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KCKCC relievers shut down Saint Mary; Highland here Thursday

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Seven Kansas City Kansas Community pitchers combined for seven innings of 3-hit relief in a 4-2 win over Saint Mary JV Monday.

The win boosted the Blue Devils’ overall record to 18-11 and home record to 12-2 heading into a home Jayhawk Conference doubleheader Thursday with Highland at 1 p.m.

Saint Mary took a 1-0 lead in the second inning against starter Max Storch, bunching three singles for the run. But the Spires managed only three more singles the rest of the way, two of them coming in the sixth along with a sacrifice bunt and ground ball for their second run against Jarrett Cronin.

Otherwise, the Spires managed only one other hit against relievers Jake Bartshe, Allan Brown, Cameron Bednar, Luke Ostenson, Julia Rivera and Colton Kenagy – each of whom pitched a scoreless inning. Brown got the win, Kenagy the save.

The Blue Devils, meanwhile, were limited to just five hits including two each by Rorey Combs and Dade Wheeler, and managed only one base-runner over the final four innings.

Combs provided the runs that won it, a two-run home run in the fourth inning that capped a 3-run rally.. Brigham Mooney drew a one-out walk and scored on Wheeler’s single and Combs followed with a two-out blast to right-center.

It was Combs’ second homer of the year. KCKCC’s first run came in the third on singles by Wheeler and Combs and a sacrifice fly by Alex Phillips.

Jayhawk-leading Cowley sweeps KCKCC in softball twinbill

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

The old axiom that good softball pitching beats good hitting never rang more true than in Kansas City Kansas Community College’s doubleheader loss to Jayhawk Conference leader Cowley College Sunday.

Two Cowley hurlers held the Lady Blue Devils to just seven hits in 5-1 and 9-1 conference wins. The sweep kept the Lady Tigers (20-11) unbeaten in Jayhawk play at 8-0 while KCKCC fell to 10-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

The Blue Devils go back on the road to Cloud County Tuesday and Ottawa JV Wednesday before returning home Saturday to host Labette in a twin bill starting at 2 p.m.

“Two bad innings really did us in,” KCKCC coach Kacy Tillery said. Cowley scored all of its runs in the fourth inning of the 5-1 opener and six runs in the third inning of the second game.

KCKCC sophomore Megan Sumonja retired the first 10 hitters in the opener only to have the next six Tigers reach base in a 5-run fourth inning that included a 3-run double and an RBI triple and double. The Tigers finished with nine hits while Sumonja struck out five, walked two.

Allison Kasick doubled and Amy Grace-Wilson, Mikaela Hoffart and Katherine Stringer singled for the Blue Devil hits. KCKCC’s lone run came after 12 Blue Devils had been retired in a row on a walk, a single by Hoffart and Grace-Wilson’s sacrifice fly.

The Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead into the third inning of the nightcap only to have the Tigers explode for 14 hits over the next three innings against three KCKCC hurlers.

Kaylynn Stratton, who had two of KCKCC’s three hits, led off the first inning with a single, stole second and scored on Wilson’s two-out single.

Carley Strawn got the win for Cowley, striking out four, walking one and retiring 10 of the last 12 hitters she faced.

National anthem auditions to be Saturday for T-Bones

Want to audition for the national anthem at the T-Bones game?

The T-Bones are holding national anthem and “God Bless America” music tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kansas.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. for all bands, choirs, groups, musicians and individual performers interested in auditioning. Performances must be 110 seconds or less in the traditional version of the songs and will be performed without any additional background music.

Before the audition, interested performers must complete a registration form, which can be found at, or one will be provided at the audition. Applicants are allowed to audition for both songs, but it must be specified on the form, according to a spokesman.

Performers will be given an audition number as they arrive and register at Gate A at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The order of the auditions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Performers must be aware that the auditions will be open to the public and no compensation will occur. Performers should wear respectable and appropriate attire, and be prepared for the weather, as the auditions will be taking place outdoors, according to the spokesman.

The T-Bones open the 2017 regular season at home on May 19 against Lincoln. They have 50 home games scheduled from May 19 to Sept. 4.

For questions about the auditions, contact Morgan Kolenda, the T-Bones’ director of marketing and game entertainment, at or call 913-328-5641.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones