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UPDATED: Clinton Maroons Fall to Lincoln Railers

As heard on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell to the Lincoln Railers by a score of 6-5 on Thursday afternoon in regional play.  Despite trailing for much of the game, the Maroons pushed three runs across in the top of the 7th to tie the game at 5 each, but Lincoln answered in the bottom of the 7th with the winning run.


Jake Wade takes the loss pitching six and a third innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, striking out five, and walking one. Clinton at the plate was led by Jake Wade, who went two for three with three RBIs and two walks. Levi Nettles was one for three with an RBI.


Nate Arnold takes the win pitching two and a third innings, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out three. Lincoln at the plate was led by Jacob Conczyk who went two for two with an RBI.


With the loss the Maroons fall to 11-15 overall and 6-8 in the Central Illinois Conference. Lincoln improves to 14-18 and will play Chatham Glenwood Saturday for the regional championship.


Tune in Saturday, May 27, as the Clinton Lady Maroons take on Rochester for the regional championship. You can hear the game live on the Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com. Game time is at 11am.


Other Thursday IHSA Baseball Scores:


Milford 1 6 Decatur (D. Lutheran) F
Argenta (A.-Oreana) 3 4 Fithian (Oakwood) F
Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.) 1 2 Orion F
Aledo (Mercer County) 9 8 El Paso (E.P.-Gridley) F
Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) 0 15 St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)
Paris 6 0 Downs (Tri-Valley) F
Mahomet (M.-Seymour) 7 2 Urbana (H.S.) F
Champaign (Central) 4 3 Mattoon F-8

MLB: Cards Lose, Cubs Win, Scoreboard

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kenta Maeda fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning of his first start for the Dodgers in two weeks coming off the disabled list. Then, the Japanese right-hander rallied Los Angeles to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night in the series finale. The Dodgers took two of three from the Cardinals.
CHICAGO (AP) - Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, spot starter Eddie Butler pitched five effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-1 Thursday for their third straight win. Mike Montgomery followed with four scoreless innings and allowed one hit in his first save.
Mariners   4
Nationals  2
Pirates   9
Braves   4
Rockies   1
Phillies   2
Angels   0
Rays 4
Rangers   2
Red Sox   6
Padres   4
Mets 3
Diamondbacks   4
Brewers   0
Tigers   6
Astros 7

NBA: Wade Expected To Stay A Bull; Warriors Faves

> Wade Expected To Stay A Bull
       Most teams have entered offseason mode, meaning draft preparation, trade talks and free agency decisions. In addition to the teams, some players have offseason decisions to make as well, such as potential free agent Dwyane Wade. The veteran guard has a player option for next season with the Chicago Bulls, which would be worth nearly $24M. But with his career winding down and the Bulls barely a playoff team, there was question whether Wade would opt out to chase another ring. 
       According to a report from K.C. Johnson, it appears Wade will take the money. Johnson, who is as plugged into the Bulls scene as anyone, said in a recent mailbag that Wade is expected to opt in
> Warriors Favorites In Vegas
The NBA Finals are set and shocking nobody it's going to the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers for the third year in a row. The Warriors won it in round one, but Cleveland pulled off an upset storming down from a 3-1 deficit to win the rematch. With a score to settle between the two this is the perfect matchup.
Currently, Vegas has the Warriors as the odds-on favorite. With the addition of Kevin Durant and a more impressive season up to this point it makes sense they would be the favorites, but Cleveland shouldn't be counted out entirely. Having LeBron James is the ultimate equalizer.

NFL: Bears Add Cruz

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bears added some salsa, signing former New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract Thursday. Cruz has 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, many of which he celebrated with a salsa dance. A knee injury and a calf problem caused him to miss most of the 2014 season and all of 2015. Last year, he had 39 catches and one touchdown reception.

