T-Bones acquire first baseman from Evansville

The Kansas City T-Bones have acquired Nick Schwaner from Evansville of the Frontier League in exchange for a player to be determined.

Schwaner, 26, who’s a 6-foot and 220-pound first baseman, has split time this year between Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League and Evansville of the Frontier League. In 25 games (14 with Southern Maryland and 11 with Evansville), Schwaner is batting .218 with 19 hits, including two home runs, and 10 RBIs.

Schwaner played collegiately at the University of New Orleans before Tampa Bay selected him in the 30th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. He played two seasons in the Tampa Bay organization, reaching single-A Bowling Green in 2011. His best professional season was last year when, playing for Southern Maryland and Evansville, he batted .299 with 118 hits, including 14 home runs, 70 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 101 games.

Schwaner, who will wear number 28, will be in the starting lineup tonight at first base for Kansas City as the T-Bones begin a four-game series at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan., against the Wichita Wingnuts.

To make room on the roster for Schwaner, the T-Bones placed pitcher Justin d’Alessandro on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

– Story from T-Bones


Night Charity Golf Tournament planned

A Night Charity Golf Tournament is planned on Friday, July 18, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 7101 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan.

The event is sponsored by Greater Kansas City Civitan International and Civitan Club Dotte. It will benefit local charities.

The cost of the event is $125 per person, which includes supplies, green fees, cart, dinner, awards reception, trophies and prizes. After June 18, registration fee is $150. Sponsorships are available.

It is a four-person singles paired or scramble. Registration is at 5 p.m., followed by a shotgun start at 6 p.m. The Night Golf has a shotgun start at 8:30 p.m.

For more information, call 913-208-3533 or email DrRonWitt@hotmail.com.


KCKCC offering three weeks of free baseball camps to youth

by Alan Hoskins
Three weeks of free baseball camps for youngsters 9 to 12 years of age will be provided at Kansas City Kansas Community College this summer.

“Thanks to a generous donation from a member of the Kansas City Men’s Senior Baseball League, we are able to offer the 2014 KCKCC Baseball Camp free of charge,” said head coach Steve Burleson.

The camps will be offered Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for three consecutive weeks beginning June 16. The dates are June 16-18, June 23-25 and June 30-July 2. The camps will begin promptly at 9 a.m. each day and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Supervision of campers will continue until noon each day for pickup.

Designed for players and families who have already made a commitment to summer baseball, only youngsters 9 to 12 years of age will be accepted and the number of spaces is limited.

“We are limiting the number of campers to maximize the amount of individual attention for each participant,” Burleson said. “Also, to get the optimum benefit, we are encouraging campers to attend all nine days. If we can work with them for nine days, you will notice a change in their approach to baseball and their approach to life.”

Interested parents need to send the name of the player, the player’s age and the player’s parents contact name and telephone number to Steve Burleson at burleson@kckcc.edu or by calling 913-288-7156.