Franklin County moved to 10-0 in conference play and 12-1 overall with a 6-5 win at Greensburg in 9 innings.Despite committing 4 errors defensively, FC was able to push across a run in the top of the 9th inning to secure the win. Matthew Billman pitched 5 innings, giving up 5 runs but only 1 earned run. Joe Fields came on in relief to pitch the final 4 innings to record the win. Offensively, FC did most of the damage in the 2nd and 3rd innings, highlighted by Augustus Runyon’s 3-run home run in the 3rd inning. In the 9th, Dalton Durbin led off with a single and on the next pitch stole second. After a wild pitch advanced him to 3rd, another wild pitch with 2 outs scored Durbin from 3rd.FC will host Lawrenceburg on Monday at 5:30 before traveling to Lawrenceburg on Thursday. Between the two conference games, FC will go to Union County on Tuesday for a non-conference game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.
Roberts has done well enough to get his team to the World Series for the second time in his three seasons as manager. After leaving ESPN to become the Houston Astros’ bench coach last season – where he collected a World Series ring – Cora has led the Red Sox to the World Series in his first season as manager. And the former teammates will be opposing each other.“First off, he loves the game of baseball,” Roberts said of Cora, his teammate with the Dodgers in 2002-04. “He has a crazy passion for it. Very detail-oriented. Always curious about strategies and the why. His ability to focus as a teammate – to just really be able to focus for three hours – he has that ability. And lastly, he connected people, was a leader, always a leader.“So he checks a lot of boxes. So to see him in this position, no surprise. I couldn’t be more happy for him.”It isn’t surprising that Cora wound up here. During his playing days, Cora was seen as a future manager. But Roberts – not so much, his former teammate said.“I wasn’t sure that he wanted to do the coaching thing,” Cora said. “When he got the job with the Padres (as their first base coach in 2010), I think it was, ‘Okay, that’s cool. Look at DR.’ He lives in San Diego, living the good life over there. Why not work there with the Padres? And little by little you could see it. He became I think the bench coach for them and he did an outstanding job. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “He was always very passionate about the game. But I never thought that’s what he wanted.”Cora recalled Roberts wearing that passion on his sleeve in July 2004. Despite leading the National League West at the time, then-Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta made a series of trade-deadline moves. Roberts was dealt to the Boston Red Sox for a forgettable minor-league outfielder named Henri Stanley.Roberts was crestfallen and broke into tears when talking to his teammates.“I still remember … he was crushed,” Cora said Monday. “That was a good baseball team. And they decided to make a few moves, to say the least. And he was part of it. I remember, I told him, I said, “Hey, man, you’re going to a great city. They have a chance to do something special. You never know.’”Roberts not only was part of something special, he had arguably the signature moment of the Red Sox’s curse-busting World Series run in 2004 – which Cora teased him about Monday.“You never know who is going to step up to the plate or going to be on the mound or going to be playing defense that can be the hero,” Cora said. “Dave Roberts in ’04 – he came here, he stole that base against the Yankees, and the rest is history.“Now he comes here and he makes a lot of money signing autographs. I know he puts ‘The greatest stolen base in the history of the game.’ He makes a lot of money in an hour. Probably he’s making money right now.”The two have kept in touch over the years, Roberts said, particularly when Cora decided to make the move back into the dugout. He interviewed for the manager’s job in Arizona two years ago, a job that went to Torey Lovullo, before joining A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff in Houston.“Last year when he was bench coach and even when he was going through the process of interviewing … (we had) a couple conversations, texts throughout the season,” Roberts said. “I think the biggest thing, and we talked about it, is just being open-minded and being who you are, being true to yourself. He’s a very good communicator, knows the game. But continue to be open-minded to a lot of things.”The fact that Cora and Roberts are the opposing managers in the World Series is a sign of at least some progress in opening minds in Major League Baseball. This is the first time two minority managers have led the two World Series teams.“Yeah, that’s big. That’s big. That’s no small thing right there,” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said. “It just shows how much the game is evolving. It’s just getting better and better. We need more minorities in baseball. It’s something you don’t see a lot.Related Articles “But these are two good guys that had good careers in baseball and their baseball knowledge – there’s a lot of baseball knowledge between those two guys.”The son of an African-American father and a Japanese mother, Roberts is reluctant to make his minority status a topic. A member of MLB’s diversity committee, he did acknowledge the significance of his matchup with Cora, saying “the needle is moving – maybe not as quickly as most people would like.”“I don’t take a whole lot of time in kind of thinking about it,” Roberts said. “But when I do, as in right now, it’s special. … It’s not about myself or Alex. Just to see minorities get opportunities and perform and do well, I think that that gives opportunities for others.“So there’s a responsibility, that I know that Alex shares and I do, to do things the right way and to be good leaders. And so, up to this point, I think we’ve done a pretty good job. But I hope more minorities get opportunities, certainly.” BOSTON — They could have been back in Dodger blue together.“When the interview process took place – actually we talked, we talked about it and he asked me about being part of the coaching staff,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said, recalling when Dave Roberts was considered for the job as Dodgers manager in November 2015.“I was like, ‘No, I’m good where I’m at right now’ – because of the situation with ESPN, only working 70 days a year and being able to fly back to Puerto Rico. My daughter, she was growing up and I wanted to be part of it.“All of a sudden he shocked the world. 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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Two years after President George W. Bush announced an initiative to return astronauts to the moon to pave the way for missions to Mars and beyond, NASA says it is making major strides toward that goal. On Jan. 14, 2004, the president unveiled what is called the Vision for Space Exploration – a plan that called for returning the space shuttle to flight, fielding a new manned spacecraft by 2014, and returning astronauts to the moon no later than 2020. At the time of the president’s announcement, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was recovering from the Feb. 1, 2003, loss of space shuttle Columbia and her crew. “Two years later, we’re well on our way to turning the vision into reality,” NASA said in a statement marking the anniversary of the president’s announcement. Anticipated work for the program at Dryden includes flight testing of a launch abort system, drop tests of a subscale model to evaluate approach and landing technologies and procedures, and range safety analyses. Dryden also is expected to be the site for landings when the spacecraft is ready to fly. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have production facilities at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Northrop Grumman’s partner, Boeing, also has operations at Plant 42. It’s not known what, if any, role those facilities would have in the CEV development and production. NASA estimates it will cost $104 billion to return astronauts to the moon by 2018. The Apollo program spent the equivalent of $165 billion in today’s dollars from 1961 to the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. NASA referred to the new moon plan as “Apollo on steroids.” The plan calls for placing four astronauts on the moon’s surface instead of two, as during the Apollo days. Astronauts will be able to stay on the moon’s surface for four days to a week, compared with the three-day mission of Apollo 17. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “We’ve unveiled plans for our next generation spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle, which builds on the best of Apollo and shuttle technology. We’ve returned the shuttle fleet to flight and celebrated the fifth anniversary of crew operations on the space station.” NASA issued an updated request for proposals to two contractor teams, one led by Northrop Grumman and the other by Lockheed Martin, for the development of the crew exploration vehicle, referred to as the CEV. The CEV will transport up to six crew members to and from the International Space Station and up to four astronauts for moon missions, which the agency expects to start in 2018. The proposals are due by March 20. NASA will select one contractor team sometime this year to develop the spacecraft. “NASA desires to streamline CEV development, production and operations to meet a first crewed test flight as close to 2010 as possible, but no later than 2012, without compromising safety,” NASA said in a letter to the contractor teams. “For this reason NASA is seeking industry input of accelerating the schedule, in particular in the area of test activities.” NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base will be involved in both the development of the CEV and in its operations.