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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
SPRINGFIELD — The final at-bat took an eternity. Kenton Ridge pitcher Carly Turner threw pitch after pitch to Northwestern's Bry White with runners at first and second and two outs in the seventh inning Wednesday.
» PHOTOS: Kenton Ridge vs. Northwestern
White fouled a number of pitches into the fields surrounding the diamond at Shawnee High School before striking out on the 10th pitch. That one at-bat told the story of this Division II sectional final. Kenton Ridge won 3-2, but Northwestern showed fight until the last pitch.
“It’s always a good game between Northwestern and Kenton Ridge,” Kenton Ridge coach Sarah Schalnat said. “In the regular season, they went up 3-0, and we came back and tied it up and went ahead after that. It’s back and forth, good pitching, good batters on both sides.”
Kenton Ridge (22-1) advanced to play Monroe (18-2) in a Division II district championship at 5 p.m. Friday in Brookville. Monroe beat Franklin 5-0 on Wednesday in Lebanon.
Monroe has never won a district championship. Kenton Ridge last played in the district final in 2016, losing 2-1 to Hamilton Ross. The Cougars last won a district title in 2013 when they advanced to the state championship game before losing 6-5 to Newark Licking Valley.
"I think the seniors really want it," Schalnat said. "They're focused. Every day they come to practice ready to practice. They're shocked if I give them any time off. They know they're going to practice and be there for a couple hours."
» DISTRICT TRACK: Photos from Piqua
This Kenton Ridge team ranks second in the state and has won nine games in a row since losing 7-6 to Jonathan Alder on April 27. Turner, who won her 20th game Wednesday, is a big reason why. She carried the Cougars at the plate and on the mound in this game.
Turner drove in the first two runs of the game with a single in the first. Peyton Fleming and Lexee Trainer scored on the hit. Turner also doubled in the third.
On the mound, Turner struck out five. The Warriors recorded eight hits but left nine runners on base.
“Big day for Carly,” Schalnat said. “Carly does a great job. She has the command on the pitching rubber. When she gets up, I expect a hit. She’s going to put the ball in play.”
The Warriors rallied after falling behind 2-0, tying the game in the fourth. A double by Miranda Gillman scored White and Hannah Weymouth.
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Kenton Ridge regained the lead in the fifth. A single by Trainer scored Jordan Rucker. That turned out to be the game-winning RBI.
Northwestern finished the season 18-8. It was playing in Division II this season after competing in Division III last season. A year ago, it reached the state semifinals before losing 10-0 to Warren Champion.
This was the final game for four players who started in the final four last season: seniors Jamie Rutherford, Ashlee Barger, Macie Crew and Jenna Robbins.
Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
The Sinclair College baseball team saved the best for last in its regional baseball tournament in Sandusky on Saturday.
The Tartan Pride rode a late rally to an 11-7 win over Kellogg Community College in the championship game, sending Sinclair to the National Junior College Division II World Series.
Sinclair had been on a dominating run through much of its season. In fact, hadn’t lost a game since late March. That 31-game streak was snapped in the first game of the double-elimination tournament Saturday morning as Kellogg scored nine runs in the first two innings and went on to a 10-4 win.
Just like the first game, Steve Dintaman’s team got off to a slow start in Game 2 when the Bruins scored four times in the top of the second inning.
Down 5-1 in the fourth inning, the Tartan Pride got back in it with a solo home run from Eddie Pursinger to lead off the inning. Then Dylan Carpenter nailed a two run shot, and the deficit was down to one run at 5-4.
Kellogg held a 7-4 advantage in the eighth inning when Sinclair sent 11 batters to the plate. Carpenter started the scoring with an RBI single. Tyler Zaluski followed that with a two-run double, and Sami Mehmed drove in two more runs with a single to left field.
Justin Clarke capped the inning with a two-run single to right field. The Tartan Pride scored seven runs on seven hits in the inning.
Chaney Morgan got the win out of the bullpen, but he needed help in the ninth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jake Webb came in to get a ground ball for the final out.
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:21 PM
URBANA — Calvin Dibert didn't have to think long when he was asked if this was the most important start of his Kenton Ridge baseball career. Of course, it was. He's only a sophomore. This was a sectional final.
"It was a little nerve-wracking," Dibert said, "but once I got through the first inning, I was fine after that."
» PHOTOS: Kenton Ridge vs. Ben Logan
Dibert gave up a run in the first inning and one in the seventh inning. In between, the top-seeded Cougars scored three runs in the second inning and then nine in the third to beat No. 2 seed Benjamin Logan 9-2, advancing to a Division II district championship.
Dibert struck out eight batters. He improved to 8-0, and the Cougars improved to 19-5. The key to his performance, Dibert said, "was just letting my defense work. Just throwing strikes the whole game."
» SOFTBALL: Cougars beat Northwestern in sectional final
Kenton Ridge coach Aaron Shaffer praised Dibert's maturity.
"He doesn't show his age up there," Shaffer said. "He looks like a seasoned veteran. He doesn't get rattled in any situation."
