T-Bones offense stagnant in 4-0 loss

The Kansas City T-Bones mustered just two hits in Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Sioux City in front of 8,832 fans Tuesday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

Facing Patrick Johnson of the Explorers, the T-Bones struggled to find many base runners, let alone a hit. T.J. Mittelstaedt broke up the no-hitter in the seventh with a single up the middle, but before then they had just five base runners on four walks and a hit by pitch.

Meanwhile newly acquired pitcher Mike Nannini worked out multiple jams in his Kansas City debut. In 6 innings, Nannini allowed two runs off six hits, walked a pair and struck out three. He allowed at least one base runner in every inning, and gave up four extra-base hits — three doubles and a triple.

After threatening in the first three innings, the Explorers finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Peter Barrows tattooed a triple to right-center before being brought home on a sacrifice fly to left by Dillon Usiak.

The Explorers tacked on another run in the sixth. Barrows gapped a one-out double into short right-center. He advanced to third when Usiak reached first on a fielding error by Danny Richar. Todd Jennings then placed a sac bunt towards the mound that brought home Barrows.

Sioux City continued to play small ball in the seventh as Oscar Mesa, who led off the inning with a double, was brought home on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Samson.

With the loss, the T-Bones are now 14-17. Game two of the series is Wednesday morning at 11:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

– Story from Matt Fulks, T-Bones

Lady Blue Devils sign 1,000-point high school scorers

by Alan Hoskins
Two 1,000-point high school scorers will be joining the women’s basketball team at Kansas City Kansas Community College this fall.
Cheyenne North, a 5-11 forward from Camp Station High School in Gallatin, Tenn., and Audriana Christopher, a 5-6 guard from Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kent., are the latest additions to the 2014-15 Lady Blue Devil squad.
Ranked the 10th best player in Tennessee her senior year, North originally signed with Belmont University, an NCAA Division I member, but did not play there. According to Dan Olson’s nationally known Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, North was also ranked the 36th best player in the nation at her position and 170th overall in the U.S.
A two-time all-state performer and 3-star recruit by ESPN, North averaged 20.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
Christopher averaged 16.4 points, 4.4 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game as a senior after scoring 16.9 points a game as a junior along with 4.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals. Scoring in double figures in 22 out of 27 games, she twice had career highs of 28 points along with all-time bests of 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Christopher joined the Scott County varsity team as a seventh grader as permitted by Kentucky high school rules and was a member of the state runnerup team in 2010. A two-time selection to the Toyota Classic all-tournament team, she was also named to the Gateway Holiday Class all-tourney team.

KCKCC to offer two basketball camps for boys July 8-10

by Alan Hoskins
Two basketball camps for boys in the first through eighth grades will be offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College Monday through Wednesday, July 8-10.
Boys in the first through the fourth grades will have instruction from 9 a.m. to noon; those in the fifth through eighth grade will participate from 1 to 4 p.m. in the KCKCC Field House at 7250 State Ave.
Instruction will be provided by head coach Kelley Newton, assistant Eric Nitsche and members of the Blue Devil men’s basketball team.
The cost is $50 for participant and includes a camp T-shirt. Registration forms are available in the KCKCC Athletic Department in the Field House, online at knewton@kckcc.edu or by phone at 913-288-7168. Boys can also be registered by mail to Kelley Newton, KCKCC Athletic Dept., 7250 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., 66112. Name, address, parent or guardian’s name, year in school, shirt size, phone and email address must be included with payment. All participants also must have signed medical release forms.