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BELLEVILLE - The Jr American Legion State Baseball Tournament get's underway today from Whitey Herzog Field in Belleville. 

The day begins with Orient taking on Danville Gold at 11,  Breese Gray then takes on Quincy at 1:30 followed by Belleville and Farmington at 4pm.  

The final first round game featuring Salem and Urbana will be tomorrow morning at 9:30.  With a win, Salem would play the winner of Breese and Quincy Saturday night at 7:30.  A loss tomorrow would put Salem in the elimination bracket at 2:30 on Saturday against the Breese/Quincy loser.  

It's the first ever trip to Jr Legion State for Post 128 who are riding high after winning the very tough 5th Division Tournament in Bethalto this past weekend.

SALEM - This past weekend Salem attempted to defend their Southern Illinois Swim League Championships at the meet held at the Salem Aquatics Center. 

DuQuoin had other plans as they raced out to a first place finish with 619.5 points followed by Herrin at 551 and then the Swordfish with 427 points.  Although no longer the league champ, Salem had a great season.  Slightly undersized, the Swordfish won all but one of their dual meets.  

At the invitational, the Boys 9-10 100m medley set a new league record as did the Girls 13-14 200m team earlier in the season.  Jairon Stroud came just short of matching his league record in the 7-8 50m freestyle, a record he marked in the previous week, but Haddon Lybarger made his mark in the 9-10 50m freestyle with his time of 31.15.  

Salem gave a strong showing throughout the individual races, but the Swordfish struggled early on in the relay events.  Michelle Lynch, Grace Foltz, Maggie Telford, and Kaitlyn Mayer were able to take first in the 13-14 200 meter relays in both the medley and freestyle.  Their medley time of 2:20.81 was 14 seconds better than second place Herrin.

The boys 9-10 relay team of Brogan Gregg, Keegan Rutledge-Jukes, Jairen Stroud and Haddon Lybarger clinched the 100 meter races in both the freestyle and medley.  They won both races by more than 15 seconds.

In the boys 9-10 25m butterfly, Rutledge-Jukes, Gregg and Alek Bandy each took the top three spots to earn valuable high points for the Swordfish.  Lola Lybarger and Anndi Rutledge-Jukes took second and third in the Girls 6-and-under 25m freestyle.

Caden Cole and maggie Telford were able to sweep the 11-12 50m butterfly, Cole winning his race in 36.5 seconds and Telford hers with a time of 33.31 seconds.

Keegan Rutledge-Jukes and Caroline Foltz were dominant in the 9-10 100m intermediate category, both winning by over seven seconds.  Gregg took third in the boys race with a time of 1:44.62.  H.A. Evans won the 15-18 100m intermediate race comfortably with a time of 1:05.03.

In the girls 6-and-under 25m backstroke, Lola Lybarger and Anndi Rutledge-Jukes held a friendly competition as the two swam neck and neck to take the top two spots ahead of the pack.  Rutledge-Jukes finished her race in 30.83 seconds while Lybarger managed to edge her teammate out by 0.36 seconds.  

Caroline Foltz was able to avoid a close finish in the 25m backstroke, winning with a time of 19 seconds with three DuQuoin swimmers finishing behind her within a second of each other.  Evans took the 100m backstroke in his category with a time of 1:06.07.  Haddon Lybarger and Logan Bandy were the top two finishers for the 9-10 age group.

Salem's strongest showings were in the freestyle and breaststroke categories.  Stroud took first in both the 25 and 50 meter races for his age group.  Haddon Lybarger was able to do the same in the 9-10 group, with Bandy taking silver in the 50m and third in the 25m races.  Caden Cole's last second stretch at the finish line was good enough for a time of 1:09.94 and first place in the 11-12 100m freestyle.  

In the breaststroke, there were two sweeps in two separate events for Salem.  First, Keegan Rutledge-Juukes and Caroline Foltz cleaned house in the 9-10 25m , Rutledge-Jukes finishing at 19 seconds and Foltz clocking in at just .37 seconds better than her runner-up.  Grace Foltz took first with a time of 1:21.47 in the 15-18 100m, and teammate H.A. Evans won the race for the boys.  Maggie Telford won in the 11-12 group.

Tryouts Announced For Area Teams

SALEM - Tryouts for the S.I. Bandits and Outlaws are August 2nd and 16th.  8U begins at 9am followed by 10U at 10, 12U at 11 and 14& at noon.  The 16 and 18U teams will start at 1pm.  For the boys baseball teams…8U is at 2 and 10U at 3.  Tryouts will be at Tully Park in Salem.  Please arrive about 15 minutes early to register.  For more info contact Keith Cummins at 322-7344.

    The Centralia Supersonics has scheduled tryouts for the 2014-15 season.  12 and under and the 14 and  unders will try out Aug. 10 from 3-5 at Rotary Park.  The 10U will have their tryouts Aug. 17 from 2-4 also at Rotary Park. 

    Tryouts for the Franklin Park Bobcats baseball team will be held next week, but new head coach Brian Lipe has his guys out this week with open gyms to get a jump start on the evaluating process.  Lipe coached the Jr high team for 3 years before Marty Adams took over.  Lipe's coaching stint included 3 trips to the state tournament.  

CHICAGO (AP) - Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night.

     Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry's third hit of the game before Barnes singled to left with one out against Wesley Wright. Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide.

     Rob Scahill pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win and Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save. Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, bolstering Colorado's bullpen after it used eight relievers in Tuesday night's 16-inning loss.

DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

     Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one.

     Detroit allowed seven runs in the seventh in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but this time the big inning belonged to the Tigers.

     Hector Noesi allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. He has hit safely in 37 of his last 38 games.

     Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.

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