Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 11, 2013

Sports briefs, Sept. 11

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Western vs. NW tops Week 4 grid schedule

Week 4 of the high school football season offers a great local clash — Western vs. Northwestern in Mid-Indiana Conference play. Both squads are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference.

The rivals have met in Week 4 since 1997. Friday’s game will mark the first time in that chapter of the rivalry that both squads come in undefeated. They met in Week 3 from 1987-96 and had unbeaten clashes in 1991 and ‘92.

The following is Friday’s area schedule. Games start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Western at Northwestern

Taylor at Peru

Eastern at Maconaquah

Huntington North at Kokomo

Tri-Central at Clinton Prairie

Hamilton Heights at Cass

7:30 — Carroll at Sheridan

7:30 — Cl. Central at Cascade

8 p.m. — Tipton at Rensselaer

Sanburn plays key role in playoff run

BELOIT, Wis. — Kokomo native Nolan Sanburn played a key role in his minor league baseball team’s deep run in the playoffs.

The Oakland A’s farmhand made a pair of strong relief appearances for the Beloit Snappers as the squad advanced to the Class A Midwest League semifinal round.

In its playoff opener, Beloit took a 9-6 victory over the Clinton Lumberkings in 10 innings. Sanburn pitched scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, giving up three hits, striking out three and walking one in the process. He exited with the game tied 2-2, where Beloit rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to put Sanburn in line for the win. Beloit scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to an extra inning, where the Snappers later prevailed.

Beloit took a 6-2 win in Game 2 of the series to finish the sweep and advance to the Midwest League semifinal series against the Quad Cities River Bandits, where Beloit fell 2-1 in the series.

Sanburn’s only appearance in the semifinal series was in Game 2, where he picked up a win in relief. He tossed two scoreless frames in the seventh and eighth, allowing two hits, striking out one and walking another.

In the regular season, Sanburn was 1-3 in 14 appearances. He tossed 26 innings in all, sporting a 1.38 ERA and 1.00 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). The former Kokomo Wildkat allowed just four earned runs on 17 hits and nine walks while fanning 20. Eight of his final 10 appearances, all two-inning outings, were scoreless.

Sprinkle claims crown in state horseshoes

The Kokomo Horeshoe Club hosted a state tournament over the weekend at Highland Park, with 10 Kokomo club pitchers taking part. Ninety-six pitchers in all competed in the event.

Ted Sprinkle was the host club’s lone champion. Sprinkle took top honors in the Championship Elders class, winning all seven games and pitching 78 percent ringer.

Mary Miller (5-2) took second in Class I, while Jerry Sallee (6-1) took second in Class A Elder.

Local players contribute to softball team

MADISON, Wis. — Local players Ron Banush, Dave Spargo and Greg Sumpter helped CPI of Oswego, N.Y., win a title in a 40-and-older men’s fastpitch softball national tournament over the weekend.

The squad went 2-1-1 in pool play Friday and Saturday, then went 3-0 in the knockout portion of the tournament. Banush was part of the team’s pitching staff. Spargo manned second base. Sumpter contributed as a utility player, seeing time at catcher and in the outfield.