06-22-2017 Tri-City Area Sports

FireKeepers Casino 400 comes up aces for Larson

 Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400 came up aces for pole sitter Kyle Larson. He took the checkered flag for his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of the 2017 season and third time in his career. Larson led 96 laps at Michigan International Speedway.

Chase Elliott earned his fifth top five finish in 15 races after he finished in the runner-up spot.

Joey Logano sped his way into third place. It’s the seventh time this season Logano has cracked the top five.

Denny Hamlin continues his quest for a win this year. On Sunday, he finished fourth.

Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five. He picked up his second top five finish of the season.

All top five finishers this go-round started the race in the top 10.

The 200-lap event saw 26 drivers finish on the lead lap. Drivers who did not crack the top five but did lead laps include: Martin Truex Jr. (62), Kyle Busch (40), and Brad Keselowski (2).

The race featured eight caution periods totaling 34 laps. The longest stretch of racing was 54 laps.

Truex Jr. had a heck of a lead at one point; he was almost four seconds ahead of second place.

With Larson hitting the first-place jackpot Sunday, he also leads the driver standings. But, Truex Jr. is trailing by only five points and will be chomping at the bit to get back on top.

Kyle Busch is in third place, 130 points back. Kevin Harvick has a grip on fourth place and trails Larson by 132 points. Elliott is in fifth place, 162 points out of first. Busch, Harvick, and Elliott are winless thus far this season.

Sunday will feature the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in California.

Busch won at Sonoma in 2015, so you can bet he’ll be looking for a chance to head to Victory Lane. With last year’s winner Tony Stewart out of the picture, it could be anyone’s race.

Coloma softball falls to Napoleon in state quarterfinals

 The Lady Comets of Coloma lost a Michigan High School Athletic Association quarterfinals softball matchup 9-7 against Napoleon Tuesday, June 13 at Hope College.

In their first inning at the plate, Coloma’s Megan Koenigshof worked from a 0-2 start to launch a single at the Napoleon shortstop. With her quick speed and a bobble by the shortstop, Koenigshof was safely aboard the bag.

Koenigshof stole second base but was stranded as the Comets’ half of the first inning closed out without a run being scored.

Napoleon made good on their first at bats with the first three batters making base. A leadoff single was followed by a single to centerfield. A passed ball moved the two base runners to second and third. The number three batter laid down a bunt and two runs scored. The Comets were able to staunch the scoring but trailed 2-0 after one inning of work.