Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 26, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 26


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Volley sectional play resumes today

IHSAA volleyball sectionals will conclude today, with semifinal and title matches.

In the Class 3A sectional at Peru, Northwestern and Twin Lakes meet in the 11 a.m. semifinal with Maconaquah vs. West Lafayette to follow. The winners return at 7 p.m. to play for the title.

In Class 2A play at Southmont, Clinton Central faces the host squad in the 11 a.m. semifinal followed by South Vermillion vs. Frontier. The title match is at 7 p.m.

In Class 2A play at Alexandria, Madison-Grant and Elwood meet in the 11 a.m. semifinal followed by Tipton vs. Alexandria. The title match is at 7 p.m.

And in the Class A sectional at Clinton Prairie, Tri-Central faces the host Gophers in the 11 a.m. semifinal with Carroll and Frontier to follow. The championship is at 7 p.m.

Pacers end preseason with W

DALLAS (AP) — Paul George scored 10 of his game-high 28 points in the third quarter and the Indiana Pacers used a 13-0 run to race past the Dallas Mavericks 98-77 on Friday night in the preseason finale for both teams.

Center Roy Hibbert had 14 points and eight rebounds as the Pacers (3-5) closed preseason play with three consecutive victories.

The Pacers trailed 51-43, their largest deficit, early in the third period before the 13-point run. They never trailed again, and the final margin equaled their largest lead.

Pacers small forward Danny Granger missed his third consecutive game with a strained calf.

Indiana coach Frank Vogel said Granger’s availability for the team’s opener on Tuesday at home against Orlando is unclear.

Hamlin claims pole for Martinsville

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin won the pole position Friday for the NASCAR race at Martinsville Speedway.

Hamlin led the way as 18 drivers broke Jimmie Johnson’s track qualifying record with a speed of 99.595 mph. Johnson, the points leader who set the mark in April, and Kyle Busch tied for second at 99.344 mph, with Johnson getting the second spot for Sunday’s race based on the owner points tiebreaker.

Matt Kenseth, a teammate of Hamlin and Busch who trails Johnson by just four points in the championship battle with four races left, will start fourth, meaning the five-time series champion and Hendrick Motorsports star will be surrounded by teammates from Joe Gibbs Racing at the green flag on Sunday.

The pole is the 17th of Hamlin’s career and his career-best fifth this season.

Cards win Game 2, tie Series at 1-all

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Wacha won again in October and the St. Louis Cardinals got just enough help from Boston, beating the Red Sox 4-2 Thursday night to tie the World Series at 1-all.

Down 2-1 after David Ortiz hit a two-run homer in the sixth, the Cardinals rallied for three runs in the seventh to end Boston’s nine-game winning streak in the World Series that started with a sweep of St. Louis in 2004.

Matt Carpenter’s tying sacrifice fly set off a chain of Red Sox misplays. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia let the wide throw home skip off his glove, then pitcher Craig Breslow made a wild toss that wound up in the Fenway Park seats. Carlos Beltran followed with an RBI single.

Wacha improved to 4-0 this month, pretty impressive for any pitcher, let alone a 22-year-old rookie.

Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth for a save. John Lackey took the loss.

Game 3 is tonight at Busch Stadium. Jake Peavy is set to start for Boston against Joe Kelly.