Local Sports Briefs

By John Bombatch

August 6, 2014

Settlers claim Great Lakes title

ATHENS — The Licking County Settlers won their third consecutive Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League baseball title in dramatic fashion, Sunday, with a 3-1 win over the Southern Ohio Copperheads.

The Settlers, who played their regular season games in Newark, entered the GLSCL postseason tournament as the league’s fifth seed. They defeated Grand Lake in the initial play-in game, then upset the no. 4 seed Cincinnati Steam that same day.

Licking County then had a best-of-3 playoff with the regular season champion Lima Locos, winning two of the three contests to advance to this past weekend’s championship series with the Southern Ohio Copperheads. Southern Ohio was the league’s second seeded team and had just dismantled the third-seeded Xenia Scouts in a pair of back-to-back contests.

The Settlers (25-19) won the first game in Newark by a 2-1 score, then claimed Sunday’s 3-1 win on the Ohio University campus to win the crown.

Ervin, Romano earn Dragons honors

DAYTON — Outfielder Phillip Ervin and right-handed starting pitcher Sal Romano have been selected as the Dayton Dragons Batter and Pitcher of the Month for July.

The winning players will be honored during an inning break of the Dragons game tonight at Fifth Third Field vs. the Great Lakes Loons. There will also be a Player of the Month luncheon at noon today, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 262 East Stroop Road in Kettering. Fans may attend to ask questions to the winning players and receive autographs.

Ervin led the Dragons in July in RBI (17), extra base hits (10), and doubles (7). He tied for the team lead in runs scored (16), hits (25), home runs (2), and stolen bases (5). He posted a slugging percentage for the month of .404 while batting .253.

Romano posted a record of 3-1 in July with a 1.32 earned run average in five starts. In 27.1 innings, he allowed only four earned runs with 5 walks and 28 strikeouts.

Reds to reveal All-Star Game logo today

CINCINNATI — Representatives of Major League Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds and local officials of the city of Cincinnati and Hamilton County announced they will hold a 10 a.m. press conference today at Great American Ball Park to unveil the official logo of the 2015 All-Star Game. The annual game will be held in Cincinnati next season.

‘Beat Creek’ T-shirts on sale

The Xenia High School cheerleaders, in cooperation with the Xenia Touchdown Club and Trophy Sports, are now taking orders for “BEAT CREEK” T-shirts. The cost is $10 for sizes XS-XL (additional charge for larger shirts). Orders must be turned in no later than Tuesday, Aug. 19 for delivery by Wednesday, Aug. 27. Order forms with payment may be given to any XHS Cheerleader, or the forms can be found at Trophy Sports Center, located at 26 Kinsey Rd., in Xenia. Make checks payable to Trophy Sports.

Xenia High will play its season opening high school football game at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Beavercreek High School.

Alumni football teams wanted

Gridiron Alumni is planning several full-contact alumni football games. Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other one more time. Hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time. Gridiron Alumni is targeting teams like Xenia, Beavercreek, Greeneview, and many others. Players from all local areas are invited to register to play. Players are needed to sign up for their alma mater and the first 40 players on each team get to play. The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for the Spring. If you or someone you know is interested in putting on the pads one more time, please go to: www.gridironalumni.com to register. If you have any questions, please call Chris at (530) 410-6396 or go to the website.

Gridiron Alumni was founded in 2010 and has raised over $250,000 for schools and charities using alumni football games as a fundraising vehicle. Gridiron Alumni football has changed lives, communities, and given thousands of men their spark back.