AMVETs gets first win, Chester next
SALEM — Salem AMVETs scored an 8-7 win over Warren on Sunday in a men’s 50-plus baseball contest at Salem High School.
Craig Talbott had a double, single and was strong on the mound for the winners, 1-6. Charis Chavis turned in a good performance in relief while Greg Arcuri had three singles.
Salem will meet the Chester Old-Timers on Sunday at Firestone Park in Columbiana.
Hoban claims Div. II title
AKRON — Akron Hoban tallied a run on an RBI sacrifice fly in the 10th and senior relief pitcher Dillon Walsh pitched four scoreless innings as the Knights knocked off Bloom-Carroll 2-1 in 10 innings to win the Div. II state championship on Sunday at Canal Park.
Hoban eliminated Salem 4-1 in eight innings in the Div. II regional final on June 5.
Warren JFK crowned in Div. IV
AKRON — Warren JFK won its first state baseball championshuip in school history with a 4-0 win over Van Wert Lincolnview in the Div. IV. title game on Saturday at Canal Park.
The Eagles finished the season 21-6.
Gavin Shrum had a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts for Kennedy.
Larson cashes in
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Larson was back in the NASCAR All-Star race, and got another $1 million by winning it again.
Larson held off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski during the final 10-lap shootout at Texas on Sunday night, after a slippery three-wide pass to get back in front and push Hendrick Motorsports to its second consecutive win, and 10th overall, in the annual non-points race with the seven-figure prize.
Defending All-Star winner and reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott, who started the sixth and final segment out front, didn’t stay there long. Larson pushed his teammate, then got in front on the outside through the fourth turn. They were three-wide while Keselowski pulled ahead briefly at the line before Larson finally got ahead to stay for the last eight laps.
There were no points on the line, but Larson went to Victory Lane for the third weekend in a row.
Larson was with Chip Ganassi Racing when he won the 2019 All-Star race, but missed last year’s big event while serving a six-month suspension after using a racial slur during the livestream of a virtual race during the pandemic. That nearly cost him his career, but Hendrick gave him an opportunity this season to get back into the Cup Series.
Second in points with 10 races to go before the playoffs, Larson now only the eighth driver to be a two-time All-Star race winner.
Elliott finished third with Joey Logano fourth, ahead of Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman.