You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Dragons look for fresh start


Count Dayton Dragons catcher Joe Hudson among those looking for a fresh start in the second half of the season.

“For some of us, the first half didn’t go as planned,” Hudson, who hit .234 with 12 RBIs, said before the Dragons began a homestand against Lake County on Thursday. “It is nice to get a chance to start over with a fresh mind and fresh attitude.”

The Dragons finished 28-41 in the first half but have a chance to make the playoffs if they can finish in the top two of the Eastern Division in the second half.

“We have the ability to split the season, but those games counted,” Hudson said. “Mentally we are starting over, so it is like a mulligan.”

For Hudson, most important is entering the second half with a better understanding of the pitching staff.

“I am one of the older ones on the team (22),” Hudson said. “All the pitchers are younger than me and it is helping them learn their job, their responsibilities and keeping them cool. The big thing is I know them a lot better now than during the first half.”

Ready to fire: Pitcher Jackson Stephens is ready to take the mound for his first start with the Dragons tonight.

“I’m excited,” Stephens said. “I can’t wait. It will be fun. I have been waiting for this to happen. I am closer to home and it will be a little different.”

Stephens was the Reds’ 18th-round draft pick in 2012 out of Oxford (Ala.) High School, where he led his team to the Alabama 6A state title as a senior in 2012.

Stephens spent the first part of the season in Arizona at extended spring training.

“I’ve just got to be mentally ready to go,” Stephens said. “Performing in front of the fans will be a little different for me, but I think I will handle it well.”

Stephenson eyes July: Dragons ace Robert Stephenson began light running Thursday as he continues to work his way back from a strained right hamstring.

Stephenson, 5-3, suffered the injury on June 9, in warmups the day after his last start.

The right-hander is aiming to be back on the mound for the Dragons’ first homestand in July.

Attendance milestone: The Dragons played before another capacity crowd at Fifth Third Field, surpassing the eight-million mark in home attendance all-time.

The team has sold out every game (949) in its 14-year history. The streak includes 938 regular-season games, nine playoff games and two Midwest League All-Star Games, the latest coming Tuesday night.

On the air: Home games at 7:05 p.m. today and Saturday will be broadcast live on WHIO Digital Channel 7.2 (Time Warner Basic Cable Channel 23 and Digital Channel 372). The Dragons have made some changes to their television broadcast schedule, adding games on June 20, July 28 and August 17.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton
Greek Freak visits brother in Dayton

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo visited the University of Dayton on Saturday, playing at the Cronin Center with his brother Kostas and other Flyers. Giannis, a 6-foot-11 small forward known as the Greek Freak, just completed his fourth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. He started in the NBA...
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season
Report: Springfield native, Miami grad Eaton out for season

Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, ESPN reported. The Kenton Ridge High and Miami University alum sustained the injury in the ninth inning of a loss to the New York Mets on a play at first base. He hit a roller to the left side, barely beat the...
H.S. Results for 4/29: Milton Union wins doubles tournament

Milton Union edged out Bellbrook to win the Chaminade Julienne Doubles Invitational in boys tennis on Saturday. Milton Union and Bellbrook both finished with seven points. Vandalia and Chaminade Julienne had two points apiece. Boys Volleyball Beavercreek 3, Centerville 2: ‘Creek rallied from a two-set deficit to earn the win against Centerville...
Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams
Two Hamilton High grads agree to free agent deals with NFL teams

Hamilton High School graduates Marcus Oliver and Adam Pankey didn’t hear their names called during this weekend’s NFL Draft, but both told the JournalNews they agreed to terms as free agents shortly afterward. Oliver, a linebacker and two-time captain at Indiana University, is headed to Philadelphia, where he work alongside Jordan Hicks...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make...
More Stories