Sea Dogs’ rally falls short as Phils gain 10-7 victory

Carlos Tocci tripled and singled twice, driving in two runs Friday night as the Reading Fightin Phils held on for a 10-7 victory against the visiting Portland Sea Dogs.

Tzu-Wei Lin hit a solo home run in the second inning and Aneury Tavarez followed with an RBI single to give Portland (9-7) a 4-2 lead.

Reading (10-7) tied it in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer by Scott Kingery. The Fightin Phils added two runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 9-4 lead.

Portland trailed 10-5 going into the eighth but got two runs on a sacrifice fly by Danny Mars and an RBI single by Cole Sturgeon.


BASEBALL: The University of Southern Maine will officially open its softball stadium and dedicate its baseball field to a longtime coach this weekend.

On Saturday, USM will have a opening ceremony for its softball stadium at 12:15 p.m. that will include recognition of the team’s five seniors. USM will then play a doubleheader against Eastern Connecticut.

Following the games, an alumni slow-pitch softball game and barbecue will begin at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, USM will dedicate its baseball field to Ed Flaherty, in his 32nd year as coach. Flaherty has won over 960 career games and led USM to NCAA Division III national championships in 1991 and 1997. USM has won eight regional championships. That 1997 national championship team will also be honored.

The dedication will begin at 12:15 p.m. and will include remarks by Bob Prince, a member of the 1991 championship team and now the coach at UMass-Dartmouth.

USM will play Western New England at 1 p.m.


PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Maria Sharapova won again at Stuttgart, Germany, to move into the semifinals after beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 6-3, 6-4.

Sharapova, returning from a 15-month doping ban, next faces the fourth-seeded Simona Halep, who progressed against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, 6-3, 6-1.

BARCELONA OPEN: Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced together again, reaching the semifinals in the same manner they won all week: Nadal cruised and Murray labored.


PENN RELAYS: Emily Durgin of Standish and the University of Connecticut won the 10,000 meters by nearly 40 seconds Thursday night and lowered her personal best by more than 30 seconds with her time of 33:49.30 in Philadelpha.

In Friday events, Isaiah Harris of Lewiston anchored Penn State to a second-place finish in the sprint medley relay, and Jake Koffman of Orono High was fourth in the boys’ discus.

Penn State posted a time of 3:17.40 in the sprint medley relay, which was won by G.C. Foster of Jamaica in 3:16.15.

Koffman, a Stanford University signee, had a best throw of 191 feet, 3 inches. Roje Stona of Jamaica won with a distance of 212-9.

RUSSIAN BANNED: Russian middle-distance runner Yekaterina Sharmina was banned until 2022 after a second doping sanction in six months.


PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham Hotspur, second behind Chelsea in the standings, will play its home games next season at Wembley Stadium while its new stadium is completed.

Spurs called White Hart Lane home for 118 years but will play its last game there May 14 against Manchester United.