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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.
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.
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.