Beavercreek, Bellbrook part of Reds Futures Games
CINCINNATI — The Fifth Annual Skyline Chili Reds Futures High School Showcase presented by Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics features 92 high school baseball and softball teams from Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana and Dayton playing from April 2-30.
New for 2016: Largest field in event history with 92 teams playing a total 47 games (started in 2012 with 50 teams playing 25 games); Debut of softball with matchups including Lebanon vs. Mason, Princeton vs. Withrow and Anderson vs. Walnut Hills.
Dayton area high schools will be included for the first time with a pair of doubleheaders at Wright State featuring Northmont vs. Wayne, Miamisburg vs. Springboro, Bellbrook vs. Franklin and Beavercreek vs. Centerville.
The High School Showcase kicks off Saturday, April 2 at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Urban Youth Academy with Opening Day ceremonies planned for 11:30 a.m. and the first of seven games starting at Noon.
Many of the 47 games will be played at the region’s top baseball venues including the Urban Youth Academy, UC’s Marge Schott Stadium, Xavier University’s Hayden Field, Prasco Park in Mason, Midland Baseball Complex in Batavia, Wright State University’s Nischwitz Stadium and the newly renovated MLB Cincinnati Meinken All-Star Field in Covington, Ky.
Closing Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Urban Youth Academy includes six baseball games and two softball games.
Tickets for the Reds Futures High School Showcase games are $5 and good for all games on that day. Each ticket includes a voucher good for a free View Level ticket to one of several 2016 Reds home games at Great American Ball Park and also includes a coupon for one free Skyline Chili Cheese Coney. Advance tickets can be purchased at each of the participating schools. Tickets also will be available on game days at each of the ballparks.
Raiders win over Youngstown
FAIRBORN — Wright State had five players score in double figures and another add eight as the Raiders closed out the regular season with a 77-66 Horizon League win over Youngstown State, Sunday afternoon at WSU’s Nutter Center.
WSU shot 52 percent for the game, 62 percent in the second half, while Youngstown State shot 42 percent overall. Wright State led 44-22 in points in the paint and 18-4 in second-chance points.
Five Raiders scored in double figures, led by Lexi Smith with 15 off the bench while Richelle van der Keijl had 14, Antania Hayes 13, Symone Denham 11 and Kim Demmings 10. Mackenzie Taylor had eight points and Symone Simmons six.
Indiya Benjamin paced Youngstown State (18-11, 9-9 Horizon) with 22 points while Nikki Arbanas had 15 and Janae Jackson 12.
Wright State (22-9, 12-6 Horizon) will be the no. 3 seed for next week’s Horizon League Tournament. The Raiders will take on no.10 seed Illinois-Chicago in first-round action at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Kress Events Center in Green Bay.
Raiders sink Detroit
DETROIT, Mich. — The Wright State men’s basketball team posted its second win in as many days at the Little Ceasar’s Horizon League Championship at Joe Louis Arena, taking control early in rolling to an 82-72 second round win over Detroit Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half to end up at 46 percent, including five of 17 three-pointers, while the Titans shot 45 percent for the game, but missed all 11 of their three attempts. WSU was also 29 of 38 at the foul line compared to 20 of 23 for Detroit.
Four Wright State starters scored in double figures as J.T. Yoho had 20, Michael Karena 19, Mark Alstork 17 and Joe Thomasson 12.
Paris Bass paced Detroit (16-15) with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds off the bench while Carlton Brundidge had 18 and Jaleel Hogan 11.
Wright State (21-12) faced no. 2 seed Oakland (Mich.) in the semifinals Monday night.
Raiders even series with Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. — The Wright State baseball team scored single runs in three of the first four innings and, behind strong pitching and three double plays, picked its second win over a Power 5 conference team this season with a 3-1 decision Saturday at Georgia.
Raider starting pitcher Robby Sexton (1-1) threw five shutout innings, aided by two double plays, as he limited the Bulldogs to three hits and two walks while striking out two.
Georgia picked up a run in the sixth, but Logan Blair pitched a scoreless seventh and E.J. Trapino earned his first save of the season by blanking the Bulldogs over the final two innings, allowing no hits while striking out three.
It was the second win for WSU this season over a Power 5 conference team as the Raiders defeated no. 8 North Carolina State, 10-8, on February 26.
Beavercreek baseball clinic
BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek High School varsity baseball team will hold its sixth annual youth baseball clinic on Saturday, March 12. The clinic is for youth baseball players ages 8-14 and will be held in the main and auxiliary gyms at Beavercreek High School.
It begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m. The afternoon session is for ages 11-14. The full afternoon session is from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a pitching-only segment from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The fee for older players is $40. Registration and fees will be processed on the day of the clinic. A camp T-shirt will be provided to all participants. Participants should bring their gloves, bats and helmets. Please note that if weather permits, portions of the clinic could be conducted outside. Participants should also bring cleats and suitable clothing.
Dayton Dutch Lions hosting tryout
DAYTON — The Dayton Dutch Lions FC are excited to announce an open tryout for its men’s soccer team that competes in the United Soccer League Premier Developmental League (USL PDL). The tryout will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday March 20, at DOC Stadium in West Carrollton.
The tryout will be run and overseen by head coach Sid van Druenen and his coaching staff. The day will start with a quick club presentation followed by a 30-45 minute training session and 11 vs. 11 games.
The 2016 USL PDL season sees the Dayton Dutch Lions FC play, among others, against 2015 season champions KW United and 2014 season champions Michigan Bucks.
A $50 registration fee is charged to participate in the tryout. More information about the 2016 USL PDL League season can be found on the Dayton Dutch Lions FC website, www.ddlfc.com.