Frias’ three-hit night leads T-Bones


Vladimir Frias doubled in a run in the fifth and scored two batters later giving Kansas City a lead it wouldn’t forgo in a 3-2 win Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo, N.D.

Frias, who’s one of the flashiest shortstops in the American Association, used his bat to help the T-Bones get on the board first in a well-pitched game through the middle frames.

Robby Kuzdale, however, led off the top of the fifth with a walk for Kansas City against starter Brian Ernst (8-6).

After Brian Erie sacrificed Kuzdale to second, Frias lashed an RBI double to deep right field that scored Kuzdale and gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Danny Richar scored Frias on an RBI single to left.

The T-Bones extended their lead to 3-0 in the sixth with an RBI single from Kuzdale that scored Nick Schwaner.

The RedHawks finally cracked T-Bones starter Joe Van Meter (2-1) with solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including Travis Higgs’ fifth home run of the season.

Van Meter didn’t walk any as he scattered seven hits and two runs — along with six strikeouts — over 7 innings in the win.

Kris Regas got his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth, in spite of walking two Fargo batters.

Four T-Bones batters had multi-hit games, led by Frias’ 3-for-4 night. T.J. Mittelstaedt, who had two hits, notched his team-leading 27th double in the first inning.

The T-Bones (42-51) continue their three-game series at Fargo-Moorhead (39-54) Wednesday night at 7:02. The game can be heard in the Kansas City area on 1660-AM or tbonesbaseball.com.

Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=178212

– Story from T-Bones

Next year, Kansas Speedway gets Sprint Cup May night race, Sprint Cup October race

Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., will once again hold a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on May 9, 2015, and a race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Oct. 18, 2015, for the Hollywood Casino 400.

Joining the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, May 8, 2015, while the NASCAR Nationwide Series will return to Kansas Speedway on Oct. 17, 2015, for the Kansas Lottery 300, according to an announcement today from Kansas Speedway.

Kansas Speedway’s May races will air on FOX Sports 1, and the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 18 will air on NBC, while the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 17 will air on NBC Sports Network. All races can be heard on MRN affiliates throughout the country.

“Our May night races were highly anticipated by our fans and I feel like both races were entertaining and I’m looking forward to hosting another weekend of night racing in 2015,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren. “Being a part of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is exciting for our fans and with this new date, we’ll be the final race in the Contender round with the remaining championship drivers trying to win the Hollywood Casino 400 to ensure that they move on to the next round.”

Tickets for the 2015 season will go on sale after Kansas Speedway’s October 2014 race weekend. Fans that purchase weekend tickets for Kansas Speedway’s upcoming October weekend will be among the first to be able to purchase 2015 tickets.

Tickets races are currently on sale for the Oct. 3, 2014, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the Oct. 4, 2014, Kansas Lottery 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series) and the Oct. 5, 2014, Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-460-RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.kansasspeedway.com.

Parking is free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.

Fans can follow Kansas Speedway on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kansasspeedway or follow us on Twitter (@kansasspeedway).
– Story from Kansas Speedway

KCKCC golf to build around four all-Jayhawk selections

by Alan Hoskins
Thanks in no small part to archrival Johnson County Community College, Gary Shrader may be fielding his best team in 15 years as head golf coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

With four proven sophomore veterans already returning for the 2014-2015 season, Shrader got additional help with the transfer of two All-Jayhawk Conference performers from JCCC, which dropped golf from its intercollegiate program following the end of the 2013-2014 season. And that’s not counting four promising freshmen newcomers.

“It’s still early but with four all-conference players we have a solid foundation around which to build,” Shrader said. “We’re starting to get our qualifying rounds under full scale playing conditions.”

Heading the list of Blue Devil returnees are Lane Pauls of Newton, a second team All-KJCCC selection this past spring, and Seve Sites of Shawnee Mission West, who earned All-KJCCC honorable mention as a freshman. They are joined by Montana Fasching of Piper and Dalton Ayres of Newton, both of whom saw major action this past year.

