Softball: Close encounters but mixed results for Wisconsin against Iowa

first_imgWisconsin was close, but the Badgers only had one comeback attempt in them this weekend.After coming back from a 4-1 deficit Saturday to win in walk-off fashion over Iowa, Wisconsin (17-22, 2-9 Big Ten) couldn’t complete the same feat Sunday in a 3-2 defeat in 10 innings.After hitting the game-tying home run Saturday along with pitching a complete game, Taylor Paige Stewart took the mound for the Badgers to square off against Shayla Starkenburg in a rubber match full of missed opportunities to score.In the opening frame both pitchers were in danger of giving up runs, but Iowa (14-31, 5-9) left two runners on base while Wisconsin’s Chloe Miller narrowly missed a two-run homer after flying out to the warning track.Iowa’s Alyssa Navarro capitalized on the windy day in the top of the second with a solo shot to left-center to give the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead. Unlike her previous outing, which featured seven strikeouts in the first two innings, Stewart struggled early with command and loaded the bases with two outs in the same frame, but a pop out to center field prevented any further damage.Iowa picked up right where they left off with leadoff double from Molly Hoffman in the third. First basemen Kaitlyn Mullarkey nearly cleared the bases with a two run shot to left, but it was caught at the warning track as the Hawkeyes again stranded a runner on third.It took until two outs in the bottom of the third for Wisconsin to put a hit on the board, after Maria Van Abel legged out an infield single with no one able to cover first base. Marissa Mersch followed up with a line drive, but it went straight to third baseman Sarah Kurtz to keep Starkenburg’s shutout intact and Iowa’s lead at 1-0.Wisconsin put forth its first considerable scoring threat of the day in the bottom of the fourth, after a leadoff triple to right-center from Kelsey Jenkins brought up the looming possibility of a tie game. After two consecutive outs, Ashlee Van Zeeland capitalized with an RBI single right up the middle to even the score, just the third hit of the game by the Badgers.A single by Navarro loaded the bases up for the Hawkeyes with just one out in the top of the fifth, which allowed Erin Erickson to drive home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right field. But a strikeout stranded runners at the corners as Stewart kept the damage to just one run going into the bottom of the frame.Wisconsin was in position to tie the game back up in the bottom of the fifth with two runners on and two outs, but its efforts were cut short when Van Abel was thrown out trying to steal home. Iowa catcher Hoffman quickly noticed the attempt and got in position to make the easy tag.With Wisconsin still trailing in the last of the seventh, Megan Tancill tripled to jumpstart the game-tying rally. After Starkenburg struck out the next two hitters, it looked as if Wisconsin might come up short with a runner in scoring position again. But Mersch stepped up with an infield single, just barely beating the throw, as the Badgers tied the game at two. With Mersch on third, Starkenburg kept her team alive with a strikeout to end the inning and send the contest into extras.In a game where both teams combined to leave 32 runners on base, Van Zeeland believes it’s important to keep things in perspective with so many games in a season.“The coaches always tell us to learn from games like this,” Van Zeeland said. “We had a lot of little mistakes that we can fix, so if we just come together as a group and stay with it. We’ll be fine.”With the bases loaded for Iowa in the top of the eighth, shortstop Megan Blank made a crucial play for Wisconsin with a throw to home plate to get the lead runner and keep the game tied. Katie Christner then came up with a full speed catch, crashing hard against the fence afterwards to end the top of the frame in style and help UW escape danger.Just like the Hawkeyes, the Badgers found themselves with the bases loaded and just one out in the bottom of the eighth, with the winning run for the game and the series just 60 feet away. It was the defense again, however, that seized the moment with a strikeout and groundout keeping the Hawkeyes in business.They finally capitalized on that in the top of the 10th inning.A towering homerun from Megan Blank over the right field fence gave Iowa a 3-2 lead, an advantage that they wouldn’t relinquish. The Badgers made the last out of the game on the base paths, with pinch runner Brianna Flugaur trying to advance to third on an infield grounder. On the same play, Van Zeeland was on third and would’ve come across to score if it were not for the out.Despite the disappointing outcome for her team, UW head coach Yvette Healey emphasized the positives moments where her players stepped up in big moments instead of dwelling on their shortcomings at the end of the contest.“It’s a heartbreaker. We got a great performance out of Taylor [Stewart], which is wonderful to see. I think that’s super important, and she threw a great game. We’re proud of her,” Healey said. “Their hero just came up bigger than ours. Megan Blank is their big kid, and she stepped up when it counted. A lot of our best kids had the shot, but we just didn’t convert. I’m proud of the kids that did convert.”Game 1Iowa set the tone early in the series opener, rattling freshman starting pitcher Mariah Watts to the tune of five runs in a third of an inning. Hoffman recorded two hits in the first inning alone, with three RBIs in the process. The Hawkeyes scored 10 total runs in the first inning, as Wisconsin managed only four runs in the 16-4 final.Game 2Following a two RBI double by Hoffman and two-run home run off the bat of Mullarkey in a third inning, the Badgers found themselves in a 4-1 hole in the bottom of the sixth inning. With opportunities waning, Mersch delivered an RBI single, followed up by a sacrifice fly from Miller to chip down the deficit to one. A scoreless frame by Iowa in the top of the seventh left the Badgers needing one run, which was delivered by Stewart’s first career homer to tie the game. Van Abel’s walk-off fielders choice gave Wisconsin the stunning comeback victory.last_img read more

