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Fenn tops competition in boys division

SHERIDAN — Julia Fenn won the boys “A” singles division Saturday in Sheridan. Six teams participated in the spring tournament.

Fenn has been competing in tournaments at various levels, including boys leagues, to help her gain experience and see some more competitive matches.

“I am excited to see what the girls bring this fall for our team,” Fenn said. “We have a lot of returners and open spots and anything can happen depending on what you do over the summer. The boys have been competitive and are going to practice during the summer to be super competitive in the fall. I think if they do this, they can be state champs.”

Spring games are mainly for individual athletes to focus on skills more than winning.

“I have been focusing on my ground strokes and making sure they are at top notch,” Fenn said. “A major skill that I am working to implement this fall is to have more courage to come up to the net. If I get this down, I can do anything in the game.”

Fenn beat Andreas Degraeve 7-1 of Natrona, Jacob Campbell 8-0 of Kelly Walsh, Sam Radosivich 6-2 and Hunter Kuber 6-2 both of Natrona.

Tom Teryy of Sheridan lost his first match to Drew Fritzler 5-1 of Kelly Walsh, but came back to defeat Sean Neeser of Hardin 4-2.

Sheridan’s Alex Bennett and Jaxon Porterfield tied with Joel Montoya and Ben Vallot 5-5 of Kelly Walsh, then lost their two matches after that.

Sheridan’s doubles team Robert Miexsell and Tyler Phipps tied with Tanner Hildebran and Cam McDaniel of Kelly Walsh in their first match 5-5, and then defeated their teammates Bennett and Porterfield 9-1, and Montoya and Vallot 7-3 of Kelly Walsh.

Jillian Stalker of Sheridan defeated Crystal Gallup of Natrona, 4-2, and Raelynn Malsom of Kelly Walsh 5-1, but lost to Powell’s Anna Gransoe 6-0. Stalker came back in her last match, tying Tristyn Phillips from Natrona 3-3.

In the singles for Sheridan, Kylie Stednitz won her division in the girls “B1” singles, defeating Naumie Dushane of Hardin 4-0, Georgi Kisgen of Powell 4-0, Melissa Kellett of Powell 3-1, Rylie Vanderroot of Natrona 3-1, Casey Hubbard of Kelly Walsh 3-1 and Maddie Reed, 3-1, also from Kelly Walsh.

“A lot of forehands have been improved through the spring,” tennis coach Bob Faurot said. “One that I am trying to get the team to focus on is recognizing when to run for the ball and how to be ready for the anticipation.”

“Stednitz and Stalker have improved greatly over the spring season,” Faurot said. “Fenn has been at a high level of skill and is continuing to get better.”

MIAMI (AP) — Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was struck in the thigh by a sharp grounder and kept pitching despite discomfort. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig slammed into the wall trying unsuccessfully for a game-saving catch and crumpled to the warning track in pain.

A seesaw struggle Sunday left both teams hurting, but it stung more for Los Angeles. Miami improved baseball’s best home record when Jeff Baker hit an RBI double off the wall with two outs in the ninth inning to win 5-4.

Puig slammed into the wall trying for an acrobatic catch and was shaken up but not seriously hurt.

“Just exactly how we drew it up,” manager Mike Redmond said with a grin.

Fernandez avoided a serious injury in the fifth when he was hit on the back of the left leg by a sharp grounder off the bat of Dee Gordon. Asked whether he expected to make his next start, Fernandez said, “Probably I will be fine.”

The Marlins improved to 13-5 at home, while their 2-10 road record is the worst in the majors.

“We have a comfort level here,” Redmond said. “I love our approach here. We seem to play with so much confidence in this ballpark, and today you could just feel the energy.”

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in three runs for Miami, giving him the NL leads with 10 home runs and 36 RBIs. Teammate Christian Yelich hit his second home run.

Los Angeles came from behind three times, and a blown save cost Fernandez the victory. With Marlins closer Steve Cishek unavailable after pitching in three consecutive games, A.J. Ramos (2-0) tried to protect a one-run lead in the ninth for his first career save. But Chone Figgins walked and scored on a double by Andre Ethier with no outs.

A diving stop by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and an overturned call on a force play at second base helped the Marlins escape the inning with the score tied.

 

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