Kenton Ridge has scored six runs in the third and is still batting with a 9-1 lead against Benjamin Logan. pic.twitter.com/f0RSkrWxPb— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 17, 2018
Kenton Ridge, which won its second sectional title in a row after a five-year drought, will play Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy or Bishop Fenwick in the next round at 11 a.m. Saturday at Miamisburg High School. Those teams play at 5 p.m. Friday in Lebanon after their game was rained out Thursday.
» TRACK: Photos from D-I meet at Wayne
Senior Drew Wichael (3-1, 3.54 ERA) will get the start for Kenton Ridge in the district final. The Cougars seek their first regional semifinal berth since they reached the state semifinals in 2008, Shaffer's first season. They lost in the district final in 2009 (8-2 to Franklin), 2010 (13-4 to Franklin), 2011 (9-4 to Cincinnati McNicholas) and 2017 (10-8 to Waynesville).
"We're due to get over the hump," Shaffer said.
A victory would give Dibert a chance to start an even bigger game next week. He looked ready for the opportunity against Benjamin Logan.
"He was efficient today," Shaffer said. "I think he only pitched to more than four batters one time, and that was in the last inning. It was four or less every inning. He was around the plate. We played good defense. That's what we've done all year. When we've been good, our guys pound the zone, and we play good defense."
Kenton Ridge's offense did its part as well. Jordan Ward, Jaxon Wright and Quinton Roach drove in runs in the second inning.
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An inning later, a single by Bailey Armentrout started a six-run rally. A single by Zach Schneider brought in the first run. Matt Tateman walked with the bases loaded to bring in the second run. A single by Ward scored two runs. A single by Roach scored the final two runs.
Kenton Ridge did all that without recording an out.
Kenton Ridge vs. Ben Logan in D-II sectional final at Urbana. pic.twitter.com/FPGVLuBoOM— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) May 17, 2018
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 3:09 PM
DAYTON — Former Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo, seeking to become the first UD player drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, worked out for NBA scouts Thursday on the first day of the NBA Combine in Chicago.
» RELATED: Antetokounmpo works out for Raptors
Antetokounmpo, one of 69 players invited to the combine and the only one from the Atlantic 10 Conference, measured 6-foot-9 without shoes. He was the fifth-tallest player of the forwards. He was 6-10½ with shoes. His standing reach of 9-2 was the best of the forwards.
Here at the NBA Draft Combine, Kostas Antetokounmpo says he “had it in my mind” at the beginning of the 2017-18 season to enter the draft.— Robbie Weinstein (@robsw4) May 17, 2018
The NBA released numerous other data points on each of the players. Antetokounmpo weighed 194.8 points. His wingspan was 7-2¼, which ranked 13th among the 69 players.
Antetokounmpo played 20 minutes in a game with other prospects Thursday. He had two points on 1-of-3 shooting, four rebounds and two blocks.
In an interview posted to NBA.com, Antetokounmpo said the NBA coaches “showed me film on myself and helped me see my mistakes and stuff I do good on the court.”
Asked what part of his game will translate to the NBA right now, Antetokounmpo said, “I feel my shot-blocking ability and the way I run the floor.”
In an interview on ESPN, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star who’s the older brother of Kostas, said he worked with Kostas in Phoenix this spring. Giannis is also at the combine.
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One mock draft by ESPN had Kostas being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round with the 56th overall pick.
“He’s just got to work hard every day,” Giannis said. “When I was his age, I paid attention to detail. You can never be satisfied. You always have chapters in your life. This is a big chapter in his life. No matter what happens today, no matter what happens tomorrow or no matter what happens in the draft, he’s got to come out the better player. That’s the most important thing: be a better player every day. Kostas can be really good. He’s got to work on a lot of things. He’s got to work on his game. He can get a lot better. But with the right fit, the right team, he can do great things in the NBA.”
Here's one minute of Kostas Antetokounmpo answering questions in Greek pic.twitter.com/vadnIQyqHL— Ricky O'Donnell (@SBN_Ricky) May 17, 2018
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
— The Sinclair Community College baseball team is one win away from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.
The Tartan Pride (beat Cuyahoga Community College 10-3 on Friday to reach the finals of the Region 12 tournament in Sandusky.
»ARCHDEACON: Sinclair baseball one of nation’s best
Sinclair, which won its 31st straight game, will face the winner of this afternoon’s Cuyahoga-Kellogg winner at 9 a.m. Saturday in the championship game. Kellogg or Cuyahoga would have to beat Sinclair twice in the double-elimination tournament.
Sinclair takes Cuyahoga in a 10-3 win!! The boys are in the finals! You guys are awesome! Catch the recap with @CoachDintz41 giving us the insight on the game today and what’s next for our boys! Roll Pride!! pic.twitter.com/9hhKll8nxa— Sinclair College (@SinclairCC) May 18, 2018
On Friday, Colin Shepherd went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and scored two runs to pace Sinclair (43-8). Brandon Henson added a double, triple and three RBIs. Luke Williamson was the winning pitcher.