T-Bones split doubleheader against Fargo-Moorhead

The Kansas City T-Bones entered game two of the series against Fargo-Moorhead feeling great after a victory on opening day, but the Redhawks had other plans after a four-run seventh inning buried the T-Bones resulting in a 7-2 Fargo victory in game one of the Sunday afternoon double header.

Kansas City’s Darnell Sweeney showcased his power for the second game in a row after blasting a solo home run to center to give the T-Bones an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first off of Fargo-Moorhead’s starting pitcher, Sebastian Kessay.

The Redhawks got on the board in the top of the third after a single from shortstop Yhoxian Medina, who would score after a single from centerfielder Devin Ahart off T-Bones starter Tommy Collier to tie the ball game at one a piece.

The Redhawks were not done yet, however, when they followed up the third inning with a two-run fourth inning, again off Collier. After a couple singles from third basemen Leobaldo Pina and catcher Brian Olson, the sequence ended in Pina scoring off a sacrifice bunt from the designated hitter Tyler Wolfe to give Fargo a 3-1 lead.

The T-Bones would not go down without a fight, however, after a single to centerfield from Forrestt Allday scored Casey Gillaspie to cut the Redhawks lead down to 3-2 late in the game.

The Redhawks responded with a four-run top of the seventh after an RBI double from Tim Colwell scored two runs, and then Colwell would score after a two-base error from Mikey Reynolds of the T-Bones, all coming off reliever Jesus Balaguer.

First basemen Chris Jacobs would bury the T-Bones rally towels with a solo shot, giving the Redhawks a 7-2 victory in game one of the doubleheader.

Kessay (1-0) went four innings, giving up one earned run to record the win for Fargo while Collier (0-1) was charged with the loss. Geoff Broussard picked up the save, working 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

In game two, the Kansas City T-Bones came out aggressive and set the tone early in this second half of their doubleheader. Getting out to an early 5-0 lead, the T-Bones were able to silence the RedHawks offense, limiting them to one run on three hits, rolling to an 8-1 victory in this shortened seven-inning game.

The T-Bones scored five in the first inning, forcing Fargo-Moorhead starter Tyler Pike out of the game after two outs.

The T-Bones sent 10 to the plate, with only one ball finding the outfield grass. Pike walked Mikey Reynolds and Darnell Sweeney to start the game; then a couple swinging bunts by Shawn O’Malley and Carlos Franco down the third base line gave the T-Bones the early lead 1-0. Pike then threw two wild pitches, scoring two more runs. Mason Davis sparked the offense, roping a single to left field with the bases loaded and scoring two more to make it 5-0 Kansas City.

A dominant performance by starting pitcher Eric Stout let the T-Bones cruise to a victory on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The former Royal went five innings, giving up just one run on three hits with five strike outs. Local product Robert Calvano worked two scoreless innings to close out the game.

Davis would have a big day for the T-Bones, adding another RBI on a base hit to left in the fifth, along with a couple of nice defensive plays at third base. He finished the day 2-4 with three RBI for KC. The T-Bones also tacked on another run on an error by catcher Quin Irey to up the lead to 7-1.

The T-Bones had other chances in the game. They left the bases loaded in the third and two more runners on in the fourth, both times coming up scoreless. Forrestt Allday added an RBI single in the sixth inning as the offense did more than enough to ensure a win.

Stout (1-0) picked up the win while Pike (0-1) was tagged with the loss. Fargo drops to (1-2) while the T-Bones go to (2-1). The T-Bones will stay in Kansas City and continue their homestand to start their season, as they play host to the Lincoln Saltdogs for a three-game series beginning at 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 19.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale now online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale now.

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Repeal of pit bull ban on Monday night’s UG committee agenda

The repeal of the ban on pit bull dogs in Kansas City, Kansas, is on the agenda for the 5 p.m. Monday, May 20, Unified Government Public Works and Safety Committee meeting.

The meeting will be held at the fifth floor conference room, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

According to the agenda, the ordinance repealing the pit bull ban is sponsored by Commissioners Melissa Bynum and Jane Philbrook.

Currently, anyone with a pit bull in the city could be fined $300 to $1,000, and could be sentenced to as much as 90 days in jail, according to the ordinance now in effect.

