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Sports Archives for 2017-05

Sports Wednesday, May 31, 2017

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Padres for their fourth loss in a row. The northsiders jumped out to an early lead once again on an RBI double by Willson Contreras in the second inning and tied the game at 2 all on a solo home run by Kyle Schwarber in the 5th inning. But the Padres scored 4 times in the bottom of the 5th inning to come away with the victory. Cubs starter Eddie Butler came away with the loss after giving up all 6 runs on 7 hits while walking 3 in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound. The Cubs will finish up their west coast swing this afternoon at 2:40 when Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Luis Perdomo of the Padres.

The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 9-4 for their third loss in a row and fifth in their last six games. The Redbirds jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Carpenter and a two RBI single by Yadier Molina. But starter Michael Wacha did not have his best stuff and could not hold the lead, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 in his 3 innings on the mound. Yadi Molina also hit a solo home run later in the game to complete a 2 for 4 night with 3 RBI to lead the Cardinal offense. They will play game 3 in their 4 game series tonight at 7:15 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers.

The battle of pitching stars between the White Sox and Red Sox turned into an offensive explosion as Boston defeated the southsiders 13-7 in Chicago. White Sox ace Jose Quintana had another rough outing, giving up 7 earned runs on 10 hits in just 2 2/3 innings on the mound to take his 7th loss of the year. Former Chicago star and current Red Sox ace Chris Sale did not fare much better as he gave up 6 runs on 10 hits as well, despite coming away with his 6th victory of the year. Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each hit home runs to lead the White Sox offense while Jose Abreu knocked in 2 RBI of his own. The two teams will play the rubber game in their three game series this evening at 7:10 when Mike Pelfrey faces off against Drew Pomeranz of the Red Sox.

Lastly, game two of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals will take place tonight at 7 o’clock in Pittsburgh. The Penguins hold an early one game to none lead over the Nashville Predators in the best of seven series.

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Sports Tuesday, May 30, 2017

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs lost their fourth game in a row, 5-2 to the Padres in San Diego yesterday. The northsiders jumped on the board early after Jason Heyward singled home Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the first inning for an early 2-0 lead. But starter Kyle Hendricks gave up a grand slam in the 4th inning and another run in the 5th as he was saddled with his fourth loss of the year. The Cubs will look to get back on track tonight at 9:10 when rookie Eddie Butler faces off against Dinelson Lamet of the Padres.

 

The Cardinals lost to the Dodgers 5-1 for their fourth loss in their last five games. Starter Mike Leake took the loss for the Redbirds after giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits in his 7 innings of work on the mound. Jedd Gyorko knocked in the only run of the day for the Cardinals on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning. They will continue their four game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight at 6 o’clock when Michael Wacha takes the mound against Kenta Maeda.

 

The White Sox defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in the first game of their three game series in Chicago. Melky Cabrera led the southside offense with 2 hits, including a home run, and 4 RBI on the day. Reliever Juan Minaya picked up his first win of the year after tossing a scoreless 7th inning while closer David Robertson notched his 8th save on the season with a clean 9th inning. The battle of the Sox will resume tonight at 7:10 when current White Sox ace Jose Quintana takes the bump against former White Sox ace Chris Sale.

 

Lastly, game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs took place in Pittsburgh last night with the Penguins topping the Predators 5-3 to take an early lead in the series. They will take the night off tonight before dropping the puck on game 2 tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

 

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Sports Friday, May 26, 2017

The Milford boy’s baseball team’s magical run through the state playoffs ended yesterday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to Decatur Lutheran in the first Danville Schlarman Sectional semifinal. Austin Price scored the only run for the Bearcats while Kyle McNally pitched in with two singles and a stolen base. Congratulations once again to the Milford Bearcats who finished the season with a 12-15 record and their second regional championship in school history.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs defeated the Giants 5-1 to take 3 out of 4 in their series and assume sole possession of first place in the NL Central standings. The northside offense continued their home run barrage as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward, and Ben Zobrist each smacked solo home runs to lead the way. Starter Eddie Butler continued his strong play since being called up, as he gave up just 1 earned run on 4 hits in 5 innings of work to collect his second win on the year. Reliever Mike Montgomery pitched the final 4 innings to collect his first save since recording the final out of game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs will now hit the road for a 6 game west coast swing beginning tonight at 9:10 in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the northsiders against Alex Wood of the Dodgers.

The Cardinals put up 3 runs in the first inning but could not hold on as the Dodgers rallied for a 7-3 victory to take 2 out of 3 in that series. Jedd Gyorko had a 2 RBI single and Yadi Molina singled him home to give the Redbirds their early cushion, but starter Michael Wacha had a hard time holding the LA offense down. Wacha gave up 6 earned runs on 7 hits while lasting just 4 innings to even his record at 2-2 on the season. The Cardinals will continue their west coast swing this weekend with three games in Denver against the Rockies. The first game of that series will take place tonight at 7:40 when Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Antonio Senzatela of the Rockies.

The White Sox had the day off yesterday but will return home this afternoon to host the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader. The first game will take place at 4:10 with Mike Pelfrey facing off against Buck Farmer, followed by a 7:10 matchup between Tyler Danish for the southsiders and Matthew Boyd of the Tigers.

In NBA playoff action last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Boston Celtics 135-102 in game 5 in Boston to win the Eastern Conference Finals 4 games to 1. They will now face off against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third year in a row. Golden State won their first matchup while the Cavs got revenge in last year’s finals, setting up the rubber match between the two teams which begins on Thursday, June 1st in Oakland.

Game 7 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals lived up to the hype as the Penguins defeated the Senators 3-2 in double overtime to stamp their ticket to their second straight Stanley Cup Finals. They will face off against the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night in Pittsburgh. They’re looking to become the first team since the 1998 Detroit Red Wings to win back to back Stanley Cups.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be back in Charlotte on Sunday night for 400 laps at the 1.5 mile quad-oval. Martin Truex Jr will be looking to defend his championship there from last year.

 

 

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Sports Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yesterday’s sectional semi-final baseball game between Milford and Decatur Lutheran was postponed and rescheduled for this afternoon. First pitch will take place at 4 o’clock at Danville Stadium with the winner taking on either Argenta Oreana or Oakwood on Saturday for the sectional championship.

In Major League Baseball action, Anthony Rizzo powered the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Giants at Wrigley Field last night. Rizzo smacked a pair of solo home runs to lead the northside offense in support of winning pitcher Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks lowered his ERA to 3.25 on the year after giving up just 2 earned runs on 4 hits in his 7 innings on the mound to collect his fourth win of the year. The northsiders will look to take 3 out of 4 in their series with the Giants this afternoon at 1:20 when Eddie Butler faces off against former Cub Jeff Samardzija.

The Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 6-1 in Los Angeles last night. Yadi Molina had a home run and 2 RBI to lead the Redbird offense, while Kolten Wong pitched in with 2 RBI of his own. Starter Mike Leake continued his fantastic start to the season by giving up just 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 5 in his 8 innings on the mound. The Cards and Dodgers will close out their 3 game series tonight at 9:10 when Michael Wacha takes the bump against Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers.

The Arizona Diamondbacks used a 6 run 5th inning to put away the White Sox 8-6 in the desert last night. Jose Abreu led the southside offense with 4 hits, including a home run, and 3 RBI on the night. But staff ace Jose Quintana continued his early season struggles by giving up all 8 runs on 8 hits in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound to collect his 6th loss on the year. The southsiders will have the day off today before returning home to host the Tigers for a day/night doubleheader on Friday.

The NBA playoff schedule for tonight features the Boston Celtics hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers for game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 7:30. Cleveland leads that series 3 games to 1 and will be looking to stamp their ticket to the NBA Finals for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors.

Lastly, it’s game 7 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals tonight as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Ottawa Senators in a 7 o’clock puck drop. The winner will host the Nashville Predators in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night.

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Sports Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Milford boys baseball team will be back in action in sectional play this afternoon, fresh off their second regional championship in school history. They will take on second seeded Decatur Lutheran at 4 pm this afternoon in the first semifinal game of the the Danville Schlarman Sectional at Danville stadium.

 

In Major League Baseball action, staff ace Jon Lester pitched the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants last night. Lester tossed a complete game shutout, giving up just the 1 earned run on 4 hits while striking out 10 and issuing zero walks on the night. The Cubs offense continued their strong run with Anthony Rizzo smacking a 2 run home run to lead the way. Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward also pitched in with solo home runs of their own. The two teams will be back in action tonight at 7:05 when Kyle Hendricks takes the bump against Matt Moore of the Giants.

 

The Cardinals lost a tough one on the road to the Dodgers 2-1 in 13 innings last night. The redbirds managed just 3 hits off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but Randal Grichuk scored the game tying run on a Kershaw wild pitch in the top of the 9th, sending the game to extra innings. Johnathan Broxton took the loss for the Redbirds after giving up a 2 out RBI double to Logan Forsythe in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Cardinals will look to get back on track tonight at 9:10 when Mike Leake faces off against Rich Hill of the Dodgers.

 

The White Sox lost a close one to the Diamondbacks 5-4 in Arizona. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier, and Jose Abreu each hit home runs for the southsiders, but it wasn’t enough as starter Dylan Covey had another tough outing. He gave up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in just 2 â..." innings on the mound to take his 4th loss of the year. The Sox will look to salvage the final game in that series this afternoon at 2:40 when Jose Quintana faces off against Randall Delgado.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 112-99 in Cleveland to take a 3 games to 1 lead in that series. The Cavs will look to close things out in game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.

 

Lastly, there will be a game 7 in the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals as the Senators defeated the Penguins 2-1 in game 6 in Ottawa last night. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

 

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Sports Tuesday, May 23, 2017

In area boys baseball regional action, congratulations go out to the Milford Bearcats who defeated Illinois Lutheran 6-4 to claim the class 1A Cissna Park regional title. The 4th seeded Bearcats upset the top seed  for just their second regional title in school history. Kyle McNally pitched Milford to victory and Brady Marshino closed things out with a two inning save. They now advance to play Decatur Lutheran at 4 pm on Wednesday in a Danville Schlarman sectional game at Danville Stadium.

 

Other regional championship games included Hoopeston Area falling to Downs Tri-Valley 11-3 in Bloomington and Bismarck Henning dropping a 2-1 decision to top seeded PBL at Iroquois West. Congratulations go out to both the Cornjerker and Blue Devil baseball teams on fine regular season and postseason runs.

 

In Major League Baseball action, a late rally by the Cubs came up short as they lost to the Giants 6-4 in Chicago. Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist each hit two run home runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to turn a 6-0 Giants lead into a close game. Starter John Lackey took the loss after giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of work to even his record at 4-4 on the year. They will continue their four game series tonight at 6 o’clock in a battle of aces as Jon Lester takes the hill for the Cubs against Johnny Cueto of the Giants.

 

The White Sox could not get the bats going last night as they lost to the Diamondbacks 5-1 in Arizona. D-backs starter Zack Greinke struck out 12 southsiders as a Leury Garcia solo home run in the 5th inning was the only offense the Sox could muster. Miguel Gonzalez took his 5th loss of the year after giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in his 5 innings on the mound. They will play game 2 in their 3 game series tonight at 8:40 when Dylan Covey takes the bump against Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks.

 

The Cardinals had the night off last night but will begin a 6 game west coast swing tonight in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. First pitch is set for 9 o’clock as Lance Lynn will take the mound for the Redbirds against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Golden State Warriors punched their ticket to their third straight NBA Finals with a 129-115 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Their 14 point victory completed a four game sweep of the Spurs as they became the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12-0. They will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals with game 4 in that series taking place tonight at 7:30 in Cleveland. The Cavaliers currently lead that series two games to one over Boston.

 

Lastly, the Nashville Predators will be making their first appearance in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 last night to take the Western Conference Finals four games to two. They will await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals which is scheduled to play game 6 tonight in Ottawa. The Penguins lead the Senators three game to two in that one.

 

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Sports Monday, May 22, 2017

All three of the boys baseball regional title games involving area teams were washed out on Saturday and rescheduled for this afternoon. In class 2A, Hoopeston Area will travel to Bloomington to take on #2 seed Tri-Valley at 6 pm and Bismarck Henning will take on top seeded PBL at 4:30 in the Iroquois West title game. Meanwhile, in class 1A, Milford will attempt to knock off top seeded Illinois Lutheran in the Cissna Park regional title game.

 

The lone softball regional title game involving area schools did take place on Saturday as top seeded Herscher ended Watseka’s season with a 4-0 victory in Watseka. Congratulations go out to the Lady Warriors on a fine regular season and postseason run.

 

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Cubs bats came alive in a 13-6 defeat of the Brewers to split their abbreviated 2 game series in Chicago. Kris Bryant went deep twice while Ben Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo also hit home runs to lead the northside offense. Jake Arrieta got back on track after giving up just 1 unearned run on 5 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound. The Cubs will continue their homestand as they host the Giants tonight at 7:05 in the first of a four game series.

 

The Cardinals got back in the win column yesterday with an 8-3 victory over the Giants in St Louis. Randal Grichuck had 2 hits and 4 RBI on the day while Matt Carpenter pitched in with a 2 run home run of his own in support of winning pitcher Adam Wainwright. Waino gave up just 1 earned run on 5 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 1 /3 innings on the mound. The Cardinals have the day off today before embarking on a west coast swing beginning tomorrow night in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.

 

The White Sox bats stayed hot yesterday in an 8-1 victory over the Mariners. Tim Anderson had a home run and 2 RBI to lead the southside offense while starter Derek Holland was dominant on the day. He gave up just the 1 earned run on 6 hits while striking out 6 in his 8 innings of work to collect his 4th victory of the year. The southsiders now head to Arizona to begin a three game series against the Diamondbacks tonight at 8:40.

 

Lastly, in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series action in Charlotte on Saturday night, Clint Bowyer won the Open race while Kyle Busch came away with the checkered flag in the All Star race. The series will be back in action this Sunday in Charlotte for a 5 o’clock race where Martin Truex Jr is the defending champion.

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Sports Friday, May 19, 2017

Boys high school baseball regional play continued yesterday with a couple of area teams advancing to this weekend’s regional championship games. The Milford Bearcats got a bases loaded bunt from Dylan Payne in the bottom of the 7th inning to push across the winning run in their 5-4 victory over Grant Park at the class 1A Cissna Park regional, while Bismarck Henning blasted Clifton Central 10-1 at the class 2A Iroquois West regional. Saturday’s regional championship games schedule features Hoopeston Area taking on Downs Tri Valley at 1 pm in the class 2A Bloomington Central Catholic regional, Milford facing off against top seeded Illinois Lutheran at 11:30 in the class 1A Cissna Park regional, and Bismarck Henning against top seeded PBL in the class 2A Iroquois West regional at 12 noon.

 

Regional title games will take place this afternoon for girls softball with Watseka looking to take home the crown in the class 2A regional that they’re hosting. The 3rd seeded Warriors will host top seeded Herscher at 4:30 this afternoon in Watseka.

 

In boys track and field action, congratulations to the Watseka Warriors who took home the team crown in the class 1A PBL sectional last night. Hunter Lee won the 300 meter hurdles to help lead the Warriors to the title. Congratulations also go out to Hoopeston Area’s Trey Houmes who took home the individual titles in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs swept their three game series with the Cincinnati Reds after taking the final game of the series 9-5 yesterday. Javy Baez launched a grand slam as part of a 5 run first inning for the northsiders and they never looked back. Starter Jon Lester gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 in his 6 innings on the mound to even his record at 2-2 on the year. The Cubs will be back in action this afternoon at 1:20 when they begin a three game weekend series with the Brewers. Eddie Butler will face off against Paolo Espino of the Brewers in this afternoon’s first game.

 

The White Sox dropped their fourth game in a row, losing 5-4 to the Mariners last night. Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson each hit solo home runs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 4, only to see the Mariners get a pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with the win. Reliever Dan Jennings took the loss after giving up 2 hits and walking 1 while only collecting two outs in the fateful 9th inning. Matt Davidson also pitched in with a solo home run of his own for the southside offense. They will continue their four game series tonight in Seattle with Jose Quintana taking on Ariel Miranda in a 9:10 first pitch.

 

The Cardinals had the day off yesterday but will host the Giants in a three game weekend series beginning tonight at 7:15. Tonight’s game features Michael Wacha facing off against Matt Moore of the Giants.

 

The NBA playoffs continue tonight with game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 117-104 in game 1 on Wednesday night to take an early lead in that series.

 

The NHL’s Western Conference Finals continued last night with the Ducks defeating Nashville 3-2 in overtime to tie that series up at 2 games apiece. The Eastern Conference finals will resume tonight with the Senators hosting the Penguins in game 4. Ottawa leads that series two games to one.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be in Charlotte this Saturday night for the 70 lap All Star Race. Joey Logano is the defending champion at the 1.5 mile quad oval.

 

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Sports Wednesday, May 17, 2107

Boy’s high school baseball regional play continues this afternoon with one game of local interest on the schedule as 5th seeded Hoopeston Area travels to Bloomington to take on 3rd seeded Bloomington Central Catholic. First pitch is set for 7:30 this evening.

Regional play also continued for girls’ softball teams yesterday with the Milford Bearcats season coming to an end after a 14-4 defeat at the hands of Tolono Unity high school. Brittney Bailey led the Bearcats with two hits and two RBI on the day as Milford finished their season with a 12-15 record. This afternoon’s schedule features 5th seeded Hoopeston Area hosting 3rd seeded Villa Grove, 3rd seeded Watseka hosting 8th seeded Clifton Central, and 7th seeded Bismarck Henning traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm to take on the 4th seeded host school. First pitch is set for 4:30 in all three of those games.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs got back in the win column with a 9-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs offense got home runs from Kyle Schwarber, Anthony Rizzo, Ian Happ, and Addison Russell in support of winning pitcher John Lackey. He gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits while striking out 3 in his 5 1/3 innings on the mound to collect his 4th win of the year. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:05 with Kyle Hendricks taking the bump against Scott Feldman for the Reds.

The Cardinals were doubled up by the Red Sox 6-3 in St Louis last night. Lance Lynn took the loss after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 in his 6 innings on the mound. Dexter Fowler had an RBI double in the 3rd inning to lead the Redbird offense. Game 2 in that series is scheduled for 7 o’clock tonight with Mike Leake facing off against Rick Porcello in that one.

The White Sox dropped their second straight game to the Angels 7-6 in 11 innings in Anaheim last night. The southsiders scored 3 runs in the 9th inning to send the game to extras and plated a single run in the top of the 11th before Albert Pujols came through with a 2 run single in the bottom of the 11th to send the Angels to victory. Yolmer Sanchez and Tim Anderson each hit home runs to lead the White Sox offense while Todd Frazier pitched in with 2 RBI of his own. Closer David Robertson picked up his first loss of the year after giving up both runs in the bottom of the 11th inning. The southsiders will look to avoid the sweep tonight at 9:05 when Miguel Gonzalez takes the mound against Matt Shoemaker of the Angels.

The NBA’s Western Conference Finals continued last night with the Warriors blowing out the Spurs 136-100 to take a two games to none lead in that series. That series will now take a few days off before game 3 on Saturday night in San Antonio. Meanwhile, game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place tonight at 7:30 in Cleveland when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics.

Lastly, game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals took place in Nashville last night with the Predators defeating the Ducks 2-1 to take a two games to one lead in the series. Meanwhile, they will play game 3 in the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Ottawa where the Senators will host the Penguins in a 7 o’clock puck drop. That series is tied at 1 game apiece.

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Sports Tuesday, May 16, 2107

Regional play began for area high school baseball teams yesterday with Cissna Park and Watseka both in action. Unfortunately, both teams saw their seasons come to an end as Cissna Park fell to St Anne 10-2 and Watseka was shutout by Iroquois West 10-0. There are no games of local interest this afternoon, but Hoopeston Area will play their first regional game tomorrow night in Bloomington. The 5th seeded Cornjerkers will take on third seeded Bloomington Central Catholic at 7:30 tomorrow night.

Regional play began for girls softball teams yesterday as well, and Milford got off to a good start with a 7-0 victory over PBL. Kaylee Warren struck out 7 in a complete game 2 hit shutout while Jakki Mowrey went 3 for 4 at the plate and scored 3 runs to pace the Bearcat offense. The 6th seeded Bearcats will now take on second seeded Tolono Unity this afternoon at 4:30 in the regional semifinal in Hoopeston.

There was also one final regular season softball game in the area yesterday as Watseka edged Hoopeston Area 3-2 in Watseka. Taylor Hotaling picked up the victory for Watseka despite walking 10 Cornjerkers on the afternoon. Ariel Reeves and Raven Rutherford each drove in a run to lead the Cornjerker offense.

In Major League Baseball action, the Angels defeated the White Sox 5-3 in Anaheim. Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the White Sox after giving up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 3 in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. Jose Abreu led the soutside offense with a 2 run home run in the top of the 4th inning. They will continue that three game series tonight at 9:05 when Derek Holland faces off against JC Ramirez.

The Cubs and Cardinals both had the night off last night but will be back in action tonight. The Cubs will return home to begin a three game series against the Reds tonight at 7:05 at Wrigley Field. John Lackey will take the bump against Bronson Arroyo in that one. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will begin a three game series against the Red Sox tonight at 7:15 at Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn will face off against Eduardo Rodriguez in the first game of that series.

The NBA playoffs continued last night with the Boston Celtics punching their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals with a 115-105 victory over the Wizards in Boston last night. They will move on to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals beginning Wednesday night in Cleveland. The Western Conference Finals will continue tonight at 8 pm when the Warriors host the Spurs in game 2 of that series. The Warriors hold an early 1 game to none lead in that one.

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Sports Monday, May 15, 2107

Area high school baseball teams concluded their regular season last week and regional play will get underway today. There are two games of local interest on today’s schedule as the 10 seed Cissna Park will travel to St Anne to take on the 6th seeded host school in class 1A and the 10th seeded Watseka Warriors will travel to Iroquois West to take on the 9th seeded host school in class 2A. First pitch is set for 4:30 this afternoon in both of those games.

 

Meanwhile, the area softball regionals also begin today with just one game of local interest on the schedule. The 6th seeded Milford Bearcats will host PBL this afternoon at 4:30 with the winner taking on second seeded Tolono Unity tomorrow afternoon in Hoopeston. The Hoopeston Area softball team will also play their final regular season game of the year this afternoon when they travel to Watseka for a 4:30 first pitch.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the St Louis Cardinals shutout the Cubs 5-0 to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Redbird catcher Yadier Molina led the offense with 2 home runs and 3 RBI on the day while Matt Carpenter hit a 2 run home run of his own in support of winning pitcher Adam Wainwright. He had his best outing of the year with 7 innings of shutout baseball while giving up just 4 hits and striking out 3 on the day. Cubs rookie Ian Happ was the lone bright spot on the day as he went 2 for 4 with a double in the first inning. Starter Jake Arrieta continued his rough patch as he gave up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in his 6 innings on the mound to take his 3rd loss of the year. Both teams will have the day off today before the Cubs return home for a series against the Reds and the Cardinals host the Red Sox in a three game series.

 

The White Sox beat the Padres 9-3 to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Leury Garcia and Melky Cabrera each knocked in 2 runs on the day to lead the southside offense. Starter Jose Quintana was solid on the mound despite registering a no decision. He gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits while striking out 5 in his 7 innings on the mound. Reliever Michael Ynoa picked up his first victory of the year after tossing a scoreless 8th inning. The White Sox will hit the road today as they travel to Anaheim to begin a 3 game series with the Angels tonight at 9:05.  Mike Pelfrey will take the mound against Jesse Chavez in that one.

 

The NBA’s Western Conference Finals tipped off yesterday with the Golden State Warriors staging a 15 point comeback to take game 1 113-111. They will play game 2 in that series tomorrow night at 8 o’clock in Oakland. Tonight’s playoff schedule features game 7 between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards in that Eastern Conference semifinal series in Boston.

 

It was game 2 in the NHL’s Western Conference Finals yesterday as the Anaheim Ducks tied up their series with the Predators at 1 game apiece with a 5-3 comeback victory in Anaheim. Tonight’s NHL playoff schedule features game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Senators lead that series 1 game to none after taking game 1 in overtime.

