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AROUND THE HORN

Scrappers issue statement

NILES — Numerous national news outlets have recently reported that the Mahoning Valley Scrappers will be a part of a reduction of 42 minor league baseball clubs for the 2021 season.

On Tuesday, the Scrappers issued a statement saying the club will continue to be the Cleveland Indians’ Class A short season affiliate for the 2020 season and hopes that the relationship extends into the future.

“Though we cannot officially comment given the fact that the negotiations between MLB and MiLB are still at the earliest stages and ongoing, we do want to make it clear that nothing has or will be decided in this process for a very long time,” the statement said. “Although MLB has stated publicly, their main concerns are around facility standards and significant distance of some clubs from their affiliates, the Scrappers currently meet MLB’s facility standards and has good travel within the New York Penn League.”

United bowling opens

HANOVERTON–The United bowling teams opened the season with a pair of victories over Canton South Tuesday at Forest Lanes.

The boys team won 2,390-1,898. The girls team was also victories by a score of 1,783-1,553. United travels to Park Centre Lanes in North Canton today to take on Lake.

Heartland splits

YOUNGSTOWN — Heartland’s girls bowling team topped Crestview 1,427-1,047 on Tuesday at Westside Bowl.

Crestview won the boys match 1,840-1,549.