SPORTS DIGEST || Curbstone Coaches will meet Monday
Curbstone Coaches will meet Monday
The Curbstone Coaches will meet on Monday at noon at the Avion Banquet Center.
The 51st Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be May 6 at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Keynote speaker will be Paul McFadden, the former Youngstown State University and NFL place kicker. Tickets are available by contacting Mariel Sallee at 330-519-6819.
Sharon Speedway races washed out
Mother Nature scored a clean sweep of racing activities scheduled for the month of April at Sharon Speedway. Saturday’s Menards “Super Series” event was canceled because of rain and cold temperatures. Those with tickets can use them at any upcoming Menards “Super Series” events with the exception of the “Lou Blaney Memorial.”
The 89th anniversary season opener is set for Saturday with the first of three appearances by Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil One. The Summit Racing Equipment Econo Mods also are part of the program.
Sharon Speedway is owned by the Blaney, Weller, and Kirila families and is a 3/8-mile dirt track located on Custer-Orangeville Road near the intersection of state routes 7 and 305. For more information, visit the website at www.sharonspeedway.com or call 330-772-5481.
Mill Creek course will be closed Friday
Mill Creek Golf Course will be closed for a private event on Friday morning. The North and South courses will reopen to the public at 3 p.m. The practice facility and par-3 course at the Wick Recreation Area will be open.
Eastern Gateway falls again in doubleheader
Mercyhurst North East swept a second straight doubleheader from Eastern Gateway Community College 10-4 and 12-2 (five innings) Friday at Austintown Fitch High School’s Coppola Field.
In the opener, Rick Handel (3-2) pitched six strong innings, scattered four hits and also struck out four to pick up the win.
Jason Swope, Luke Baranchak and Eric Formier each homered in the first game, Swope also adding a double and three RBIs to pace the Saints.
The Gators (10-15) got all four of their runs in the sixth inning, which included Kevin Sierra Tirado’s two-run single..
In the nightcap, MNE broke a 2-2 tie with 10 runs in the fifth inning, sending 14 batters to the plate as the first 10 batters scored before an out was recorded. A two-run double by Nick Petrolla highlighted the uprising.
Casey Radka (2-1) picked up the win, striking out six and yielding just four hits for his second win.
Kyle Campbell drove in both Gators runs with a single in the fourth inning.
EGCC returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday when they travel to Alliance to face Mount Union.
Harvick has pole for NASCAR race
A different Busch will be Kevin Harvick’s nearest competitor at Talladega Superspeedway — at least at the start.
Harvick will start on the pole Sunday at Talladega while he goes for his fourth win of the year, which would break a 3-3 deadlock with streaking Kyle Busch. Starting with him up front: Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch.
Even for oft-chaotic Talladega, drivers have said Sunday’s race seems more unpredictable than usual with questions about the cars’ handling. NASCAR changed the restrictor plates after Friday’s practice laps in which Jamie McMurray’s car flipped a number of times.
The change is expected to sap some horsepower from the cars.
“I’ve never really seen this much uncertainty going into a plate race before,” Kurt Busch said. “So everybody’s got their hands full. Handling will be at an all-time premium. And you have to make the right adjustments on the car. At the same time, you have to protect the car.”