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SALEM - The Franklin Park baseball and softball tryouts for this coming school year's 6th-8th graders will take place on Monday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 5 from 5-7pm at the Franklin Park Fields.

Cross Country practice for interested 5th-8th graders will begin shortly following the start of the school year, with more information being announced during the first few days of school.

All athletes must have a current sports physical (one that has been performed within the last 395 days) in order to participate.  Physical forms are now available for download on the Franklin Park website.

TEUTOPOLIS - Salem Post 128 Jr Legion won their 4th straight elimination game and defeated Effingham 11-1 to advance to the Fifth Division Tournament in Bethalto this weekend.  Zach Consolino tossed a four hitter and Dakota McDaneld went 3-3 with 3 RBI as Salem improved to 29-5 on the summer.  Rowdy Hensley had 2 hits as Salem totaled 10 in the five inning game.  Salem joins Breese Gray and Newton as the other representatives from District 23. 

Coach Jeff Malone commented that there are some good teams going over to the Division.  It's a tough district with a lot of good competition.

Sr Legion:  The Fifth Division Senior Legion Tournament at New Baden continued yesterday.  District 23 East winner's Vandalia Post 95 had a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning when the Swansea/Fairview Heights Giants scored 11 times in the inning and cruised to a 20-3 victory in 7 innings.  Vandalia is back in action today at 1:30 while the Giants are 2-0 in tournament play and will take on New Baden tonight at 7:30.

    Carlyle is 1-1 in tournament play following their 3-0 loss to the Metro East Bears.  Post 404 could only manage 5 hits on the day.

Peoples National Bank Tigers....2014 City Series Champs!

SALEM - It was a fitting way for the season to end as the Salem City Series saw a couple of comebacks in Game 2, but in the end, Chase Dodson's walk-off grand slam capped off a great baseball game as Peoples National Bank Tigers defeated the Rotary Reds 8-5 and won the 2014 Salem City Series 2-games-to-0.

The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the first when they scored twice without a hit.  The Reds answered with a run of their own in the third on an RBI single from Trent Boles to score Logan Rubin. 

The Tigers held that 2-1 lead until the final inning when Rotary exploded for 4 runs in the top of the frame.  After 2 walks and an error loaded the bases, Eric Barham came through with a 2 run single to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.  Greg Head then grounded out to first and scored Barham and Laten Wayer finished off the scoring with an RBI single. 

Now the Tigers were down to their final 3 outs of the game.  Carter Rose lead off the inning getting hit by a pitch, Payton Curry then singled followed by Tyler Moody's walk.  Grady Stein grounded out to first base to score the first run, Kaidin Roberts then walked and after Cory Smith cut the deficit to 5-4 with an RBI single, it set up the heroics for Dodson who came up with the bases loaded.  And after a meeting at the mound, Dodson delivered. 

Logan Rubin got a no decision for the Reds but was good after struggling with command in the first as he struck out 11in 4 innings of work.  Kaidin Roberts entered the game in the sixth in relief of starter Jaron Blomberg and picked up the win.  
The Tigers finished the season at 15-4 while the Reds finish 14-5 with four of their losses this season coming to the Tigers.  

Front Row Left to Right: Logan Lotz, Preston Johannes, Hayden Williams and Michael Scherrer. Back Row Left to Right: Head Coach Bill Milner, Cain Milner, Levi Hays, Eric Brubaker, Brennan Nix, Jamie Long, Coach Troy Williams, Coach Brian Brubaker.

BLOOMINGTON - Force Five, a local 6th and 7th grade travel basketball team made up of boys from Selmaville, Central City, South Central and Franklin Park grade schools ended their AYBT summer tournament schedule at the national Tournament held in Bloomington from July 17th through the 20th.  Force Five finished the week with a 9-1 record.  The team's only loss came in the championship game against the Metamora Redbirds.

Head coach Bill Milner says he is very satisfied with not only the season results themselves but more importantly the hard work and improvement he has witnessed in the young men who played on the team since early April of this year.

"It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to play at the level these boys played.  we play teams from schools whose total enrollment is more than the combined total of all the schools our players come from.  Getting to the championship game at nationals for the second year in a row really says something about these young men."

Force Five is comprised of:  Levi Hays, Cain Milner, Brennan Nix, Michael Scherrer, Jamie Long, Preston Johannes, Eric Brubaker, Hayden Williams and Logan Lotz.  Force Five is coached by Bill Milner with assistance from coaches Troy Williams and Eric Brubaker. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Moustakas homered twice, Bruce Chen pitched five effective innings and the Kansas City Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

     Moustakas, who has 12 homers this season, went 3 for 5 with three RBIs.

     The Royals entered the game with a major league-worst 55 homers and had managed a total of six runs during the losing streak.

     Chen allowed one run and five hits in five innings.

     Adam Dunn went 2 for 4 with a solo homer for the White Sox, who had won three of four.

     Chicago starter Scott Carroll allowed five runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings.

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