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In high school softball districts…
• In Division Four, District 97 at Ironwood yesterday, Hancock claimed the title. The Bulldogs dispatched Lake Linden-Hubbell 6-2 in their semifinal game, then downed Gogebic 7-2 in the championship match. The Miners had advanced to the title game by blanking Ironwood 11-0.
• In Division Four, District 98 at Ishpeming yesterday, the Hematites earned the crown, defeating L’Anse 15-0 in the semifinals, and Baraga 10-3 in the championship game. The Vikings had advanced with a 13-3 win over Forest Park. Hancock and Ishpeming will meet in a regional semifinal next Saturday at 11:00 at Bark River-Harris. Superior Central and Norway will play in the other regional semifinal.
• In Division Three at Negaunee today, Houghton plays Calumet at 10:00 on 97.7 The Wolf. Gwinn and Negaunee meet at noon. The championship game begins at 2:00 on 97.7 The Wolf.
In high school baseball districts…
• In Division Four at Jeffers yesterday, the Jets advanced to the regionals, with a 9-4 victory over Ironwood in the semifinal, and a 4-1 win over Gogebic in the district championship. The Miners had advanced to the final with a 16-1 win over Ontonagon. Jeffers will face Norway in the regional semifinal Wednesday.
• In Division Three at Negaunee today, Iron Mountain will face Calumet at 10:00 on KBear 102.3. Negaunee will play Hancock at noon. The title game will begin at 2:00, and will be broadcast on KBear 102.3 if Calumet advances.
• In Division Two at Escanaba yesterday, Houghton’s season ended with a 13-1 loss to Sault Ste. Marie in the semifinals. The Blue Devils went on to win the district title with a 6-5 nine-inning victory over Escanaba.
The U.P. Track and Field Championships will be staged today at Kingsford.
The Nuggets host the Heat in game two of the NBA championship series tomorrow. Denver won the opening game of the set.
The Pistons confirmed yesterday what had already been widely reported – former Suns and Pelicans head coach Monty Williams will become Detroit’s head coach. The six-year deal is the richest-ever for an NBA coach.
The Stanley Cup series begins tonight, as the Golden Knights entertain the Panthers.
The Tigers lost 3-0 to the White Sox last night. Reese Olson turned in an effective debut for Detroit, holding the Sox hitless for five innings, but leaving as Chicago scored twice in the sixth, and taking the loss.
The Tigers play in Chicago again this afternoon. Michael Lorenzen will start against Dylan Cease. Coverage will begin at 1:45 on 99.3 The Lift.
Tarik Skubal will begin a rehab assignment with a start tomorrow for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Skubal has been recovering from left flexor tendon surgery last August. If things go well, he could rejoin the Tigers’ rotation next month.
Outfielder Riley Greene’s leg injury has been reclassified from a “stress fracture” to a less severe “stress reaction.” He could be out four to six weeks.
The Brewers held off the Reds 5-4 in 11 innings last evening. Corbin Burnes allowed three runs over six innings. He was tossed out of the game after the sixth after taking issue with home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s strike zone, although his evening would have ended at that point, anyway. Milwaukee scored twice in the top of the 11th on groundouts by Victor Caratini and Brice Turang. Cincy got one back in the bottom of the 11th, but Bryse Wilson got Spencer Steer to ground out to seal the win.
The Brewers continue that series at Cincinnati this afternoon. Colin Rae will pitch against Graham Ashcraft.
Outfielder Tyrone Taylor was scratched from last night’s game. He’s still having trouble with an elbow sprain he suffered last season.