Pro Sports Roundup: Spangenberg starts July with a winning circuit
Cory Spangenberg’s home run in the seventh inning was the only goal scored when Saitama Seibu’s Lions started in July with a 1-0 road win over the Fukuoka Soft Bank Hawks.
Beating seventh and playing third base in a Nippon Professional Baseball Pacific League game that had just eight combined hits, Spangenberg decided the outcome with his solo shot.
This is his second year playing professionally in Japan for Spangenberg, an Abington Heights graduate who spent six seasons earlier playing in Major League Baseball with the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
The Spangenberg circuit took the Seibu Lions to the 0.500 mark. They lost their next three games and, until the end of Monday’s action, were 31-34-14 for fifth place out of six Pacific League teams, seven games out of first place. .
In 51 games, Spangenberg beat .239 with a base percentage of .354 and a slugging percentage of .409. He has six doubles, three triples, five homers, 26 runs scored, 22 runs batted in, 27 walks and three steals.
JC Show has scored at least 20 points in the last four and six of the last seven games of the regular season, helping Omaha’s Finest clinch a spot in the Central Division Basketball League playoffs when he went 6-in. -8 of 3 points in a 116 -115 victory over the Houston Push in the last game.
Omaha went 12-12 to finish fourth in the nine-team division to advance to the playoffs where he was swept away by the Enid Outlaws in two games.
Show, an Abington Heights graduate who played college at Bucknell and Binghamton, was 12 for 18 on 3 points in his last two games. He injured his knee in the regular season finale and missed both playoff games while waiting for the injury to be assessed further upon his return to northeastern Pennsylvania.
In his first professional season, Show averaged 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 46.8 percent from the ground, 43.1 to 3 points and 89.7 on the line.
Show was second in the league in 3 points and seventh in free throw percentage.