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Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:30 PM
CINCINNATI — While the 2018 season has been, at best, disappointing for the Reds, it has been disastrous when they were matched against their National League Central Division partners.
The Reds went into this weekend’s four-game series against the Chicago Cubs 8-23 against Central Division teams and 20-22 against the rest of their schedule.
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“Our players look at it like a challenge and a hurdle we have to overcome,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said before Thursday’s series-opener. “We’ve got to start winning some of these games in our division against the Cubs and Cardinals. Milwaukee’s playing very good baseball. The Pirates we’ve held our own against, but we’ve got to step it up against these better Cubs.”
Cincinnati has gotten off to a good start on that quest. After coming from behind on Jesse Winker’s first career grand slam on the way to a 6-2 win on Thursday, the Reds got a go-ahead two-run home run from Eugenio Suarez in the fifth inning, helping them to a 6-3 win before a crowd of 25,885 at Great American Ball Park on Friday.
Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Alex Blandino also drove in runs to help Luis Castillo snap a four-start losing streak and earn his first win since May 24. Four Cincinnati pitchers limited Chicago to four hits as the Reds earned back-to-back wins over Chicago for the first time since June 30-July 1 of last season. They extended their current winning streak to five games, their longest since winning a season-high six straight from May 8 through May 13.
“We’re playing really good baseball right now,” Suarz said. “When you play like that, good things can happen.”
Cincinnati’s three relievers – Kyle Crockett, David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias – teamed up to retire the last 10 Cubs batters.
“That was one of our cleaner ballgames of the season,” Riggleman said. “We played a good ballgame – offensively, defensively, ran the bases well, timely hitting.”
Castillo (5-8) faced one batter over the minimum through three hitless innings before the Cubs reached him for three runs with two outs in the fourth. Javier Baez drove in Ben Zobrist from third with a squeeze bunt, and Middletown-native Kyle Schwarber smacked Castillo’s next pitch into the visitors’ bullpen in left-center field for his team-leading 15thhomer of the season and third in four games.
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The homer was the eighth allowed by Castillo in his last six games and 18thof the season. He went into the game having given up a National League-leading 17 home runs.
The Cubs got runners to first and second with two outs in the sixth, but the left-handed Crockett – promoted from Triple-A Louisville before Thursday’s game – came in to get Schwarber looking to end the inning. Hernandez posted three strikeouts in two perfect relief innings, setting up Raisel Iglesias’s 12thsave in 14 opportunities.
“Castillo did a nice job,” Riggleman said. “In the sixth, we wanted nothing more with Schwarber than to keep him in the ballpark. Crockett was able to come in and strike him out, and that might be as good a two innings from Hernandez this season.”
“We’re a family,” Castillo said of the rejuvenated pitching staff, which has allowed a combined 4.23 earned-run average in June after figures of 5.32 in April and 4.64 in May. “Starters, relievers, we’re all a family. When somebody does good, we’re happy for him. When somebody isn’t as good, we have his back.”
Jose Peraza, who has reached base at least once in 22 consecutive games, started the three-run fifth with a single and stolen base, setting up Votto’s one-out RBI single. Suarez, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single, followed with a two-run shot to center field, his 16thhomer of the season.
“I put a good swing on a changeup,” Suarez said. “In my first at bat, he threw me a changeup and I rolled it over to the shortstop. After that, I said, ‘I have to be ready for anything.’”
Peraza tied Jesse Winker for Cincinnati’s longest on-base streak of the season. He also stole second base three times, his third one in the ninth setting up Blandino’s RBI single.
The bottom of the Reds order produced a 1-0 lead in the second against Cubs’ starter Jose Quintana (6-6) on Curt Casali’s one-out double, Castillo’s single up the middle – his fifth hit of the season – and Hamilton’s opposite-field single to right, extending his hitting streak to five games.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:31 PM
DAYTON — 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).
• 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.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 9:42 PM
Team: Franklin Wildcats
Division/Region: D-III, Region 12; no change from last season.
Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Southwestern Division.
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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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
Week 4: Fri., Sept. 14 MONROE
Week 5: Fri., Sept. 21 at Bellbrook
Week 6: Fri., Sept. 28 PREBLE SHAWNEE
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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
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 5:51 PM
MASON — 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.
“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.
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.
“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.”
On Friday, the Oso was still playing to place, but was out of medal contention.
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.
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.