SPORTS DIGEST || Draper strikes out nine in Scrappers’ victory

Draper strikes out nine in Scrappers’ victory


Zach Draper scattered six hits and struck out a season-high nine over five scoreless innings as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat the Williamsport Crosscutters 4-1 on Thursday night in New York-Penn Leagye action at Bowman Field.

Draper (5-3) did not walk a batter. Francisco Lopez allowed a hit in two scoreless innings and Manuel Alvarez worked the last two innings. The Crosscutters broke up the shutout bid with a run in the ninth.

Henry Pujols drove in three runs with a two-run home run and a run-scoring double play for the Scrappers (31-20). Mahoning Valley also scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Fermin.

The Scrappers and Crosscutters (22-30) conclude their series at 7:05 tonight. Juan Mota is scheduled to start for Mahoning Valley.

Motorcoach travel planned for YSU-WVU


Direct Travel is offering a same-day round-trip motorcoach trip to Morgantown, W.Va., on Sept. 8 for the Youngstown State football game against the Mountaineers.

The bus will depart from the YSU campus at 1 p.m. the day of the game and return immediately after the contest. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at WVU’s Milan Puskar Stadium.

The cost of the trip is $50 per person and does not include the game ticket. For more information contact Direct Travel at 330-941-2391 during regular business hours.

YSU cross country season begins Sept. 1


The Youngstown State men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in six and seven races, respectively, before heading to the Horizon League Championships in Kenosha, Wis., on Oct. 27, Penguins head coach Brian Gorby announced.

The Penguins open the 2018 campaign at the Duquesne Duals on Sept. 1 before heading to the 50th Annual Tommy Evans Invitational at the University of Akron on Sept. 8.

YSU then heads to the Michigan State Invitational on Sept. 14 and two weeks later the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28. The Penguins will also run at the All-Ohio meet at Akron on Sept. 29.

The following week, the women will run at the Disney World Classic in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 6.

After a two-week hiatus, the men will participate at the pre-nationals at the University of Wisconsin while the women will run at the Canisius Alumni Open on Oct. 13.

Two weeks later the Penguins will compete for the Horizon League Championships.

The NCAA Great Lakes Regional hosted by Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind., is Nov. 3, while the NCAA Cross Country Championship will be held Nov. 17, in Madison, Wis.

Police: College coach threw deadly punch


A college basketball coach threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist who mistook him for an Uber driver, police said Thursday.

Wake Forest assistant coach Jamill Jones attacked Sandor Szabo around 1:15 a.m. Sunday in Queens, causing him to fall and hit his head on the sidewalk, police said.

Jones, 35, of Kernerville, N.C., was arrested Thursday. He is awaiting arraignment on an assault charge.

His lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached.

In a statement, Wake Forest said it would comment further once it gathers more information.

Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching stints at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.

Head coach Danny Manning said at the time that Jones was a “well-respected bright mind” in the coaching world and brought “new blood” and “new perspectives” to Wake Forest.

Szabo, also 35, was taken off life support on Tuesday. His family says he was in New York for a wedding.

Staff and wire reports

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