Piper High School – softball at Salina (state)
– Varsity lost to Ft. Scott 5-6
Piper High School – track Wichita (state)
– boys 8th place and girls 9th place as team
– State Champions: Girls 4×100 relay (Victoria Webb, Talia Simmons, Madee Erwin, and Tristian Davis (6th title in 7 yrs)
– State Runner-Up: Boys 4×400 relay (Dion Saunders, Brendan Smith, Logan Stacer, and Sean Pahls
– Medalist: Tristian Davis 3rd in 100, Jordan Guess 3rd in triple jump, Victoria Webb 5th in triple jump, Sean Pahls 4th in 400, Parker Richardson 5th in 300h, Girls 4×400 (Morrow, Erwin, Je. Wayne, and Ja. Wayne), Dion Saunders 6th in 200, Travon Jones 7th in long jump, and Jessica Wayne 8th in 800m
– Piper School records: Dion Saunders in 200, Jordan Guess in triple jump, and Boys 4×400
– Information from Doug Key, Piper activities director
The T-Bones struggled to throw strikes Monday night, walking 11 batters in an 11-2 loss to the Wichita Wingnuts at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.
Kansas City starter Pat Doyle struggled with his command through his five innings of work, walking six with two wild pitches. Only 68 of Doyle’s 123 pitches were deemed strikes.
Doyle ran into early trouble in the first, loading the bases with only one out. Chris McMurray then drew a walk, Doyle’s third of the inning, which forced in a run and gave Wichita an early 1-0 lead.
Doyle again struggled to find the plate in the second, walking David Amberson and throwing two wild pitches that allowed Amberson to advance to third. Carlo Testa then smacked an infield single off first baseman Nick Schwaner’s glove, scoring Amberson. Doyle walked Jake Kahaulelio before serving up a two-run double to Brent Clevlen, extending the Wichita advantage to 4-0.
In the seventh, leading 5-0, the Wingnuts scored again because of Kansas City walks. Kansas City reliever Kristhiam Linares walked the bases loaded before walking Amberson and forcing in Wichita’s sixth run. Zach Fowler would relieve Linares, but served up a walk of his own and force in yet another run.
The T-Bones finally got on the board in the eighth when Testa misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Danny Richar that rolled to the wall and scored two. The late rally wouldn’t be enough, though, as Kansas City allowed four more runs over the game’s final two frames. Wichita starter Justin Klipp (3-0) picked up the win for the Wingnuts, tossing seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts. Doyle (1-2) took the loss.
Kansas City falls to 8-10, while Wichita moves to 14-5. The T-Bones continue their series with Wichita Tuesday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.
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.