Hinebaugh powers Rush Services over Weimer Auto

ACCIDENT — Kellen Hinebaugh belted a double and two singles and knocked in four runs as Rush Services powered its way past Weimer Auto, 11-1, in Hot Stove League baseball Friday at Northern High School.

Jamison Warnick added a double, a single and an RBI and Mason Brenneman had two singles and a pair of RBIs for Rush Services, which built an 8-0 lead after four innings.

Kaleb Montgomery allowed one run over five innings and struck out three for the victory.

Tyson Shoemaker had two singles and drove in Weimer’s run.

Rush Services (4-1) will host KMK Insurance tonight, at 6 p.m., at Northern. Weimer Auto takes on Twigg’s Plumbing in Monday’s night game at Memorial Field.

Thompson rallies to win ShopRite LPGA Classic by 2

GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) — Lexi Thompson made a 20-foot putt for an eagle on the 18th hole Sunday to complete a late comeback and win the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Trailing Jeongeun Lee6 by two strokes after the 15th, Thompson closed birdie-par-eagle to finish up a round of 4-under-par 67 and a 54-hole score of 12-under 201. She posted her 11th career LPGA Tour victory, extended her streak to seven straight years with at least one win on the tour.

Lee6, last week’s U.S. Women’s Open champion who was playing two groups behind Thompson, lost her lead with three consecutive bogeys from holes 13 through 15 over the Bay Course at Seaview before bouncing back with a birdie at No. 16 to tie Thompson.

However, needing an eagle to force a playoff after reaching the green in two, she just missed a 45-foot putt to tie and had to settle for a birdie, giving her a 70 and second place at 202.

Ally McDonald, seeking her first career LPGA Tour victory, challenged on the back nine and took third place at 204 following a 70. Two-time ShopRite LPGA champion Anna Nordqvist had a 69 for fourth place at 206.

Rossi chasing Newgarden for IndyCar lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alexander Rossi will start the second half of the IndyCar season chasing points leader Josef Newgarden, possibly much the same way he did in falling short in the final laps of Newgarden’s first victory in Texas.

The Andretti Autosport driver has plenty of time to try to finish what he couldn’t in the Lone Star State, starting in two weeks at Road America after the first break for the series since before Newgarden’s Penske teammate, Simon Pagenaud, won the Indianapolis 500.

The top three in points are Newgarden, Rossi and Pagenaud, which puts all three in good position for a run at the series championship at the halfway point. There were eight races before Saturday’s run at the 1½-mile high speed oval in Texas , and there are eight more after.

As for Rossi, it might come down to escaping the runner-up rut — three times in the past four races, including to Pagenaud at Indy. Currently 25 points behind Newgarden, Rossi also finished No. 2 last year behind series champion Scott Dixon.

“When you have a Penske Chevrolet driven by someone as good as Josef, there’s only so much you can do, right?” said Rossi, who dominated in winning at Long Beach and has seven top-five finishes. “I mean, we’re always there, but we’re always playing the bridesmaid as of late.”

Newgarden, the 2017 series champion and now a 13-time IndyCar winner, could be tough to topple as the only three-time winner this season. He has four other top-four finishes and is headed to the Elkhart Lake track, where he has a win and another podium finish in three starts.

“It’s never guaranteed where you’re going to be good for the second half of the season,” Newgarden said. “I think you just got to be open-minded that there might be some tracks we weren’t good at in the past, maybe we’re good at this year, just capitalize when you can.”

Graham Rahal left Texas with his first podium finish since the 2018 season opener at St. Petersburg, taking third after a late wreck that knocked out Dixon. The defending race champion, seeking a track record-tying fourth win, tangled with 19-year-old rookie Colton Herta .

Rahal highlighted an interesting night for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing after teammate Takuma Sato led the first 60 laps from the pole before sliding through his stall on a disastrous pit stop that dropped him four laps off the lead. Sato, the winner at Birmingham, ended up 15th.

Sato held on to the fifth spot in the standings, and Rahal jumped a spot to eighth.

“We’re definitely a player every weekend,” said Rahal, who finished eighth in points last year and hasn’t finished higher than fourth in his 11 seasons. “While everything hasn’t gone totally smoothly, I’m definitely happy with the progression of the team. Takuma Sato has done a great job.”

Rahal took issue with Newgarden on the final restart with 12 laps to go, saying he bumped Pagenaud because the leader was brake-checking after the race went green. Rahal said it was something race stewards should review going forward.

“We’ve had issues with this before,” Rahal said. “It was clear. Accelerate, brake, accelerate, brake. It’s ridiculous. It’s dangerous on these things.”

As expected, Newgarden disagreed.

“It leader’s discretion to go when he wants,” Newgarden said. “I thought I was in a fine enough position to start where I did. I don’t know what to tell him. I went when I needed to go.”

And Newgarden held off a hard-charging Rossi down the stretch. Now he’ll be trying to do the same in the points race.


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