 

Lastly, Martin Truex Jr took home the checkered flag on Saturday night at the Kansas Speedway after leading 104 laps on the day. Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top 5 on the night but that took a back seat to a fiery crash on lap 200 of 267. Aric Almirola suffered a compression fracture of his T5 vertebra as a result of the crash, but he has been released from a local Kansas hospital.

 

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Sports Friday, May 12, 2107

It’s come down to the final games of the regular season for area high school baseball and softball teams with several games on the schedule today and tomorrow. This afternoon’s baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Milford while Cissna Park will play a doubleheader tomorrow morning against Danville Schlarman at Danville Stadium.

The area softball schedule this afternoon features Hoopeston Area traveling to Milford and Bismarck Henning hosting Champaign St Thomas More High School.

In Major League Baseball action last night, the Twins snuck by the White Sox 7-6 to take both games of their abbreviated two game series. Derek Holland took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 7 runs, with just 3 of them being earned runs, on 6 hits while walking 4 in his 5 innings on the mound. Melky Cabrera led the offense with a three run home run in the 5th inning and Matt Davidson pitched in with a solo shot of his own. The Sox will now welcome the Padres to town for a three game weekend series beginning tonight at 7:10. White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez will face off against Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin in tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, the Cubs and Cardinals had the day off yesterday before beginning a big weekend series tonight in St Louis. The Cubs will send newly recalled triple A starter Eddie Butler to the mound for his first start of the year against Cardinals starter Mike Leake. First pitch is set for 7:15 at Busch Stadium tonight.

In NBA playoff action, the San Antonio Spurs blew out the Houston Rockets 114-75 in Houston last night to take that series four games to two. The Spurs will now move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals beginning Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Tonight’s schedule features the Boston Celtics looking to close out the Washington Wizards in Washington. The Celtics lead that series three games to two with the Cleveland Cavaliers awaiting the winner of this series.

The NHL’s conference finals also get started this weekend with game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Predators taking place tonight. Puck drop is set for 8 pm in Anaheim.

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for a Saturday night race. Kyle Busch is the defending champion at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.

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Sports Thursday, May 11, 2017

AThe Bismarck Henning baseball and softball teams were the only area teams in action yesterday and both came away with victories. The Blue Devil baseball team upped their record to 17-6 on the season with an 8-3 defeat of Westville while the girls softball team moved their record to 11-10 on the year with a 4-2 victory over Westville.

The lone game on tonight’s area high school sports schedule features the Hoopeston Area softball team traveling to Attica for a 4 o’clock first pitch this afternoon.

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs were shutout by the Rockies 3-0 at Coors Field to drop 2 of 3 in that series. The northsiders were no-hit through 6 innings and managed just three hits on the day. Starter Kyle Hendricks was one of the few bright spots on the day despite taking his second loss of the season. He gave up just 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 in his 6+ innings on the mound. The Cubs will have the day off today before traveling to St Louis for an important 3 game weekend series against the rival Cardinals.

Those Redbirds won their 6th game in a row last night, beating the Marlins 7-5 to sweep that three game series. The Marlins jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Cardinals put up 3 runs in each of the 3rd and 6th innings to come away with the victory. The big blow was a two run triple by Dexter Fowler to put the redbirds up for good in the 6th inning. Closer Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 9th save of the year after tossing a scoreless 9th inning despite putting three men on base. The Redbirds will also have the day off today before welcoming the Cubs into town on Friday night.

The White Sox and Twins were washed out last night with that game being rescheduled for a later date. The two teams will conclude their abbreviated series tonight at 7:10 with Derek Holland taking on Phil Hughes of the Twins.

In NBA playoff action last night, the Celtics blew out the Wizards 123-101 to take a three games to two lead in their semifinal series. Boston will look to close out the series on Friday night in Washington. Tonight’s schedule features the Spurs looking to close out their series with the Rockets in game 6 in Houston. Tip-off is set for 7 o’clock with the Spurs leading that series 3-2.

Lastly, the NHL’s conference finals are set after the Penguins defeated the Capitals 2-0 and the Ducks snuck by the Oilers 2-1 last night. The Western Conference Finals will begin tomorrow night in Anaheim with the Ducks hosting the Predators, while the Eastern Conference Finals will begin Saturday night in Pittsburgh when the Penguins host the Ottawa Senators.

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Sports Wednesday April 10, 2017

Area baseball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area over Westville 8-5 and Momence over Watseka 8-1. The only game on the area schedule for this afternoon has Bismarck Henning traveling to Westville for a 4:30 first pitch.

Girls’ softball scores from yesterday featured Georgetown Ridge Farm over Hoopeston Area 18-5, Oakwood getting past Milford 8-3, and Momence squeezing by Watseka 4-3. Bismarck Henning will travel to Westville this afternoon for a 4:30 first pitch in the only area game on the schedule today.

In Major League Baseball action, the Chicago Cubs split a day-night doubleheader with the Rockies, losing the first game 10-4 before coming back to dominate the second game 8-1. Starter Jake Arrieta took the loss in the first game after giving up 9 runs, with 5 of them being earned, on 9 hits and 3 walks in his 3 2/3 innings on the mound. It was a much different outcome in the second game as John Lackey tossed a gem, giving up no runs on 4 hits and striking out 10 in 7 innings on the mound to even his record at 3-3 on the season. Kris Bryant and Javy Baez each smacked home runs in the second game to lead the Cubs offense. They will close out their three game series this afternoon at 2:10 when Kyle Hendricks faces off against German Marquez.

The St Louis Cardinals won their 5th game in a row with a 6-5 victory over the Marlins in Miami. The Redbirds trailed the Marlins 5-1 entering the 8th inning before St Louis put up 4 in the top of the inning and Dexter Fowler singled home the winning run in the top of the 9th. Jedd Gyorko led the offense with a hit and two RBI on the day. Reliever Trevor Rosenthal picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless 8th inning and closer Seung Hwan Oh picked up his 8th save of the year in the 9th inning. The Redbirds will go for the 3 game sweep in that series tonight at 6 pm when Lance Lynn takes the bump against Tom Koehler of the Marlins.

The White Sox fell to the Twins 7-2 in game one of that series last night. Mike Pelfrey took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and walking 1 in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound. The Sox offense did very little to help their pitching staff as they managed just 4 hits on the night, with Tyler Saladino and Jose Abreu driving in the only two runs. They will play game 2 in that series tonight at 7:10 when Derek Holland takes the mound for Chicago against Phil Hughes of the Twins.

NBA playoff action from last night featured the Spurs outlasting the Rockets 110-107 in overtime to take a three games to two lead in that best of seven series. The series will now shift back to Houston on Thursday night with the Rockets hoping to send it to a deciding game seven. Tonight’s playoff schedule features the Celtics hosting the Wizards in game five of their series at 7 pm. They are currently knotted up at 2 games apiece in that one.

Lastly, there will be a pair of game sevens in the NHL playoffs tonight as the Washington Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 6:30 and the Anaheim Ducks will host the Edmonton Oilers at 9 pm. The winners of each of those games will move on to the Conference Finals which are set to begin this weekend.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Salt Fork over Hoopeston Area 4-1, Milford shutting down Armstrong Potomac 1-0, and Bismarck Henning over Oakwood 13-7. Tonight’s schedule features Hoopeston Area against Westville and Milford hosting Illinois Lutheran with first pitch set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

Meanwhile, girls softball scores from yesterday featured Hoopeston Area over Salt Fork 3-1, Armstrong Potomac doubling up Milford 4-2, Bismarck Henning over Oakwood 6-1, and Watseka losing a tight one to Gardner South Wilmington 7-6. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Georgetown Ridge Farm and Milford hosting Oakwood with first pitch set for 4:30.

 

Major League Baseball action from last night saw the Cardinals take their fourth game in a row with a 9-4 victory over the Marlins. Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez picked up the victory after giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. He also led the offense with 2 hits and 4 RBI on the night. The Redbirds will be back in action tonight at 6:10 when Adam Wainwright faces off against Dan Straily of the Marlins.

 

The Cubs game in Colorado was postponed due to rain last night, so they will play a day-night doubleheader today. First pitch is set for 1:10 this afternoon in the first game with Jake Arrieta taking the bump against Antonio Senzatela. They will clear the stadium once that game is finished and the second game will get going around 7:40 tonight. John Lackey will take the mound for the Cubs in the second game against Kyle Freeland of the Rockies.

 

The White Sox had the night off last night but will begin a three game series at home tonight against the Twins. First pitch is set for 7:10 with Mike Pelfrey taking on former southside hurler Hector Santiago in that one.

 

Lastly, the NBA playoff schedule from last night saw the Warriors blow out the Jazz 121-95 in Utah to sweep that series four games to none. They will now move on to face the winner of the Rockets-Spurs series with that one tied at two games apiece. Game 5 of that series will take place tonight at 7 pm in San Antonio.

 

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Sports Monday, May 8, 2017

The final week of the area high school baseball and softball regular seasons begins this afternoon with several games on the calendar. The area baseball schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Salt Fork, Milford hosting Armstrong Potomac, and Bismarck Henning hosting Oakwood. Meanwhile, the girls softball teams for Hoopeston Area, Milford, and Bismarck Henning will play the same schedule with first pitch set for 4:30 pm in the baseball and softball games, respectively.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Yankees outlasted the Cubs 5-4 in an 18 inning marathon at Wrigley Field to sweep the three game weekend series. The Cubs tied the game at 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning by scoring three runs off their former closer Aroldis Chapman, with the tying run crossing the plate after Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ex-Cub Starlin Castro grounded into a fielder’s choice in the top of the 18th inning to drive home the winning run off Cubs reliever Pedro Strop. The weary Cubs will now travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies in a three game series beginning tonight at 7:40. Jake Arrieta will face off against Antonio Senzatela in that one.

 

The Cardinals played an extra inning game of their own, defeating the Braves 6-4 in 14 innings. Outfielder Tommy Pham hit a pair of home runs on the day, including the game winning 2 run shot in the top of the 14th inning. Reliever Sam Tuivailala picked up the victory after tossing 2 innings of shutout baseball in extra innings. The Redbirds now head to Miami for a three game series beginning tonight at 6:10. Staff ace Carlos Martinez will take the bump against Adam Conley in the first game tonight.

 

The White Sox were shutout by the Orioles 4-0 in Baltimore as they were swept in their three game weekend series. Starter Jose Quintana took his fifth loss of the year after giving up 4 runs on 9 hits and walking 3 in his 5 innings on the mound. Second baseman Yolmer Sanchez was one of the few bright spots on the offensive side as he collected three hits on the day. The southsiders have the day off today before returning home to host the Twins in a three game series beginning tomorrow night at 7:10.

 

The NBA playoffs continued yesterday with the Cavaliers sweeping the Raptors out of the playoffs with a 109-102 victory, the Wizards over the Celtics 121-102, and the Rockets over the Spurs 125-104. The Wizards-Celtics and Rockets-Spurs series are now tied at two games apiece. Tonight’s schedule features the Warriors attempting to sweep the Jazz out of the playoffs in game 4 of their Western Conference semi-final series in Utah.

 

The St Louis Blues were knocked out of the NHL playoffs yesterday after they were defeated 3-1 by the Predators in Nashville. The Blues got on the board first with a Paul Stastny goal in the first period and entered the third period tied at 1. But the Preds scored twice in the final period to take the series four games to two. The Preds will now move on to the Western Conference Finals to face the winner of the Ducks and Oilers series which will conclude with game 7 on Tuesday night in Anaheim.

 

Lastly, Ricky Stenhouse Jr took home the checkered flag in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series race at Talladega yesterday. It was the first career cup win for Stenhouse as he used a last lap pass to come away with the victory. Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top 5 on the day. The series will now head to Kansas City on Saturday night for a 6:30 race at the Kansas Speedway where Kyle Busch is the defending champion.

 

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Sports Friday, May 5, 2017

The area high school baseball schedule for tonight features Hoopeston Area hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm, Milford hosting Schlarman Academy, Cissna Park traveling to Tri-Point, and Bismarck Henning hosting Salt Fork. First pitch is set for 4:30 in each of those games.

