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SPORTS BRIEFING

Mason gets GAC honor

SEARCY, Arkansas — Harding University junior Cara Mason has been named the Great Athletic Conference women’s field athlete of the week after a record-setting performance.

Mason, a 2017 graduate of South Range High School, won the shot put with a school-record toss of 47-feet-4 1/2 and the hammer throw with a mark of 158-feet-4 at the Rhodes seven-way meet in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3.

Her shot put was an NCAA provisional mark and the ninth-best toss in Division II this season.

Final week of OAC football

ALLIANCE — The Ohio Athletic Conference spring football season will wrap up Friday night with four crossover games.

East Division champion Mount Union (3-0) will entertain West Division champion Heidelberg (4-0) at Mount Union Stadium.

John Carroll (2-1) travels to Ohio Northern (3-1) in the second-seeded game; Wilmington (2-2) goes to Marietta (2-2) in the third-seeded game; and Muskingum (0-2) plays at Otterbein (1-3) in the fourth-seeded game.

All games kick off at 7 p.m. Friday.

Baldwin Wallace (0-2) and Capital (0-4) both opted not play the final game.

The conference split into two divisions for the spring season, which replaced the fall season that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto rallies past East Liverpool

TORONTO — Toronto scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to rally past East Liverpool for a 5-3 win on the new AstroTurf on Monday night.

Freshman Dominic Bouscher held the Potters scoreless over the last three innings to seal the victory.

Avery Weigand went 2-for-2 for the Red Knights. Brycen Miller added a double and an RBI

The Potters scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Trent Davis led the Potters with two hits and two RBIs. Devin Toothman and Evan Tice each had a double.

East Liverpool will host Beaver Local on Wednesday.

EL: 0-0-1-2-0-0-0–3-8-2

T: 1-0-0-4-0-0-x–5-8-1

T–Chris Parker, wp (4IP, 3R, 1ER, 6H, 4K, 4BB), Dominic Bouscher (3IP, 2H, 4K, 2BB) and Earley.

EL–Jake Smith, lp (6IP, 5ER, 8H, 7K, 1BB, 1HBP) and Evan Tice.

Indians throw one away

CHICAGO (AP) — First baseman Yu Chang hit Yasmani Grandal with a throw trying to force him at second base as Nick Madrigal raced home with the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Monday night.

Adam Eaton homered in his second straight game and rookie Yermin Mercedes got the winning rally started with one out in the ninth when he singled to shortstop against Emmanuel Clase (1-1).

Grandal walked to put runners on first and second before Nick Williams sent a grounder toward Chang. His throw trying to get Grandal at second hit the runner in the head. The ball ricocheted toward the left side of the infield, and Madrigal — running for Mercedes — sped home.

Eaton hit a three-run homer in the third against Triston McKenzie. Dallas Keuchel pitched into the sixth for the White Sox after Carlos Rodon was scratched because of an upset stomach. Codi Heuer (1-0) struck out a career-high four over 2 1/3 innings, and Chicago stopped Cleveland’s four-game win streak.

Keuchel gave up three runs and three hits. The two-time All-Star, working on four days’ rest, retired 12 in a row following Eddie Rosario’s two-run homer in the second before exiting with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth.

Darvish dominates Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Yu Darvish allowed three hits over seven dominant innings, Wil Myers drove in five runs and the San Diego Padres extended their strong start with a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

Darvish (1-0), acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December in hopes of helping San Diego chase down the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, struck out six and walked one in a crisp performance as the Padres won their fourth straight. The four-time All-Star worked efficiently, throwing 63 of 95 pitches for strikes and permitting just one runner past second base.

Myers hit a two-run homer to the bushes beyond center field in the sixth off 21-year-old reliever Luis Oviedo (0-1) to put San Diego in front to stay. Myers added a two-run single in the seventh and is batting .370 (10 for 27) during his seven-game hitting streak.

Phil Evans had an RBI double for the Pirates and Trevor Cahill worked five effective innings but Pittsburgh’s modest two-game winning streak ended.

Cahill, signed as a free agent a month ago and given a shot to fill out a patchwork Pirates rotation, bounced back from a rocky 2021 debut by matching Darvish nearly pitch for pitch. Cahill allowed one run on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts, relying heavily on movement to offset a fastball that tops out at 91 mph.

While Cahill was solid, Darvish was masterful. Perhaps just as important for the Padres, he ate up 21 outs to give the bullpen a bit of a break. San Diego relievers entered the game having worked a major league-high 43 innings, including 8 1/3 in Texas on Sunday after starter Adrian Morejon left in the first with an injury.

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