Surge pour it on against RedBirds in extra innings

Tony Bakeris scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk by Mike Davis in the top of the 10th, and the Old Orchard Beach Surge (30-20) added five runs to take a 13-7 victory over the RedBirds (27-23) at Plattsburgh, New York, on Tuesday, Old Orchard’s fourth straight win.

Edgar Lebron Jr. singled home Gevon Jackson and James Simpson during a four-run sixth that gave the Surge a 6-4 lead. Plattsburgh tied it with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Surge went up 7-6 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Matt Martinez, but the RedBirds answered in the bottom of the inning.


NEW ENGLAND JUNIOR AMATEUR: James Imai of Brookline, Massachusetts, shot a 70 and held a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the three-day invitational at Manchester Country Club in Vermont.

Imai was at 9-under 135 to lead Patrick Welsh of Providence, Rhode Island, who shot a round-low 65. Logan Thompson of Lincoln was Maine’s best scorer at 152 after a 78.

Massachusetts led the team competition at 10-under 710, while Maine was sixth at 773.

The final round will be played Wednesday.

SOLHEIM CUP: U.S. star Paula Creamer, a lock to play in the event for virtually her entire career, is now a last-minute alternate, intent on showing she can still play at golf’s highest level.

Creamer had been told earlier by U.S. captain Juli Inkster that for the first time she wouldn’t play in the Solheim Cup. Then Jessica Korda withdrew because of a forearm injury and Creamer joined the team.

The biennial tournament between the U.S. and Europe begins Friday at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Milos Raonic became the seventh player ranked in the men’s top 10 to withdraw from the tournament, right before fellow seeded players David Goffin, Tomas Berdych and Jack Sock were knocked out in the first round.

The ninth-seeded Goffin became the first seeded man to be knocked out in Cincinnati, falling to Nick Kyrgios, 6-2, 6-3. Juan Martin del Potro advanced with a 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-0 upset of the 10th-seeded Berdych. No. 46 Yuichi Sugita followed with a 7-5, 6-4 win over the 13th-seeded Sock.

On the women’s side, second-seeded Simona Halep and seventh-seeded Johanna Konta became the first players to reach the third round. Halep beat qualifier Taylor Townsend 6-4, 6-1, while Wimbledon semifinalist Konta beat Kiki Bertens, 6-3, 6-3.

Ninth-seeded Venus Williams cruised into the second round, beating fellow American Alison Riske, 6-2, 6-0.

U.S. OPEN: Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the main draw and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than a year.

The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, hasn’t entered a major since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the banned drug meldonium.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Liverpool spoiled Hoffenheim’s debut in European competition by winning 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.

Also, CSKA Moscow beat Young Boys 1-0, Azerbaijani team Qarabag beat FC Copenhagen 1-0 and APOEL Nicosia won 2-0 at home to Slavia Prague.

– Staff and news service report