GRIFFITH 3-O AT OHIO VALLEY REGIONAL: With consecutive wins over Henryville (4-2) and Sturgeon Bay (6-4) on Friday, Griffith finished the pool-play round undefeated (3-0) at the Cal Ripken 12-and-under Ohio Valley Regional in Vincennes.
Single-elimination bracket play starts today and concludes Sunday.
The OVR champion will advance to the Cal Ripken Major (60) World Series being held Aug. 9 to 16 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex. The HOYS Bulldogs, who will host the event, and Northern Indiana champion Crown Point Bulldogs have already secured berths.
CUBS RALLY PAST GIANTS: Julio Borbon and Junior Lake scored on an error by San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt in the ninth inning, and the Cubs rallied for a 3-2 win over the Giants on Friday night.
Borbon singled leading off the inning against Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-5) and moved to second when pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro walked.
After David DeJesus struck out looking, Lake reached on a fielder's choice. Anthony Rizzo then hit a sharp liner that went through Belt's legs and into the right field corner.
The Cubs rallied for just the fourth time when trailing after eight innings.
Jeff Francoeur had two hits for the Giants, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
RAILCATS EDGE ST. PAUL: Brian Kolb's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning scored Craig Maddox with what proved to be the winning run in a 4-3 RailCats victory at St. Paul on Friday night.
Kyle Lindquist (2-1) pitched two innings of relief to earn the victory. Marco Gonzalez struck out two in the ninth to pick up his seventh save.
Christian Vitters went 3-for-5 with a double for the RailCats, while Adam Klein was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
RAILCATS' MITCHELL LANDS ON SPORTSCENTER: A play from Tuesday's RailCats game against Sioux City was deemed worthy to put rookie Zac Mitchell on SportsCenter.
In the third inning of the 1-0 game, a ball hit by Leugim Barroso headed up the middle looking to be a sure hit. However, it bounced off second base and into the glove of Mitchell, who maked the throw to first to get Barroso.
RailCats radio broadcaster and media relations guru Jon Mozes popped a video of the play on YouTube and tweeted that it should be a part of SportsCenter's plays of the week. As the series was closing down Thursday night, he received an email from ESPN granting the request.
Mitchell's throw earned the No. 4 spot and can be found late in Friday morning's broadcast, during the :50 to :55 block.
CRUSADERS HIRE THREE ASSISTANT COACHES: Valparaiso head coach Dale Carlson announced the addition of three assistants to the Crusader coaching staff on Friday.
John Snyder will coach the running backs, while Kenton Evans will coach the quarterbacks, and Eric Deutsch will assist in coaching the defensive line.
Snyder spent the last 18 years at Chesterton High School, serving six years as an assistant coach before becoming the program's head coach for the last 12 seasons. Snyder was a member of the Valparaiso University coaching staff from 1989 through 1991, serving as offensive coordinator and working with the wide receivers and punters.
Evans comes to Valpo from Martin Luther King Jr. H.S. in Lithonia, Ga., where he spent the last three seasons as the program's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Deutsch spent the 2012 season at Washington and Lee University as its defensive line coach.
VALPO ADDS ALTMAN TO COACHING STAFF, PROMOTES ROTH: Valparaiso head coach Mike Avery announced that Kelly Altman has joined the Crusaders coaching staff as the program's lead assistant coach on Friday.
Altman comes to Valpo after serving as an assistant coach at High Point in 2012, helping the Panthers to 12 victories and the program's first-ever national ranking.
In addition, Brendan Roth, who spent the 2012 season as a volunteer assistant, has been promoted to the program's second assistant position.
DELLE DONNE TO MISS ALL-STAR GAME: Elena Delle Donne will miss the WNBA All-Star game today because of a concussion.
The No. 2 pick in the draft was injured in the Sky's loss to Washington on Wednesday when she was going for a loose ball with a minute left in the third quarter.
Delle Donne is the first rookie to lead the All-Star voting and will be replaced on the Eastern Conference roster by Atlanta's Erika de Souza. The former Delaware star is averaging 18.2 points, third-best in the WNBA.
Delle Donne joins top draft pick Brittney Griner on the sideline for the league's showcase game this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Around the horn
Hunter Mahan birdied the final three holes Friday for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Canadian Open. ... American Mark Wiebe shot at 5-under 65 at Royal Birkdale for a share of the lead with Germany's Bernhard Langer after the second round of the Senior British Open. ... Lakareber Abe moved into position to become the first black female player to win a U.S. Golf Association individual championship, winning two matches to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Fort Wayne. ... Loyola and coach Porter Moser have agreed to a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.