Charlie Rinehart of Piper and Alex Forristal of Olathe North are the transfers from JCCC and both bring outstanding resumes. Rinehart was a first team All-KJCCC selection this past season and had a 4 under par 68 in the first round of qualifying at Dub’s Dread. Playing in the NJCAA National Division I tournament two years ago, Forristal was tied for the 54-hole lead before finishing sixth at 5 under par but did not compete this past year. A seventh sophomore, Trey Maughan of Maryville, will redshirt while an eighth, Alex Otting of Basehor-Linwood, is assisting Shrader.

Marc McClain, a southpaw from Bonner Springs who won the Class 4A state championship this past spring, and Colton Allen of Shawnee Mission Northwest head the contingent of four promising freshmen. The others are Jeremy Dunham of Derby and Matt Thayne of Hesston.

“McClain and Allen are solid players while Dunham and Thayne are learning about east Kansas golf after playing on the flat courses out west,” Shrader said. “They’re not used to the hills and side hill lies but they’re getting there.”

While unofficial, early scoring has been impressive. Of 45 rounds played by 11 team members at Dub’s Dread and Sunflower Hill, only six have been in the 80s.

“A lot of the early drills have been routine but as the weather cools down and we work on putting and short games, there will be a lot of improvement,” Shrader said.
The Blue Devil schedule will have a new look this fall – no Jayhawk Conference tournaments as in the past.

“Some of the western powers wanted the opportunity to play in bigger tournaments but it didn’t happen,” Shrader said.

Three tournaments will now make up the Jayhawk season and all will be played in the spring starting with the first at Falcon Lakes. The second will be at Auburn Hills in Wichita with the KJCCC championship decided at Sand Creek in Newton.

Despite no Jayhawk tournaments, Shrader has put together a challenging schedule starting with the Patricia Island Challenge in Grove, Okla,, Sept. 7-9. The others are invitational tourneys held by Central Methodist in Boonville, Mo.; Evangel in Springfield; William Woods in Fulton; and Southwestern in Winfield along with the annual Blue Devil Fall Classic at Dub’s Dread Oct. 7-8.

“We’ve played in all those tournaments in the past and they’re all good venues to host tournaments and a very good schedule in that we’re playing mostly NAIA schools with good competitive programs,” Shrader said.

2014-2015 KCKCC golf schedule
Fall
Sept. 7-9 – Patricia Island Challenge, Grove, Okla.
Sept. 14-16 – Central Methodist Invitational, Boonville, Mo.
Sept. 22-23 – Evangel Fall Invitational, Springfield, Mo.
Oct. 7-8 – William Woods Fall Invitational, Fulton, Mo.
Oct. 12-14 – Blue Devil Fall Classic, Dub’s Dread
Oct. 19-21 – Southwestern Invitational, Winfield

Spring
March 10-11 – Ottawa Invitational, Eagle Bend, Lawrence
March 22-24 – Jayhawk Designated, Falcon Lakes, KCK
March 28-29 – Bethel-Hesston Invitational, Hesston CC & Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 5-7 – Lindenwood Invitational, The Bluffs, St. Charles, Mo.
April 12-13 – Jayhawk Designated, Auburn Hills, Wichita
April 19-21 – Jayhawk Championship, Sand Creek Station, Newton
April 26-28 – Regional Championship, TBA

2014-2015 KCKCC golf roster
Year Hometown (High School)
Dalton Ayres* Soph. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Montana Fasching* Soph. Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Alex Forristal Soph. Olathe, Kan. (Olathe North)
Trey Maughan Soph. Maryville, Mo. (Maryville)
Alec Otting* Soph. Bonner Springs, Kan. (Basehor-Linwood)
Lane Pauls* Soph. Newton, Kan. (Newton)
Charlie Rinehart Soph. Kansas City, Kan. (Piper)
Seve Sites* Soph. Lenexa, Kan. (SM West)
Colton Allen Fresh. Lenexa, Kan. (SM Northwest)
Jeremy Dunham Fresh. Derby, KS. (Derby)
Marc McClain Fresh. Bonner Springs, Kan. (Bonner Springs)
Matt Thayne Fresh. Hesston, Kan. (Hesston)
Head coach – Gary Shrader (15th season)