Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 25, 2013

Sports briefs for Thursday, July 25

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Wood to play 2nd pro season in Italy

Kokomo’s Brandon Wood announced Wednesday that he will be returning to Europe to play a second season of professional basketball overseas.

Fresh off of a Hungarian Cup championship with Albacomp in his professional season, Woods announced Wednesday night on his Twitter account that he will be “Headed to Florence, Italy this season to play for Firenze in their first season in Lega Due Gold!”

Firenze spent last season in Lega Due Silver. Lega Due is the second-highest level of professional hoops in Italy behind Serie A.

Post 6 seniors open regional play Friday

The Kokomo Post 6 American Legion senior baseball team will open regional play Friday at 4 p.m. against Highland Post 180 (19-8) in the opening game of the double-elimination tournament at Plymouth’s Bill Nixon Field.

Post 6 secured the top seed from the Kokomo Sectional last weekend when Richmond Post 65 opted not to return to Highland Park and play the championship round with the No. 2 seed already guaranteed to them. Richmond was supposed to face the top seed from the Plymouth Sectional, Bristol post 143, but will not play in the regional due to no longer having enough players to field a team.

As a result, the host team, Plymouth Post 27, will take Richmond’s place in the tournament. The Post 27 Diamond Spiders will face Bristol Post 143 in the nightcap Friday at 7 p.m.

The losers of Friday’s first round will play an elimination game Saturday at 10 a.m. The winners of Friday’s games will follow at 1 p.m., with the loser coming back later in the day to face the winner of the first elimination game at 4 p.m.

The championship round of the tournament will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., with an if-needed game to follow directly afterward.

Fall high school baseball league taking signups

Sharpsville – A fall baseball league for area high school players will be taking signups from July 26-31.

The league is for anyone who will be enrolled in high school this fall. The games will be played at Tri-Central on Sundays from Aug. 11 to Sept. 29.

Teams will be formed based on what positions players sign up for. Cost to play is $85, which includes a league t-shirt.

To register contact the league via email at fcsa2005@yahoo.com or phone at 765-437-8349.

Banush, Spargo help Wabash win state softball

ELKHART — Local players Ron Banush and Dave Spargo helped the Wabash Elite men’s fastpitch softball claim a state championship last weekend.

Wabash Elite went 5-0 to claim the title. Banush pitched the team to an 11-0 victory over the Anderson Cubs in the tournament opener, allowing just one hit while collecting 12 strikeouts.

After an 8-1 win over D.C. Current in the second game, Banush returned to the bump in Game 3 and helped Wabash Elite take a 9-0 victory, twirling his second one-hitter in as many outings. He fanned nine in the Game 3 victory.

Wabash Elite went on to defeat the Goshen Gators 5-1 in Game 4 before defeating D.C. Current 3-1 in the championship round.

Spargo went 8-for-15 at the plate in the tournament to aid the victory cause. Wabash Elite advances to the fastpitch nationals in Bowling Green, Ky. over Labor Day weekend.

White competes in PGA Jr. Series at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE — Western’s Tyler White shot a nine-over-par 81 in the final round of the PGA Junior Series tournament Wednesday at Purdue University’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

White carded a seven-over 79 in Monday’s opening round. He backed that up with a 77 on Tuesday to give him a stroke total of 237 for the three-day tournament.

Qi Wen Wong of Singapore won the tournament with a three-day stroke total of 215.