Home runs lead Lemurs to extra-inning win

John Alonso and the Laredo Lemurs defeated the T-Bones 7-4 in 10 innings in front of a crowd of 5,428 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday night.

After trailing by three runs since the top of the third inning, the T-Bones pieced together single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, and then tied it at 4-4 in the ninth with a two-out RBI triple by Vladimir Frias. Any momentum that favored Kansas City faded quickly in the 10th, though, when Alonso belted a three-run home run off reliever Kris Regas (1-1) that put the game out of reach.

Chad Povich (2), in relief of Caleb Graham (1-0), struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th.

Kansas City jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when T.J. Mittelstaedt scored on a Nick Schwaner single. That was the T-Bones’ only lead. And it didn’t last long.

In the second inning, Laredo scored two runs against starter Andy Noga on a two-out, bases-loaded rally on RBI singles by Josh Sheffert and Nick Van Stratten. The Lemurs would add two more runs in the third inning when Devin Goodwin, a former T-Bones infielder, and Denker hit back-to-back solo home runs that put Laredo ahead 4-1. Denker’s home run was his league-leading 11th homer.

The story of the night for Kansas City was timely hitting. The T-Bones stranded a total of 14 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the second inning.

With the loss, the T-Bones (10-12) will look to even the three-game series Saturday night at 7:05. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

– Story from T-Bones

Big inning propels T-Bones

A big fourth inning lifted the T-Bones to a 6-2 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts on Thursday night in front of a crowd of 5,203 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the fourth inning with a double to right field, which was the T-Bones’ first hit of the game. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Wingnuts starting pitcher Anthony Capra. After David Espinosa’s second walk of the night, Danny Richar grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Mittelstaedt.

Later in the inning, Nick Schwaner was hit by a pitch and Nick Giarraputo walked, loading the bases. Vladimir Frias came through with a two-run single that put the T-Bones up 3-1.

Wichita tallied its first run on an RBI double by J.T. Wise, scoring Brent Clevlen. The Wingnuts would add a run in the seventh as Carlo Testa scored on a Clevlen RBI single.

The T-Bones added two more runs on a two-RBI double, scoring Robby Kuzdale and Mittelstaedt in the bottom of the seventh inning. Frias also had an RBI double in the eighth inning to make the score 6-2.

Daniel Barone, who worked around a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top of the first, earned the victory for the T-Bones, his third of the year. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run, to go along with one walk and five strikeouts. Kris Regas (4) got the save.

With the win, the T-Bones split this Kansas Turnpike Showdown with Wichita, two games to two. They welcome the Laredo Lemurs to CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Friday night at 7:05 for the start of a three-game series. Tickets are available by calling the Providence Medical Center Box Office at CommunityAmerica Ballpark at 913-328-5618.

– Story from T-Bones

Race car driver pays special visit to kids at KU Hospital

Colin Braun

A race car driver in town for the IMSA race June 7 at Kansas Speedway paid a special visit to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

Colin Braun, prototype driver from CORE autosport, visited the pediatric unit at KU Hospital today to build and race pinewood derby cars with young patients.

Braun’s hospital visit was held in association with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. As a charity of IMSA, the Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with teams throughout the race season to visit area hospitals to provide diversionary therapy opportunities for patients, siblings and their family members both within pediatric oncology units and general pediatric units.

Braun and foundation volunteers worked with young patients and their families to build the pinewood derby cars, and then raced them down an inclined track.