Man City look to Spurs to slow Liverpool Premier League charge

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Premier League leaders LiverpoolLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City have the chance to exert some short-term pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool this weekend as Manchester United look to end their away day blues.Jurgen Klopp’s side saw their long winning streak ended by a hungry United in a draw at Old Trafford last week but still have a comfortable six-point lead over second-placed City.Guardiola’s defending champions can cut that gap to just three points, at least temporarily, if they beat Aston Villa at home on Saturday, while Liverpool have a trickier-looking tie against Spurs the following day.Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side travel to Burnley on the back of a six-match winning run in all competitions while third-placed Leicester visit Southampton on Friday.Manchester United will be desperate to put more distance between themselves and the relegation zone but travel to Norwich without an away win in the Premier League since February.AFP Sport picks out some of the talking points ahead of the weekend’s matches.Fortress AnfieldLiverpool go into their home match against Tottenham after falling one game short of matching Manchester City’s record 18-match winning run in the Premier League.The European champions, on a 44-match unbeaten run at home in the league, have forgotten how to lose at Anfield but will be facing a Spurs team buoyed by a 5-0 victory at home to Red Star Belgrade in midweek.Erik Lamela, who scored against Red Star on his 200th appearance for Spurs, said the size of the victory had given the struggling team an injection of confidence.“Our confidence is better after winning the game 5-0,” said the Argentine. “We need to take this game, keep going, try to get better and better and now focus on Liverpool.”Spurs are seeking revenge for defeat in last season’s Champions League final, but the odds are stacked against them.Tottenham have won just once in 15 matches against Liverpool and have not won away in the Premier League since January.Sterling soarsPep Guardiola urged his team to be more clinical after their 2-0 victory last week against Crystal Palace and his team responded by thumping Atalanta 5-1 in the Champions League.Despite Guardiola’s exhortations, City have not been shy in front of goal this season, hitting 29 in just nine Premier League matches.Their top-scorer in all competitions is Raheem Sterling, whose hat-trick in midweek led to gushing praise from his boss, who called him an “extraordinary player”. Sterling has 16 goals already this season for club and country — already more than half of his tally of 31 during the previous campaign.Despite his comments about his attackers, Guardiola’s more pressing concern will be sorting out his defence, which has looked vulnerable this season in the absence of Aymeric Laporte.Rodri’s hamstring injury against Atalanta has restricted the manager’s defensive options even further but John Stones will be hoping to put a frustrating spell behind him and re-establish himself in the starting XI.United’s away-day woeManchester United came within minutes of beating Liverpool at Old Trafford last week but Sunday’s visit to Norwich will likely be a truer test of the team’s current form.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, just two points above the relegation zone, have not won away in the league since the Norwegian was appointed as the permanent boss.The match at Carrow Road will be the second of four successive away games in all competitions.United did at least secure their first win on the road since March at Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.“It’s an issue that we have to deal with and sort out as soon as possible,” said Solskjaer on his side’s away form.Fixtures (1500 GMT unless stated)FridaySouthampton v Leicester (1900)SaturdayManchester City v Aston Villa (1130), Brighton v Everton, Watford v Bournemouth, West Ham v Sheffield United, Burnley v Chelsea (1630)SundayNewcastle v Wolves (1400), Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Liverpool v Tottenham, Norwich v Manchester United (all 1630)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Deficit Surpasses $1 Trillion

