Wednesday, May 8, 2013
HILLSDALE DAILY NEWS
BLEACHER REPORT Follow your favorite team for the most up-to-date scores and photos you won’t ﬁnd in the newspaper. Please go to bleacherreport.com.
QUESTIONS? Contact Editor Ed Patino at 517-437-7351 ext. 29 SPORTS BRIEFS
Chargers reach 20-win mark The Hillsdale College baseball team concluded the 2013 season last weekend by sweeping a three-game Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series from the Walsh University Pioneers. The Chargers posted 2-1 and 2-0 victories in Saturday’s doubleheader, then defeated the Pioneers 3-1 on Sunday. Hillsdale (20-25, 1318 GLIAC) closed out the season with four consecutive victories and reached the 20-win mark for the ﬁrst time since the 2005 season. The Chargers also had its highest win total in conference play since that season as well.
Hornets remain tied By Ed Patino email@example.com
IDA — The race for ﬁrst place in the Lenawee County Athletic Association baseball standings is still up for grabs. With a chance to grab sole possession of ﬁrst place on the line, the Hillsdale High School baseball team split its doubleheader with the Ida Bluestreaks, winning the opener 14-3 before dropping the second game 7-2. Hillsdale (10-4, 7-2 LCAA) and Ida began the day tied for the LCAA lead, and remained so at the end. A dominate pitching effort from Jimmy Chase
and a high-powered offense sparked the Hornets to their ﬁrst game rout. In the second game, however, the Hornets were hurt by a couple of errors and had trouble stringing hits together. "We came out really well in the ﬁrst game and hit the ball well," Hillsdale coach Scott Chase said. "I thought we were ﬂat in the second game, and their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance. And we had some errors that cost us." Jimmy Chase recorded 14 strikeouts to backstop the Hornets to the win in the opener. He scattered ﬁve hits and walked three.
Tyler Lash went 5-for5 at the plate to lead Hillsdale, while Austin Hawkins was 4-for5. Danny Miller and Jarod Stoll both added three hits, while Chase ﬁnished 2-for-5. Kenton McCosh and Shawn Miller were both 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Hornets in the nightcap, while Chase was 2-for-4. Darian Allwardt took the pitching loss, allowing three runs on ﬁve hits while striking out three. Hillsdale will visit Jackson County West- Kenton McCosh and the Hillsdale High School baseball ern for a non-conference team split Tuesday’s LCAA doubleheader with Ida. The SEE HORNETS, B2
Ducks reveling in pressure of Game 5
Tigers-Nationals postponed On a day when rain postponed the start of a much-anticipated series against the Detroit Tigers, the Washington Nationals got some good news. Manager Davey Johnson said left ﬁelder Bryce Harper would not be suspended or ﬁned by Major League Baseball for being ejected in Sunday’s 6-2 win at Pittsburgh. Harper was ejected by third base umpire John Hirschbeck for disputing a checkedswing third strike. “That’s great. I’m glad I don’t have to pay the $1,000. That’s another $1,000 in my pocket, so that’s good,” Harper said. “That’s Major League Baseball’s decision and I respect that deﬁnitely and if I was to get ﬁned I’d respect that, too.” Harper tried to hold up on a 2-2 pitch from Wandy Rodriguez and home plate umpire Bob Davidson pointed to Hirschbeck for help. Hirschbeck ruled that Harper had swung. Harper stood outside the batter’s box, stared at Hirschbeck for a few moments and dropped his bat. Hirschbeck then tossed Harper out of the game. “It really turned out good,” Johnson said. “I wanted to give him a day off anyway and so the umpire helped me out there. He got a day off and with the day off (Monday) he’s got two days off so he should be ready to go for quite a while.” Harper now has three days off to deal with a bruise on his left side he sustained when he ran into the outﬁeld wall attempting to make a catch April 30 in Atlanta. “It’s feeling a little bit better,” Harper said. “Those past four or ﬁve days we were on the road it didn’t feel very good.” With a steady rain falling late in the afternoon and a forecast calling for more, Tuesday’s game was postponed and rescheduled for 4:05 p.m. Thursday. .
Lions make roster moves The Detroit Lions have claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood and offensive guard Derek Hardman off waivers. The team announced the moves Tuesday. Greenwood was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week after playing 48 games for them over the previous three seasons, primarily on special teams. Hardman started in four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 and played in three games for them in each of the last two years.
