SPORTS DIGEST || April 12, 2018

Fitch to induct 11 into Hall of Fame


Austintown Fitch is adding 11 to its Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.

They will be introduced before the Falcons’ home game against Warren Harding.

The inductees are Anthony Camuso (basketball), Dan Inglis (football, wrestling), Chris Inglis (football, wrestling), Bob Johnson (football, basketball), Gary Jones (baseball), Brittany Getz Koch (soccer, track), Ed Pallo (football), Christina Toth (volleyball, basketball, softball), Mike Uhlar (football), David “Bear” Patrick (contributor), Dr. David Ritchie (contributor), the 2001-02 volleyball team and the 1986-87 boys cross country team.

Six-run first clinches series win for YSU


The Youngstown State softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 9-5 win over Northern Kentucky on Wednesday.

The Penguins (15-19, 6-6 in the Horizon League) win the season series over the Norse.

Northern Kentucky jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top half of the first, but the Penguins answered quickly.

Freshman Yazmine Romero singled and sophomore Maddi Lusk walked, and, after a sacrifice bunt by Lexi Zappitelli, senior Cali Mikovich laced a run-scoring single to right field to plate Romero with the Penguins first run.

Back-to-back walks to Stevie Taylor and Hannah Lucas got the Penguins within one, 3-2, and Tatum Christy’s two-run single to left gave the Penguins a 4-3 lead. Freshman Nikki Saibene’s two-run double scored Christy and Lucas with the Penguins’ fifth and sixth runs.

Romero, Zappitelli and Roach each had two hits while freshman Elle Buffenbarger picked up her fourth win of the year striking out six in 3.2 innings pitched.

Michigan cancels spring game


Michigan has canceled its spring football game Saturday because of concerns about the weather.

The school says there’s a good chance of rain and thunderstorms Saturday, and the game will not be rescheduled.

Coach Jim Harbaugh says the decision is in the best interest of fans, athletes and the staff needed for the event. Athletic director Warde Manuel says the school wanted to provide advance notice for fans who were considering attending.

Wisconsin also canceled its spring football game Friday night because of a forecast calling for heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Ravens, Bears to play Hall of Fame game


The Ravens and Bears will kick off the NFL’s preseason on Aug. 2 in the Hall of Fame game as they honor 2018 inductees Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher.

Baltimore linebacker Lewis and Chicago LB Urlacher will enter the hall on Aug. 4.

The league’s preseason schedule was announced Wednesday and features eight nationally televised games. In Week 2 of the preseason, the Jets will visit the Redskins for a Thursday night game Aug. 16, and the Ravens will be at Indianapolis on Aug. 20.

Week 3 will have five national telecasts, beginning Aug. 23 with Super Bowl champion Philadelphia at Cleveland.

FIFA concludes visit to Atlanta


A FIFA evaluation committee wrapped up its visit to Atlanta on Wednesday, checking out possible venues for the 2026 World Cup.

The committee toured Mercedes-Benz Stadium, one of the proposed venues for the joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The visit also included stops at the Georgia World Congress Center, which could presumably serve as the media headquarters, as well as Atlanta United’s suburban training facility.

Atlanta is one 23 potential sites proposed for the World Cup — 17 in the United States, plus three each in Canada and Mexico.

FIFA will select the winning bid in June. Morocco is the only other contender.

Staff/wire report

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