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2019 Week 25 June 17 - June 23

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Sports

Prep Photos

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Prep Gameday

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Lansing Lugnuts

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Lansing Ignite

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Detroit Tigers

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NASCAR

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Prep Gameday

Eaton Rapids Softball Season Closes Against Stevensville in State Semi-Finals

The Eaton Rapids Greyhounds (39-4) 2019 softball season came to a close, when they lost 8-1 in a rain soaked game at MSU against Stevensville-Lakeshore (33-0) Thursday in the state Semi-Finals. The Greyhounds were led all season by junior pitching sensation Grace Lehto who not only dominated from the mound this year starting the game with 30-1 win/loss record, owns a 0.34 ERA and has 342 strikeouts in 162 innings. Lehto has also been destructive at the plate for Eaton Rapids batting near .450 for the season.  Stevensville Lakeshore scored all the runs they’d need in the bottom of the fourth inning when they added six to extend their decisive lead out to 7-0. Eaton Rapids wasn’t able to recover and their great season came to a close. 

Lansing Lugnuts

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Friday

See two of the best prospects in the Midwest League this weekend as Griffin Conine and the Lugnuts host the Bowling Green Hot Rods! Get a chance to see Bowling Green’s Wander Franco, MLB’s No. 2 ranked prospect in the country! 

Thursday

 SOUTH BEND, Ind. Cole Roederer broke a 1-1 sixth-inning tie with an RBI triple and the South Bend Cubs (35-31) beat the Lansing Lugnuts (30-36), 5-1, on Thursday night at Four Winds Field.
 

The Lugnuts split the four-game series with the Cubs and finished their 10-day, three-city road trip with a 6-5 record.
 

Trailing 1-0 entering the fifth, the Nuts tied the score against South Bend All-Star southpaw Brailyn Marquez on a Luis De Los Santos two-out double and a Reggie Pruitt RBI triple.
 

But in the bottom of the sixth inning, Roederer turned around a pitch from Will McAffer (Loss, 1-2) for a two-out RBI triple of his own, knocking in Tyler Durna, to put the Cubs up, 2-1. McAffer then threw a wild pitch on ball four to Chris Morel, bringing in Roederer to give the Cubs a two-run lead.
 

An inning later, Durna struck his third home run of the season, a two-run shot to right, to supply the final margin. 

Wednesday

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Rafael Lantigua lined a tie-breaking extra-inning two-run triple, and the Lansing Lugnuts (30-35) split a doubleheader with the South Bend Cubs (34-31), winning Game 1, 6-4, in eight innings, before dropping Game 2, 6-2, on Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.
 

With one day left, the Nuts are 6-4 on their season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip.
 

In Game 1, the Cubs erased an early Lugnuts 3-0 lead with a run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth to force extra innings.
 

In the top of the eighth, with bonus runner Griffin Conine at second base and pinch-runner Nick Podkul (for first baseman Jake Brodt, who had been hit by a pitch in the hand), Lantigua struck the decisive blow against reliever Ethan Roberts (Loss, 2-2), sending a sizzler down the right-field line. Jesus Severino followed with a bouncer to third baseman Chris Morel, whose throw home was mishandled by catcher Rafelin Lorenzo, allowing Lantigua to score for a 6-3 lead.
 

Andy Weber bounced an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth against Sean Rackoski (Win, 1-1), and the Cubs rallied to put the tying runs in scoring position with none out. But Rackoski struck out both Jonathan Sierra and Cole Roederer, and Cre Finfrock (Save, 4) retired Morel on a flyout to right to end the game.
 

Lugnuts starter Sean Wymer gave up one run on four hits in five innings in a no-decision, striking out four.
 

Center fielder Reggie Pruitt went 3-for-5 to lead the Lugnuts’ offense, with both Lantigua and Hunter Steinmetz finishing 2-for-4.
 

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In Game 2, Cubs center fielder Brennen Davis delivered an RBI single in the first inning and a three-run homer in a five-run second inning, and South Bend never looked back.
 

Nuts starter Fitz Stadler (Loss, 1-5) gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits in two innings, striking out three. He was followed to the mound by Marcus Reyes, who pitched four scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out two.
 