Leake Strong in Cardinals Win; Rizzo Blasts 2 HR in Cubs Win; Sox Lose

Mike Leake allowed four hits over eight innings and dropped his ERA to 1.91, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Leake (5-2) struck out five and walked none while allowing an earned run. He's yet to allow more than three runs in a start this season.
Yadier Molina hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Molina matched Kolten Wong for the Cardinals' longest streak this season.
Jedd Gyorko had three hits and also drew a walk during a two-run second inning that gave the Cardinals the lead for good.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill walked seven and allowed five earned runs in four-plus innings. He threw two more balls (42) than strikes (40).
Michael Wacha (2-1, 2.74) pitched six scoreless innings against the Giants in his last start. He has pitched at least six innings in all seven of his starts this season.
Kenta Maeda (3-2, 5.03) will come off the DL with a hamstring injury to make his start. He pitched a rehab start Friday. In his last start, May 10 against Pittsburgh, he pitched 8 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in the win.
>>Rizzo Powers Cubs Past Giants
Anthony Rizzo homered twice, Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings and the Cubs hung on to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 after closer Wade Davis gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning.
Rizzo hit solo homers off Matt Moore (2-5) in the second and fourth innings for his 14th career multihomer game. He has four homers over his last four games and 11 on the season.
Javier Baez made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Miguel Montero doubled and scored in the seventh, and Jason Heyward tripled and came around on Jon Jay's sacrifice fly in the eighth after the Giants left the bases loaded.
Davis allowed only one unearned run in his first 18 appearances. But things got really tight in his 19th.
Called on to start the ninth, he gave up a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez. With one out, Mac Williamson drove a 2-2 cutter to the right-field basket on the 12th pitch of the at-bat to pull San Francisco to within 5-4.
Davis then walked Michael Morse before second baseman Baez raced back to snag Denard Span's bloop. Davis then caught Joe Panik looking at a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner. That gave Davis 10 saves in 10 chances, and the Cubs improved to 6-2 on their nine-game homestand.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, meanwhile, made his feelings clear about the final pitch call from plate umpire Jeff Nelson.
''We had them on fumes,'' he said. ''They got the benefit of a bad call. That's not a strike, I'm sorry. But they got the call and that's it.''
Span homered for San Francisco after missing two games with a sprained left thumb. But the Giants lost for the third time in four games after winning eight of 10.
Matt Moore gave up four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings.
Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 4.57 ERA) and Cubs RHP Eddie Butler (1-0, 2.00 ERA) meet in the finale of this four-game series.
>>Diamondbacks Outslug White Sox
Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox.
Arizona scored six runs in the fifth inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana and building a six-run lead, but they had to hold off a White Sox rally.
Quintana (2-6), who retired the first 10 batters he faced, went just 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and eight hits, both season highs.
Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia homered for the White Sox, who were swept for the second time on a 3-7 road trip. The Los Angeles Angels did it to start the trip.
Andrew Chafin (1-0) threw a scoreless fifth inning to get the victory in relief of Randall Delgado.
Fernando Rodney walked Melky Cabrera with two outs in the ninth but got Abreu to ground out to end the game for his second straight save and 12th in 14 tries.
Abreu was 4 for 5 with three RBIs.
Chicago has Thursday off before hosting Detroit in a doubleheader on Friday. The White Sox starting pitcher for the opener has not been announced. RHP Mike Pelfry (1-4, 4.85 ERA) will start the second game. The Tigers have yet to announce their starter for either game.

Big Ten Adjusts Baseball Tournament Scheduling Over Curfew Concerns

The Big Ten has changed its baseball tournament schedule because the length of the Purdue-Nebraska game on Wednesday night would have caused the Iowa-Maryland game to start after the event's predetermined 10 p.m. EDT curfew.
Nebraska beat the Boilermakers 15-9 in a game that lasted 3 hours, 27 minutes.
The revised schedule Thursday: Indiana-Michigan loser's bracket game, 10 a.m.; Iowa-Maryland first-round game, 1:30 p.m.; Purdue vs. Iowa-Maryland loser, 5 p.m.; Northwestern-Minnesota winner's bracket game, 8:30 p.m.
The new schedule gives top-seeded Nebraska an unexpected day off. The Cornhuskers will play the Iowa-Maryland winner on Friday at a time to be determined.

UPDATED: Lady Maroons Shutout Jacksonville at Regionals

The Lady Maroons defeated the Jacksonville Crimsons by a final score of 14-0 Wednesday afternoon in Class 3A Regional softball semifinal action. 
The Maroons were led by Tori Wilson who went 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs. Raymi Dial chipped in with a run and an RBI. There were two runs a piece for Amanda Tool, Destiny Schlesinger, Zoie Polen, and Aspyn Taylor and each Lady Maroons hitter reached base and scored at least once. 
Olivia Sanders pitched five shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
With the win the Lady Maroons move onto the Regional Finals to take on Rochester. 
Tune in this Saturday morning at 11am to hear that Regional Final game live on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW and streaming online at dewittdailynews.com.
Class 3A Regional action from Wednesday:
At Macomb
Macomb 13 F/5
Peoria 0
At Peoria (Notre Dame)
Rock Island Alleman 10
Metamora 0
Pontiac 1
Peoria Notre Dame 3
At Rantoul
Chatham Glenwood 6
Mahomet-Seymour 2
Class 1A Sectional semifinal action from Wednesday...
At LeRoy
LeRoy 3
Heyworth 4

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