 

Meanwhile, the girls softball schedule includes Hoopeston Area hosting Georgetown Ridge Farm, Milford hosting Danville Schlarman, and Bismarck Henning hosting Salt Fork. First pitch is set for 4:30 in those games as well.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs defeated the Phillies 5-4 in 13 innings to take 3 out of 4 in that series. Albert Almora Jr scored the winning run on a throwing error by Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis as he was attempting to turn a double play. Miguel Montero led the Cubs offense with a solo home run and 2 RBI on the day. Reliever Koji Uehara picked up the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the 13th inning. The Cubs will now welcome the New York Yankees into town for a 3 game weekend series beginning this afternoon at 1:20. Kyle Hendricks will take the mound against Michael Pineda in that one.

 

The Cardinals lost to the Brewers 5-4 in St Louis to drop 2 out of 3 in their abbreviated series. Reliever Matt Bowman picked up the loss after giving up a pinch hit solo home run in the 7th inning. Dexter Fowler led the Redbird offense with a two run triple in the 2nd inning but had to leave the game early with a shoulder strain suffered while making a diving catch. He’s currently listed as day to day pending a medical exam. The Redbirds will now hit the road for a 3 game weekend series against the Braves beginning at 6:35 tonight. Lance Lynn will face off against Mike Foltynewicz in tonight’s first game.

 

The White Sox beat the Royals 8-3 to split their four game series in Kansas City. Jose Abreu smacked a two run home run in the first inning to give the southsiders an early lead that they would not relinquish. Matt Davidson also hit a solo home run in support of winning pitcher Derek Holland. Holland gave up just 1 earned run on 3 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. The Sox will now head to Baltimore for a 3 game weekend series against the Orioles beginning at 6:05 tonight. Miguel Gonzalez will take the bump against Wade Miley in that one.

 

In NBA playoff action, the Wizards defeated the Celtics 116-89 to get back in that series while the Warriors defeated the Jazz 115-104 to take a two games to none lead in that one. Tonight’s schedule features the Cavaliers traveling to Toronto to take on the Raptors and the Rockets hosting the Spurs. The Cavs currently hold a 2 games to none lead over the Raptors, while the Spurs and Rockets are tied at a game apiece.

 

The St Louis Blues will be looking to stave off elimination in game 5 of their Western Conference semi-final series against the Predators tonight. Puck drop is set for 7 pm at the Scottrade Center as the Preds lead the series 3 games to 1.

 

Lastly, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series will be at Talladega on Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock. Brad Keselowski is the defending champion at the 2 â..." mile tri-oval.

 

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Sports Thursday, May 4, 2107

The area girls softball schedule featured one game of local interest yesterday as Watseka shutout Milford 3-0. Kennedy Bauer smacked a 2 run home run in the second inning and Magan Harris pitched in with an RBI single to lead the Warriors to victory. Jakki Mowrey led the Bearcats with 3 hits for the game.

 

There are a couple of games on the area boys baseball schedule for this afternoon as Hoopeston Area will host Schlarman Academy and Cissna Park hosts Watseka. First pitch is set for 4:30 in both of those games.

 

In Major League Baseball action, the Cubs came from behind to defeat the Phillies 5-4 at Wrigley Field. Catcher Willson Contreras came through with a pinch hit 2 run double in the 6th inning to give the Cubs their first lead of the night and send starter Jake Arrieta to his 4th win of the year. Arrieta gave up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 7 in his 6 innings on the mound. The Cubs and Phils will wrap up their four game series this afternoon at 1:20 when John Lackey faces off against Zach Eflin.

 

The White Sox offense was shut down last night as the Royals came away with a 6-1 victory over the southsiders. The Sox offense managed just 2 hits on the night, with one of them being a solo home run by Jose Abreu in the top of the 9th inning for their only run of the game. Starter Mike Pelfrey took the loss after giving up just 3 earned runs on 5 hits in his 5 â..." innings on the mound. The two teams will wrap up their four game series this afternoon at 1:15 with Derek Holland opposing Ian Kennedy.

 

The Cardinals and Brewers were rained out last night with that game being rescheduled for a later date. The two teams will finish their abbreviated 3 game series tonight at 6:15 when Adam Wainwright takes the bump for the Redbirds against Chase Anderson of the Brewers.

 

Lastly, in NBA playoff action last night, there were a pair of blowouts as the Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 125-103 and the Spurs defeated the Rockets 121-96. The Cavs now hold a 2 games to none lead in that series and the Spurs tied that series at a game apiece. Tonight’s playoff schedule features the Celtics in Washington to take on the Wizards and the Warriors hosting the Jazz. The Celtics hold a 2 games to none lead in that series while the Warriors are up 1 game to none early on in that one.

 

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Sports Wednesday, May 3, 2017

In area high school baseball from yesterday, Bismarck Henning defeated Hoopeston Area 4-3, Cissna Park toppled Watseka 3-2, and Oakwood slipped past Milford 7-6.

 

Area softball scores from yesterday included Hoopeston Area over Bismarck Henning 12-11 and Watseka all over Oakwood 12-3.

 

Major League Baseball scores from last night featured the Cubs getting back on track with an 8-3 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field. Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez, and Kris Bryant all hit home runs to power the Cubs past the Phils while Jon Lester did enough on the mound to come away with his first victory of the year. Have gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 5 in his 5 innings on the mound. They will continue their four game series tonight at 7:05 when Jake Arrieta takes the mound against Jerad Eickhoff of the Phillies.

 

The Cardinals won a close one with the Brewers 2-1 in St Louis last night. Yadier Molina hit a sacrifice fly and Kolten Wong singled home a run to provide all of the offense that starter Carlos Martinez would need. He gave up just 1 unearned run on 4 hits while striking out 4 in his 7 â..." innings on the mound to come away with the victory. Closer Trevor Rosenthal recorded a 1-2-3 9th inning for his 3rd save on the season. That series will also continue tonight at 7:15 when Adam Wainwright takes the bump against Chase Anderson.

 

The White Sox also came away with a victory yesterday, shutting out the Royals 6-0 in KC. Staff ace Jose Quintana was terrific on the mound, tossing 8 innings of shutout baseball on just 4 hits while striking out 7. Catcher Geovany Soto led the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBI on the night. The southsiders will be back in action tonight at 7:15 as Mike Pelfrey faces off against Nathan Karns of the Royals.

