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S. Carolina heads to finals with 3-2 win over Hogs

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyler Webb and Matt Price combined for seven innings of shutout relief, and two-time defending national champion South Carolina returned to the College World Series finals with a 3-2 win over Arkansas on Friday night. The Gamecocks (49-18) took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on Barrett Astin’s two-out, bases-loaded walk to Adam Matthews. South Carolina will play Arizona in the best-of-three finals beginning Sunday. The Gamecocks erased a 2-0 deficit in the fifth, with DJ Baxendale walking Christian Walker with the bases loaded to force in the tying run. Matthews looked ready to swing on a 3-2 pitch from Astin in the seventh, but he held up as the slider dropped low and Joey Pankake trotted home for the going-ahead run. Price (5-4) pitched three innings to earn his record fifth career win in the CWS. Colby Suggs (7-1) took the loss for Arkansas (46-22).

Franchitti takes IndyCar pole at Iowa

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Dario Franchitti won the third of the first three qualifying heat races in the history of the current IndyCar series Friday to take the pole for tonight’s (Saturday’s) Iowa Corn Indy 250. Franchitti, the Indianapolis 500 winner, has two victories in four starts on Iowa’s short oval. Helio Castroneves will start on the front row with Franchitti, followed by 2011 winner Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe. The starting grid was set by three 30-lap heat races seeded according to practice times. The eight fastest in the last practice competed in the final heat, which set the first four rows for the Saturday night race. The opening two heats seeded the rest of the starting grid.

2012 FIFTH Iowa Girls High School Softball Rankings

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June 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Compiled by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
Class 5-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Ankeny
23-3
3
2.
Muscatine
24-2
4
3.
West Des Moines Valley
19-4
5
4
Cedar Rapids Jefferson
27-3
7
5.
Pleasant Valley
20-5
6
6.
Ottumwa
21-2
8
7.
Des Moines East
21-3
1
8.
Iowa City West
26-4
2
9.
Waukee
21-6
NR
10.
Davenport West
16-7
9
Dropped Out: Burlington (10)

Class 4-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Clear Creek-Amana
29-1
1
2.
Dallas Center-Grimes
21-4
2
3.
Indianola
20-6
5
4
Sioux City Bishop Heelan
23-1
3
5.
Creston
19-6
10
6.
Carlisle
22-5
6
7.
Winterset
19-9
8
8.
North Scott
19-9
13
9.
Glenwood
19-6
4
10.
Washington
19-5
7
11.
Keokuk
15-8
9
12.
West Delaware
23-6
12
13.
Charles City
19-6
11
14.
Harlan
20-6
NR
15.
Sergeant Bluff-Luton
18-8
15
Dropped Out: LeMars (14)
Class 3-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Solon
24-3
1
2.
West Burlington/Burlington Notre Dame
22-4
2
3.
Bondurant-Farrar
20-6
3
4
Mid-Prairie
19-9
4
5.
East Marshall
21-1
5
6.
Estherville-LC
18-4
6
7.
Monticello
25-3
7
8.
MOC-Floyd Valley
17-3
9
9.
Ballard
20-7
10
10.
Center Point-Urbana
16-6
11
11.
Clarke
21-5
12
12.
Crestwood
17-5
8
13.
Wilton
15-8
13
14.
George-Little Rock/Central Lyon
16-5
15
15.
Iowa Falls-Alden
16-5
14
Dropped Out: None
Class 2-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Durant
22-2
2
2.
NSK-AR
23-2
1
3.
Wayne
20-2
4
4
Van Meter
24-5
3
5.
Sumner-Fredericksburg
22-5
5
6.
Jesup
23-4
6
7.
Des Moines Christian
19-5
7
8.
Tri-Center
17-3
NR
9.
Treynor
19-4
8
10.
Emmetsburg
18-8
9
11.
North Mahaska
17-3
11
12.
Central Springs
18-4
12
13.
BCLUW
18-8
10
14.
Iowa City Regina
11-13
13
15.
Eddyville-Blakesburg
18-7
14
Dropped Out: Fort Dodge St. Edmond (15)
Class 1-A
School
Record
LW
1.
Akron-Westfield
25-0
1
2.
Earlham
25-3
2
3.
Martensdale-St. Marys
23-2
3
4
Newell-Fonda
20-5
4
5.
Lisbon
21-6
5
6.
Don Bosco
18-4
7
7.
Charter Oak-Ute
19-7
8
8.
Lynnville-Sully
18-5
11
9.
Mason City Newman Catholic
16-7
6
10.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn
12-4
15
11.
Remsen St. Mary’s
22-6
12
12.
Coon Rapids-Bayard
17-6
9
13.
Sigourney
18-5
10
14.
Corning
15-7
NR
15.
Remsen Union
13-7
NR
Dropped Out: Exira/Elk Horn-Kimballton (13), Moravia (14)

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June 22nd, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Three Games Thursday at CWS, Gamecocks Win Two

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June 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

S. Carolina beats Arkansas 2-0 on 3-hitter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Freshman Jordan Montgomery and Matt Price combined on a three-hitter Thursday night, lifting two-time defending national champion South Carolina to a 2-0 victory over Arkansas at the College World Series.

Michael Roth of the Gamecocks threw a two-hitter against Kent State earlier in the day. South Carolina and Arkansas will play again Friday night to decide which team goes to the best-of-three finals.

The Gamecocks’ runs came in the second inning on Tanner English’s double and Chase Vergason’s single.

Montgomery (6-1) struck out six and walked one in his first outing since June 3.

South Carolina is the third team in the 63-year history of the CWS to win two full games in the same day. The last to do it was Holy Cross in 1952, when it beat Western Michigan and Penn State en route to the title.

