T-Bones sign two, including former Marlins pitcher

The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signings of pitchers Daniel Barone and Zach Fowler for the 2014 season.
Barone, 30, is a 6-foot-2 and 185-pound right-hander from Hollister, Calif. The Florida Marlins selected Barone in the 11th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of Sonoma State University.

After spending the better part of four seasons in the Marlins’ minor-league system, Barone appeared in 16 games at the major-league level in August and September of 2007. During that span he went 1-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 41 innings. Barone, who has not pitched professionally since 2009, is 29-30 with three saves and a 4.25 ERA in six minor-league seasons, in the Florida and Oakland systems.

“Danny should be a top-of-the-rotation starter for us who’ll give us a chance to win whenever he’s out there,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli.

Fowler, 25, is 6-foot-4 and 205-pound left-hander from Texarkana, Texas. After playing collegiately at Texas Tech, the Baltimore Orioles selected Fowler in the 34th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Fowler, who reached triple-A in 2012, is 7-6 with six saves, 132 strikeouts, 53 walks and a 2.94 ERA in three professional seasons.

“Zach should be a nice addition to our bullpen,” Massarelli said.

Additionally, the T-Bones placed pitcher Ethan Cole on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release. Cole went 0-8 with one save and a 6.30 ERA in 39 games for Kansas City in 2013.

The T-Bones open the 2014 regular season at home in Kansas City, Kan., on May 15 against Lincoln.

– Story from T-Bones

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Ford no-hitter helps Lady Blue Devils to 4-game sweep

Leslie Ford

by Alan Hoskins

Sweeping a four-game non-conference series over the weekend highlighted by a no-hit pitching performance by Leslie Ford, Kansas City Kansas Community College returns to Jayhawk Conference play with four doubleheaders in five days.

Weather permitting, the Lady Blue Devils will play host to Fort Scott Tuesday and Barton County Wednesday and then play at Cowley Friday and Independence Saturday. All four twin bills will have 2 and 4 p.m. starts.

The Blue Devils got big hits at the most opportune times in defeating Maple Woods 5-0 and 4-3 Friday before routing a club team from the University of Kansas 8-0 and 11-3 Saturday. The sweep improved the Blue Devils overall record to 16-6.

Ford got two wins and a save in the four games. After blanking Maple Woods 5-0 in Friday’s opener, Ford got the save with one inning of one-hit relief in the 4-3 nightcap, then came back with a 5-inning no-hitter over KU in Saturday’s 8-0 opening win. She struck out six and had a perfect game until walking the leadoff hitter in the fifth.

Ford also delivered one of the two biggest hits in the 5-0 win over Maple Woods, a two-run double following singles by Amanda Holroyd and Hanna Barnhart in the second inning. The other big hit came in the fourth, a two-out bases-loaded triple by Justice Scales after a single by Laura Vanderheiden and two errors had loaded the bases. Scales and Barnhart each had two hits in the win.

Vanderheiden and Ashley Henington delivered the big blows in the 4-3 nightcap win. Vanderheiden lashed a 3-run triple run in the second after KCKCC had loaded the bases on three walks. Maple Woods had taken a 2-0 lead, scoring runs in each of the first two innings and then tying the game on a double and two singles in the third. Henington provided her own support for the pitching win by breaking the 3-3 tie with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Henington gave up one hit and struck out one in two innings in relief of starter Elizabeth Seimears.

The Blue Devils lashed out 10 hits in the 8-0 win over KU. Holroyd led with three singles while Lacey Santiago added two hits. Mierra Morisette’s 2-run triple following a leadoff single by Santiago and a double by Scales highlighted a 4-run first inning.

KCKCC added 17 more hits in the 11-3 5-inning nightcap. Morisette and Santiago each had four hits while Scales and Holroyd each drove in three runs with a double and single. Vanderheiden also had had two hits while Ford doubled and drove in two runs. Henington pitched the first two innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs while Seimears pitched the last three, allowing just a pair of hits and striking out six.

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Blue Devil golfers second in 19-team Bethel Tournament

Members of the Kansas City Kansas Community College golf team took a few minutes for a photo on a railway car while competing in the Bethel Spring Invitational Saturday and Sunday in Newton and Hesston. (KCKCC photo by Gary Shrader)

by Alan Hoskins

One of only two community colleges in the 19-team field, Kansas City Kansas Community College finished second in the Bethel Spring Golf Invitational Saturday and Sunday.

Bethany took top honors in the 36-hole tourney played in 40 mile an hour wins with an even 600 with KCKCC edging a second Bethany team 639-640 for second place.

“The wind was brutal the second day,” said KCKCC coach Gary Shrader. “Everyone’s score soared, most by 8-10 strokes but several by as many as 20 or 30.”

Doane College finished fourth (644) followed by Ottawa (645), Pittsburg State and Dakota Wesleyan (648), Hastings (650). Kansas Wesleyan (662) and Briar Cliff (670).

The tourney was played at Sand Creek in Newton and Hesston Golf Club.

Freshmen Lane Pauls of Newton and Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West finished in a tie for sixth to lead the Blue Devils. Pauls had rounds of 73-82-155 and Sites 72-83-155.

Sophomore Collin Herron of Topeka Hayden tied for 37th (79-87-166), freshman Montana Fasching of Piper shared 41st (78-90-168) and Newton frosh Dalton Ayres rounded out the scoring, tying for 73rd with a 178 after an opening 74.

The Blue Devils return to Jayhawk Conference play Saturday and Sunday, competing in the second spring designated tournament at Rolling Meadows in Junction City.

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