 

The conference semifinals in the NBA playoffs continued last night with the Celtics beating the Wizards 129-119 in overtime and the Warriors took game 1 over the Jazz 106-94 in Oakland. The Celtics now lead their series 2 games to none. Tonight’s schedule features a pair of game 2’s as the Cavaliers host the Raptors and the Spurs host the Rockets. The Cavs and Rockets each took game 1 in those series on Monday night.

 

Lastly, the St Louis Blues are on the brink of elimination in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs as they dropped game 4 in their series with Nashville 2-1. Joel Edmundson scored the lone goal for the Blues 16:11 into the 3rd period to get St Louis within 1 goal of the lead. They now trail in that series 3 games to 1 as they head back to St Louis on Friday night for game 5 at the Scottrade Center.

 

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Sports Tuesday, May 2, 2107

Area high school baseball scores from yesterday included Watseka getting shut out by PBL 11-0 and Bismarck Henning over Armstrong Potomac 6-1. The win improved the Blue Devils record to 14-5 on the season. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Bismarck Henning, Milford hosting Oakwood, and Cissna Park traveling to Watseka. First pitch in each of those games is set for 4:30.

 

Area softball scores from yesterday saw Milford drop a doubleheader to Georgetown Ridge Farm, losing the first game 21-9 and the second game 3-1. The other game of local interest featured Watseka over PBL 12-11 to improve their record to 14-5 on the season. This afternoon’s schedule features Hoopeston Area traveling to Bismarck Henning for a 4:30 first pitch.

 

Major League Baseball scores from last night saw the Cubs get blown out 10-2 by the Philadelphia Phillies at soggy Wrigley Field. Starter Brett Anderson recorded just 4 outs on the night while allowing 7 runs on 7 hits and walking 1 to come away with his first loss in a Cubs uniform. Javy Baez provided one of the lone bright spots for the Cubs as he smacked a solo home run in the 5th inning. The northsiders will look to get back on track tonight when they send Jon Lester to the mound to face off against Jeremy Hellickson of the Phils in a 7:05 first pitch.

 

The Cardinals dropped the first game of their four game series with the Brewers 7-5 in 10 innings in St Louis. Redbird closer Seung Hwan Oh took the loss after giving up a 3 run homer in the top of the 10th inning. Jedd Gyorko led the offense with 4 hits, including 2 home runs, and 2 RBI on the night. Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz also hit solo home runs to pace the Redbird offense. They will be back in action tonight at 7:15 when staff ace Carlos Martinez takes the bump against Wily Peralta of the Brew Crew.

 

The White Sox also dropped the first game of their four game series with the Royals 6-1 in Kansas City. Dylan Covey took the loss for the southsiders after giving up 6 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 in his 6 â..." innings on the mound. Sox outfielder Jacob May drove in their lone run on an RBI single in the 4th inning to give the southsiders an early 1-0 lead. They will resume that series tonight at 7:15 when White Sox ace Jose Quintana takes the mound against Royals ace Danny Duffy.

 

NBA playoff scores from last night featured the Cavaliers over the Raptors 116-105 in game 1 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, and the Rockets blowing out the Spurs 126-99 in game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. Tonight’s schedule features game 1 of the Jazz-Warriors series in Oakland and game 2 between the Wizards and Celtics in Boston. The Celtics took game 1 in that series on Sunday night.

 

Lastly, the St Louis Blues will look to even up their Western Conference semifinal series with the Nashville Predators tonight. Puck drop is set for 8:30 in Nashville with the Predators entering tonight’s game with a 2 games to 1 lead in the series.

 

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Sports Monday, May 1, 2017

In Major League Baseball action yesterday, the Boston Red Sox scored 4 times in the bottom of the 8th inning to come away with a 6-2 victory over the Cubs to take 2 out of 3 in their weekend series. Cubs reliever Koji Uehara took the loss after giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while not recording an out in the 8th inning. That spoiled another solid outing from Kyle Hendricks, as he gave up just 2 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 in his 6 innings on the mound to come away with a no decision. Kris Bryant led the Cubs offense with a solo home run in the 5th inning. The northsiders will return home tonight to begin a 4 game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. First pitch is set for 7:05 with Brett Anderson facing off against Vince Velasquez of the Phils.

 

The Cincinnati Reds came from behind to beat the St Louis Cardinals 5-4 in soggy St Louis.Trevor Rosenthal took the loss after giving up the game winning run in the top of the 8th inning. Redbird starter Mike Leake continued his fantastic start to the year, giving up just 1 earned run on 8 hits while striking out 5 in his 6 innings on the mound. Matt Carpenter led the St Louis offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI on the day. The Cardinals will stay at home as they welcome the Brewers into town tonight for a four game series. First pitch is set for 7:15 tonight when Michael Wacha takes the bump for the Redbirds against Zach Davies of the Brewers.

 

The Tigers beat the White Sox 7-3 yesterday to avoid getting swept in their three game weekend series with the southsiders. Miguel Gonzalez took the loss for the White Sox after giving up 7 runs on a whopping 14 hits in his 6 innings on the mound. Todd Frazier led the southside offense with a solo home run in the 6th inning, his 3rd round tripper on the year. The Sox will stay on the road as they now travel to Kansas City to begin a 4 game series with the Royals. First pitch in tonight’s game 1 is set for 7:15 when Dylan Covey takes the mound for the White Sox against Jason Vargas of the Royals.

 

The NHL’s Western Conference semi-finals continued yesterday with the Nashville Predators defeating the St Louis Blues 3-1 in Nashville to take a 2 games to 1 lead in that series. Alexander Steen scored the lone goal for the Blues midway through the second period. That series will continue on Tuesday night when the Predators host the Blues for an 8:30 puck drop in game 4.

 

The NBA playoffs continued yesterday with the Celtics defeating the Wizards 123-111 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, and the Jazz defeating the Clippers 104-91 in game 7 of their first round series in the west. Tonight’s schedule features the Cavaliers hosting the Raptors in game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, and the Spurs hosting the Rockets in game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals.

 

Lastly, Joey Logano took home the checkered flag in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Richmond, Virginia. He led 25 laps in the race, while Brad Keselowski earned the most points on the day by finishing second and leading 110 laps on the day. Denny Hamlin, Rickey Stenhouse Jr, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top 5. The series will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they head to Talladega where Keselowski is the defending champion at the 2.5 mile tri-oval.

 

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