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June 11, 2013

Thoughts from the sports desk

RUSHVILLE — One of the sporting events that I try to watch as much of as possible is the College World Series. This year, I’ve even been able to catch some of the regional and super regional action leading to the eight teams heading to Omaha.

This year’s run by the Indiana Hoosiers has brought extra interest to IU fans and baseball fans in the Big Ten. With Indiana’s sweep of Florida State in the Super Regional, the Hoosiers will make their first trip to the College World Series and the Big Ten’s first trip since 1984. That year, the Michigan Wolverines were led by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and Barry Bonds played for Arizona State.

Indiana has been fun to watch this season. They hit the ball and play solid defense. Their offense gives their opponents no room to relax. Head coach Tracy Smith has done an unbelievable job with the Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers will start their World Series experience Sunday as they open against another Midwest team in Louisville. The Cardinals swept No. 2 seed Vanderbilt. The Hoosiers went 2-1 against the Cardinals during the regular season.

North Carolina State played just one inning short of three games in eliminating Rice and advancing to the World Series. N.C. State scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie Rice 4-4 and scored one run in the top of the 17th to win Game 2 5-4 and earn the ticket to Omaha.

Congrats to HHC’s Yorktown

The Lady Tigers of Yorktown advanced to the state finals in Class 3A softball this past weekend at Ben Davis High School. The Lady Tigers were not able to claim the title, but had another solid season on the field to reach the Class 3A title game.

Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114

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