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Davis hits triple in first T-Bones start to lead team to 5-3 win

The Kansas City T-Bones battled bad weather and the Gary SouthShore RailCats Thursday night, winning 5-3 in their final game of the three-game series at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

It was a soggy game as rain poured throughout the night keeping the grounds crew busy between innings. The RailCats jumped out in front in the top of the first, with T-Bones’ pitcher Hunter Adkins giving up an early home run to Randy Santiesteban. The RailCats increased their lead in the third inning with help of a Garrett Copeland RBI single and an error by Adkins leading to an unearned run and a 3-0 advantage.

The T-Bones finally came alive in the fourth-inning with a leadoff double from Nick Torres off starter Alex Gunn for Gary. Cal Towey singled to put runners at the corners. Dexter Kjerstad hit a sacrifice fly to score one run and Angel Rosa reached with a “bloop” double to left center to cut the lead to 3-2.

In his first T-Bones start, Johnny Davis gave the T-Bones a base-clearing triple, scoring Tucker Pennell and Angel Rosa to make the score 4 –3 KC.

Keith Curcio added a solo home run in the home half of the seventh to give Kansas City a 5-3 lead and some breathing room in the later third of the ball game.

Four T-Bones relievers combined to shut out Gary after Adkins left after five innings. Julio Eusebio, Francisco Gracesqui, Sam Street and Cody Winiarski each tossed a clean inning with Winiarski notching his third save of the season.

The RailCats did get a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth from Wilfredo Giminez but Winiarski got a fly ball to left by the RailCat’s Reggie Wilson to end the game, sending both players and staff out of the rain.

The T-Bones (3-3) hit the road Friday as they take on the Chicago Dogs (1-5) for their home opener at 7:05 at Impact Field in Rosemont, Illinois. It will be the first-ever regular season home game for the Dogs. The action will be broadcast on the T-Bones Broadcast Network with the pregame at 6:40 p.m.

Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the box office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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KCKCC golfers make final cut, place 14th in national

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

One of 15 teams to make an unexpected cut in the 2018 NJCAA Division II national golf tournament, Kansas City Kansas Community College moved up to finish in 14th place.

The tournament played at GlenLakes Golf Club in Foley, Alabama, was marred by bad weather each of the final three days and came at the worst times for KCKCC. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, the tournament had lengthy delays as the Blue Devils were three holes from finishing.

After a fast start on Wednesday, the Blue Devils slipped to 15th place before surging past Grand Rapids into 14th Thursday.

“We were only two over after the front nine Wednesday only to have the last three holes get us again,,” said KCKCC coach Gary Shrader, whose Blue Devils lost 21 strokes to par on the back nine and finished with a 311 total. “We had the same problem two days in a row. We had to go back out and just didn’t have it.” The Blue Devils had a 310 finishing round Thursday.

The third round Wednesday was stopped twice because of rain and lightning and almost missed completion.

“They finished in the dark with car lights on the last hole,” Shrader said. “They had two groups to finish so volunteers pulled up their cars and they played the last hole with car lights.”

With more rain forecast for Thursday’s final round, the tournament field was cut in half with the top 15 teams finishing four rounds, the rest of the field heading home. It proved to be the right move. Thursday’s round had a two-hour early afternoon delay because of lightning and rain.

Two Blue Devils, sophomores Micah Morris and Bobby Armstrong, tied for 55th place with 18-over par 306 totals. Morris had rounds of 71, 77, 75 and 83; Armstrong 74, 77, 79 and 76. Freshman Evin Wheaton tied for 76th with a 75-84-78-79-316; frosh Zach Miller was 82nd (85-84-83-77-321) and sophomore Trevor Bauer 88th (85-77-85-82-329).

“We didn’t play as well as we’re capable,” Shrader said. “We got out of contention and I think we started to try to take chances and make birdies and it didn’t work.”

The one team Thursday’s two-hour delay didn’t bother was Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, which shot a spectacular 9-under par final round and claim the Bulldogs first ever team championship. The 279 enabled Mississippi Gulf Coast to finish at 2-under par and one shot ahead of conference rival Meridian Community College. Parkland finished third at 1-over and South Mountain fourth at 2-over.
South Mountain‘s Leon D’Souza shot a final round 3-under par 69 to finish 8-under for the tournament and a shot ahead of teammate Jeffrey Miller.


21st annual Jack West Scholarship Scramble set Saturday, June 9

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Registration is now underway for the 21st Annual Jack West Memorial Scholarship Scramble to be held at Dud’s Dread Golf Club Saturday, June 9.

A four-person scramble, all proceeds will go to the Jack West Foundation which assists students in need of financial aid to continue their educations. A soccer and tennis player at Kansas City Kansas Community College, West was shot and killed while returning home June 11, 1997.

The cost to enter is $400 per team or $100 per individual. Golfers without teams will be assigned to teams as needed. The fee covers green fees, cart, on course refreshments and a post-tournament dinner and sports and gift auction at Dub’s Dread.

Entries including name, home and email addresses and phone numbers for each team member should be mailed to Dan Pratt in care of the Jack West Foundation, 16561 Meadowlark Lane, Basehor, KS., 66007. Those with questions and who want registration information may call 816-590-5739.

Sponsorships are also available. They include major sponsorship, $1,000; corporate, $500; beverage, $200; individual holes, $100; and cart sponsor, $50.