Sea Dogs allow five homers in a 14-6 loss at Reading

Scott Kingery hit a leadoff home run, Angelo Mora added a three-run homer later in the first inning and the Reading Fightin Phils added three more homers Thursday in a 14-6 victory against the Portland Sea Dogs at Reading, Pennsylvania.

Mitch Walding hit a solo homer in the fourth and Scott Kingery added an RBI double for a 6-1 Reading lead.

Portland rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to make it 6-6. Jake DePew and Deiner Lopez hit consecutive home runs, Rafael Devers and Jeremy Barfield each hit an RBI single, and Cole Sturgeon drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

Reading followed with consecutive four-run innings as Kyle Martin connected for a solo homer and Walding hit a three-run blast in the fifth after Sea Dogs starter Kevin McAvoy was replaced by Yankory Pimentel with two outs.

After loading the bases with no outs in the sixth, the Phils scored on a fielder’s choice, a single, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly.

Danny Mars was 4 for 5, and Devers, DePew and Barfield each had two hits for the Sea Dogs, who begin a four-game series at Binghamton at 7:05 p.m. Friday. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday.


UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: Just three months past his 17th birthday, Josh Sargent tied the American scoring record at the event as the United States routed New Zealand 6-0 at Incheon, South Korea, and advanced to a quarterfinal against Venezuela.

Sargent put the U.S. ahead in the 32nd minute with his fourth goal of the tournament, one of the three U.S. goals off corner kicks.

Sargent joined Taylor Twellman (1999), Eddie Johnson (2003) and Jozy Altidore (2007) as the only Americans to score four goals at an Under-20 World Cup.

Jeremy Ebobisse, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad, Auston Trusty and Lagos Kunga scored in the second half.

The Americans, who lost to Serbia on penalty kicks in the 2015 quarterfinals, play Venezuela at 2 a.m. Sunday. Defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers and Aaron Herrera, and midfielder Derrick Jones will return after one-game suspensions for multiple yellow cards.

Venezuela will have two extra days of rest after beating Japan in extra time Tuesday.


COLLEGE: A lawsuit filed by a former star player against Iowa State women’s coach Bill Fennelly was settled for $60,000.

Nikki Moody sued Fennelly, the university and the state of Iowa for racial discrimination and retaliation, saying she was repeatedly called a “thug” and labeled a selfish player despite being the program’s career assists leader. Moody will receive $35,600, with the rest going to lawyers.

NBA: The possibility that Lakers legend Jerry West may soon be involved with the Clippers continued to gain steam when West described his recent meeting with the organization as “very intriguing” and said “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner.”

But West, who is 79, otherwise left his future open-ended during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”


AMERICA’S CUP: Emirates Team New Zealand, determined to atone for its loss in the 2013 event, took a big step forward by clinching a spot in the challenger semifinals on Bermuda’s Great Sound.

Sir Ben Ainslie of Britain also earned a spot in the next round.


LEADER NAMED: USA Swimming turned to Major League Soccer for its new leader, picking the Colorado Rapids’ president, Tim Hinchey, to succeed Chuck Wielgus, who died in April after a long battle with cancer.

Hinchey is a former college swimmer who had been with the Rapids since 2010. He will start his tenure as USA Swimming’s president and chief executive officer on July 12, two days before the start of the world championships in Budapest, Hungary.

– Staff and news service report