first_imgSurprise! The federal deficit now exceeds a trillion dollars.According to numbers released by the Congressional Budget Office, the deficit surpassed the trillion-dollar mark in the first eleven months of the current fiscal year.To put that in perspective, that’s about $181 billion more than last year’s number.The CBO estimates the actual deficit for the year will be around 960 billion once the U.S. Treasury collects quarterly tax payments for September.Right now this massive deficit is not sustainable according to economists.Congress headed back to Washington this week once again facing a government shutdown with little time to act.Lawmakers have only three weeks to stop federal funding from lapsing. Current appropriations run out at the end of September.Facing the risk of a shutdown that could upend federal workers’ lives and drag on the economy, the Democratic-held House will push to pass a short-term bill to keep the government running. The chamber will consider a so-called continuing resolution during the week of Sept. 16.last_img read more

Domino’s Pizza Grand Opening Benefits Hands On Children’s Museum

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Domino’s PizzaDomino’s Pizza is holding the Grand Opening for its first and only Olympia restaurant this Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to Close (10:00 p.m. for carry out and 1:00 a.m. for delivery) and is donating 100% of sales to the Hands On Children’s Museum.The donation will support the Museum’s Free-and-Reduced Admissions Program. Guests are invited to the ribbon cutting and for a tour of the new space.The Olympia Domino’s doesn’t look like many of the chain’s restaurants you have seen before. Domino’s is introducing its Pizza Theater store design, where kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to watch their pizza being made and interact with crew members. The new restaurant also features hardwood floors, booth seating, a chalk wall to entertain kids, and a new cold case with fresh-made salads, milk, cookies, cakes and other desserts.Join us to help support the Hands On Children’s Museum and for FREE pizza samples, prizes, pizza-making races, face painting and more!Domino’s Pizza3225 Harrison AvenueOlympia, WA 98502Phone: 360-357-2277last_img read more

Lacey Appoints New Administrative Services Director

first_imgFacebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyCity Manager Scott Spence announced today the appointment of Candice Bock as the new Administrative Services Director for the City of Lacey. Her first day with the city will be October 3.Candice Bock is the new Administrative Service Director for the City of Lacey. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey“Candice comes to the City of Lacey with a broad background in public service,” said Spence. “Her tenure at the Association of Washington Cities, as well as local government executive experience, makes her uniquely qualified to assume the duties of the Director of Administrative Services.”Bock served as Government Relations Advocate for the Association of Washington Cities and was responsible for guiding development of policy encompassing a wide range of fields, including personnel and labor relations, criminal justice, public safety, and emergency management. In addition, she served as the City Manager of the City of Carnation, and as the Assistant City Manager and Government Relations Director of the City of Lakewood.Bock earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).The Administrative Services Director is responsible for managing the city’s public affairs, human resources, and city clerk functions. The position serves as a member of the executive team and reports directly to the City Manager. Twelve full-time employees assist the director in carrying out responsibilities of the city’s employee recruitment, training, and compensation programs; risk management and safety initiatives; public information and outreach programs; citizen assistance efforts; public records management; and intergovernmental and legislative relations activities.last_img read more