Area high school baseball scores from yesterday saw Hoopeston Area defeat Milford 5-4. The Cornjerkers scored 3 runs in the sixth inning to rally from a 4-2 deficit and come away with the victory. Brady Gaddis was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Max Conn was 1 for 2 with two RBI to lead the Hoopeston Area offense. Jared Schunke drove in two runs in a losing effort for the Bearcats.
Other scores of local interest last night included Dwight over Watseka 4-3 and PBL over Cissna Park 15-3.
In area softball action, the Hoopeston Area girls also defeated Milford 10-8 to complete the baseball/softball sweep for the Cornjerkers. Raven Rutherford was 2 for 4 with a home run and 6 RBI to pace the Cornjerker offense. Maya McEwen was 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Bearcat offense.
The other game of local interest yesterday saw Dwight shutout Watseka 16-0. Kennedy Bauer collected the only hit on the night for the Warriors.
In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs snapped their four game losing streak with a 9-7 come from behind victory over the Brewers. Milwaukee jumped out to a 5-0 lead after tacking two runs on the board in the top of the 3rd inning, but were outscored 9-2 the rest of the game. Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero, and Albert Almora Jr each had 2 RBI to lead the Cubs offense. Reliever Justin Grimm picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless 6th inning and Wade Davis picked up his 3rd save in a Cubs uniform with a clean 9th inning. They will play the rubber game of that series this afternoon at 1:20 when the Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound to face off against Tommy Milone of the Brewers.
The St Louis Cardinals won their second game in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Pirates in St Louis. Stephen Piscotty and Greg Garcia drove in the only runs for the Redbird offense in support of winning pitcher Mike Leake. Leake continued his strong start to the season after giving up just 1 earned run on 7 hits and striking out 1 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 2nd save of the season despite giving up 3 hits in the 9th inning. The Cardinals will go for the sweep this afternoon at 12:45 when Michael Wacha takes the bump against Gerrit Cole of the Pirates.
The White Sox snapped the New York Yankees 8 game winning streak with a 4-1 victory in the Bronx. Avi Garcia continued his torrid start to the season by smacking a 3 run home run in the 7th inning in support of winning pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. The White Sox starter gave up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 4 in his 8 â..." innings on the mound. Closer David Robertson came on to record the final two outs to collect his 4th save of the year. They will play the rubber game in that series this evening at 6:05 when Dylan Covey takes the mound against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.
The Chicago Bulls continue to shock the NBA world after they beat the top seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 in Boston last night to take a 2 games to none lead in their first round playoff matchup. Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler each scored 22 points to lead the Bulls offense while point guard Rajon Rondo came within 1 rebound of a triple double on the night. The Bulls will look to take a commanding 3 games to none lead on Friday night when they host the Celtics for a 6 pm tip-off in game 3.
Lastly, the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoff schedule for tonight features the St Louis Blues looking to close out the Minnesota Wild in game 4 of their western conference series. The Blues are up 3 games to none in the series with puck drop set for 8:30 at the Scottrade Center in St Louis.