Grass Valley Post 130 downs Del Oro in American Legion baseball action
Grass Valley’s Post 130 American Legion baseball team defeated host Del Oro 7-5 Saturday.
Justin Demé picked up the win on the mound after striking out five and allowing four hits and three runs in six innings of work. Daniel Rackley came on in relief in the seventh, allowing a pair of runs before closing out the contest.
Cody Godfrey went 3 for 3 at the plate with a duble, while Demé added a 2-for-3 afternoon at bat and Jake Lohmeyer had a double and 2 RBI.
Post 130, which improved to 8-11 on the summer with the win, hosts Auburn in a 5:30 p.m. game today at Nevada Union High School.
– The Union staff
Lavin willing to listen to Ohio State about head coaching position
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former UCLA coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst Steve Lavin would love to talk to someone about the vacant Ohio State head coaching job when he returns stateside.
“It’s one of those jobs that are just strong across the board,” Lavin said Monday from Mykonos, Greece, where he has been coaching the U.S. under-19 basketball team.
Lavin, 39, had a 145-78 record in seven seasons at UCLA. He took the Bruins to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament five times. UCLA sagged to 10-19 – the school’s first losing season in 55 years – and Lavin was fired after the 2002-03 season.
Born in California, Lavin spent three years as an assistant to Purdue coach Gene Keady before joining the staff at UCLA.
In the first year of his three-year contract with ESPN, he covered many Big Ten games during the 2003-04 season.
“My start in coaching began in the Big Ten,” Lavin said. “That’s the irony. It’s come full circle, that now I’m covering the conference as a broadcaster. It’s sort of completing the loop.”
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rodger Ward dies at 83 in Anaheim
INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Rodger Ward died Monday at a hospice in Anaheim, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said.
At 83, Ward was the oldest living winner of the race. He won in 1959 and 1962, during a six-year span in which he finished no worse than fourth.
Ward was second to A.J. Foyt in 1964, failed to qualify in 1965 and drove for the 15th and final time in 1966, finishing 15th. The next night, at the Victory Banquet, Ward announced his retirement at 45.
“I felt like it was time,” he later recalled. “Some drivers go past their time.”
With Ward’s death, the oldest living Indy winner is Jim Rathmann, 75, who won the race in 1960.
C.J. Hart, who helped popularize commercial drag racing, dead at 93
PLACENTIA – C.J. Hart, who helped create the country’s first commercial drag strip by charging admission to races at an Orange County airport, died June 25 at age 93.
Hart, known as “Pappy,” died at his son Gerald’s home of complications of a stroke suffered a month earlier, Gerald Hart, 66, said Sunday.
Hart and two partners helped to popularize the sport by running the first commercial drag race June 19, 1950 on a runway at the Orange County Airport, according to the National Hot Rod Association.
They set the quarter-mile distance and made a deal with airport operators to rent out space on Sundays. Hart bought out partners Frank Stillwell and Creighton Hunter in following years and the races were held until 1959 at what is now John Wayne Airport.
“There’s been drag racing since cars were invented,” Hart told National Dragster magazine in 2001. “But I guess they say I invented drag racing because I was the first one to have a commercial strip. … I saw a need to get people to stop racing on the streets; that was dangerous.”
Griffey gives big thank you to fan who returned 500th home run ball
ST. LOUIS – The fan who returned Ken Griffey Jr.’s 500th home run got another big thank you Monday.
Griffey showered Mark Crummley of Mount Carmel, Ill., with gifts after he returned the historic ball June 20, including an autographed game-used jersey and other Reds-related memorabilia. On Monday, Griffey gave Crummley four expenses-paid trips to Houston for the All-Star Game.
After the June 20 game, Crummley said he didn’t want to “plea bargain” with Griffey for the ball. That was in marked contrast to recent milestone events in which many fans parlayed their catch into a big payoff.
“I’d do the same thing,” Crummley said. “It was the right thing to do. I didn’t expect anything, especially like this.”
– The Associated Press
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