-3 overall.

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2017 highlights: Overcame season-ending injuries to nine starters to tie for second with Bellbrook behind division winner and unbeaten Valley View. Stumbled 35-22 at Oakwood in Week 9, but knocked Brookville out of playoff contention 24-21 in Week 10. That secured a home playoff game and 17-10 loss to New Richmond. That was Franklin’s 11th postseason appearance and sixth since 2008.

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Of all those injuries, losing graduated senior Ryan Montgomery to knee surgery hurt the worse. As a junior dual-threat QB he accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense and rushed for 30 TDs. He shifted to running back as a senior and had 740 yards rushing (8.3) and 13 TDs until he went down in a Week 6 blowout win at Waynesville.

Franklin was 5-1 when Montgomery was lost. He signed to play football at Miami University.

Returning junior QB Braden Woods had a breakout season with 1,309 yards passing and 12 TDs. “What I can tell you is that Braden is a smart, athletic, and a well-polished football player as well as football coaches’ son. He has been around the game since the day he was born and we all knew he was going to be a good one once his time came. His work ethic is second to no one and his leadership skills are valuable.” - coach Childers

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Key returners:

Matt Centers, 6-0, 210, sr., LB; first team All-SWBL.

David Figliola, 5-11, 303, sr., OL/DL.

Drew Gesuck, 6-3, 195, WR; 19 catches, 241 yards, 3 TDs.

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John Harris, 6-3, 225, sr., TE/DE.

Ryan Russell, 6-1, 165, jr., WR; 26 catches, 288 yards, 1 TD.

Logan Willis, 5-10, 175, jr., DB; 48 tackles, 4 INTs, 1 TD.

Braden Woods, 6-2, 190, jr., QB; 1,309 yards passing (60.6 percent), 12 TDs, 1 INT.

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Transfers: Cyre Williams (Middletown), Dylan Dierks (Miamisburg), Zarek Welch (Miamisburg) and Izak Proctor (Springboro).

About the Wildcats: An abundance of optimism is always a good thing and Franklin isn’t lacking in that. A robust class of 20-plus seniors is significant.

Franklin is on a 19-4 overall run – 10-2 in the SWBL Southwestern - over the last two seasons, both of which were playoff teams.

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Three schedule changes. Madison (11-3) visits in Week 1, bumping Carlisle (7-3) in the SWBL crossover rotation. Franklin is at GWOC American South member Xenia (2-8) in Week 3. The Bucs replaced GWOC American North rep Piqua (6-4). Also, Preble Shawnee (8-2) visits in Week 6. The Arrows bump Waynesville (1-9) in the SWBL crossover rotation.

“This football team is hungry to get back on top in the league. We have had an excellent offseason and the kids have been receptive to coaching and getting better. I think we have a physical football team.” – coach Childers.

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Fun fact: Well-traveled Mike Schneider has landed as Wildcats’ offensive coordinator and QB coach. Schneider was a Middletown assistant last season. He previously was the head coach at Miamisburg and Wayne and was a longtime assistant under his son Lance Schneider at Northmont.

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Schedule: All at 7 p.m.

Week 1: Fri., Aug. 24 MADISON

Week 2: Fri., Aug. 31 at Edgewood

Week 3: Fri., Sept. 7 at Xenia

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Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 MONROE

Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 at Bellbrook

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Week 7: Fri., Oct. 5 VALLEY VIEW

Week 8: Fri., Oct. 12 at Eaton

Week 9: Fri., Oct. 19 at Brookville

Week 10: Fri., Oct. 26 OAKWOOD

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Cruiser cam: Troopers rescue Colombian players from I-71 berm

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:51 PM

Ohio State Trooper finds Colombian disc team on I-71

Three Colombians in Ohio for the World Flying Disc World Championships chuckled as they were delivered to their hotel in an Ohio Highway Patrol cruiser on July, a cruiser-cam video shows.

The drop-off at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast concluded a series of events on July 12 touched off when two players and a volunteer affiliated with Oso Club Ultimate were put off a Greyhound bus about midnight on Interstate 71 north of Cincinnati, according to Lt. Scott Kuntz, commander of the highway patrol’s Cincinnati post.

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“Sorry you guys had a bad experience,” the unidentified trooper said after pulling up next to the three men standing with their luggage in the berm.

The trooper also expressed surprise the men were let off on I-71.

“The interstate is dangerous,” he said in the video obtained by this news organization.

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After talking briefly with the men, the trooper tells them he will have to call for another trooper to carry them and their luggage to the hotel.

He also expressed surprise after the men, one of whom was able to speak some English, told him they were let off because they spoke Spanish.

“That’s not illegal,” the trooper said.

Kuntz said a motorist reported “pedestrians walking on the interstate” southbound in the northbound lanes.

“We were just basically helping them get to where they needed to be,” Kuntz said Friday.

No citations were issued.

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“We were just thankful we were able to get them where they needed to be,” Kuntz said.

The incident prompted some controversy after another player contacted media and posted on social media claiming the three were taken off the bus for speaking Spanish.

Greyhound investigated and issued a statement:

“Upon our investigation, we determined that this was not an act of discrimination. In fact, English is not the driver’s first language either. Our policy states that customers must be transported to the destination that is printed on their tickets, and the customers were upset and became unruly when the driver refused to drop them off in another city about 32 miles outside of Cincinnati.”

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On Friday, the Oso was still playing to place, but was out of medal contention.

Play continued in Lebanon today and moves to Mason on Saturday for the final games and closing ceremonies at Mason High School.

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Hamilton grad impressive, but Dragons fall 1-0 in 10 innings

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:42 PM

Hamilton High School graduate Patrick McGuff turned in another impressive outing for the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night, but that couldn’t prevent the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) from posting a 1-0 win in 10 innings.

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McGuff made his second start since being signed as a free agent from the Evansville Otters of the independent Frontier League. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out three.

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Dragons reliever Wendolyn Bautista (3-5, 3.61 ERA) was charged with the loss. He was just as impressive, working 4.2 innings, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out six.

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All minor-league games begin extra innings with a free runner at second base. Dayton couldn’t score despite runners on first and third with no outs.

Andy Sugilio had three hits to lead the Dragons and catcher Mark Kolozsvary the team’s other two hits. Both had doubles.

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It was the third straight loss for the Dragons (12-15 second half and 43-52 overall). Wisconsin (12-14, 43-52) hosts Dayton in the series finale at 8 p.m. Friday. Scheduled to start for the Dragons is pitcher Hunter Greene (3-7, 4.69 ERA). It’ll be his first appearance since pitching in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game.

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