RAILCATS DROP SECOND STRAIGHT TO SAINTS: St. Paul scored four runs in the sixth inning to negate at 2-1 RailCats lead Sunday afternoon as the Saints won 8-3.
The loss was the second straight for the RailCats and third in their last four games.
Stephen Hiscock, making his second start since returning after nearly two months on the inactive list with a sore shoulder, allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss. The 'Cats used three pitchers and all three failed to strike out any Saints batters.
The RailCats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and picked up doubles in the game from Adam Klein and Mike Massaro.
The Saints scored their first run in the fifth inning and added another four in the sixth with one in the seventh and two in the eighth.
OILMEN FALL TO DUPAGE TO END REGULAR SEASON: The NWI Oilmen fell behind early to the DuPageCounty Hounds, who secured first place in the Midwest Collegiate League regular season standings with a 6-2 finish Sunday.
DuPage County holds home field advantage through the playoffs and the Oilmen enter the postseason as the No. 2 seed and will meet the Lexington Snipes in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series starting on Tuesday night at Oil City Stadium. Lake Central graduate Jimmy McNamara is slated to start the series opener. The Oilmen were also the second seed in 2012, when they swept regular season champion DeKalb and clinched the MCL title at Oil City Stadium. The Hounds and Southland Vikings will face off in the other MCL first-round series.
PUJOLS' SEASON COULD BE OVER: Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.
Manager Mike Scioscia said the star will be sidelined for "a significant amount of time."
Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia, an injury that has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-4 loss to Oakland.
VALPO HOMERS ITS WAY TO STATE TITLE: The Valparaiso Americans All-Stars hit five home runs, including three in a row in the second inning, to power its way to a 13-2 victory over Seymour in the 10-11 Little League state championship Sunday.
Winning pitcher Roney Morey had two long balls, while Ty Gill, Will Behrend and Spencer Reed each added one.
After dropping its opening game of the tournament to Jasper, Valpo won six straight games, four of them by the 10-run rule, including both the semifinal, where it avenged its loss to Jasper, and the final. Valpo had 12 home runs over the course of its seven games and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 79-23.
LOCAL TEAMS STOPPED AT OHIO VALLEY REGIONALS: In its quest to return to the Babe Ruth World Series after making that far as 13-year-olds, the Schererville Shock had its season end in heart-breaking fashion when it lost to Janesville, Wis., 1-0 in 12 innings during the semifinal round of the Babe Ruth 14-year-old Ohio Valley Regional on Sunday in Jasper.
Schererville was the No. 1 seed after going undefeated in pool play, and defeated No. 8 seed Jasper County in the first round of the single-elimination bracket. Janesville, the No. 4 seed, lost to No. 3 seed Jasper 11-0 in the later championship. Jasper advances to the Babe Ruth 14-year-old World Series, Aug. 17-24 at Moses Lake, Wis.
At the Cal Ripken 12-year-old (46/60) OVR in Vincennes, Griffith's bid to become the third region team to gain berth to the CR Major/60 World Series to be held Aug. 9-16 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex was spoiled with a semifinal loss against Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday. Green Bay later lost to South Lexington, Ken., 6-4 in the championship.
A five-run rally in the sixth inning lifted Somerset, Ken., past Crown Point, 7-5, in Saturday's quarterfinal round of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old OVR in Zanesville, Ohio. Somerset later lost to Mattoon, Ill., in the semifinals, and Mattoon lost Sunday's championship 3-1 to Saginaw Valley, which advances to the BR 15-year-old World Series Aug. 17-24 in Loudoun County, Virginia.
At the BR 13-year-old OVR in Robinson, Ill., Crown Point lost 12-5 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Guernsey Valley, Ohio, which advances the BR 13-year-old WS Aug. 17-24 in Williston, N.D.
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