---- — Fever crush Liberty by 21 on the road
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Erlana Larkins scored a season-high 15 points and the Indiana Fever used a big third quarter to rout the New York Liberty 74-53 on Saturday night.
Indiana (5-8) led by three at the half before blowing the game open in the third, outscoring New York 31-6. After the Liberty scored the first basket of the second half, Indiana had 11 straight points, including five by Larkins.
Kara Braxton scored with 5:10 left in third to make it 48-38, but that was the Liberty’s last basket of the period.
The Fever then got hot from behind the arc. They hit five 3-pointers, including a four-point play by Erin Phillips that made it 63-40. Indiana has won four of its last five to climb within a half-game of the Liberty (6-8) for fourth place in the East.
Kokomo sweeps Plymouth in Legion play
The Kokomo Post 6 American Legion baseball team swept Plymouth Post 27 in a doubleheader at CFD Investments Stadium Saturday
The Sixers won the first game 7-0 behind a complete-game effort from pitcher Damon Prater. He gave up four hits, four walks and had seven strikeouts. On the offensive side, Jesse Broomfield singled and doubled for the Sixers. Logan Barnes and Justin Blevens each singled twice. Isaac Turner doubled.
Kokomo won the closer 11-10 in a regulation seven innings. The game was tied at 10-all through five before Kokomo pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth. Drew Harris singled to start the rally. Jesse Broomfield then reached on a fielders’ choice, and later scored on Logan Barnes’ double.
Reliever Eli Grimes was the winning pitcher. He threw three innings with no runs, two hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Harris led the offense with a 4-for-4 effort with four singles. Barnes had two singles along with his double, and walked twice. Conner Milligan and Blevens each had two singles.
“I thought we played really well, like we have most of the season,” Kokoko coach Don Andrews said. “[Saturday] we pounded out more hits than we have any day of the year. We had nine hits the first game and 14 hits the second game. We got a couple good pitching performances. Second game, no errors. In Legion baseball that’s hard to do as hard as boys hit the ball.”
Allen’s lead down to 2 at U.S. Senior Open
Kenny Perry and Fred Funk are making charges in the U.S. Senior Open, each pulling within two shots of leader Michael Allen with one round to go.
Perry, going for a second straight win in a senior major, shot 6-under-par 64 to match Corey Pavin for the low round on Saturday at Omaha Country Club. Funk shot 67 after making a long birdie putt on No. 18.
Allen, who shot a 63 on Friday, ballooned to a 2-over 72.
Summerhays grabs 2-shot lead at Classic
Daniel Summerhays shot a 9-under 62 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead following third-round play at the John Deere Classic.
Summerhays, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fourth, enters Sunday’s final round at 19-under 194 and in position for his first career win.
Summerhays notched 10 birdies while matching the lowest third-round score in tournament history.
Canadian David Hearn (64) is second at 17 under.
Hee Young Park leads Manulife LPGA
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — South Korea’s Hee Young Park shot a career-best 61 on Saturday to move into the lead after the third round at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Park was 10 under for the round and 20-under 193 overall, one stroke better than American Angela Stanford and two shots ahead of Scotland’s Catriona Matthew.