Cubs spot-starter Jack Patterson pitched four innings, limiting the Lugnuts to three hits and a walk, before yielding to Jose Albertos (Win, 1-0) for the final three innings.
 

The Lugnuts’ offense managed only solo tallies in the third and fifth, supplied by RBI singles from Podkul and Conine respectively. 

Tuesday

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Griffin Conine turned in his latest dominant offensive performance with a two-HR, five-RBI night, Joey Pulido posted four scoreless innings of relief, and the Lansing Lugnuts (29-34) scored nine unanswered runs to seize the opening game of a four-game series at Four Winds Field, 11-7, over the South Bend Cubs (33-30) on Tuesday night.
 

The Lugnuts improved to 5-3 on their 11-game, 10-day road trip, with only Wednesday’s doubleheader and Thursday’s series finale remaining.
 

Chicago Cubs No. 4 prospect Cole Roederer drilled a two-run double in a three-run third inning, helping the Cubs take a 5-2 lead against starter Troy Miller.
 

The next nine runs all belonged to the Lugnuts.
 

Conine’s fifth home run of the year, a two-run blast to right off South Bend starter Faustino Carrera, brought the Nuts within 5-4 in the fifth inning. 

Monday

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Griffin Conine turned in his latest dominant offensive performance with a two-HR, five-RBI night, Joey Pulido posted four scoreless innings of relief, and the Lansing Lugnuts (29-34) scored nine unanswered runs to seize the opening game of a four-game series at Four Winds Field, 11-7, over the South Bend Cubs (33-30) on Tuesday night.
 

The Lugnuts improved to 5-3 on their 11-game, 10-day road trip, with only Wednesday’s doubleheader and Thursday’s series finale remaining.
 

Chicago Cubs No. 4 prospect Cole Roederer drilled a two-run double in a three-run third inning, helping the Cubs take a 5-2 lead against starter Troy Miller.
 

The next nine runs all belonged to the Lugnuts.
 

Conine’s fifth home run of the year, a two-run blast to right off South Bend starter Faustino Carrera, brought the Nuts within 5-4 in the fifth inning. 

Sunday

EASTLAKE, OH – Rafael Lantigua collected his second double and fourth RBI of the series, but the Lansing Lugnuts (28-33) were held to two runs on five hits in a 5-2 loss to the Lake County Captains (36-26) on Sunday afternoon at Classic Park.
 

The setback ended the Lugnuts’ three-game winning streak, as they’re now 4-2 on their 11-game, 10-day road trip that started on Tuesday in Midland.
 

For the first time on the road trip, the Nuts didn’t score first and fell behind 4-0 after a three-run third inning against Lansing starter Josh Winckowski (Loss, 6-3). The 20-year old right-hander gave up four runs, all earned, in a two-inning span, before working five innings, while striking out eight.

 

Recaps Published with Compliments of The Lansing Lugnuts

Lansing Ignite

Lansing Ignite to Host Inaugural ‘Soccer For All’ Match June 19

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Ignite FC will host its first ‘Soccer For All’ match on Wednesday, June 19, when Toronto FC II comes into town for the second time this season. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. ET from Cooley Law School Stadium, with gates opening at 6 p.m. ET.


LIFC is proud to partner with the Salus Center to offer specially priced Corner Box Seat tickets with half of the proceeds to support the organization. The Salus Center is an LGBTQ resource and community center located at 408 S Washington Square to create space for and empower people to authentically live into their whole selves, no matter what intersecting identities they embody. Fans can click the link HERE to secure a $10 ticket to the match on June 19, with $5 going to support the Salus Center. 


“We’re extremely grateful for Lansing Ignite’s support and commitment to engage with and give back to the LGBTQ+ community,” said Rev. Phiwa Langeni, Founder/Director of the Salus Center. “We look forward to ongoing partnerships with the club and other local organizations to shift culture. We’re excited to cheer on Lansing’s team on June 19!”


In addition, LIFC players and staff will be in attendance at Michigan Pride, volunteering and showing their support. On game day, LIFC will host multiple LGBTQ+ organizations on the concourse of Cooley Law School Stadium, and they will have opportunity to share resources with fans to learn more about inclusion and diversity.


