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NORFOLK, Va. —A night after piling up double-digit hits and reaching eight runs for the second straight game, the RailRiders only managed three hits and two runs on Wednesday night at Harbor Park falling to Norfolk, 5-2. Kelvin Perez got the start and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was in an early hole as the Tides put up one in the first and two more in the second to open a 3-0 lead. Buck Britton started TIDES the scoring with a single to plate the first RAILRIDERS run in the top of the first inning. Trayvon Robinson and Jason Pridie each tallied an RBI-double in the second. The RailRiders, meanwhile couldn’t get anything going against Tides pitcher Jake Arrieta, who only allowed a two-out single to Corban Joseph in the third. Arrieta also walked two — both to Dan Johnson — in five innings of work to improve to 3-2. After Zelous Wheeler scored on a passed ball in the sixth to put Norfolk ahead 4-0, the RailRiders got something going in the top of the eighth off Tides pitcher — and former SWB Yankee Manny Delcarmen — with two outs. Joseph singled and Thomas Neal and Zoilo Almonte followed with walks to load the bases. Ronnier Mustelier singled to score Joseph and Neal to trim the deficit to 4-2. The threat came to an end when Johnson flied out. Perez lasted just 4 2/3 innings allowing three runs on eight hits. Dellin Betances made his third relief appearance since moving to the bullpen for the RailRiders. He lasted 2 1/3 innings fanning three, but didn’t walk any. But he did give up one run on two hits and uncorked a wild pitch.
RailRiders ab r h bi Tides ab r h bi Joseph 2b 4 1 2 0 Pridie dh 4 1 2 1 Neal rf 2 1 0 0 Wood ss 4 0 2 0 Almonte cf 3 0 0 0 Britton 2b 4 0 1 1 Mustelier lf 3 0 0 0 Canzler 1b 4 0 1 0 Johnson 1b 3 0 1 2 Hoes rf 4 1 0 0 Bell dh 4 0 0 0 Exposito c 3 0 1 1 Murton dh 4 0 0 0 Avery cf 4 0 0 0 Wilson c 4 0 0 0 Gonzalez ss 3 0 0 0 Totals 28 2 3 2 Totals 34 5 11 4 E – Gonzalez (1). LOB—SWB 6, NOR 7. TEAM RISP – SWB 1-for-4, NOR 4-for-16. 2B—Pridle 2 (16), Robinson (5), Expositio (9) RailRiders 000 000 020 — 2 Norfolk 120 001 01x — 5 RailRiders IP H R ER BB SO Perez (L, 0-3) 4.2 8 3 3 1 1 Betances 2.1 2 1 1 0 3 Miller 1 1 0 0 2 Norfolk IP H R ER BB SO Arrieta (W, 3-2) 5 1 0 0 2 2 Jones (H,2) 2.2 1 1 1 3 2 Delcarmen 0.1 1 1 1 2 0 Ascensio (S, 12) 1 0 0 0 0 2 WP – Perez K, Betances. Umpires—HP: David Soucy; 1B: Max Guyll; 3B: Will Little T—2:37. A—3,428
Source: Gronkowski to have disk surgery The Associated Press
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery on a disk in mid-June. A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Gronkowski will undergo the surgery next month, which means he will miss the rest of offseason training activities with the Patriots. He could return for training camp at the end of July. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots do not reveal injury details publicly. Gronkowski missed the 2009 season at the University of Arizona after back surgery. Earlier this month, he underwent a fourth procedure on his left forearm, which he broke last season, to treat an infection. He broke the forearm Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point against the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again early in the Patriots’ first playoff game, a win over Houston, ending a rough season for the star tight end.
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Berwick’s Taylor Kern hits a single in the second inning against Valley View Wednesday afternoon.
