Sports Digest: Green Bay ousts Valpo in Horizon League softball final

2014-05-10T21:30:00Z 2014-05-12T18:32:05Z Sports Digest: Green Bay ousts Valpo in Horizon League softball final
May 10, 2014 9:30 pm

College softball

GREEN BAY OUSTS VALPO IN FINAL: Valparaiso was denied a Horizon League tournament three-peat Saturday, losing 9-0 in five innings in the championship to top-seeded Green Bay in Dayton, Ohio.

The Phoenix (27-12) broke open the game with five unearned runs in the third, followed by three more runs in the fourth.

Green Bay pitcher Ashley Nannemann was selected tournament MVP after blanking the Crusaders on two hits. Tarah McShane, Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) and Janelle Bouchard were named to the all-tournament team for Valpo (24-34).

Pro baseball

SANTANA REMAINS UNBEATEN AS BRAVES BLANK CUBS: Ervin Santana pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to remain unbeaten; Ryan Doumit snapped a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit double in the seventh, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Cubs 2-0on Saturday night.

Santana (4-0) overcame a rain delay in the third inning and outlasted Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who had his long winless streak continue. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 1.45, second in the NL, but he is still without a win this season.

Santana walked one and struck out seven. Samardzija allowed only two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six innings.

Braves left fielder Justin Upton is day to day with a lower back muscle bruise after being hit by a pitch from Samardzija in the sixth and leaving the game.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

MILEY SHUTS DOWN SOX: Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings; Cody Ross had three hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the White Sox 4-3.

Miley (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. His only mistake came on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth inning that Paul Konerko hit over the left-field fence for a two-run home run.

Former White Sox closer Addison Reed flirted with disaster in his first meeting against his former team before getting his 11th save. Reed, who was traded to the Diamondbacks from the White Sox in the offseason, gave up a leadoff single to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie, who ended up scoring on Alexei Ramirez's two-out single. Ramirez stole second but was stranded after Reed got Konerko to bounce out to second.

White Sox starter Jose Quintana (1-3) went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

College baseball

MAHLER JOINS OILMEN: Former Highland High School pitcher Keith Mahler has been added to the Northwest Indiana Oilmen for the coming season.

Mahler, who plays for Heartland Community College, made one appearance in the Midwest Collegiate League last season with the Lexington Snipes, pitching four innings of one-run ball.

He went 10-0 with a 1.79 earned run average as a Highland senior in 2011.

He is the eighth region pitcher on the Oilmen's staff of 11.

"I'm excited about it, because it is close to home, and I’ll get to spend time with my family and friends,” Mahler said in a media release. "I'm looking forward to getting some wins and having a good time this summer."

Auto racing

PAGENAUD STRETCHES FUEL TO WIN ON INDY ROAD COURSE: Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis by stretching his fuel to the finish on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on fuel strategy, and made it stick for the final 29 laps Saturday to earn his third career IndyCar victory.

Ryan Hunter-Reay was second and followed by Helio Castroneves, Sebastien Bourdais and Charlie Kimball.

The race began with a violent wreck when pole-sitter Sebastian Saavedra stalled on the standing start. He was hit by multiple cars, and debris struck Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard as he waved the green flag.

Later, James Hinchcliffe was taken from the track on a stretcher following an accident. IndyCar said he was transported to a hospital because of an unspecified injury.

GORDON PULLS AWAY LATE FOR WIN AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Jeff Gordon grabbed the lead in the final laps at Kansas Speedway and held on for his first victory of the season and 89th overall.

The 42-year-old Gordon held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick on the final lap to move into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

Kasey Kahne was third, followed by Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Danica Patrick was seventh for her best career Cup finish.

Around the horn

Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp scored three goals, his first in Major League Soccer, to rally the Fire (1-2-6) to a 5-4 victory over the New York Red Bulls (3-3-5) on Saturday night. ... Joe Johnson scored 19 points; Andray Blatche had career playoff highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Brooklyn Nets handed the Miami Heat their first loss this postseason, 104-90, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. ... Reilly Smith and Jarome Iginla scored 22 seconds apart to help the Boston Bruins snap a five-year playoff power-play drought against Montreal and beat the Canadiens 4-2 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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