SPORTS BRIEFING

Scrappers out of playoffs

NILES — The Mahoning Valley Scrappers were ousted from the New York-Penn League playoffs on Thursday night.

The Tri-City ValleyCats scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to rally for an 8-4 win in front of 1,095 fans at Eastwood Field. The ValleyCats won the first two games to take the best-of-three series.

The Scrappers were leading 3-1 before Tri-City scored five runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by Austin Dennis’ two-run double. Dennis went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored a run.

For Mahoning Valley, Steve Kwan and Clark Scolamiero each had a double, a single and drove in a run.

Springfield in a sweep

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Springfield’s volleyball team picked up a 25-6, 25-10, 25-4 on Thursday.

Makenzy Capouellez had 22 digs for the Eagles. Lyndsey Smith had 12 kills and 19 points. Jennie Stitzel had 13 points. Kaelen Yemma had 27 assists.

Springfield won the jayvee match. Waterloo comes to Springfield on Tuesday.

East Liverpool tops Beavers

EAST LIVERPOOL –East Liverpool’s tennis team bounced Beaver Local 4-1 on Tuesday at Thompson Park.

East Liverpool is 5-2 and hosts East Palestine on Tuesday.

FIRST SINGLES: Chloe Stewart (E) def. Kierra Knight, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

SECOND SINGLES: McKenzie Harman (E) def. MaryQuinn Cook 6-1, 6-3.

THIRD SINGLES: Mallory Barnhouse (E) def. Alexis Jordan, 7-5, 6-4.

FIRST DOUBLES: Jordan Smith-Baylee Smith (B) def. Hannah Swigert-Isabella Morris, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

SECOND DOUBLES:Abbie Green-Lexi Cunningham (E) def. Connar Reynolds-Teira Wright, 6-4, 6-2.

Junior high volleyball

Beaver at Oak Glen

7th Grade: Beaver won 25-13, 21-25, 25-19 Thursday. Oak Glen, Hannah Kliner 8 points, Gabi Pasco 5 points;

8th Grade: Oak Glen won 25-20, 26-24. Oak Glen, Sydney Smith 16 points.

Football rivalry mural

CANTON (AP) — A new mural is highlighting one of Ohio’s longtime high school football rivalries.

Artist Scot Philips has been working on the mural in Canton in northeast Ohio that celebrates the competition between teams from Canton and Massillon.

The Repository reports that the mural is based on a vintage photograph of a Canton-Massillon scrimmage from 1905.

Philips says he’s not a sports person but appreciates the history and heritage of the rivalry. He estimates he’s put in 150 hours on the project.

Canton is a football town, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The annual matchup is a highlight of the high schools season.

In his hometown of Massillon, Philips has painted murals of actress Lillian Gish, football coaching legend Paul Brown and baseball star Tommy Henrich.

Lindor powers Indians

TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Lindor is giving the Indians record-breaking power out of the leadoff spot.

Lindor had two solo homers and four RBIs, rookie Shane Bieber pitched into the seventh inning to remain unbeaten in nine road starts and Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-4 on Thursday night for its third straight win.

Cleveland trimmed its magic number to seven for clinching a third consecutive AL Central championship.

Lindor has six multihomer games from the leadoff spot this season, a major league record. The three-time All-Star said he likes getting the chance to set the tone.

“Whatever happens, if I do something to help the team in the first inning, teams know, ‘Here are the Indians and they’re here to compete pitch after pitch,'” Lindor said.

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