Valley View stymies Berwick By TOM FOX For The Times Leader
DUNMORE – Anna McElroy watched Courtney Hummel drift back toward the fence in left field and snag a ball in her glove right at the base. McElroy, Valley View’s senior catcher, just shook her head and trotted back to the dugout in the fourth frame. Three innings prior, the result was much different. The senior jumped all over a Margaret Bridge change-up, and crushed a two-out, game-winning home run in the bottom of the first, and the Lady Cougars rode Gina Chieffallo’s four-hitter en route to a 2-0 victory over Berwick at Marywood University. The victory is Valley View’s fourth straight District 2 Class 3A softball championship. The Lady Cougars, which reached the PIAA Class 3A state championship last season, have outscored its three district opponents by a margin of 16-1. “We work really hard all year round, and I’m so happy for our seniors,” Valley View head coach E.J. Weston said. “Two of them have been with me since they were freshmen. It’s a great honor for them. They deserve it. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect coming into this one. Bridge pitched extremely well. Both teams had to fight through the heat. Gina pitched well, and as usual, Anna came through with the big hit, the two-run dinger.” One swing. That was the difference between the title and a season-
ender. Both Bridge and Chieffallo were sensational in the circle, tossing complete-game four-hitters. Chieffallo punched out 10, while Bridge sent five back to the dugout. One pitch. “That pitch was on me, actually,” Berwick head coach Brian Bridge said. “I called that pitch, and it was the wrong one to call. Unfortunately, it was a changeup across the plate, and she hit it. She’s a good hitter, and that’s why we called that pitch. We wanted to try to get her off-balance a little bit, and it got up in the zone and she did what you are supposed to do with it.” McElroy didn’t think about it. Didn’t waste time contemplating the scenario. With Blayse Cholish standing on first, thanks to a full-count, inning-opening single to left, McElroy drilled the first-pitch offering well beyond the left-field fence and into a bullpen-type facility. Just like that, the defending district champs had a 2-0 lead. “That was such a big hit. It was a great feeling,” McElroy said. “Honestly, I was not thinking one thing when I walked in the batter’s box. It was kind of like a change-up, an off-speed pitch, and I put my weight back and hit it. I was hoping for the best.” Berwick (14-4) never let the heads drop. The Lady Bulldogs just couldn’t find the timely baseknock to drag a run across the dish.
Brian Bridge’s squad stranded a runner on base in each of the first three innings, and left one Lady Bulldog standing on first in the top of the seventh. “We had opportunities, but we just couldn’t string them backto-back,” the head coach said. “I know the hits were pretty close between us. If we could have put them together a little better, maybe it could have been different, but that’s the way the ball bounces sometimes. I thought we played tough, and we never got down. That’s just the way it goes.” Valley View had a chance to extend the lead in the fourth, but left runners on the corners. The Lady Cougars also got a twoout triple by first baseman Alex Wiltz in the sixth, but couldn’t push her home, either. “Bridge is a terrific pitcher, and we knew that we were in for a battle with her,” Weston said. “I didn’t know what to expect because I only seen them one time. But that’s a quality team. I have a lot of respect for them and their coaching staff. You saw a game where both pitchers kept their teams in the game. It was the difference of one swing.” Taylor Kern had two hits for Berwick, while Moriah Lynn and Kylene Welsh added singles.
art-Haas teammates — Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman. Stewart has a sarcastic side to him. Newman possesses a dry wit. The trio played off each others comments Wednesday like a comedy team. “You just have to come to one of our debriefs and you’ll definitely have the answer to your question,” Stewart said. “I can tell you I don’t embarrass easy. And these two talking and some of the conversations they have, I’m like ‘Oh, God, I have to go get a Coke.’ I can promise you she’s just another person out there and fits in just fine.” Patrick has always had a way of blending in with the opposite sex. It started at an early age and continued through her racing career that took off with a fourth-place finish in the 2005 Indianapolis 500. “I’ve always been able to fit in with the guys really well,” Patrick said. “Since I was 10 years old, I spent more time with guys than girls. Gosh, I can remember being in grade school and having all the girls being mad at me because I got along with all the guys so well. I understand them, I understand the way they joke around. I don’t take anything too seriously. It’s very easy, just like if I spent all my time with girls.” The next step for Patrick is to go from a NASCAR curiosity to a steady performer. Although a rookie, her 22 Cup starts are
second most in series history by a female. Only Janet Guthrie, whose last race was in 1980, has more with 33. The results thus far haven’t been good. After a career-high eighth at the season-opening Daytona 500, Patrick hasn’t finished in the top 10. She is 30th in the standings, but Stewart has been impressed. “I think people underestimate how good she is right out of the box at tracks and how good she is about figuring out race tracks,” Stewart said. “Honestly, the 10 races she ran last year and the races she’s run this year, we haven’t had to do a lot of coaching with her.” Patrick’s hand-timed laps were about a second slower than laps by Newman and Paul Menard, who was also at Pocono with Richard Childress Racing teammates Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick for two days of testing in preparation for the Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart on June 9. “We made five laps, so I really don’t know a whole lot yet,” Patrick said. “It seems like a neat place, definitely a unique track. I have a long way to go to get up to speed and get comfortable around here and start working on the car.” At least she has Stewart and Newman — past winners at Pocono Raceway — to help her … maybe. “I didn’t tell her anything. Make her learn like everybody else,” Stewart deadpanned. “Honestly, I haven’t told her anything yet because I haven’t been that good here lately.”
VALLEY VIEW 2, BERWICK 0 Berwick 000 000 0 – 0 4 1 Valley View 200 000 x – 2 4 1 B: Margaret Bridge and Sara Berlin. V: Gina Chieffallo and Anna McElroy. WP – Chieffallo (7 IP, 0R, 4H, 10K, 0BB). LP – Bridge (6IP, 2R, 4H, 5K, 1BB). HR: VV, McElroy. 3B: VV, Alex Wiltz. MH: B, Taylor Kern.
