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Canfield baseball field to be named Bova Field


The Bova Field naming and dedication ceremony will take place on Canfield High School’s baseball field on May 5 at 4:30 p.m.

The ceremony will take place prior to school’s baseball game against Poland.

The field is located at the high school.

The baseball field is being named after retired Canfield High baseball coach Phillip J. Bova.

This dedication was at the request of Anthony Vross, Simon Roofing owner, as part of a $50,000 donation from Simon Roofing to the Cardinal Nest Builders “Renovate the Roost” campaign.

Bova was hired at Canfield High as a chemistry teacher and baseball coach in 1972, when the baseball program was established.

Warren G. Harding’s Rucker drafted by Indy

Former Warren G. Harding defensive back Chris Rucker was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Rucker, the No. 188 overall selection, was the second Spartan chosen.

“I talked with Blair (White) a little already about the organization, and he said that I need to expect to work hard and to come ready to play,” Rucker said in a Michigan State release.

Baseball great Navarro passes away at 105

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico

Emilio “Millito” Navarro, believed to be the oldest living professional baseball player, has died in Puerto Rico. He was 105.

Navarro died while surrounded by relatives, said a brief Saturday statement from his family. He was hospitalized Wednesday in the southern coastal city of Ponce after having a small heart attack.

The cheerful 5-foot-5 infielder was known for his baserunning skills and became the first Puerto Rican to play in the Negro Leagues.

Navarro was elected to the Puerto Rico Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Puerto Rican Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Roth split games


Roth Brothers’ 12-year-old travel baseball team split in the Beaver Valley tournament.

Roth beat the Pittsburgh Outlaws’ travel team, 10-1, in five innings due to the eight-run rule. Aaron Woodberry threw 10 strikeouts during the one-hitter with one earned run. Alex Schlosser had two triples, while Chad Scatasky and Danny Joyce both had two hits for Roth.

Roth, a member of the Stark-Summit travel league, also to Rubber City Bandits (Akron), 8-6.

The tournament continues today.

Indians honor Adams’ 3,000th game on drum


Three-thousand has always been a special number in baseball.

The Cleveland Indians honored John Adams on Saturday for his 3,000th game of pounding a bass drum in the bleachers in support of the team.

Before the first-place Indians took on the Detroit Tigers, Adams was joined by 300 fans who marched into Progressive Field with various drums.

Then Adams and former Indians outfielder Joe Charboneau combined on a unique ceremonial first pitch. Charboneau went to the mound and tossed a baseball — which Adams “hit” with a swing of his drum — his first one-bass hit.

Zabriskie wins Tour de Romandie time trial

SIGNAL-DE-BOUGY, Switzerland

David Zabriskie of the United States won the Tour de Romandie time trial on Saturday, and Cadel Evans took the overall lead with one stage left.

Zabriskie won his first stage of the season, clocking 27 minutes 57 seconds over the 12.5-mile course from Aubonne to Signal-de-Bougy.

Zabriskie said the undulating course suited his strengths.

“I gave it everything and it turned out well,” said the Garmin-Cervelo rider, who raced before a headwind made conditions tougher for the leaders.

Vindicator staff/wire reports

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