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Coach Jeff Malone's first ever trip to state with his Jr Legion team.

Salem Jr Legion captures their first Fifth Division Title.

Winning pitcher Dalton Courtright worked 6-plus innings, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5.

BETHALTO - Salem Post 128 Jr Legion won the 5th Division Tournament by defeating Breese Gray 5-2 at Bethalto.  Dalton Courtright earned the win going 6-plus innings and allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 5.  Brendan Boles worked the final inning for the save. 

At the plate, Dakota McDaneld drove in 2 and so did Riley Martin as Salem earned their first win in 4 games against Breese this season as they improved to 33-5 on the season.  

Both teams advance to this weekend's state tournament held at Whitey Herzog Field in Belleville.  

Salem will open at 9:30 Friday morning against Urbana while Breese will play Thursday at 1:30 against Quincy.  

Bauer Helps Buds To CCL Win...

CENTRALIA - Todd Bauer blasted 2 home runs, including a 3-run shot in the sixth inning as the Centralia Buds defeated Carlyle 16-0.  Centralia had those 16 runs on 16 hits.

    The Trenton Miners raced out to a 5-0 lead but needed extra innings to hold off the Breese Merchants 9-8 at Northside Park in Breese. 

    The Barts of Bartelso overcame an early 2-0 deficit to top the Aces of Aviston 5-2 and maintain their hold on first place improving to 11-2 on the season. 

    The Beckemeyer Eagles staved off a late charge by Germantown to win 4-3.  The Reds are in 3rd place at 9-4 on the season. 

    In the All-Star game between the Clinton County League and Mon-Clair League, the Buds Brian Dinkelman was named MVP as the contest was concluded in a 10-10 tie at GCS Stadium in Sauget.  Dinkelman hit a 3 run homer in the 8th and tied the game with a run  scoring single in the 9th.  

CHICAGO (AP) - Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings Monday night as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Colorado Rockies 4-1.

     Anthony Rizzo drove in two runs to back Wada.

     In only his third career start in the majors, Wada cut through the Colorado lineup, allowing one run and five hits. It was a far cry from his last outing, when he lasted four innings and gave up five runs in a loss to San Diego.

     The sole blemish on Wada's performance came in the sixth when the Rockies got three hits, capped by Nolan Arenado's RBI single.

     Pedro Strop worked out of a jam in the eighth inning and Hector Rondon worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 16 chances.

     Yohan Flande struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

     Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season.

     The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to NL West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named. The trade was announced on Monday.

     Barney, who turns 29 in November, is a .244 career hitter with 18 homers and 146 RBIs in 542 games.

CHICAGO (AP) - No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insists there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

     He credits the push to unionize.

     Fitzgerald says he's "proud of the maturity" his players displayed as the story unfolded. He spoke Monday on the first day of the Big Ten's two-day media event.

     Northwestern is at the forefront of the movement, with former quarterback Kain Colter leading the push to form the first union for college athletes.

     A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled in March that Northwestern's full scholarship players can bargain with the school as employees. Players voted in April on whether to form the first union for college athletes. The result is not known because the NLRB impounded the ballots.

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