BOSTON — Al Horford has been the Celtics’ quiet leader this postseason, and Marcus Smart might be the kindling Boston was missing in back-to-back losses in Milwaukee. The duo was reunited for Game 5, and together, they helped put the Celtics on the verge of closing out their first-round series. Horford had 22 points and 14 rebounds, Smart made an impact in his first game since mid-March and Boston beat the Bucks 92-87 on Tuesday night for a 3-2 lead. Smart came off the bench and
Tessa Dachel had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and four RBIs to lead UW-Eau Claire to an 8-2 win over St. Mary’s in the first game of a nonconference softball doubleheader on Tuesday in Eau Claire. St. Mary’s took the second game 4-3. Catcher Abbey Place was 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the win for the Blugolds. Dachel, a Chippewa Falls grad, drove in two more runs in the nightcap. UW-Stout 5-9, UW-River Falls 3-1: Kaylee Francois had five hits and scored five runs on the
Keagan Calchera went 3-for-4 with two doubles, and the Eau Claire Memorial baseball team beat Holmen on the road in nonconference action Tuesday night. Tennessee recruit Tanner Kohlhepp was 2-for-3 with a double and triple, while Draeson Macoux had a double. Western Cloverbelt McDonell 3, Thorp 2: A two-run double by Hayden Baughman capped a three-run first inning that was just enough offense for the Macks. Joe Schwetz gave up just an unearned run over five innings to get the win.
Baseball DAIRYLAND Independence/Gilmanton 4, Melrose-Mindoro 2 IG 001 030 0 — 4 8 2 MM 000 010 1 — 2 6 0 WP: Sam Killian (5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K). LP: Brett Gerdes (4.33IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K). Leading Hitters — Independence/Gilmanton: John Halama 2x3, Shawn Bowland 1x1 (2 RBI). Melrose-Mindoro: Brett Gerdes 2x4, Zach Herzberg 1x3 (2B). Records: Independence/Gilmanton 3-0, 1-0. Augusta 7, Eleva-Strum 6 Eleva-
Eau Claire Regis played small ball to come from behind and then rode the slants of Cade Osborn and Luke Rooney to close out. Three runs in the bottom of the fifth got the Ramblers on top in a 6-3 win over Fall Creek in a Cloverbelt Conference opener Tuesday at windy and chilly Bollinger Field. “Mentally, it was a good win,” Regis coach Andy Niese said. “We were down 3-1 against a good pitcher but we were able to put the ball in play using a couple bunts. You could say we
NEW YORK — Didi Gregorius leads the major leagues with 27 RBIs and has eight home runs in 22 games, totals matched previously in Yankees history by only Babe Ruth in 1921 and Alex Rodriguez in 2007. Perhaps with a few more big nights, the promotional people at Yankee Stadium will spell his name correctly. Gregorius had a two-run homer and three RBIs as New York romped past the Minnesota Twins yet again, 8-3 on Tuesday. During the game, an advertisement board at the ballpark promoted
MEMORIAL 2, NORTH 1 North 1 0 — 1 Memorial 1 1 — 2 Goals: 1, Memorial, Abigail Stow (Ali Bowe), fifth minute; 2, North, Hannah Brunner (Laura Swenson), ninth minute; 3, Memorial, Stow (Lauren Carmody), 77th minute. Shots: North 2, Memorial 17. Saves: Morgan Priem (M) 1. Records: North 1-2-0, 1-2-0; Memorial 2-0-0, 2-0-0.
North 9, Rice Lake 8 RL 200 012 010 10 — 8 18 2 North 000 141 010 11 — 9 14 2 WP: Lexie Revie (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K). LP: Hope Loew (4IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 7K). Leading Hitters — Rice Lake: Brooke Scheurer 2x5 (2 R), Emily Fell 2x6 (2 R), Sam Soley 2x6 (3 RBI, 2 2B), Lexi Orr 3x5 (2 R, HR), Adrianna Young 3x6,Emily Peterson 3x6; North: Mattie Haller 2x6 (2R), Megan Erickson 2x6 (HR, 2 RBI), Alex Fischer 3x6 (HR, 2 RBI), Liz Black 2x5 (2 R). Rice Lake 8, North 6
REGIS 6, FALL CREEK 3 FALL CREEK (3) AB-R-H-RBI: Marcus Cline, p/ss, 2-0-0-1, Joey Kinderman rf, 1-0-0-0, Ty Riemenschneider, c, 3-0-0-0, Brady Nicks, 3b/p, 3-0-0-0, Dane Johnson, lf/3b, 2-0-0-0, Isaiah Katz, ss/2b, 3-1-0-0, Gavin Scheppke, 3-1-1-0, Bryce Connor, dh, 2-1-0-0, Lucas Costley, cf, 2-0-0-1, Travis Laube, 2b, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 21-3-1-2. REGIS (6) Dayton Gutsch, ss, 3-0-1-1, Jaxon Kostka, cf, 3-1-1-0, Jacob Salonek, rf, 3-1-1-0, Cade Osborn, p/lf, 1-1-0-0, Michael Beckfield,
Memorial graduate Ryan Isaacson finished third individually to lead the UW-Eau Claire men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Klinker Classic in Sauk Centre, Minn. Isaacson finished the two-day tournament at 141. SOFTBALL: UW-La Crosse swept UW-Eau Claire by scores of 2-1 and 8-0. It was the first two conference losses for the Blugolds. From staff reports