Danica Patrick gives Tony Stewart a kick as they walk from their garage area to do interviews after testing at Pocono Raceway on Wednesday afternoon.
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then do everything possible to score, whether that meant pinch runners, sacrifice bunts, whatever. “We said we’re going to throw the kitchen sink (at them) first opportunity,” Trivelpiece said. The plan fell short several times until the top of the seventh. Browdy led off with a single to left. MacKenzie Yori bunted Browdy to second and a wild pitch sent her to third. Demko then lifted a flyball to right field and Browdy scored easily. “I was just thinking hit whatever, just score the run,” Demko said. Demko retired Williamsport in order in the bottom of the seventh, but the sixth inning was stressful. A single, double and intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. Demko then uncorked a wild pitch, but catcher Justine Rossi rifled the ball to her at home plate and she tagged out Kiatlyn Caringi trying to score. “That was really close. I don’t know,” said Demko, whose expression indicated she might have been a tad surprised by the umpire’s call. “That was a rise (pitch) and it rose. But it worked and got her out.” Demko was on the mark, though. She struck out nine and retired 14 of 15 at one point. She surrendered just four hits. “We have Becky and they don’t,” Trivelpiece said. “But what they have is pretty damn good.”
Belgium rocks US in Cleveland friendly By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer
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Bechy Demko pitches for Hazleton Area against Williamsport at Wilkes.
Williamsport also had the bases loaded in the first inning with one out and didn’t score. But like all season, Bower’s pitching kept the Millionaires in the game. The young bats, though, faltered. “We got a lot out of a senior pitcher and a bunch of underclassmen this year,” Williamsport coach Quint Bower said. “I pulled Alexis aside this week and told her one player can’t win or lose ballgames. We need players to step up. We talked last night a little bit about it. One player isn’t going to win or lose a ballgame.”
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Maria Trivelpiece 2b 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 Lexi Wolk cf 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Samantha Varela 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Abby Sachse rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 Celine Podlesney dp 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 Jolene Browdy 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Justin Rossi c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mikaela Browdy ss 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 Renee Taylor pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Hailey Kendall lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 25 1 7 1 0 0 0 Williamsport AB R H BI 2B 3B HR Taylor Brooks rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Kaitlyn Caringi 3b 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 Alexis Bower p 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 Mikayla Bower ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Samantha Fischer 1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 Kaliyah Moore dp 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 McKenzie Tebbs c 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chloe Jennings cf 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tiana McCormick 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 Shataya Buxton lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Totals 24 0 4 0 0 0 0 Hazleton Area 000 000 1 — 1 Williamsport 000 000 0 — 0 E — Hazleton Area 1, Williamsport 1. LOB — Hazleton Area 8, Williamsport 7. SF — Demko. SAC — Yori 2. SB — Trivelpiece, Kendall. CS — Podlesney. Hazleton Area IP H R ER BB SO Demko (W) 7 4 0 0 2 9 Williamsport IP H R ER BB SO A. Bower (L) 7 7 1 1 1 6
CLEVELAND — Christian Benteke scored two goals in the second half and Marouane Fellaini had another, leading Belgium to a 4-2 thrashing of the United States on Wednesday night in an international friendly the Americans hoped would get them ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Boasting a strong roster with 10 players from the English Premier League, Belgium broke a 1-1 tie with three goals in the second half. It overpowered a U.S. team that has some work to do on defense before it can even think about making the field for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Benteke, who plays for Aston Villa, scored in the 56th and 71st minutes for Belgium, ranked 15th in the world and considered a rising European power. Geoff Cameron scored in the 22nd minute and Clint Dempsey pounded in a penalty kick in the 80th minute for the U.S. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann figured Belgium would provide a stiff challenge for his evolving team, and while the Americans
had some nice moments, the Belgians controlled the game from the outset. Belgium took advantage of poor defense to score three of its goals. With the score 1-1 in the 56th minute, a turnover by American midfielder Brad Davis was compounded by defender Omar Gonzalez’s failure to clear the ball in front of the net. Gonzalez could have easily booted it over the touch or end line, but instead left the ball for Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne. He centered it to Benteke for an easy tap-in past goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who replaced Tim Howard in the second half. Guzan came up with a nice save in the 64th minute, but seconds later he was fishing the ball from his net again. Fellaini, known as much for his puffy hairdo as his skills, headed his goal into the left corner off a beautiful cross by De Bruyne to make it 3-1. In the 71st minute, Benteke streaked behind defenders DaMarcus Beasley and Matt Besler and chipped in a pass from Steven Defour.
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