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NCAA awards future Women’s Basketball Tournament sites



The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has awarded regional-round hosting duties for the 2021 and 2022 championships to seven cities, with Spokane, Washington, hosting in both years.

Selected to host regionals in 2021 are Albany, New York (Times Union Center); the Austin, Texas, area (H-E-B Center in Cedar Park); Cincinnati (Cintas Center); and Spokane (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena), with play taking place March 26-29. Albany, which also will serve as a regional host site in 2019, has hosted twice previously, in 2015 and 2018. Austin, which has hosted an NCAA championship-record 18 regional games at the Frank Erwin Center, will host in 2021 at the H-E-B Center. The Cintas Center in Cincinnati will be hosting regional play for the first time after hosting first- and second-round action in 2001, 2010 and 2011. An experienced host site, Spokane previously welcomed regional play in 2001, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

In 2022, Bridgeport, Connecticut (Webster Bank Arena); Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum); Spokane; and Wichita, Kansas (Intrust Bank Arena) will serve as the four regional sites, March 25-28. Bridgeport, which previously hosted regional play in 2006, 2013, 2016 and 2017, is currently tied for third on the all-time regional games hosted list with 12 along with another 2022 regional host venue, the Greensboro Coliseum, which hosted regional games in 1999, 2007, 2008 and 2015. Intrust Bank Arena will be hosting regional championship action for the first time, previously hosting first- and second-round play in 2011.



Dragons take 2 of 3 from Kane County Cougars to win series


McGuff Wins Dragons Debut as Dayton Tops Kane County 1-0

July 14, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—New Dragons starting pitcher Patrick McGuff combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout as the Dragons edged the Kane County Cougars 1-0 on Saturday night.  A crowd of 7,844 saw the Dragons earn their second straight win at Fifth Third Field.


McGuff, a product of Sinclair Community College and Hamilton High School who was in his debut in the Reds organization after being signed out of independent professional baseball, tossed five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts to earn the win.  He faced his toughest challenge in the top of the first inning when Kane County loaded the bases with one out.  But McGuff struck out Ryan Grotjohn and got Yan Sanchez to ground out to shortstop to end the threat.  McGuff retired the last nine batters he faced in his outing.


The Dragons scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.  With one out, Andy Sugilio reached on an infield single and went from first to third on a hit-and-run single by Lorenzo Cedrola.  After Jeter Downs struck out, Leandro Santana hit a slow ground ball to shortstop that glanced off the glove of Kane County’s Jazz Chisholm for an error, allowing Sugilio to score from third.


Kane County mounted a major two-out threat in the ninth inning against Dragons reliever Aneurys Zabala.  After a fine defensive play by Downs at second base for the second out of the inning, Zabala issued a walk and then surrendered a single to right field that left runners at first and third.  The next hitter, Eudy Ramos, hit a deep drive toward the right field corner that might have brought in two runs, but Dragons right fielder Raul Wallace made leaping catch in a full sprint to end the game.  Zabala was credited with his second save.


The Dragons finished with five hits.  Sugilio was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 0-6-2

Dayton (R-H-E): 1-5-0


Win:  Patrick McGuff (1-0)

Loss:  Jeff Bain (7-4)

Save:  Aneurys Zabala (2)


HRDayton: None

HRKane County: None


Notes:  The game marked the second nine-inning shutout win of the year for the Dragons.  The first came on Monday at Great Lakes…Dragons reliever Miguel Aguilar had a strong outing in relief of McGuff, firing three scoreless innings and allowing only one base runner.  He threw only 26 pitches while facing the minimum nine batters.



Big Inning Lifts Dragons to Third Straight Win

July 15, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—Dayton’s Lorenzo Cedrola collected four hits and the Dragons scored five runs in the third inning as they held on to defeat the Kane County Cougars 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.  A crowd of 7,624 at Fifth Third Field saw the Dragons win their third straight game and even their record in the second half at 12-12.


Dragons starting pitcher Packy Naughton (5-8) earned the win with six strong innings.  Naughton stretched his scoreless streak to 24 straight innings without allowing a run before Kane County scored two runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead.  The Dragons responded by putting together their biggest inning of the month of July in the bottom half of the frame.