Kansas City, Kansas, put a pit bull ban into effect in 1988.

At the last effort to repeal the pit bull ban, an incident in July 2006 was cited by those who wanted to keep the ban in place. Jimmie Mae McConnell was mauled by a dog from next door while she was working in her garden in her own yard in Kansas City, Kansas. She died after the attack. The pit bull ban was supported by McConnell’s church at the time.

At a UG meeting in March 2014, an attorney representing a group of animal shelters said the current thinking on pit bulls is that animal behavior varies according to individual animals and not according to breed.

The UG heard a proposal to remove the pit bull ban in November 2014, and it was approved at the committee level but not at the commission. The issue generated a lot of interest, with the meeting room packed with people. The commission needed 6 votes to pass a repeal, but the vote tied 4-4 and the repeal died. Two of the four commissioners who voted against a repeal in 2014 are no longer on the commission.

Other items on Monday night’s Public Works and Safety Committee meeting include:

• A presentation by Board of Public Utilities staff on the new Rosedale substation to replace the Fisher substation, construction of a new transmission line from the new substation to the existing Barber substation and the upgrade of two new transmission lines.

• A resolution declaring the BPU Barber-Rosedale transmission line to be a necessary and valid improvement. This will authorize a survey for the project, and to submit an ordinance authorizing eminent domain and to acquire the property.

• An resolution supporting an agreement with Johnson County f to use their communications center’s existing 911 phone and radio communications equipment as emergency backup.

• A report on the operation of the Joe E. Amayo Argentine Community Center.

• A request to repave and line Klamm Park and Quindaro Park’s tennis courts.

The UG Administration and Human Services Committee will meet immediately after the Public Works and Safety Committee meeting in the same location.

On the agenda for the Administration and Human Services Committee:

• Reappointment of Theresa Reyes-Cummings to the R.E.A.C.H. Healthcare Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee for a three-year term.

• A proposal by Chris Morrow to reduce the penalty for simple marijuana possession.

• Discussion of a policy where first responders know one’s wishes in the event of one’s death.

The agendas are online at www.wycokck.org.

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the ban on pit bull dogs started in 2006. It actually started in the 1980s.

Late goal costs Sporting KC win

Sporting KC forward Krisztian Nemeth reacted to his red card as midfielder Ilie Sanchez pleaded his case. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

Sporting Kansas City let a stoppage time goal slip by, undoing 90 minutes of high-quality play and settling for a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday night.

Sporting nearly overcame the 51st minute loss of striker Krisztian Nemeth, who was sent off for a dangerous tackle. Instead Sporting extended its winless streak to seven games.

Head coach Peter Vermes praised his team after the match.

“I think our team played excellent tonight,” Vermes said. “We worked hard. We gave nothing away.”

Nemeth was responsible for the team’s only goal, which came in the 37th minute. Johnny Russell found some open ground on the right side and bounced a shot off Vancouver goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. The rebound fell to Nemeth, who decoyed defender Doneil Henry and then slipped the ball into the open net.

After Nemeth’s disqualification, Sporting continued to selectively press its attack while parrying Vancouver’s possession advantage. They picked up some offensive momentum from Yohan Croizet, who came on in the 81st minute.

However, in the last minute of stoppage time, as the crowd prepared to celebrate a victory, Vancouver’s Ali Adnan slipped a pass to left winger Derek Cornelius directly in front of the goal for an equalizer.

Sporting KC will play next at home at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26, against the Seattle Sounders.

Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt led cheers before the start of the match. Colquitt also participated in the pre-game Faith and Family presentation and bought popcorn for the entire stadium at halftime. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Ilie Sanchez took a shot in the first half but was blocked by Vancouver midfielder Andy Rose. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Krisztian Nemeth was tied up by Vancouver defender Erik Godoy on a corner kick. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Forward Johnny Russell raced for a loose ball near the top of the penalty area. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Head coach Peter Vermes didn’t disagree with Nemeth’s red card, but had stern words for the officials on other matters after the match. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Johnny Russell weaved his way through the Vancouver defense. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Sporting KC defender Nick Hasler tried to get around Vancouver defender Russell Teibert. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez split the Vancouver defense to put a shot on goal in the second half. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)