News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 19, 2012

METRO ROUNDUP: Vikings’ Thornton on All-Star team

Staff Writer
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — West Vigo’s Cody Thornton has been selected by the Indiana Baseball Coaches Association to play in the annual North-South All-Star Series next month.

A four-year starter for the Vikings, Thornton batted .455 his senior year with four doubles, a triple and five homers. In 30 games, he scored 38 runs and drove in 54, just two shy of the West Vigo school record held by Lenny LeClerq.

He was the starting right fielder for West Vigo’s Class 3A state runner-up team in 2009 and is currently playing American Legion baseball for Wayne Newton Post 346.

The all-star series will be at Jasper this year, the weekend of July 13-15.

In other baseball news:

• Cavemen 5-5, Rex 4-4 — At Hannibal, Mo., the Terre Haute Rex lost a pair of seven-inning Prospect League games by identical scores Sunday night.

A rainout on Saturday caused the doubleheader to be played.

Nick Johnson, Kyle Kempf and Mike Schroeder had six of the seven Terre Haute hits in the first game Sunday. After falling behind 4-0 and 5-1, the Rex pulled within two runs on Schroeder’s two-run homer in the sixth inning and got within one when Kempf got his second RBI in the top of the seventh.

Schroeder added two doubles in the second game, with Blake Norwood adding two hits and Norwood, Jacob Hayes and Edmond Cheatham each getting a double, but the Rex couldn’t score in the last three innings after taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the fourth.

After a day off Monday, Terre Haute’s eight-game road trip continues today with the first of two games at Springfield — the Rex’s second trip to Robin Roberts Field in less than a week.

Terre Haute Rex    000    102    1    —    4    7    2

Hannibal Cavemen    013    010    x    —    5    5    1

Manering, Oltman (6) and Teschner; Gardner, Martin (7) and Peters. W — Gardner, 2-0. L — Manering, 0-2. S — Martin (2). HR — TH: Schroeder (2), H: Sikes (5).

Highlights — For the Rex, Nick Johnson was 2 for 2 with a double; Mike Schroeder was 2 for 4 with a 2-run homer; and Kyle Kempf was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Terre Haute Rex    002    200    0    —    4    7    4

Hannibal Cavemen    201    101    x    —    5    3    0

Stady, Dartnell (4), Blount (6) and Norwood; Bruch, Lawson (5) and Sikes. W — Lawson, 1-0. L — Dartnell, 0-1. HR — H: Sikes (6).

Highlights — For the Rex, Mike Schroeder was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles; Blake Norwood was 2 for 4 with a double; and Jacob Hayes and Edmond Cheatham were both 1 for 3 with a double.

Next — The Rex (8-10) play today at Springfield. Hannibal (11-7) plays today at Danville.

• Junior Rex go 1-3 — At Champaign, Ill., the Junior Rex won just one of four games at the 14-team Father’s Day Bash.

Terre Haute opened with a 2-1 win over the Palos Heights Stampede as Nathan Higbie had a 74-pitch complete game and also the game-winning RBI triple, driving in Grant Dennany in the bottom of the sixth.

The Junior Rex then lost 9-6 to the Champaign Dream, with Higbie and Levi Dowden getting two hits each and Kavan Crowell two RBIs; 1-0 to the Champaign Tribe despite a strong pitching performance by Chris Latta and Mitchell Howald; and 3-0 in the quarterfinals Sunday to the Peoria Diamond Devils, Howald and Higbie getting two hits each.

Peoria defeated the Stampede in the chapionship game.

Now 16-7, the Junior Rex play July 1-6 in the Cal Ripken Stars and Stripes Tourney in Aberdeen, Md.


• Player omitted — Sullivan High School senior-to-be Caelan Jones was inadvertantly left out of the report of Wabash Valley players at the 2012 All-Star Classic at New Castle during the weekend.

Jones had five points, five rebounds and led her Red 4 team with three assists and three steals in a 96-91 loss Thursday to the White 3 team in junior girls competition. She played against her Golden Arrow teammate Rhagen Smith and Terre Haute North’s Nicole Anderson and was a teammate of Terre Haute South’s Tasia Brewer.

Jones was also the recipient of the Kent Benson Mental Attitude Award for that game.


• Panther awards — Riverton Parke High School presented softball awards recently, including all-Wabash River Conference honors for Sarah Burnham, E.B. Dickey, Paige Yando and Kelly Combs and honorable-mention awards for Shelby Edington, Shelby Virostko and Jeannie Phillips.

 Burnham had the best batting average, Combs was defensive player of the year, Edington was most improved player, Phillips was rookie of the year and Yando won the mental attitude award.

Yando and Combs will play July 10 in the Crossroads Series at Purdue.

Auto racing

• Short prevails — At Haubstadt, Brady Short won a Midwest Sprint Car Series feature Sunday at Tri-State Speedway.

Short was followed by Robert Ballou and Jon Stanbrough at the finish of the race. Trent Young won a feature for modifieds.


Sunday's results

Sprint cars

Heat winners — Jeff Bland Jr., Blake Fitzpatrick, Robert Ballou.

Feature — Brady Short, Ballou, Jon Stanbrough, Kyle Cummins, Bland, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jonathan Hendrick, Seth Parker, Blake Fitzpatrick, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Chase Stockon, Brian Karraker, Joe Ligouri, Chet Williams, Patrick Budge, Matt Humphrey, Dakota Jackson, Chase Briscoe, Aric Gentry, Donny Brackett.


Heat winners — Tyler Nicely,  Willie Madison, Trent Young, Stephen Schnapf (B-main).

Feature — Young, Schnapf, Levi Kissinger, Nicely, Stan Beadles, Madison, Michael Fox, Mark Lamont, Matt Hines, Johnny Young.

• Larson posts win — At Kokomo, Kyle Larson won the feature race in the Indiana Midget Week finale on Sunday at Kokomo Speedway. Larson led the final 13 laps to win the main event with Bryan Clauson second and Tracy Hines third.

Darren Hagen was sixth and wrapped up the Midget Week title. He also has a 146-point lead over Hines in the U.S. Auto Club midget totals going into Friday's race at Iowa Speedway.


Sunday's results

Heat winners — Stev Buckwalter, Rico Abreu, Jerry Coons Jr., Bryan Clauson, Mario Clouser (semi).

Feature — Kyle Larson, Clauson, Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Chris Windom, Darren Hagen, Coons, Dave Darland, Scott Hatton, Abreu, Caleb Armstrong, Dalton Armstrong, Buckwalter, Davey Ray, Trevor Kobylarz.

Final Indiana Midget Week totals — Hagen 322, Hines 278, Windom 277, Coons 248, Clauson, Larson 196, Buckwalter 184, Alex Bright 174, Abreu 158, Kuhn 157.

USAC midget point leaders — Hagen 649, Hines 503, Larson 458, Windom 442, Caleb Armstrong 431, Clauson 420.