With one out in the Dayton third, Andy Sugilio singled to center field and went to second on Cedrola’s single to right.  Jeter Downs drilled a ground-rule double that bounced over the fence in left-center to bring in Sugilio, and Leandro Santana blooped a single to right to drive in Cedrola and tie the game at 2-2.  J.D. Williams walked to load the bases, and Mark Kolozsvary singled to left to drive in Downs and give the Dragons the lead.  Mitch Piatnik walked to force in a run and make it 4-2, and Alejo Lopez drove in a run with a fielder’s choice ground out to extend the lead to 5-2.  Seven straight Dragons batters reached safely in the inning.


Meanwhile, Naughton threw 86 pitches over six innings, allowing six hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts.  Aaron Quillen tossed a scoreless seventh inning, and Andy Cox worked a scoreless eighth.  Cory Thompson retired the first two batters of the ninth before allowing two hits and a run to bring the tying run to the plate, but Thompson got a routine fly out to center field to end the game and notch his fifth save.


The Dragons collected 12 hits.  Along with Cedrola’s four-hit day, Sugilio and Kolozsvary each had two hits.  The Dragons were a solid 5 for 15 (.333) with runners in scoring position, though they stranded 13 runners to match the season high.


With the win, the Dragons moved into a tie for the top seed in the East Division Second Half playoff chase.  Four teams have identical records of 12-12.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 3-9-0

Dayton (R-H-E): 5-12-1


Win:  Packy Naughton (5-8)

Loss:  Jhoan Duran (5-4)

Save:  Cory Thompson (5)


HRDayton: None

HRKane County: None


Dragons Fall in Homestand Finale with Kane County

July 16, 2018

Dayton, Ohio—Kane County shortstop Jazz Chisholm blasted two home runs and added a triple and two singles to lead the Cougars to a 13-4 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Monday night.  The Kane County win snapped the Dragons three-game winning streak and allowed the Cougars to avoid a series sweep at Fifth Third Field before a crowd of 7,652.


Chishom was 5 for 6 and had a chance to hit for the cycle in his final at-bat in the ninth inning.  Needing a double, he lined a hit off the glove of diving center fielder Andy Sugilio, but Chishom held at first base without attempting to go to second.


Kane County scored four runs in the top of the first inning and another in the second to take an early 5-0 lead.  Dayton’s Raul Wallace belted a solo home run in the third to make it 5-1, but Kane County responded with three more runs in the fourth, keyed by a two-run home run by Chisholm, his second of the game and 15th of the year, to make it 8-1.


After the Dragons scored one run in the fifth on a double by Wallace and an RBI single by Andy Sugilio, Kane County tacked on four more runs in the sixth to build their lead to 12-2.


Dragons starting pitcher Adrian Rodriguez (4-5) suffered the loss.  He worked three and one-third innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits with one walk and three strikeouts.


The Dragons 11-hit attack was led by Wallace, who had a home run and double with two runs scored.  Sugilio had his fifth straight two-hit game.  Jose Garcia had two hits and a walk.


The Dragons fell to 12-13 in the second half.  They are one game out of the wildcard slot in the Midwest League East Division Second Half playoff chase.

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Kane County (R-H-E): 13-19-1

Dayton (R-H-E): 4-11-1


Win:  Brian Shaffer (6-5)

Loss:  Adrian Rodriguez (4-5)

Save:  None


HRDayton: Raul Wallace (2nd, 0 on base in third inning).

HRKane County: Jazz Chisholm, 2 (14th, 0 on base in 2nd inning; 15th, 1 on base in fourth inning); Eudy Ramos (6th, 1 on base in sixth inning).






Dragons lefty Packy Naughton named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week



Dayton Dragons left-handed pitcher Packy Naughton has been named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 9-15.


Naughton earned the win in both starts he made during the week, allowing just two runs in 14 innings.  He had his best career start on July 9 at Great Lakes when he tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing just two base runners (both on hits) with nine strikeouts.  Naughton also earned the win in Dayton vs. Kane County yesterday, allowing two runs in six innings in the Dragons 5-3 victory.  He had a 24-inning scoreless streak snapped in the third inning yesterday.


Naughton, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, played college baseball at Virginia Tech University and was the Reds ninth round draft pick in 2017.  He has spent the entire 2018 season with the Dragons and currently leads the Midwest League in innings pitched.


