T-Bones end three-game slide with 5-2 win

Starting pitcher Tommy Collier (5-3) led the Kansas City T-Bones (34-20) past the St. Paul Saints (31-24) to avoid a four-game sweep in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon at T-Bones Stadium.

Collier pitched eight innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out a season-high 10 batters. The T-Bones tallied up five runs on eight hits to outlast the often-resilient Saints with a final score of 5-2.

The T-Bones wasted no time, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead on the Saints after a two-out solo home run by Colin Walsh.

Kansas City kept its foot on the gas in the third inning, starting with a lead-off walk by Tucker Pennell. After Dylan Tice hit into a fielder’s choice Pennell was out at second, leaving Tice at first.

Walsh forced a walk to put runners on first and second for Nick Torres, who hit a ground-rule double, scoring Tice. Noah Perio Jr. continues to have an impact on this ball club, hitting an RBI double that allowed Walsh and Torres to score. The T-Bones took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning.

The T-Bones’ four-run lead took a hit in the sixth inning, stemming from a one-out single down the third base line by Max Murphy.

The next at bat, Kyle Barrett struck a well-hit ball to right field that sent Murphy to third to put runners at the corners. Burt Reynolds quickly struck out for out number two, putting the pressure on Brady Shoemaker to deliver for St. Paul. On the third pitch of the at bat, Shoemaker crushed a double to left field, scoring Murphy from third and a hustling Barrett from first. The Saints cut into the T-Bones lead 4-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Perio Jr. started off the inning with a single to left field. One batter later, Keith Curcio mimicked Perio Jr. hitting another single to left field to put runners on first and third.

The T-Bones tacked on another run thanks to a Dexter Kjerstad fielder’s choice that allowed Perio Jr. to score. Kansas City extended its lead to 5-2 over St. Paul.

Collier and Kevin Hill secured the win for the T-Bones pitching scoreless seventh, eighth, and ninth frames. Kansas City went on to win by a final score of 5-2. Collier was credited as the winning pitcher. Kevin Hill was credited with the save.

The T-Bones broke a three-game slide against the Saints. Kansas City improves to 34-20 on the season and regains sole possession of second place in the South Division with a half-game lead over the Wichita Wingnuts.

St. Paul drops to 31-24 on the season, hanging on to a half -game lead for first place in the North Division over the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

The T-Bones hit the road for a three-game series against the Cleburne RailRoaders starting Monday, July 16, at 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The T-Bones’ games are airing on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

– Story from T-Bones

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Democrats dismiss raising taxes during gubernatorial forum

by Stephan Bisaha, Kansas News Service

The Democrats running to be Kansas’ next governor brushed off the idea of a tax increase to cover the state’s needs during a Democratic forum in Wichita on Wednesday night sponsored by KMUW and KWCH.

State Sen. Laura Kelly said it’s too soon after repealing the Sam Brownback-era tax cuts to talk about a tax increase.

“We need to let the dust settle,” Kelly said. “We have no idea the full impact of that or the full impact of the federal tax cuts that have occurred.”

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was clear that he doesn’t support a tax increase.

“Tax increase is the last thing that we should even be looking at here in the state of Kansas,” Brewer said.

Former Kansas Agriculture Secretary Josh Svaty went a step further by talking about a tax cut.

“I would advocate for lowering the sales tax on food,” Svaty said.

Brewer and Svaty agreed that the focus should instead be on increasing state revenue by improving the Kansas economy.

Jack Bergeson, one of the teenage candidates running for governor, spent much of the evening targeting Kelly and her running mate, Lynn Rogers, as the establishment ticket. Bergeson directed those who didn’t want to vote for him to vote for anyone on stage other than Kelly.

“If you care about health care reform in this state you should not vote for Laura Kelly and Lynn Rogers,” Bergeson said. “Regardless of who you vote for, the three other candidates are a much better choice.”

Health care reform was Olathe physician Arden Andersen’s topic of choice. He said that his experience in the medical field made him the most qualified for improving care and cost.

“We need to overhaul that system,” Andersen said. “We need people who actually have answers, not just guessing about what does or doesn’t work. I’m that person.”

The debate also focused on legalizing marijuana, gun safety, tariffs and how to win the election as a Democrat in Kansas.

Stephan Bisaha, based at KMUW in Wichita, is an education reporter for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KMUW, Kansas Public Radio, KCUR and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Follow him on Twitter @SteveBisaha. Kansas News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution and a link back to the original post. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.
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Candidate forums planned beginning Tuesday at Beatrice Lee Community Center

Three candidate forums are planned at the Beatrice Lee Community Center, the former JFK Center, at 1210 N. 10th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, candidates for U.S. Representative, 3rd District, have been invited.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, candidates for Wyandotte County District Court judge have been invited.

From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, candidates for state representative have been invited.

The candidate forums are sponsored by Community Health Council, Econ Avenue, Historic Northeast-Midtown Association, KC United, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Kansas City, Kansas, Chapter, NBC Community Development Corp., Northeast Economic Development Corp. and Unity with Purpose.

The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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