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July 19, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Staff and wire reports

Moundsville tops

St. Marys, 7-2

MOUNDSVILLE - Mitchel French, Shane Wellman and Jeremiah Fromhart all laced doubles Thursday as Moundsville Post 3 posted a 7-2 victory against St. Marys in American Legion baseball action.

Ryan Hughes, Jake Lucas, Zach Winland, Mark Walker and Austin Pegg also contributed to Post 3's 12-hit effort.

Hunter Kaschke picked up the complete-game victory on the hill, fanning two.

Matthew Houser had two hits for St. Marys.

Indiana boy hit

by baseball dies

INDIANAPOLIS - An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy has died after a baseball hit him in the head and neck.

The Marion County Coroner's Office says Dylan Williams died of blunt force trauma Wednesday, one day after suffering the injury in Union City, about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Coroner's office manager Marchele Hall tells The Indianapolis Star an autopsy Thursday showed the injury occurred on the right side of the boy's head and neck.

The boy was hit by a ball that had been thrown during practice Tuesday evening.

He was taken to a hospital in Winchester, then transferred to an Indianapolis hospital.

Union City Fire Chief Gary Moore tells The (Muncie) Star Press that organizers of the baseball program were arranging help and counseling for other children who witnessed the accident.

Wrigley upgrade

clears hurdle

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs' planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman - all but assuring the project will go forward.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an electronic Jumbotron above the ivy-covered outfield walls of the 99-year-old ballpark.

Alderman Tom Tunney endorsed the plan days after he told the city's landmarks commission that he didn't.

Tunney said Mayor Rahm Emanuel has assured him there will be no other outfield signs other than the Jumbotron and another large sign for several years.

Approval from the City Council is widely expected because it's supported by Tunney and Emanuel.

Penguins sign F

Jeffrey to deal

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free agent Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract.

The deal, worth $625,000, gives the Penguins added depth after losing veterans Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Matt Cooke in free agency.

The 25-year-old Jeffrey had three goals and three assists for the Penguins during the 2013 season.

Jeffrey has played in just 50 NHL games since tearing the ACL in his right knee in March, 2011.

The signing leaves the Penguins with just one restricted free agent on the roster, Robert Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo is eligible for arbitration.

He played in 15 games last season, with two goals and two assists.

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