Indiana tops Boardmanin Little League
INDIANAPOLIS -- A three-run fifth inning was the difference as Indiana Seymour turned back the Boardman All Stars in the Little League 11-12 year old regional baseball tournament at Stokley Field.
Indiana took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, but Boardman (0-3 in pool play) bounced back to tie the score 2-2 in the top of the third inning.
Ryan Gallagher led Boardman with a home run. He allowed five hits, five runs with eight strikeouts to take the loss.
Chad VanLiew worked three innings in relief for Indiana, allowing two hits and striking out three to pick up the win.
Metros split pair
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Youngstown Metros (1-1) was playing Maryland St. and Columbus today in the All American Amateur Baseball Association National Tournament.
The Metros fell behind 6-3, then rallied for a run in each the eighth and ninth innings in losing to Altoona 6-5 in a first-round game Tuesday of the 19-20-year-old double elimination tournament.
Dan Bertolini hit a double and two singles to pace Youngstown. Brent Parks and Cliff Panezich each had a pair of singles.
Youngstown Metros 2, Zanesville 0
In another game, John Hay pitched a complete nine-inning game three-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Metros beat Zanesville 2-0 in a losers bracket game.
Mike Turjanica doubled to drive in Parks, who had singled, and Josh Conkey, who had doubled, with the two runs in the eighth inning.
Brett Pitzulo added three singles and Bertolini two for the Metros.
Tinko takes second
CONCORD -- Bob Tinko fired 78-81--159 to finish second in the boys 12-13-year-old division of the two-day North Coast Junior Tour championships at Quail Hollow Resort and Country Club.
Robert Reams II of Warren carded 91-104--195 to place eighth.
Reign finishes second
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Jaclyn Carpenter, a pitcher/shortstop from Champion High, posted a 3-1 record with a 0.58 ERA and batted .333 as Reign went 7-2 to finish as runners-up in the S.E.A.A. Fastpitch World Series.
Gabby Flynn, who will be a sophomore at Hubbard, batted. 444.
Katie Naumoff, a Poland High graduate now attending Florida Tech, had a .370 batting average while playing center field and second base.
Kim Moore, a Howland native attending LaRoche College, played third and did some catching. Jenna Vrabel, also attending LaRoche, played first base and Kelsey Lyle, who will be a junior at Wellsville High, played left field.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown Park and Recreation Commission is sponsoring a National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division Regional Tournament from Thursday through Sunday.
Games for players ages 19 and older will be played at Pemberton Field and Oakland Field.
The ceremonial game will be Thursday at 8 p.m. at Pemberton Field.
Two Youngstown Class AA teams will play 10 other teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
Jim Kelly vowsto continue fight
HAMBURG, N.Y. -- Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his wife buried their 8-year-old son Tuesday with a promise to continue their fight against the disease that claimed his life.
Hunter James Kelly died Friday following a lifelong struggle with Krabbe disease, an inherited nervous system disorder that claims most of its victims in their first two years of life.
"We will not give up, back down or surrender until we have helped every family," Jill Kelly said in a recorded message that played as family photographs flashed above a small green casket flanked by two stuffed giraffes.
The Kellys, who didn't speak at the service, have publicly shared their private struggles with Hunter to raise awareness of the disease and research funds. They invited the public to Hunter's funeral, which they called a celebration of his life.
The couple sat at the front of the Wesleyan Church in this Buffalo suburb with daughters Erin, 10, and Camryn, 6, while more than 1,000 people packed the sanctuary. Among those attending the service were Kelly's former Buffalo Bills teammates Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Darryl Talley, Frank Reich, Steve Tasker and former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason.
"I'm here for Hunter, I'm here for the Kelly family. There's no way I would miss this," Thomas said.
Thomas, who played in four straight Super Bowls with Kelly, recalled how the quarterback called him with news of Hunter's birth. He said his fondest memory was seeing Hunter, wearing his father's No. 12, watching from his wheelchair as Kelly's jersey was placed on the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame.
Hunter could barely move his head but communicated by blinking his eyes. He underwent hours of physical, speech and breathing therapy and was home-schooled.
Jim Kelly lobbied the state to broaden its newborn screening program, a cause that also took him to Washington on behalf of improved nationwide testing.
The Hunter's Hope foundation established by the Kellys in 1997 has awarded more than $3.8 million to neurological disease-related research. Last year, the foundation and the University at Buffalo announced the establishment of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute.
Vindicator staff/wire reports