RED SOX WIN WORLD SERIES: David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox romped to their third World Series championship in 10 seasons, thumping October ace Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 Wednesday night in Game 6.
Shane Victorino drove in four runs, and John Lackey pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning as the Red Sox clinched a crown on their own field for the first time since 1918.
Fenway Park was rollicking, with the crowd standing from the very first pitch. Victorino lined a three-run double off the Green Monster in the third, and the cheers, chants and singing of "Sweet Caroline" only got louder after that.
Many fans paid over $1,000 per ticket for this night, eager to be part of an in-house celebration that had been building for nearly a century.
Ortiz drew three walks and scored twice. He reached base a whopping 19 times in 25 plate appearances.
RAILCATS RELEASE SCHEDULE: The RailCats released their 2014 schedule Wednesday, revealing that they will open their home season on May 22 against American Association Championship Series foe Wichita.
The RailCats will receive their title rings with a ceremony on the field before the home opener.
In addition, the team will host four straight home series from July 25 through Aug. 6, with only the all-star game in Winnipeg on July 29 as diversion for the RailCats from their longest stretch at U.S. Steel Yard.
There is only one trip to Texas, as the RailCats play at Grand Prairie June 16 to 18.
The 'Cats will open the season on the road May 15 against the St. Paul Saints and close the season on the road at Winnipeg.
PUMAS HOLD ON IN FOUR SETS: St. Joseph's got 13 kills and five aces from Abby Puckett and held on for a 25-27, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17 win over St. Francis on Wednesday. Peyton McKenzie added 12 kills; Anna Sacco chipped in 11 kills, and Megan Sturm led the Pumas with 43 assists.
IUN ROUTS GOSHEN: Indiana Northwest received 22 points and 11 rebounds from Megan Holland in a 71-41 win over Goshen College on Tuesday. Nicki Monahan added 17 points, as the RedHawks took a commanding 45-19 lead at halftime.
GEORGE, HILL LEAD PACERS PAST PELICANS: Paul George scored 32; George Hill capped a 19-point performance with pivotal 3-pointer in the final minute, and the Pacers erased a 16-point deficit en route to a 95-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Former New Orleans forward David West helped Indiana spoil the home opener for the rebranded Pelicans by hitting four free throws in the final 1:06 and finished with 12 points. Lance Stephenson scored 16 points for the Pacers, who had opened their season a night earlier with a victory over Orlando.
Roy Hibbert blocked five shots and Ian Mahinmi blocked four for Indiana, which had 12 blocks in all.
Eric Gordon scored 25 points for the Pelicans.
BULLS EXERCISE OPTIONS ON BUTLER, TEAGUE: The Bulls exercised 2014-15 contract options Wednesday on guard/forward Jimmy Butler and guard Marquis Teague. The Bulls exercised the fourth-year option for Butler and third-year option on Teague.
PORTER COUNTY STORM TRYOUTS SATURDAY: Porter County Storm 16-18 tryouts will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. Fifth Street in Chesterton. For details, call (219) 395-9295.
Around the horn
Chesterton High School is selling tickets from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday in the athletics department for Friday's Class 6A Sectional 2 football championship at Penn. Cost is $6. The game is at 6:30 p.m.