LIFC’s goal is to make Lansing a better place to live, work and play through its efforts in the community. Promoting soccer and education is a big part the club’s identity, which is why players, coaches and staff have volunteered or made appearances at numerous organizations and events across the Mid-Michigan region. Led by Head Coach Nate Miller, the youngest head coach across all U.S. professional soccer leagues (MLS, USL Championship and USL League One), Ignite FC has also developed an exciting and tough identity on the field to start the season. The professional club is one of the highest-scoring teams in League One, making every match a must-see event.

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Detroit Tigers

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Summer of a Lifetime at the 2019 Detroit Tigers Fantasy Batting Practice, Field of Dreams Camp

 DETROIT – Have you ever dreamt of stepping onto a big league field and taking batting practice like Tigers players? Have you ever dreamt of putting on a Tigers uniform and playing at Comerica Park? If so, now is the time to live your dream or give someone the gift of their lifetime! The 2019 Detroit Tigers Fantasy Batting Practice package (July 26-27) and the Field of Dreams Fantasy Camp weekend (August 23-25) are the perfect gifts for any Tigers fan.  A perfect Father’s Day gift; Camp will feature four former Tigers with special guest Willie Horton 


Fantasy Batting Practice Package – Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th

This year's fantasy batting practice includes taking batting practice thrown by 1984 World Series Champion and former Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema, shagging fly balls in the outfield, playing catch on the field, experiencing Comerica Park from the Tigers dugout and hitting in the batting cages. All while your family and friends are welcomed to watch from the stands. Free parking is also included.


Field of Dreams Fantasy Camp – Friday, August 23rd to Sunday, August 25th

The Field of Dreams Fantasy Camp weekend includes Friday night “under the lights,” baseball games as well as all day Saturday and Sunday games at Comerica Park. Four former Tigers will serve as coaches, instructors and guests. Participants will receive a complete official Detroit Tigers home uniform, personalized and yours to keep, as well as your own clubhouse locker! Other perks include a Friday night “Opening Day” party, Saturday and Sunday lunch, Saturday night event at Hockeytown Café and additional gifts and surprises. Friends and family are welcome to watch you play on the big league field from the stands at no charge. Additionally, participation in the Field of Dreams Fantasy Camp Weekend will give you discounts on other future Tigers camps. No baseball skills are necessary for this squad. Rosters are filling up quickly, so don’t delay!


Former Tigers scheduled to participate include Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Jon Warden and Joel Zumaya. Four-time All-Star and 1968 World Series Champion Willie Horton will feature as a special guest throughout the weekend.


For more information, contact Jerry Lewis at 313-471-2550 or visit Fantasy Experiences under the “Fan” tab on tigers.com. Don't miss out on this special once-in-a-lifetime experience!

NASCAR

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NASCAR News & Notes

Joey Logano’s victory in Monday’s weather-delayed race in Michigan was the perfect Father’s Day send-off for the Team Penske driver. The father of one-year old son Hudson retook the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead from Kyle Busch and gets to bask in victory for two weeks instead of one because of the Cup off-weekend.


It’s a strong and important statement that the reigning Monster Energy Series champion is very much in the hunt to defend his title and become the first to win back-to-back series trophies since Jimmie Johnson won five straight from 2006-2010.


It is also a well-needed dose of confidence heading into the Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (June 23 at 3 p.m. ET on FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – one of nine tracks on the schedule he has yet to win a Cup race at.


The driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford has a pair of top-five finishes and four top 10s in 10 previous starts at Sonoma. His best finish was third in 2016. Both his top-five finishes have come in the last four-race stretch. He hasn’t led a lap at Sonoma, however, since 2014 and his 18 laps led total is the third-lowest mark of any track on the schedule. The only places he’s led fewer laps in his title-winning career is at the other road courses in Watkins Glen, N.Y. (nine) and the Charlotte ROVAL (none).


While Logano has comparatively-speaking struggled at Sonoma Raceway, rival Kyle Busch has a pair of wins at Sonoma – in 2008 and 2015. And Busch has finished seventh or better in the last four races there, including three top-five finishes. He’s led only 22 of his 110 total laps led at Sonoma in that time period, however, and finished fifth both in 2017 and 2018.

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