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Scrappers win big, 14-3, at Auburn

AUBURN, N.Y. - A bases-loaded double by Emmanuel Tapia keyed a five-run third inning as the Mahoning Valley offense exploded Sunday in the Scrappers' first win of the season, 14-3, on the road over Auburn (2-1).Alexis Pantoja already had doubled in a run in the third to tie the game, 2-2, ...

Home team needs hero

NILES - West Virginia Black Bears starting pitcher James Marvel pitched his first game in two years and earned the win in his minor league debut, as the Black Bears beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 3-1, Saturday night at Eastwood Field.Marvel, a 36th-round draft pick in 2015 by the ...

Scrapper coach was still player last season

NILES - Justin Toole just can't stop smiling. The first-year Mahoning Valley Scrappers' hitting coach is absolutely floored by the opportunity he's getting this season."(I'm) super-pumped up and excited to get going, to get to work with these guys and be a part of this great organization," ...

Hillman gets start for first road game

NILES - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers took off after Saturday night's game for their first road trip of the season beginning today in Auburn, New York. For many of the Scrappers who got their first taste of professional baseball last year in the Arizona League, the long bus trips will be a ...

Play ball!

NILES - The Mahoning Valley Scrappers dropped their season opener to the West Virginia Black Bears, 5-4, in 11 innings Friday night. Black Bears center fielder Sandy Santos had the go-ahead RBI double off Devon Stewart in the top of the 11th inning to score Kevin Krause from third.Stewart, who ...

Scrapper manager happy to be here

NILES - He likes where he is at, and maybe it helps that he's been here before.Mahoning Valley Scrappers manager Edwin Rodriguez, who has spent more than three decades in professional baseball, has managed at just about every level and, outside of being in the big leagues, prefers working in ...

McDonald’s Tayala aims for Rio berth

McDONALD - Matthias Tayala is traveling to Eugene, Oregon.It's not a trip for pleasure. However, the 2011 McDonald High School graduate hopes it will be life-changing.Tayala will be at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field July 1-10. Tayala's hope is to be one of the representatives ...

Ohio Sprint Speedweek hits Sharon on Tuesday

The 34th annual edition of Ohio Sprint Speedweek is ready to roll into Sharon Speedway Tuesday. Considered one of the toughest weeks in all of Sprint car racing, Tony Stewart's All-Star Circuit of Champions will race at eight different dirt tracks in nine days.Besides the All-Star regulars, ...

Scrappers gets started with opener tonight

NILES - He stands quietly, stone-faced. He maintains a calm, laid back, almost shy demeanor. At 6-feet-7 inches, and 195 pounds, Mahoning Valley Scrappers starting pitcher Micah Miniard looks more like a shooting guard than a baseball player.Miniard, an eighth-round pick in 2014 by the ...

Girard’s Harden stays home at YSU

GIRARD - Kevin Hetrick knew Collin Harden's love-hate relationship with the 300-meter hurdles."He gave effort in the 300s, but I never saw him put forth that extra effort in the 300s in the past," said the Girard assistant coach.Harden then faced his biggest competition of the season at the ...

Steady Kokrak ready for U.S. Open

The last thing Jason Kokrak wants is a change of pace.The John F. Kennedy graduate heads into his first U.S. Open on Thursday with a simple club on an Oakmont Country Club course that can make even a professional golfer seem like a weekend hack."I've been playing a strong 2 (iron)," said ...

Mahoning Valley remaining with Indians through 2018

NILES - Area baseball fans have gotten used to the idea tracking the development of Mahoning Valley Scrappers players as they work their way through the Cleveland Indians' farm system and eventually play at Progressive Field.The Scrappers announced today that fans can continue to do so as the ...

Brookfield’s Tingler restarts recruiting process after offer

LEAVITTSBURG - Hopefully the friendly people at Avalon Country Club gave Kasey Tingler a break on this day.The recently graduated Brookfield Warrior was doing his usual duties at Avalon a few weeks ago when he got a phone call from a coach of the newly formed Cincinnati Christian University ...

Tennis turnaround

Jad Abdul-Aal was in Chicago for the first time. He was starting a critical internship that could land the John F. Kennedy graduate a promising job once he finishes at John Carroll University.So, one of the first things he did was find a gym to work out. Wait, what?Abdul-Aal isn't just a double ...

Course work

His "work" day may sound like retirement for some, or maybe misery to others, but it's just another day for Buster Thomas."I typically try to wake up by 8 a.m., and be out on the course by no later than 9 a.m.," said Thomas, a 2014 Lakeview graduate now playing golf at University of Mount ...

Bowlers Haynie, Gregory honored

Longtime Warren area bowlers Bob Haynie and Stanley Gregory were inducted Saturday into the Warren USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the group's 36th annual hall of fame and awards banquet.Haynie, a 1987 graduate of LaBrae High School, bowled at the University of Akron from which he ...

KO Drugs boxing finals are Wednesday

NORTH LIMA - Finals of the 29th annual K.O. Drugs High School Boxing will take place Wednesday with 21 championship bouts on the line at the Old School Marketplace in North Lima."After some very competitive semi-final bouts last week, we are pleased to present the very best in the area matched ...

Admission is free tonight at Sharon

Tonight Sharon Speedway is going to prove two very old sayings wrong. First, you get what you pay for, and second, that nothing in life is free.It is fan appreciation night tonight and all fans will be admitted for free to the grandstands for a full night of racing. You pay nothing; bring the ...

Family affair

POLAND - It has been a while since the Stoops brothers all have been back in Youngstown together.The four brothers, who made an appearance at The Lake Club in Poland on Monday to help raise money for the United Way, were sitting next to each other in the Mahoning Valley for the first time in a ...

K.O. Drugs boxing event starts Wednesday

NORTH LIMA - The 29th annual K.O. Drugs High School Boxing Tournament begins Wednesday with 20 semifinal round bouts scheduled at the Old School Marketplace, 11836 South Ave., North Lima.The double-elimination tournament uses three 45-second rounds in the semifinals. Championship bouts are ...