Opening day roster announced

The Kansas City T-Bones are scheduled to open the regular season at 7:05 p.m. Friday night against Lincoln at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.

Manager John Massarelli is listing 23 active players on the opening day roster.

Nine players who finished the 2014 season with Kansas City are on the opening day roster including pitchers Casey Barnes, Kyle DeVore, Derek Loera, Jared Messer, the club’s Player of the Year Kris Regas and Joe VanMeter, along with shortstop Vladimir Frias, outfielder Robby Kuzdale, and catcher Brian Erie.

Among the 14 newcomers in 2015, seven have direct ties to Kansas City. Pitchers Aaron Baker and Blake Holovach, infielder Jake Blackwood, who played for the T-Bones during 2009-10, and utility player Nate Tenbrink all are from the Kansas City area.

Pitcher Josh Tols, who’s from Australia, played collegiately at Rockhurst University; outfielder Adam Bailey, who played at the University of Nebraska, lives in Overland Park; and outfielder C.J. Henry played basketball at the University of Kansas.

One player, pitcher Fernando Hernandez, has major-league experience, while Bailey, Frias, Regas, and Tenbrink all have reached triple-A during their careers.

In order to get the roster to 23 players, the T-Bones released pitcher Garrett Granitz and outfielder Jordan Hurtt.

The T-Bones open their 13th regular season on May 22 against Lincoln at 7:05 p.m. at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC
Seven sophomores from the 2015 Kansas City Kansas Community College baseball team have been awarded athletic scholarships to four-year colleges and universities.

Three Blue Devils will be moving on to Avila University – Tyler Raymond, Trevor Norbury and Danny Kralicek. Daniel LaMunyon will be staying in-state at Emporia State while Tanner Foerschler will continue his baseball career at William Jewell, Jonathan May at the University of Texas-Dallas and Easton Edmond at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Several other Blue Devil sophs are expected to sign letters of intent.

A first baseman from Harrisonville, Tanner Foerschler was named KCKCC Male Athlete of the Year and Mike Haen Hustle Award recipient after hitting .376 with 53 runs batted in. He also earned Gold Glove honors after handling 578 chances without an error.

A third baseman and outfielder in his two seasons at KCKCC, Daniel LaMunyon was a stolen base leader in the Jayhawk Conference with 32 while hitting .314 with 48 RBI. A Blue Valley grad, LaMunyon also led the Blue Devil pitching staff in saves with five.

Second baseman Tyler Raymond of Brandon, Fla., was the leading hitter among the Avila signees, hitting .331 with 30 RBI. A catcher from Rich Hill, Trevor Norbury batted .273 while outfield Danny Kralicek of Blue Valley hit .171.

A native of LaPorte, Texas, Jonathan May was the workhorse of the pitching staff, compiling a 6-3 record with a 4.96 ERA in 65 innings. An outfielder from Lincoln, Neb., Easton Edmond batted .262.

Alan Hoskins is the sports information director for KCKCC.


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