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Three days later, Nova Seafood finishes off First Title with walk-off double in the 12th

Nick DiBiase singled and scored the winning run on a walk-off double by Jamie Ross in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Nova Seafood (15-3) to a 7-6 win over First Title (11-7) on Monday night at Harlow Field in Portland.

It was the completion of an American Legion game that had been suspended because of darkness after nine innings on Friday night with the score tied at 5.

First Title broke the 5-5 tie on a sacrifice fly by Nic Lops in the top of the 10th. Nova Seafood rallied to tie the game on an RBI double by Ross that scored John Hardy.

With the win Nova Seafood clinches the top seed in the Zone 4 playoffs and will host fourth-ranked Stockhouse at 4:30 p.m. today.

n In the bottom of the seventh at Dirigo High School, Tyler Gates hit a two-out line drive single to center field to bring home the winning run as fourth-seeded Swassey-Torrey defeated fifth-seeded Bethel, 3-2.

Swassey-Torrey advances to the semifinals of the Zone 3 American Legion tournament and will face Gayton Post at Lewiston High School at 5:45 p.m. today.

Bethel led 2-0 after four innings. Swassey-Torrrey scored one run in the sixth and scored twice with two out in the seventh as Aaron Fenstermacher kept Swassey-Torrey alive with an RBI single

Ben Field pitched a complete game for Bethel with seven strikeouts and three walks while giving up seven hits. Winning pitcher Ryan LaFleur allowed just four hits while striking out 11 and walking one.

BASKETBALL

WNBA: President Barack Obama saluted the champions of women’s professional basketball, calling them role models for the nation’s girls.

Obama, an avid basketball player, welcomed the Phoenix Mercury to the White House after their second WNBA championship.

GYMNASTICS

U.S. MEN: Vitaly Marinitch, a 1989 world champion who runs the men’s gymnastics program at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, will be the head coach of the American team heading to the world championships in October.

Marinitch currently coaches 2008 Olympian Joey Hagerty and has coached Olympians Jason Gatson, Brett McClure and John Macready.

SOCCER

RALSTON RETIRING: New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston plans to announce his retirement from soccer today.

The Revolution said that Ralston is expected to play his final match today against Mexico’s Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga, then announce his retirement.

Ralston, 36, is Major League Soccer’s career leader in games, starts, minutes and assists, and he had four goals in 36 appearances for the United States.

TENNIS

GERMAN OPEN: Qualifier Pere Riba upset Paul-Henri Mathieu 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 for a spot in the second round of the clay-court tournament in Hamburg, Germany.

GASTEIN LADIES: Ioana Raluca Olaru rallied to beat Kathrin Woerle 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round in Bad Gastein, Austria.

SLOVENIA OPEN: Sixth-seeded Vera Dushevina rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Anna Lapushchenkova in the first round in Portoroz, Slovenia.

Tamira Paszek also advanced to the second round by beating Jelena Kostanic Tosic 7-5, 6-2.

Andreja Klepac lost 6-3, 6-4 to Rossana de los Rios.

From staff and news services