Arizona moves to CWS finals with 10-3 win over FSU

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arizona converted three Florida State errors into a six-run first inning and advanced to the College World Series finals with a 10-3 victory over Florida State on Thursday.

Freshman starter Brandon Leibrandt was pulled after he recorded just one out for the Seminoles, who used eight pitchers to tie a CWS record for a nine-inning game.

Robert Refsnyder and Bobby Brown homered in a span of three at-bats in the fourth as the Wildcats built their lead to 10-1.

Kurt Heyer (13-2) worked 7 1-3 innings while taking the national lead for wins.

The Wildcats (46-17) won Bracket 1 and will open the best-of-three finals Sunday.

Leibrandt (8-3) was knocked out after 4 1-3 innings of the Seminoles’ 4-3, 12-inning loss to Arizona last Friday. On Thursday, he threw 31 pitches, only 15 strikes, and his throwing error set the stage for Arizona’s big first inning.

Gamecocks oust Kent St 4-1 on Roth’s CWS 2-hitter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Roth pitched a two-hitter and two-time defending national champion South Carolina eliminated Kent State from the College World Series with a 4-1 victory on Thursday.

The game had been postponed by rain Wednesday.

The Gamecocks (47-18) play again Thursday night against Arkansas. They need two wins over the Razorbacks to advance to the championship round that starts Sunday.

Grayson Greiner and Chase Vergason hit consecutive RBI singles in the second inning to erase Kent State’s 1-0 lead. LB Dantzler homered in the third against Tyler Skulina (11-3).

Kent State (47-20) finished 1-2 in its first CWS appearance.

Roth (9-1) struck out eight and walked none. He retired 22 in a row after giving up Sawyer Polen’s RBI single in the second inning.

U of Iowa Getting $185K for Anti-Binge Programs

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June 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As part of a sponsorship agreement with the University of Iowa, beer brewer Anheuser-Busch will pay about $185,000 over four years to support the university’s anti-binge-drinking programs.

The Des Moines Register reports that (http://dmreg.co/MnPa0Y) the payments will start at $43,000 and rise to $50,000 the final year.

The university’s sponsorship deal with Anheuser-Busch lets the beer giant use Iowa’s Tigerhawk logo on its posters, flags, beer cups and T-shirts. Some critics say the deal conflicts with the university’s efforts to curb students’ binge drinking.

Any items using the logo require the athletic department’s approval and must include the message “Responsibility Matters.”

The agreement replaces a three-year sponsorship agreement with Anheuser-Busch that expired this year.

Thursday High School Softball Results

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June 22nd, 2012 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 5-12, Clarinda 4-0 (2nd game 6 inn, AHS 17-13, 9-4)
  • Creston 10-2, Denison-Schleswig 0-0
  • Glenwood 11-1, Harlan 1-2
  • Kuemper Catholic 12-4, Red Oak 2-5 (5 inn/9 inn)
  • Lewis Central 13-4, Shenandoah 0-0

Western Iowa Tourney:

  • Consolation – Underwood 9, A-H-S-T 7
  • Championship – Tri-Center 6, Treynor 5

Rolling Hills:

  • Exira-EHK 3, Orient-Macksburg 2
  • Walnut 10, CAM, Anita 2

Others:

  • Carroll 14, Saydel 2
  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 7, Ogden 6 (8)
  • Corning 13-9, Lenox 11-6
  • Des Moines Christian 14, West Central Valley 2
  • East Mills 9, Stanton 3
  • Nodaway Valley 12, East Union 2
  • West Monona 12, West Harrison 6
  • Westwood 19, Boyer Valley 0

Thursday High School Baseball Results

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June 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hawkeye 10:

  • Atlantic 15, Clarinda 2 (5 inn – 10 runs on 5 hits in 4th inning, AHS 13-5, 8-2)
  • Denison-Schleswig 14-2, Creston 2-3
  • Harlan 10-6, Glenwood 2-5
  • Kuemper Catholic 7, Roland-Story 0

Western Iowa Tourney Semi-Finals:

  • Audubon 7, Missouri Valley 5
  • Treynor 7, Tri-Center 2

Rolling Hills:

  • Walnut 1, CAM 0

Others:

  • Coon Rapids-Bayard 3, Ogden 0
  • Corning 13-16, Lenox 8-4
  • Logan-Magnolia 7, Ar-We-Va 1
  • Nishnabotna 12, Fremont-Mills 6
  • Nodaway Valley 12, East Union 2
  • Saydel 10, Carroll 9
  • St. Albert 14, Kingsley-Pierson 4 (5 inn)
  • Van Meter 11-7, Earlham 0-3
  • Villisca 15, Clarinda Academy 3
  • West Central Valley 11, Des Moines Christian 7

Charlie Kimball Earns National Honor

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June 22nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball was honored this week with the Jefferson Award, one of the nation’s top honors for community service and volunteerism. Kimball, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes nearly five years ago, was lauded because of his efforts to raise awareness about the disease. Kimball, who will run in Saturday night’s IndyCar race in Iowa, says it’s very important to him to be outspoken about his own struggle with diabetes. Kimball says being upfront about the disease has also forced him to be proactive in fighting it.

Berry’s Hit Gives Tigers 2-1 Win Over Cards in 10

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June 21st, 2012 by Jim Field

DETROIT (AP) — Quintin Berry hit a tie breaking single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Ramon Santiago and Jhonny Peralta hit one-out singles off Victor Marte (0-1), who then grazed Austin Jackson’s jersey with a pitch. Berry followed with a base hit up the middle through a drawn-in infield.

Joaquin Benoit (1-1) got the win. The Detroit bullpen shut out St. Louis after Jacob Turner allowed a run and four hits in five innings.

Kyle Lohse allowed a run and four hits in seven innings for the Cardinals.