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Audio: Rod Tompkins

With the Wellington Napoleon Tiger Senior baseball players  on their Senior trip along with Tiger Baseball Coach Andy Hampton the coaching duties for this weeks games fell to Lincoln Bainbridge and Wellington-Napoleon Superintendent Jeff Ruskey. Both did a good job and the underclassmen on the team really responded with two victories where the Tigers lit up their opponents, KC Lutheran and LoneJack to the tune of 10 runs per game. Mr. Ruskey said it was good to see the Tiger bats heat up.

Audio: Mr. Ruskey

Later in our conversation Ruskey went on to say that he thought the depth of this years pitching staff could be a real source of strength for the team.

Audio: Mr. Ruskey

First year coach Mike Lewis is the man in charge of Chillicothe Hornet baseball this year. Coach Lewis said his team has had an up and down first two weeks of the season but they were really able to put together a great game on Thursday both on the mound and offensively against Bishop Leblond topping their Midland Empire conference foe by the score of 15-0.

Audio: Coach Lewis

Blake Stephens picked up the win on the bump for the Hornets tossing a shutout. The Hornets resume play next week when they will take on both St. Joe Benton and Lafayette.

Coach Nathan Beissenherz and the defending Class 1 State Champion Concordia Orioles continued to mow over the competition this week, improving their record to 7-0 on the young season. The end result was great last season for the Orioles but they  lost a total of 11 games to early season rain-outs. Beissenherz today expressed both his pleasure and his surprise at how well mother nature has been treating this years schedule thus far.

Audio: Coach Beissenherz

The Orioles will hit the diamond for three more games in the upcoming week.

It’s back to work at the “K” for the Royals tonight after losing the season opener yesterday 4-2. Jeff Francis will toe the slab for Ned Yost’s team. Dan Haren gets the starting nod for the Angels. First pitch is slated for 7:10  The St. Louis Cardinals are back in action tomorrow at Busch Stadium with a 3:10 start time.

HOUSTON (AP) – The men’s Final Four teams practiced in front of the public today in Reliant Stadium a little more than 24 hours before they play in the national semifinals at the Houston venue. Butler will meet VCU in tomorrow night’s opener, and Connecticut will hook up with Kentucky in the nightcap.
 

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) – Novak Djokovic will play for the men’s title at the Sony Ericsson Open. The second-ranked Serb ousted American Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-1 in today’s first semifinal in Key Biscayne, extending his winning streak to 25 matches.

 
 
    AMERICAN LEAGUE
 

  Final  Chi White Sox  15  Cleveland  10
 
 
   Texas   5  Boston   4  (Top 7th)
    Arthur Rhodes ptg Texas 7th
 
   Minnesota    at  Toronto       7:07 p.m.
   Baltimore    at  Tampa Bay     7:10 p.m.
   L.A. Angels  at  Kansas City   8:10 p.m.
   Seattle      at  Oakland      10:05 p.m.
 
    NATIONAL LEAGUE
 

  Final  Philadelphia   5  Houston    4
  Final  Pittsburgh     6  Chi Cubs   3
  N-Y Mets       at  Florida        7:10 p.m.
  San Francisco  at  L.A. Dodgers  10:10 p.m.
 
 
    NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 

   Charlotte      at  Orlando        7:00 p.m.
   Cleveland      at  Washington     7:00 p.m.
   Milwaukee      at  Indiana        7:00 p.m.
   New Jersey     at  Philadelphia   7:00 p.m.
   Chicago        at  Detroit        7:30 p.m.
   Boston         at  Atlanta        8:00 p.m.
   Memphis        at  New Orleans    8:00 p.m.
   Miami          at  Minnesota      8:00 p.m.
   San Antonio    at  Houston        8:30 p.m.
   Denver         at  Sacramento    10:00 p.m.
   L-A Clippers   at  Phoenix       10:00 p.m.
   Oklahoma City  at  Portland      10:00 p.m.
   L-A Lakers     at  Utah          10:30 p.m.
 
 
    NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 

   Chicago       at  Columbus     7:00 p.m.
   Philadelphia  at  New Jersey   7:00 p.m.
   Calgary       at  St. Louis    8:00 p.m.
   Colorado      at  Phoenix     10:00 p.m.