KCKCC to play host to baseball doubleheaders Saturday, Monday

Kansas City Kansas Community College will be home for baseball doubleheaders both Saturday and Monday.

The Blue Devils will play host to Johnson County Community College Saturday and Dakota County Community College Monday, both at 1 p.m.

The unbeaten leader in the Jayhawk Conference with a 10-0 record, Johnson County swept KCKCC 9-3 and 13-8 in Overland Park Thursday.

T-Bones sign two, including former major league infielder

The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signings of Danny Richar and Stephen Rodgers for the 2014 season.

Richar is a 6-foot-1 and 205-pound infielder from La Romana, Dominican Republic.  Originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, Richar played in 56 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2007. He batted .230 with 43 hits, including nine doubles and six home runs.  The White Sox traded Richar to Cincinnati in 2008 as part of the deal that sent Ken Griffey Jr. to Chicago. Richar appeared in 23 Major League games for Cincinnati during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He spent the 2010 season at the triple-A level with Miami before playing in the Atlantic League in 2011. Richar missed the 2012 and ’13 seasons because of a knee injury. In 10 professional seasons, Richar is a .282 hitter with 1,164 hits, including 221 doubles and 88 home runs, with 484 RBIs and 95 stolen bases.

“Richar should provide a solid bat in middle of lineup and solid glove defensively,” said T-Bones manager John Massarelli. “He is 100 percent healthy and wanted to play here because he feels it gives him a chance to make it back to the big leagues.”

Rodgers is a 6-foot and 175-pound infielder from Sandy, Utah. After playing collegiately at Sterling College (Kan.), Rodgers spent his first professional season, 2013, with White Sands of the independent Pecos League.  He batted .276 with 27 hits and nine RBIs in 38 games. As a senior at Sterling, Rodgers was a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference gold glove winner with a .988 fielding percentage after committing three errors during the season.

“I haven’t seen (Rodgers) play, but I’ve received a lot of great reports on him,” Massarelli said.

The T-Bones open the 2014 regular season at home on May 15 against Lincoln.

Piper girls to compete in state basketball semifinals Friday

The Piper High School girls basketball team advanced to the state semifinals with a 77-70 victory over Coffeyville March 12. Here they pose with a trophy following the substate victory. (Piper file photo)

by Mary Rupert

The Piper High School girls basketball team made the final four, advancing to the state semifinals with a 77-70 victory March 12 over Coffeyville.

The Lady Pirates advanced to the semifinal game, which will be at 6:30 p.m. March 14 in Salina, Kan., vs. No. 1 seed, Wamego. Both teams have won at least 20 games this season.

Doug Key, Piper athletic director, said Wamego has a 23-0 record this season with a 39-game winning streak. Piper this year is 20-3.

Key noted that Wednesday night’s victory over Coffeyville was probably the most points scored all year by the Lady Pirates.

He said Piper players who led in Wednesday’s scoring included Haley White, Megan Woolley and Jessica Wayne.

“Everybody that played really contributed last night,” he said. “It was a great team victory.”

In other high school basketball action, Washington High School lost 73-47 to Highland Park on Wednesday in Class 5A boys competition.

Sumner Academy (10-12) takes on McPherson (20-1) in Class 4A boys basketball competition at 6:30 p.m. March 13.