Junior high athletes compete at state

LANCASTER –United’s Kaleb Nastari and East Palestine’s Mia Lee both scored at the third Ohio Athletic Association 7th and 8th Grade State Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Nastari finished seventh in the boys 1600-meter run in 4 minutes, 40.17 seconds. The top nine runners were all within four seconds in the crowded field.

Lee also was seventh in the girls high jump, clearing 4-foot-11 at Lancaster High School.

Minerva’s Bronson Ford placed in three boys events, getting third in the long jump (20-0), third in the 100-meter dash (11.44 seconds) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (23.93).

Heartland’s Luke Reynolds was 19th in the discus (127-4) and Western Reserve’s Nick Bengala was 17th in the 110 hurdles (16.99) and 23rd in the long jump (17-1).

Salem’s Rylee Hutton was 10th in the girls 400 dash (61.09) and 14th in the 200 dash (27.11) and joined Kylie Skinner, Annika Murray and Ella Double on Salem’s 1600 relay team that was 12th (4:21.21).

Other area girls participants were Springfield’s Graciella Ebert, Paige Blinsky, Emma Sanders, Ava Vecchione, 10th in the 400 relay (53.14); Springfield’s Haleigh McCalla, 12th in the discus (89-2); Springfield’s Caitlin Cappelli, 17th in the shot put (34-3 1/2); and West Branch’s Sophia Gregory, 19th in the 400 dash (62.56).

Norton seventh-grader Morgan Hallett won the girls discus in 114-5, breaking the meet record of 109-8 set by Salem’s Kyla Jamison in 2017.

Austintown captured the boys team title with 42 points, while Oakwood claimed the girls team with 30 points. Ford gave the Minerva boys an 11th-place finish with 13 points.

There were 69 boys teams and 79 teams girls team that scored.

Rebels blanked

ASHTABULA — Edgewood beat Crestview 1-0 on Saturday.

The Rebels were paced by Dale McGoogan and Blakeman with two hits each. Crestview (13-9, 9-3) hosts Waterloo on Monday in a Div. III sectional contest.

C: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0–0-6-2

E: 0-0-0-0-0-1-x –1-7-1

C–Carter Blakeman, lp (5 2/3IP, 7K)

Lyles overcomes high pitch count

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Lyles had to change his plan on the fly.

Lyles overcame a 30-pitch first inning to combine with four relievers on a two-hitter, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 Saturday for their seventh win in 10 games following an eight-game losing streak.

Lyles (3-1) allowed one hit through six innings, struck out six and walked three, lowering his ERA to 2.09, fifth-best in the NL.

With the Cardinals lying off of his curveball, the 28-year-old right-hander relied more on secondary pitches. He said he threw more sliders than he had in previous games this season.

“I’ve made strides in making that pitch better, which allows my other pitches to play up a little better alongside with throwing more elevated fastballs and occasional sinkers,” Lyles said.

He battled through the first after a rain delay of 2 hours, 56 minutes, at the start. He struck out Matt Carpenter in a 10-pitch at-bat leading off, walked Paul Goldschmidt on a full count, retired Paul DeJong on a lineout that ended a seven-pitch at-bat, then struck out Marcell Ozuna in another seven-pitch at-bat.

“It’s not the way you draw it up coming out of the blocks, but he was steadfast in his approach, his conviction with pitches and stayed in the hunt,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.

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