Sports – Tuesday, April 9th

| April 9, 2013 | 7:43 am
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>> Baseball

Smithton won on the road against Otterville 14 – 2.  Preston McMullen struck out six.  He, Jeffery Bell, and Damien Hendricks each went three for four.  Bell and Hendricks also had two RBIs a piece.  Smithton plays Lincoln at home on Tuesday night.

Wheatland defeated Lincoln 8-7 in the bottom of the 7th.  Corbin Mertgen took the loss.  He struck out 12 and walked six with seven earned runs in seven innings.  Lincoln drops to 3-3 on the season.  Brock Young and Heath Renno each had a hit for the Cardinals.

Leeton got its first win of the season last night.  They beat Osceola 13-5.

>> Softball

Concorida topped Lincoln 18-3.

ATLANTA (AP) — After all the upsets in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the top overall seed has captured the championship.

Backup Luke Hancock scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and Louisville won its third national title by rallying for an 82-76 win over No. 4 Michigan. Hancock shot 5-for-5 from three-point range after coming off the bench to score 20 in the Cardinals’ semifinal win over Wichita State. He was 13-for-18 from the field in the last two games to be named the most outstanding player of the Final Four.

Peyton Siva (SEE’-vuh) and Chane (shayn) Behanan were mostly silent in the first half before helping the Cardinals outscore the Wolverines 45-38 in the second. Siva finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Behanan chipped in 15 points and 13 boards.

The Wolverines appeared to have the game in control after Tim Hardaway Jr.’s layup put them ahead 35-23 with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half. But the Cardinals closed the period on a 14-3 run and led by as many as 10 in the second half en route to their first championship since 1986. It was the second straight game Louisville pulled out a victory after trailing by a dozen.

Fittingly, Kevin Ware was the last Louisville player to cut down the nets. Ware was among the celebrants just over a week after he suffered a broken leg in the Cardinals’ win over Duke.

Michigan guard Trey Burke finished with a game-high 24 points despite early foul trouble that kept him on the bench for the last 12 minutes of the first half. Backup Spike Albrect finished with 17 points and Hardaway added 12, but foul trouble limited Mitch McGary to six points and six rebounds.

The outcome makes Rick Pitino the first coach to win an NCAA men’s basketball crown at two schools, 17 years after leading Kentucky to the championship. The latest win came hours after he was among seven people elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Pitino in the class of 2013 are former NBA stars Bernard King and Gary Payton, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, North Carolina women’s coach Sylvia Hatchell, former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis, former University of Virginia star Dawn Staley.

The inductions will take place in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched eight strong innings yesterday to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Alcides Escobar doubled home the go-ahead run for the Royals. Twins right-hander Kevin Correia limited the Royals to no runs in the first seven innings before giving up three in the eighth.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cincinnati plated nine runs in the ninth inning yesterday as the Reds routed the St. Louis Cardinals 13-4. Brandon Phillips and Shin-Soo Choo both in run-scoring doubles in the frame for the Reds. Yadier Molina drove in a run for the Cardinals, who had just four hits in the game.

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