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Dragons plate 4 runs in the ninth against Fort Wayne for 9th straight victory

 

Hendrik Clementina led the Dragons with 3 hits

Ryan Nutof earned the win in relief to go 2-0. He pitched an inning and a third striking out 2

The Dayton Dragons have started off the first half of the 2018 Midwest League season with a 9-3 record. That after beginning at 0-3.

Friday night at Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Dragons, matched the third longest winning streak in franchise history, and their longest since 2007 with a ninth straight win.  But the Cincinnati Reds’ Single-A team had to do it the hard way, come-from-behind with six runs in the last two innings to beat the TinCaps, 9-5.

The win allowed the Dragons to remain tied with the West Michigan Whitecaps for first place in the Midwest League East Division.  Both clubs have identical records of 9-3.

Leading the way for Dayton at the plate was DH Hendrik Clementina who stroked three hits. In the fifth inning, he collected a run-scoring single and delivered a big two-out, two-run double to tie the game in the eighth. A right-handed hitting catcher, Clementina raised his batting average to .480 on the year.  He has driven in 11 runs in the seven games he has played in.

The Dragons were outhit 13-9 but had very timely hits. They suffered three errors on defense.

GAME NOTES:

Notes:  The Dragons have come from behind to win in seven of the nine games during the winning streak.  They have scored the tie-breaking run in their final offensive inning in five of the nine wins, including Friday night.
NEXT GAME:  The Dragons (9-3) play at Fort Wayne (4-11) again on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. in the second
game of the three-game series.  Tyler Mondile (0-1, 9.35) will start for Dayton against Fort Wayne’s Osvaldo Hernandez (0-2, 6.48).
AT FIFTH THIRD FIELD: The next Dragons home game is Friday, April 27 against these same Fort Wayne TinCaps.
HOW TO LISTEN: All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at wone.com. Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.
HOW TO GET TICKETS: For Dragons 2018 ticket information, call (937) 228-2287.

 

 

Dayton Dragons hosting 2018 Army H.S. Baseball Program with games April 21, 22, 23, 24 May 1, 2, 3

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS


Dayton, Ohio–The 2018 Army High School Baseball Program at Fifth Third Field resumes Saturday, April 21 with five games on the schedule for the weekend. Games continue into the start of next week with two games on Monday and another on Tuesday.

 

This spring, the Army stations throughout the Miami Valley have made high school baseball possible at Fifth Third Field.  This is the 13th straight season that high school games have been played at the home of the Dayton Dragons.

 

This Saturday, a triple-header is scheduled for Fifth Third field beginning at 1:00 p.m. In a matchup of two Greater Western Ohio Conference (GWOC) teams, Lebanon plays host to West Carrollton. Lebanon has started the 2018 season 5-5 and sits at 2-2 in conference games. Lebanon returns outfielder/right-handed pitcher A.J. Fritz who has already committed to play at the University of Evansville. West Carrollton returns 6 players from last year’s team that finished 2nd in the GWOC American South. The list of returnees includes 2017 1st team American League infielder junior Noah Martin and special mention American League pitcher senior Tre Nixon. West Carrolton is 3-9 so far this season and 3-3 in conference play.

 

Game two of the triple-header is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start and features St. Mary’s Memorial against West Carrollton, who will play a double-header. St. Mary’s, from the Western Buckeye League (WBL), has had a tough start to 2018 sitting at 1-7 overall and 1-3 in WBL play. The Riders return just three seniors is 2018: Drew Jacobs, Austin Wilker and Evan Vogel. Jacobs received All-League honors in the WBL in 2017.

 

Finally on Saturday, the last game of the day is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in a matchup between Springfield-Shawnee and Triad. Shawnee, from the Central Buckeye Conference (CBC), comes into the weekend with a 7-3 overall record and 6-2 in conference play. The team is led by All-CBC second baseman Ben Ross, and handed three-time reigning division champion Kenton Ridge its first loss in 2018. Triad is currently 3-5 overall but 3-2 in the Ohio Heritage Conference (OHC) North Division. Triad has had successful campaigns the last two years, finishing as the Division 4 State Runner-Up in 2016 and the OHC North champions last year. These two teams have not met since May 2014 when Shawnee won 10-0.

 

Sunday’s double-header begins at 1:00 p.m. when National Trail faces Bethel in a Cross County Conference (CCC) matchup. National Trail is off to a hot start this season, starting 7-0 in conference play and 8-1 overall. Over a three-game stretch from April 12-17, National Trail averaged 15 runs per game, all wins. Bethel has only managed to play four games thus far due to the inclement weather this spring. The team is 1-2 in CCC play and 2-2 overall on the year.

 

The final of five games this weekend is scheduled for a 4:00 p.m. start between St. Henry and Covington. St. Henry, from the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC), is tied for first in conference play with a 4-1 record and sits at 7-3 overall. Covington is just 1-5 in CCC play and 1-9 overall on the year. The team is led by senior Mason Dilley, a three-year starter who leads the team in hits, batting average and RBIs.

