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Lyles, bullpen combine to lift Pirates over Reds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Lyles became the latest Pittsburgh starter to open the season with a stellar effort. Lyles threw five effective innings in his Pirates debut, a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Lyles, who played for San Diego and Milwaukee last year, allowed ...

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Big Red Boosters meeting Tuesday STEUBENVILLE — The Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday inside the Harding Stadium Field House. All are welcome and memberships are available. From staff reports

Cline lifts Oak Glen over Madonna with walk-off

NEW MANCHESTER — In a marathon and a roller coaster of a game, the Oak Glen baseball team got the hit it needed to out-slug Madonna on Wednesday evening. With darkness quickly falling upon the field and the bases loaded with one out, senior Josh Cline lined a walk-off base hit into right ...

Weir High gets its revenge on rival Brooke

WELLSBURG — There could not be any more contrast for two high school softball teams playing against each other a week apart. The Weir High softball team got revenge for the loss last week with a 16-2, three-inning mercy-rule victory Wednesday evening against rival Brooke. The Bruins ...

Hot start lifts Bears over Dons

WEIRTON — A good start gave the Oak Glen softball team enough breathing room against Madonna on Wednesday. The Golden Bears jumped out to the early lead, and they were able to put an end to a late comeback attempt by the Blue Dons during a 9-6 victory at Starvaggi Park. Oak Glen scored ...

Toronto overcomes early deficit to defeat conference foe United

TORONTO — Veteran coach Brian Perkins knows he has some resilient and talented players on his Toronto baseball club. The Red Knights showed both of those qualities in posting a 12-6 victory over United Wednesday night at the Knight Baseball Complex. The contest, which started at 6 p.m. ...

Kinney pitches, hits Edison past Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — The Edison baseball team scored early and often during its 11-1, five-inning victory over Indian Creek on Wednesday. Andrew Kinney picked up the victory for Edison, walking one and striking out two in the complete game. He also led at the plate with a pair of singles and ...

Penner, Redskins shut out Wildcats

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek softball team shut down Edison, 10-0, in five innings on Wednesday. Carley Jo Penner started and picked up the victory for the Redskins. She allowed four hits, two walks and struck out seven in five innings. Offensively, Kacie Vandeborne led with a double, ...

Late heroics doom Harrison Central softball in defeat to St. Clairsville

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — St. Clairsville saved its best for last Wednesday afternoon — offensively and defensively. The Red Devils snapped a late tie with three runs in the sixth, then stymied a Harrison Central rally with a clutch defensive play in the next inning to prevail, 12-11, in a battle ...

Central’s defense backs up Bell during victory over Madonna

STEUBENVILLE — Leading by three runs in the top of the fifth inning on Tuesday at Vaccaro Field, one huge play led the Catholic Central baseball team to a 10-1 victory over Madonna. The Blue Dons (4-9) began the frame with runners on first and second. Ethan Rowing squared a Matt Bell pitch ...

Patterson, Andrews power Oak Glen over Indian Creek

NEW MANCHESTER — The Oak Glen softball team scored two first-inning runs, and freshman Maddie McKay made them hold up with another solid pitching performance, as the Golden Bears pinned the first loss of the season on Indian Creek by a 3-1 score Tuesday at the Field of Dreams on the Oak Glen ...

Weir High fends off late rally

IMPERIAL, Pa. — The Weir High baseball team scored all it needed in the fifth inning during Tuesday’s 5-4 victory over West Allegheny. The Red Riders (7-4) sent 10 batters to the plate in that fifth inning. Elijah Gillette had a single and two RBIs. Drew Curtis collected a single, double ...

Steubenville limits its mistakes, takes advantage of St. Clairsville’s

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Often times, success in prep baseball is predicated off a team’s ability to capitalize on an opponent’s mistakes and limit its own. Steubenville made that theory ring true once again Tuesday afternoon at a sun-splashed but chilly Memorial Park. Big Red turned all three ...

Huge first lifts Knights over United

TORONTO — The Toronto softball team could not have asked for a better start to Tuesday’s game and to the season. The Red Knights jumped out to a big lead against United and took down the Golden Eagles, 10-0, in five innings in an Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference game at Michael Simpson ...

Locals give strong performances during the Martins Ferry Relays

MARTINS FERRY — Aubrey Wiethe raced to a pair of individual hurdles victories and was part of a triumphant shuttle hurdles contingent Tuesday evening, leading Wheeling Park to the girls title at the Martins Ferry Relays. The Patriot boys also went back to Ohio County victorious behind two ...

Penguins miss chance to clinch a playoff spot, fall to Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Pittsburgh missed out on a chance to clinch a playoff spot, then Tyler Bertuzzi led the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 victory over the Penguins on Tuesday night. Bertuzzi had two goals and an assist as the Red Wings (32-38-10) earned their sixth consecutive win. He became the ...

Bell looking for power boost soon

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell didn’t read the criticism from an anonymous scout in a national magazine last month, the one that labeled the Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman as a player with “five o’clock power,” someone who could put on a show during batting practice only to have all ...

Mikula, bats leads Weir High past Central, 10-1

WEIRTON — Sophia Mikula set the table for her teammates. Mikula collected four hits, tallied three RBIs and scored three runs, leading the Weir softball team to a 10-1 victory over Catholic Central in five innings Monday evening at home. The game ended following a two-run home run by ...

Big Red tops Indian Creek, 8-1, to remain undefeated

STEUBENVILLE — Fours were wild for Big Red in Monday’s 8-1 victory over Indian Creek at sun-drenched Vaccaro Field. Fred Heatherington’s crew plated four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth in running its early season record to 4-0. While the offense was delivering several ...

Toronto edged by United

HANOVERTON — With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a tie game, United’s baseball team came up with the play it needed to shock the defending Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference champions. Toronto tried to pick off Brady Leyman at second and Parker Hydrick used ...