Sportshorts for Monday, July 30, 2012
Rock Falls All-Stars in state title game
The 9-10 year old All-Stars from Rock Falls won a pair of games in convincing fashion over the weekend at the Little League state tournament at Concord Park in South Elgin.
On Saturday, Rock Falls beat Clear Ridge 16-0 in four innings. Hailey Frank had five strikeouts in two innings pitched. She also had a double and two singles. Payton Johnson and Maddie Sands each had two singles.
On Sunday, Frank pitched six innings in an 11-5 win over South Elgin. She had 11 strikeouts, six walks and allowed two hits. She had a triple and a single. Emalie Chavira had two singles and was hit by a pitch.
Rock Falls will play in the state title game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Its opponent will be determined on Monday.
Rock Falls goes 1-1 at state tournament
The Rock Falls 9-10 All-Stars lost their first game 9-8 to Tri Cities on Saturday at the Little League state tournament in Rushville. Rock Falls then beat Olney 15-5 on Sunday.
Rock Falls will play Evergreen Park at 6 p.m. today. It would need to win another game on Tuesday to reach Wednesday’s championship game.
Junis picks up win, quality start
Rock Falls graduate Jake Junis pitched seven innings in a 5-4 win for the Burlington (N.C.) Royals over the Princeton Rays in a Class A Appalachian League game.
Junis (2-2) allowed seven hits and two runs with three strikeouts and no walks in his best outing of the season. His season ERA dropped to 4.15. He has allowed 16 earned runs in 34 2/3 innings with 22 strikeouts with five walks.
Blair throws two scoreless innings
Rock Falls native Seth Blair made his first start on Friday in his rehab assignment with the Golf Coast League Cardinals.
Blair, who was on a pitch count of 40, did not allow a hit or run in two innings. He had two walks and one strikeout against the Marlins. Blair made his first appearance of the season on Tuesday, after missing the first half of the season after surgery to remove a benign tumor from a finger on his pitching hand.
Smith struggles in relief appearance
Morrison graduate Jason Smith faced five batters on Friday in the Auburn (N.Y.) Doubledays’ 4-0 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters in a Class A short-season game.
Smith walked two and allowed a hit in the ninth inning before being removed from the game. He did get two outs.
Smith (4-1) has 7.84 ERA with the Doubledays in 20 2/3 innings. He’s allowed 18 earned runs with 11 strikeouts and nine walks.
Rock Falls man wins age group at Bix 7
Frank Davis, a 67-year-old from Rock Falls, won the 65-69 age group at the Bix 7 in Davenport, Iowa, on Sunday. Davis completed the 7-mile course in
50 minutes, 58 seconds.