RAILCATS TRADE INFIELDER COOPER: The RailCats traded one of the team’s top on-base and stolen base threats, sending David Cooper to the Trois Rivieres Aigles in the Can-Am League in exchange for cash considerations.
Cooper played 90 games for the RailCats in 2012, hitting .266 and matched leadoff hitter Adam Klein for tops on the squad with 30 stolen bases in 42 attempts. Cooper was also in the top 10 in the league with 53 walks. He ranked second on the team in on-base percentage (.396) and third in runs (42).
In a separate move, the RailCats sent recently-acquired infielder Mike Demperio to the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League in exchange for a player to be named later.
VU LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT: Valparaiso University scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the rally fell short in a 9-8 loss to Toledo in Port Charlotte, Fla. Tanner Vavra had a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Crusaders (3-8).
GRIFFITH QUARTET MAKE COLLEGE CHOICES: Griffith's Brett Brinkley, Alex Diaz, Anthony Carter and Jesse Smith will keep their talents local after they graduate in the spring.
Brinkley and Diaz will play for Purdue Calumet and coach David Griffin in the fall, the school released Tuesday.
Carter is a RHP and a two-year letterwinner who will attend Purdue North Central in Westville.
Smith is a three-year letterwinner and could become the school's all-time leader in games played with a deep post-season run. He will join the program at South Suburban.
HOBART PAIR PICK PATHS: Two Hobart baseball players have picked their college destinations.
Left-handed pitcher C.J. Komosa will take hits talents to Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Ill., said coach Bob Glover Jr. on Wednesday.
Pitcher and outfielder Daniel Stewart will pitch at Trine University in Angola.
LOCALS NAMED TO TOP 60 LIST: Several local players have been named to Hoosier Basketball magazine's top 60 list. Dariyan Morris (Merrillville), Nicki Monahan (Portage), Emilie Ziese (Rensselaer), Katie Bobos (Lowell), Blayr Poston (Hanover Central), Keshyana Cooper and Toni Murphy (both Michigan City) will participate in the 32nd annual Top 60 Senior Workout on Sunday at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Twenty-eight girls, primarily from northern and southern Indiana, will participate in the first session from noon to 2 p.m. The remaining 32 girls, primarily from central Indiana, will compete during the second session from 2:30-4:30. The sessions are open to the public for an admission fee of $7.
REGIONAL TICKETS ON SALE: Merrillville will sell tickets to Saturday's Class 4A Michigan City Regional and offer bus transportation for students and adults. Tickets will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday. Enter the school through entrance "Q." Tickets are $10 and good for all three games. Bus tickets are $5.
Michigan City Regional tickets at Munster are on sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
At Boone Grove, Class 2A North Judson Regional tickets are on sale through noon Friday. Tickets are $10.
BETWEEN-GAME STOP AT NORTH JUDSON: St. Peter Lutheran School in North Judson will offer food, refreshments and activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday for fans attending the Class 2A North Judson Regional.
Rib-eye sandwiches, Piggies and Cream pork burgers, ice cream, chips, pop, water and candy will be on sale at the school, located at 810 W. Talmer Ave., three blocks north of the high school on Ind. 10. The school will open its gym, with games, movies and Wi-Fi also available. For details, contact St. Peter Lutheran School at (574) 896‐5933, or go to www.stpeternorthjudson.org.
BLACKBIRDS ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND: The Illiana Blackbirds will play host to the Wooster (Ohio) Oilers this weekend in the second round of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League playoffs at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., St. John.
Game 1 of the best-of-three series will start at 6:50 p.m. Friday; Game 2 will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and Game 3, if necessary, will start at 4:10 p.m. Sunday.
The Blackbirds swept the Central Wisconsin Saints in round one, with a 4-1 win Friday followed by a 5-1 clincher Saturday. Nick Townes had a hat trick to go with one assist for Illiana in the first game; Jacob Smith had three assists and a goal for the Blackbirds in the second game.
Blackbirds goalie Calvin Burkhart stopped 53-of-55 shots during the series.
For details, go to illianablackbirds.com.