Hornets won the opener 14-3 and lost the second game 7-2. JIM DREWS PHOTO
By Greg Beacham The Associated Press
Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner scores the game winning goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller in overtime of Game 4 of a firstround Stanley Cup playoff series Monday. Detroit won 3-2. AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA
Red Wings Get Even By Larry Lage The Associated Press
DETROIT — Jonas Hiller stopped the ﬁrst 32 shots through two-plus periods, looking like he was going to shut out the Detroit Red Wings in consecutive games. Then the Red Wings broke through after getting a break and making one of their own to force overtime. Hiller had a chance to extend the game even deeper into Monday
night, but he guessed wrong and it was costly for the Anaheim Ducks. He stayed in net — instead of leaving it to play the puck sooner — and Damien Brunner capped a blur of a sequence with a goal 4:50 into overtime. That lifted Detroit to a 3-2 series evening win over Anaheim in Game 4. “The longer you can put this off, the better I like our chances,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. Detroit defenseman
Jakub Kindl started the winning play, passing the puck from behind Detroit’s net up the ice to Joakim Andersson. He tried to connect with teammate Gustav Nyquist only to have Hiller poke the puck away. Brunner, playing in his ﬁrst NHL season, was in perfect position in front of the net and swatted in the puck to end the game. “It’s a tough call for the goalie,” Ducks coach SEE WINGS, B2
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ryan Getzlaf knows the Anaheim Ducks could be getting frustrated. Instead, he thinks they’re just getting started. The Ducks have controlled long stretches of their matchup with Detroit, outshooting and outscoring the Red Wings over the ﬁrst four games while getting superior goaltending from Jonas Hiller. Yet the series is even heading into Game 5 tonight at Honda Center. Second-seeded Anaheim’s stellar regular-season record and formidable talent haven’t mattered to the Red Wings, who sneaked out two overtime victories despite playing with a lead in just one of the series’ four games. It’s a recipe for tension in the Ducks’ dressing room heading into a pivotal point of the ﬁrst-round series. But to Getzlaf and his teammates, every element of the playoff march is a privilege, particularly after the Ducks missed the
postseason in two of the past three years. “We’re far from frustrated,” the Anaheim captain said Tuesday after the Ducks’ long ﬂight from Detroit to Orange County. “This is playoff hockey. This is the best time of the year, and we’re in a bestof-three series now. We always knew it was going to be a long series. ... It’s been a grind throughout the year. We’ve always been able to rise up to the occasion, and we’re hoping for that tomorrow (in Game 5).” The Ducks expect to have little trouble regrouping after they barely missed a chance to take a 3-1 series lead in Game 4 on Monday night. After Anaheim blew a third-period lead, Damien Brunner’s overtime goal evened the series for the Red Wings, who appeared to be on the ropes after getting shut out by Hiller in the ﬁrst 100 minutes of the teams’ two games at Joe Louis Arena. “One goal the other way (in Game 4), and everybody is happy around SEE DUCKS, B2
Daniel Cleary (11) and the Detroit Red Wings look to take the lead in its series with the Anaheim Ducks in tonight’s Game 5. AP PHOTO/PAUL SANCYA
Hornets bounce back, top Comstock By Ed Patino firstname.lastname@example.org
Alexis Michael and the Hillsdale High School girls tennis team scored a 5-3 victory over the Kalamazoo Comstock Colts on Tuesday. JIM DREWS PHOTO
KALAMAZOO TWP. — The Hillsdale High School girls tennis team regained some momentum heading into its league meet. Getting key wins in the singles ﬂights, the Hornets ended a two-match losing streak Tuesday with a 5-3 victory over the Kalamazoo Comstock Colts in a nonconference match. Hillsdale (4-2) won three of the four singles matches and picked up two victories in the doubles ﬂights to take the victory. The Hornets will
host the Southern Michigan Independent Tennis League meet Thursday afternoon. Alexis Michael gave Hillsdale a win at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Casidy Boers. Nicole Thompson added a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Comstock's Emilee Hint at No. 3 singles, while Casey Lemerand posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory for Hillsdale over Kaylee Woods at No. 4 singles. It was the Nos. 3 and 4 doubles ﬂights that came through for the Hornets. The team of Lisa Curby and Jorey Lambright recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3
doubles over Ashley Cobella and Tori McNett. Hillsdale's No. 4 doubles team of Sena Finnegan and Kelly Shalosky scored a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Ashley Miller and Zhixin Zhu. Kalamazoo Comstock fell to 1-7 on the season. PREP TRACK
Hillsdale at Erie Mason The Hillsdale High School boys and girls track teams dropped Tuesday's Lenawee County Athletic SEE PREPS, B2