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Harrison Central falls short in OVAC semifinal

WHEELING — Veteran players always seem to come up huge in big games. Such was the case Tuesday night during an OVAC Tom Bechtel Class 4A softball tournament semifinal. With No. 2 seed St. Clairsville already leading third-seeded Harrison Central 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, third ...

Dyson’s dive gets run on review, D-backs beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jarrod Dyson watched the ball hit the dirt and bolted for home, an impressive read by the veteran speedster. He saw the play at plate better than some, too. Dyson slid around catcher Francisco Cervelli and signaled that he was safe, but he was only credited with the ...

Madonna softball proving doubters wrong, advances to Class 1A championship

WHEELING — Losing several key pieces from a strong season last year, the Madonna softball team felt like it had been counted out by others in the OVAC going into this season. Not only did the Blue Dons make the cut for the tournament, but they responded in a big way to anyone who might ...

Weir High offense gives Kelly plenty of backup

WEIRTON — For a while Monday night, freshman Tyler Kelly looked as if he would put his name among some of the Weir High elite pitchers. Union Local, though, finally got its bats going in the sixth inning and made a game of it before bowing, 7-4, to the Red Riders at Ed Bowman Field. The ...

Capaldi sisters enjoying college experience together at Bethany

STEUBENVILLE — Nothing is more important than family. Sisters Fran and Gabby Capaldi spent two seasons playing softball together at Catholic Central, and the sisters are in their second season together at Bethany College. The sisters had stellar careers for the Crusaders, and they are both ...

Brncic’s shutout lifts Blue Dons in Class 1A semifinal

PADEN CITY — The Madonna baseball team advanced to the OVAC Class 1A championship with a 5-0 victory over Paden City on Monday. The Blue Dons (12-13) will play top-seeded Cameron at 4 p.m. Saturday in Steubenville for the title. Dom Brncic dominated the game on the mound. He went the ...

CCHS, Bell cruise to Class 2A title game

SHADYSIDE — The old adage of it’s hard to beat a team three times rang true for Shadyside’s top-seeded Tigers in Monday’s OVAC Class 2A semifinal contest with Catholic Central. The fourth-seeded Crusaders rode a gutsy pitching performance from senior Matt Bell, some timely hitting and ...

Red Knights advance in dramatic fashion, 7-5

WHEELING — A comeback, suspense and a thrilling finish — Monday’s OVAC 2A semifinal delivered all three. After Wheeling Central (12-6) rallied from a four-run deficit to take the lead, Toronto tied the game in the seventh and won it in the ninth, 7-5, at the J.B. Chambers I-470 ...

Toronto’s bats go cold in defeat

WHEELING — Brooklynn Ruble likes pitching in the OVAC Tom Bechtel Class 2A softball tournament. The fireballing senior struck out 16, including the final seven batters she faced Monday night, as second-seeded Bridgeport defeated third-seeded Toronto, 6-3, in a semifinal contest under the ...

Rogers enjoys success in the ring

Sports fans in the Ohio Valley got to see Harold Rogers compete during his days on the soccer and wrestling teams at Catholic Central. Now a senior at Miami (Ohio) University, he recently showcased a different skill set to a national audience — boxing. The 2015 Central graduate earned ...

Giants edge Pirates, 3-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Buster Posey kept insisting the longest homerless drought of his career wasn’t weighing on him even as days turned into weeks and weeks stretched into months. The San Francisco Giants catcher believed if he simply kept showing up for work, then the ball would eventually ...

Donaldson homers twice as the Braves rout the Indians, 11-5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field. A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though. Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added three hits and the Atlanta Braves pounded Cleveland’s pitching for the second straight ...

Edison stays patient, pulls away from Cambridge in 4A semi

RICHMOND — In a tight baseball game, capitalizing on the mistakes of one’s opponent is vital. The Edison baseball team, the No. 2 seed, did in the sixth inning of Saturday’s OVAC Class 4A semifinal, utilizing a pair of costly errors by No. 3 seed Cambridge to pull away for a 6-0 ...

Big Red reaches 10th-straight OVAC final

WHEELING — Coach Fred Heatherington and his Big Red baseball team were not worried about the magnitude of playing in an OVAC tournament game or about avenging an earlier season loss against Wheeling Park. They just wanted to play their game. His players made sure they did. Steubenville came ...

Weir High’s Spencer impresses at Shadyside Relays

SHADYSIDE — Temperatures are climbing and times are dropping. Such was the case Saturday at sun-drenched Fleming Field for the 48th running of the Shadyside Relays. With the OVAC Cal Giffin Track Championship slated to begin qualifying rounds two weeks from Monday, area teams got another ...

Bruins get a DH sweep

WELLSBURG — The Brooke softball team swept a doubleheader against Parkersburg South on Saturday, 6-5 and 13-5. In the first game, Rachel Kazmirski went the distance in the circle with eight strikeouts. She also had three hits, including the game-winning RBI double in the sixth inning, and ...

Tucker homers, Pirates top Giants 3-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cole Tucker’s day began with him frantically packing up what he could in his Indianapolis apartment in the middle of the night, grabbing a 5 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh with fellow Pirates call-up Bryan Reynolds and trying not to be overwhelmed by the prospect of his major ...

Toronto gains much-needed OVAC points with DH sweep

TORONTO — The Toronto softball team has entered crunch time. With a close race for the final spots in the OVAC Class 2A tournament field coming down to the wire — and the push for sectional seeding looming — the Red Knights are in a pivotal stretch if they are going to accomplish the ...

Weir High sneaks by LaBrae in Tennessee, 10-9

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — The Weir High softball team continued the Ripken Experience in Tennesse with a 10-9 victory over LaBrae on Friday. Its second game was cancelled due to rain. Weather permitting, the Red Riders (12-10) will play two more times today, including a game with Turpin from ...

Bailey decides on Bethany College

Brooke’s Jakob Bailey recently signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and basseball careers at Bethany College. Jakob is flanked by, from left, father Sam Bailey, mother Sonya Bailey, grandmother Gina Bailey and grandfather Earl Bailey. Standing, from left, are head coach Ron ...