 

High school baseball at Fifth Third is not limited to the weekend. A pair of games is also scheduled for Monday, April 23, and one more on Tuesday, April 24. Monday’s double-header starts at 4:30 when Bradford battles Mississinawa Valley. These two teams met on April 6 when Mississinawa Valley scored two in the bottom of the seventh and won 5-3 in nine innings. Bradford has lost five games by two runs or fewer and sits at 0-6 in the CCC and 0-7 overall. Mississinawa Valley is 4-2 in CCC play and 7-2 on the season.

 

Fairborn against Beavercreek is the second game to be played on Monday with a scheduled 7:00 p.m. start. Both teams lead their respective divisions in the GWOC; Fairborn is 6-3 in the GWOC American South and 8-6 overall. Beavercreek is 5-2 in the GWOC National East and 7-3 on the season. Beavercreek is led by Brandon DeWitt who has already committed to Wright State to continue playing baseball.

 

The lone game on Tuesday is a 7:00 p.m. start between Dixie and Milton-Union in a Southwestern Buckeye League (SBL) battle. These two teams will play a make-up game the day before on Monday. With only three returning starters, Dixie is 0-8 in conference play and 0-9 overall. Milton-Union is 4-5 in the SBL and 6-5 overall. Milton Union began the season 5-0 but has since lost five of the last six.

 

The Dayton Dragons have been hosting the Miami Valley’s best baseball teams since 2006 and are proud to continue the tradition for a 13th consecutive year. A complete list of high school baseball games scheduled to be played at Fifth Third Field can be found below.

 

All games are free to attend and the media is invited to cover them. Gates will open 30 minutes prior to the first game played that day. High schools may provide their own PA announcers, broadcasters, cheer squads, and national anthem singers.

 

The games at Fifth Third Field also serve as a fundraiser for the participating schools. This year’s series of games will raise approximately $30,000 for the schools to help with the cost of uniforms, equipment, and bus transportation.

 

To learn more about joining the U.S. Army, scholarship opportunities, and the expert training the Army can provide in over 150 career fields, visit the U.S. Army kiosk on the concourse during high school games at Fifth Third Field, visit www.goarmy.com, or call (877) 933-ARMY.

 

*Note: All team records are updated as of Friday morning, April 20.

 

Date Time Home Team Away Team
4/21/18 Saturday, April 21, 2018 1:00 PM Lebanon West Carrollton
4/21/18 Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 PM St. Mary’s Memorial West Carrollton
4/21/18 Saturday, April 21, 2018 7:00 PM Springfield Shawnee Triad
4/22/18 Sunday, April 22, 2018 1:00 PM National Trail Bethel
4/22/18 Sunday, April 22, 2018 4:00 PM St. Henry Covington
4/23/18 Monday, April 23, 2018 4:30 PM Bradford Mississinawa Valley
4/23/18 Monday, April 23, 2018 7:00 PM Fairborn Beavercreek
4/24/18 Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:00 PM Dixie Milton-Union
5/1/18 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 7:00 PM Brookville Milton-Union
5/2/18 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:30 PM Urbana West Liberty
5/2/18 Wednesday, May 2, 2018 7:00 PM Springfield Tippecanoe
5/3/18 Thursday, May 3, 2018 7:00 PM Lehman Catholic Riverside


 

More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web at daytondragons.com.

 

Bill Peters resigns as Hurricanes coach with one-year left on contract

 

Bill Peters walking onto ice 2014 photo By Benjamin Reed - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

In a surprising move, Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters turned in his letter of resignation on Friday.

The 53-year-old from Alberta, Canada, had made strides with Carolina. The Hurricanes always played the faster teams tough by slowing the pace down and clogging up the middle of the ice. After going 30-41-11 for 71 points, his first season, the Hurricanes had inproved each year to achieve a winning record with 35, 36 and 36 wins. Overall, he was 137-138-53 in his first NHL head coaching job. But the big factor is, Carolina never made the playoffs during his tenure.

He had one year left on his contract which was extended in 2016. It is not known if the Hurricanes front office put a mandate on Peters to make the playoffs next year or not.

The Hurricanes play in the NHL’s toughest division, the Metropolitan with the Islanders, Rangers, Capitals, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Devils and Penguins. Every team in that division made the playoffs this season except the Rangers, Islanders and Carolina. The Hurricanes roster is not strong enough at this time to unseat any of those playoff teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Bill Peters Coaching record (courtesy wikipedia)

 

Team Year Regular season Postseason
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Result
CAR 2014–15 82 30 41 11 71 8th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2015–16 82 35 31 16 86 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2016–17 82 36 31 15 87 7th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
CAR 2017–18 82 36 35 11 83 6th in Metropolitan Missed playoffs
Total 328 137 138 53 327

 

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Jets’ Morrissey suspended by NHL for illegal cross checking

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

Josh Morrissey (courtesy Winnipeg Jets)

NEW YORK (April 18, 2018) – Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been suspended for one game for cross-checking Minnesota Wildforward Eric Staal during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in Minnesota on Tuesday, April 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

 

The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period.

 

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: https://www.nhl.com/video/t-277440360/c-59972103.


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