Franklin County moved to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play with an extra inning win at Batesville Thursday night.Alex Bischoff was the player of the game pitching 8 shutout innings. Bischoff only allowed 1 hit, which was an infield hit and faced just 2 batters over the minimum while recording 11 strikeouts. Offensively, the Wildcats pounded out 9 hits but was unable to scratch a run across in the first 7 innings. In the 8th inning, after hits from Andrew Beaman and Tommy Ratz, Batesville chose to intentionally walk Brennan Meyers to load the bases with 2 outs. With the game on the line, Bischoff stepped up the plate and sent a pitch over the left center field fence for a Grand Slam. Bischoff finished off the 8th inning to secure the win for FC.Franklin County will play host to Hagerstown on Friday, first pitch at 5pm.On Saturday, FC will travel to Talawanda to play one game at 10am as part of a rescheduled game that was rained out.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.Unfortunately, the Batesville Bulldogs JV Baseball team wasn’t able to get the same result as on Tuesday nights game against the Franklin County Wildcats as they got hit with their third loss of the season dropping their record to 2-3.Casey Werner toed the rubber and went 3.2 innings and allowed only one earned run. Unfortunately two errors on the same play that would have been the third out allowed a Wildcat runner to score to extend their lead to 3-0. Riley Zink came in an pitched a solid 3.1 innings surrendering two earned runs. Although Bulldogs hitters had chances throughout the game they started cashing in towards the latter part of the game getting a run back in the fifth when Seth Gausman singled, stole a base and later scored on a single by Clay Grunkemeyer. Then in the sixth Riley Zink led the inning off with a line drive hit to left backed up by a double by Drew Kiefer. Devin Scripture would drive in a run on a sacrifice fly but the threat ended there. In the seventh the Bulldogs got within one run when Nate Eckstein led the inning of with a single and back to back doubles by Lleyton Ratcliffe and Clay Grunkemeyer plated runs after a strike out Drew Kiefer lined out to end the game on a hard hit ball that just couldn’t find a hole.It was a tough loss to take but the Bulldogs JV looks to rebound when they play Greensburg at home at 5:30 p.m. next Monday April 23.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – If Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov retains his world title in London next week he will not be serenaded by his national anthem when he stands on the podium.Shubenkov and 18 compatriots will compete as neutral athletes at the World Championships, the biggest international meeting to include Russians since their country’s athletics federation was suspended nearly two years ago over an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that exposed the country’s widespread state-sponsored doping.“I want everything to be like in 2015,” Shubenkov said, referring to the gold medal he won in the 110-metres hurdles at the last worlds in Beijing.With their federation still suspended, dozens of Russians have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that their training environment meets the required anti-doping standards.Although some semblance of a Russian squad is returning to the international stage after missing last year’s Rio Olympics, Russian athletes in London will be barred from wearing their country’s symbols and colors, down to hairbands and nail polish.Russian authorities, who have vehemently denied the existence of state-sponsored doping, have generally accepted athletes’ efforts to compete as neutrals.“Everyone understands who they are representing,” sports minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters at Russia’s national athletics championships last week.“It will be difficult for the athletes to compete because they are patriots.”Many of the Russians set to compete in London say that the absence of their flag is but a minor annoyance that neither dims their love for their country nor affects their focus.“I try not to think about it, not to give it any importance,” Shubenkov said.World champion high jumper Maria Lasitskene — whose personal best, a 2.06-metre jump recorded last month, is three centimeters off the world record — said that the possibility of retaining her title was more important than the colors she would be wearing.“I’m competing as a neutral but what’s most important for me is to show results, to defend my title,” she said.Russian athletes cleared by the IAAF say the long hiatus from international competitions has hurt their development as much as their income.“It’s tough to motivate yourself when you are competing against those with whom you train every day,” sprinter Kseniya Aksyonova, who was cleared to compete by the IAAF but met the entry standard for London only after the deadline, told Reuters.The Russian federation’s decision to hold the national championships after the entry deadline for the worlds ultimately deprived three athletes, including Aksyonova, of the chance to compete in London.“I understood that the chances to qualify were gone,” Aksyonova said. “That lifted a weight off my shoulders.”A return to the fold remains unlikely before 2018 after the head of the IAAF’s Task Force, Rune Andersen, said on Monday that Russia had yet to meet several of the criteria for reinstatement.Drug-testing was still insufficient and banned coaches were still operating freely, he told reporters in London after a presentation to the IAAF Council, saying: “There are still issues to be resolved.”