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SPORTS BRIEFING

Indians deal Cards loss

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, leading Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians over St. Louis 10-1 Tuesday night and sending the Cardinals to their sixth straight loss.

St. Louis’ skid is its longest since a seven-game slide in June 2017. Cleveland has won four of six.

Bieber (7-3) gave up one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has won his past three decisions and hasn’t permitted more than three runs in any of his 13 starts this year. Carlos Martinez (3-6) allowed five runs and seven hits, including Ramirez’s three-run homer, in four innings.

Pirates give Dodgers help

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ke’Bryan Hayes kept his eyes on the ball — and in the process, the Pirates rookie forgot to touch ’em all.

Hayes missed first base and was called out after hitting a first-inning homer, sending Walker Buehler on his way to seven scoreless innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pirates 5-3 Tuesday night.

Oak Glen advances

NEW MANCHESTER, W.Va. — Tuesday marked the third time arch-rivals Oak Glen and Weir High squared off this season, and this time had major implications for the Class AA Region 1 Section 1 softball championship.

The first two times — including Saturday — the Red Riders led after five innings but could not hold on. This time around, the Golden Bears made sure the third time would not be the charm.

On the strength of Maddie McKay’s arm and bat, every Bear contributed, played nearly perfect in all phases and cruised to a 12-0, five-inning victory for their first sectional title since 2017.

“It feels great just knowing how hard we’ve worked to come this far,” Oak Glen catcher Sarah Brown said. “Hopefully, we can carry this and win at states. We really work together as a team to be 26-0.

“We wanted to be one and done and move on. We didn’t want to play a second game and face them a fourth time.”

Next up for the Golden Bears is a best-of-3 regional series with Keyser. The first game will be on the road Monday, then back at Oak Glen Tuesday. If a third game is necessary, it will be Wednesday at Keyser.

As for the Section 1 championship, McKay put forth another solid performance.

— Joe Catullo, Special to the Morning Journal

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