Sports Digest: Illiana Speedway gears up for season

2013-04-09T21:15:00Z 2013-05-06T22:03:11Z Sports Digest: Illiana Speedway gears up for season
April 09, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

HAIRSTON, CUBS BREAK THROUGH LATE, BEAT BREWERS: Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and David DeJesus added a two-run single, lifting the Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Carlos Marmol (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless ninth for his second save, stranding two runners when he got Jonathan Lucroy to pop out.

RAILCATS TO MAKE STOPS IN PRESEASON CARAVAN: The RailCats Caravan will make four stops at locations throughout the region April 26 to 28.

On April 26, the Caravan will stop to play at Jak’s Warehouse in Schererville from 6 to 8 p.m. On April 27, the RailCats will be at Fuel Fitness in Cedar Lake from 11 a.m. to noon and then at Catch 22 in Merrillville from 6 to 7 p.m. On April 28, the final stop on the Caravan will be at Fuel Fitness in Crown Point from noon to 1 p.m.

Members of the Caravan include RailCats manager Greg Tagert and players Cristian Guerrero, Mike Massaro and Craig Maddox. Mascots Rusty and Rascal will also be there. The RailCats crew will sign autographs and interact with fans.


Pro basketball

DEROZAN HELPS RAPTORS HOLD OFF BULLS: DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points; Rudy Gay added 19, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Bulls 101-98 on Tuesday night.

Toronto allowed a 15-point lead to dwindle to four at halftime but regrouped in the third quarter, getting it up to 16. The Raptors then hung on after the lead got down to two near the end of the game.

Nate Robinson nailed a 3-pointer with just under a minute left, and Carlos Boozer hit two foul shots with 16.8 seconds remaining to pull Chicago within 99-97.

DeRozan then made two free throws to get the lead up to four, but the Bulls weren't finished. Robinson hit the first of two free throws with 10.6 free throws left, and after a jump ball following the miss, there was a scramble for the loose ball.

From the floor, Boozer threw it to Robinson. The ball went through his hands and started to go into the back court. The guard saved it off Toronto's Amir Johnson to avoid the violation but missed a heave at the buzzer.

PACERS RALLY TO BEAT CAVS: George Hill scored 27 points, and David West added 15 to help the Pacers rally from a 20-point deficit for a 99-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

The Pacers can clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.


Pro hockey

HOSSA, EMERY CARRY HAWKS TO WIN OVER WILD: Marian Hossa's unassisted goal late in the second period lifted the NHL-leading Blackhawks to their fifth win in six games, 1-0 over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

Ray Emery started for the Blackhawks for the third straight game and made 20 saves for his second shutout in that stretch and third of the season. He helped hand the Wild their fifth loss in seven games.


Local auto racing

ILLIANA SPEEDWAY GEARS UP FOR SEASON: Illiana Motor Speedway's first events of the season will be test and tune practice sessions from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 20.

Driver registration and pit pad assignments will be available. Fans are welcome to bring their cameras. Grandstand admission is free.

The first race of the season will be April 27.

For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to


College baseball

HUISMAN TO RETURN AS OILMEN MANAGER: The Northwest Indiana Oilmen announced that Justin Huisman will return as manager again this season Tuesday.

Huisman, a former Kansas City Royals pitcher, helped guide the Oilmen to a 28-16 record and win the Midwest Collegiate League Championship last year.

PUMAS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER: Kolin Conner drilled a home run and drove in two runs to lead St. Joseph's to a 4-3 win over Cedarville in the first game of a doubleheader.

Charlie Dennehey blasted a homer in the second game, driving in two runs to help the Pumas win 7-3.

Garrett O'Neill knocked in two runs for the Pumas, who scored six runs in the fifth inning.


Men's soccer

CRUSADERS SHAVING HEADS FOR CHARITY: Members of the Valparaiso men’s soccer team, Valparaiso president Dr. Mark Heckler and his wife, Veronica, will be among those getting their heads shaved April 21 at the Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

St. Baldrick’s is a charity committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers. The Crusaders have set a goal of raising $15,000.

Fans are invited to turn out to support the team, donate to the cause or get their head shaved. Fans can donate by going to or by calling assistant coach Jeff Oleck at (219) 464-5059.


Men's tennis

HONERT HONORED: Valparaiso junior Eric Honert has been named Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

The Crusaders' No. 1 singles player dispatched Nebraska-Omaha's Conner Tieszen 6-1, 6-0 on Saturday, then followed it up Sunday by defeating Detroit's Mike Basha 6-4, 6-4 for his first Horizon win of the season. Honert owns an 18-13 record.


Women's volleyball

VU SIGNS BOUZA: Lexis Bouza, a 5-foot-10, right-side hitter/defensive specialist, will attend Valparaiso.

Bouza was a first team all-conference honoree in all four years at Burlington Central (Ill.) High School, earning first team all-region accolades this season. She led the Rockets in kills and blocks and finished second on the team in digs and aces.


Around the horn

The Bears signed center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and defensive end Kyle Moore to one-year contracts on Tuesday. ... The 2013 Region Elite Passing School Camp has been canceled due to lack of interest. All parents who mailed an entry will have the check returned. Anyone who registered online will have their credit card reimbursed in the amount that was charged. Please allow seven to 10 days.

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