Over Naughton’s last four starts, he has posted a 0.67 earned run average (27 innings, two runs allowed).

Packy Naughton throws plateward


Sauter leading NASCAR Truck Series points race; never has conqured Eldora Dirt Derby

Johnny Sauter NCWTS mug (Credit 353677Chris Graythen Getty Images courtesy

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points leader Johnny Sauter is having a great run in 2018.

He has a series-high 4 wins and has finished among the top 5 in 10 of 12 races. Other winners includes Brent Moffitt (3), Noah Gragson (1), Ben Rhodes (1) and Justin Haley (1).

The veteran driver is looking to win his second championship in the past 3 years.

However, on dirt tracks he is not as great. All of his experience on dirt is at Eldora Speedway, home the annual Dirt Derby.

His best finish is 8th during the 2014 race. But since then he has ended the race 22nd, 13th and 23rd. Sauter’s average start is 10.8 and his average finish is 19.0. So no doubt he is looking to improve.

“If I’ve got an opportunity to win at Eldora I’m taking it,” Sauter said. “The points aren’t a concern to me at all. We’re pretty much locked in. We have the opportunity to win that race – which would take a miracle – we’re going to take it.”

Johnny Sauter NCWTS 2018 truck (Credit 354268Sarah Crabill Getty Images courtesy


How does the format work for Eldora’s Dirt Derby



There will be some big changes for the Wednesday night NASCAR Camping World Truck Race at Eldora Speedway.

Below are the practices that take place on Wednesday before the actual race which will be aired scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Qualifying: Two laps, single truck. Pole qualifying is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1. A random draw will determine the qualifying order. The fastest qualifier will be awarded the pole, but won’t necessarily start first.

The results of qualifying will determine the starting positions for the five qualifying races; the qualifying races themselves set the lineup for the race.

Qualifying Races: Five races, 10 laps each, starting at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, and only green-flag laps will be counted. Lineups for the qualifying races will be based on speeds from qualifying. The fastest truck in qualifying will start first in the first qualifying race, the second-fastest truck will start first in the second qualifying race, etc.

The top five trucks from each qualifying race will automatically transfer to the race. Upon completion of the qualifying races, 25 of the 32 trucks in the field will be set for the race.

Last Chance Qualifying Race: This race will be 15 laps, and the lineup for it will be set based on finishing position in the qualifying races — it will feature only the trucks that have not yet qualified for the main show. Only green flag laps will be counted, and the top two finishers of this race will fill lineup positions 26 and 27 for the race.

Lineup spots 28-31 will go to the highest-ranking eligible trucks in owner points that haven’t already earned a starting position through qualifying. The 32nd lineup spot will go to the most recent eligible past series champion. If the 32nd position is not filled by an eligible champion, it will be assigned based on owner points. There are 39 trucks on the entry list.

Race: Divided into three stages (40, 50 and 60 laps) with competition cautions at the breaks on Laps 40 and 90. Caution laps will not count during competition cautions and positions can’t be improved on pit road. Teams are not required to pit during competition cautions. Those that remain on the track will restart in front of those that pit.

1 Top finisher in Qualifying Race #1
2 Top finisher in Qualifying Race #2
3 Top finisher in Qualifying Race #3
4 Top finisher in Qualifying Race #4
5 Top finisher in Qualifying Race #5
6 Second finisher in Qualifying Race #1
7 Second finisher in Qualifying Race #2
8 Second finisher in Qualifying Race #3
9 Second finisher in Qualifying Race #4
10 Second finisher in Qualifying Race #5
11 Third finisher in Qualifying Race #1
12 Third finisher in Qualifying Race #2
13 Third finisher in Qualifying Race #3
14 Third finisher in Qualifying Race #4
15 Third finisher in Qualifying Race #5
16 Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #1
17 Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #2
18 Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #3
19 Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #4
20 Fourth finisher in Qualifying Race #5
21 Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #1
22 Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #2
23 Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #3
24 Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #4
25 Fifth finisher in Qualifying Race #5
26 Top finisher in Last Chance
27 Second finisher in Last Chance
28 Owner points
29 Owner points
30 Owner points
31 Owner points
32 Past series champ/owner points


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