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T-Bones sign two for 2018

Catcher Tucker Pennell and right-handed pitcher Jackson Lowery have been signed by the T-Bones for the 2018 season, according to an announcement.

Both players came to the team late in 2017 and were part of the late season roster push that helped lead the club to its second-best record in franchise history.

Lowery was added to the roster Aug. 4 while the team was on its longest road trip of the season. He retired all four of his batters in his debut at Lincoln that night and went on to have a 2-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in 17.1 relief innings. He made one start for the club, while adding 25 strike outs.

Lowery is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and pitched in college at the University of Arkansas in the SEC.

Lowery signed a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays after his senior season with the Razorbacks. In 2015, he made three stops in the Blue Jays system and spent last winter with the Canberra Cavalry of the Australian Baseball League. For his career, the former Razorback is 6-4 with a 4.54 ERA in 85.1 innings.

Tucker Pennell was signed just prior to game time on Aug. 25 on the road in Gary, Indiana, and had a key double to spark the offensive attack in his first at bat in an 8-0 win over the RailCats.

He finished the season on a hot streak, including a game-tying home run against St. Paul on Sept. 4 in Kansas City, Kansas. He finished 5-for-13 in the last four game series with the Saints with three RBIs and a double. In 10 games, Pennell went 11-for-28 with three RBIs and a .393 average.

Pennell spent 18 games over two seasons with the San Diego Padres organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2016. A native of Georgetown, Texas, he was a teammate of Jackson Lowery at the University of Arkansas.

Full and half-season ticket packages for 2018, as well as flex plans, are on sale online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office. Group ticket sales for renewing accounts are also on sale, while group ticket sales will open to the public on Dec. 12.
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T-Bones release catcher

The Kansas City T-Bones have released catcher Leo Rojas. The move will allow Rojas to retire from professional baseball.

Leo Rojas was signed by the Kansas City T-Bones on March 23, 2017. The native of Punto Fijo, Venezuela, played in 48 games for the T-Bones in 2017 and hit .251 with five home runs and 24 RBI.

In his lone season in Kansas City, Rojas set career highs in games played (48), runs (23), hits (43), doubles (11), home runs and RBIs.

Rojas was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 MLB draft from Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus in Miami, Florida.

The catcher spent parts of four seasons in the Giants organization before his release in June of 2016. Rojas retires as a career .250 hitter in 142 minor league games with 10 home runs and 72 RBI.

Full and half-season ticket packages for 2018, as well as flex plans, are on sale now online at www.tbonesbaseball.com or by calling 913-328-5618 or visiting in person the Providence Medical Center Box Office. Group ticket sales for renewing accounts are also on sale, while group ticket sales will open to the public on Dec. 12.

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CommunityAmerica Ballpark to get a new name

In a file photo from 2015, skydivers were seen above the CommunityAmerica Ballpark sign. The ballpark will soon have a new name, according to the T-Bones. (File photo)

CommunityAmerica Ballpark, the home of the T-Bones baseball team in the Village West area of Kansas City, Kansas, will have a new name.

According to an announcement by the T-Bones, a new naming partner is being sought for the stadium. The current agreement with CommunityAmerica Credit Union has expired.

“We’ve had 15 years with them, and it’s a little bit bittersweet seeing them move on, but it is a success story,” Adam Ehlert, president of the T-Bones, said.

When CommunityAmerica started as the stadium sponsor 16 years ago, they were relatively unknown, he said.

“We helped them grow and they are pushing up against the big guys in the market,” Ehlert said.

Ehlert said the T-Bones have been talking to some prospects for the naming rights.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t miss the right opportunity,” he said. A big name or big brand, or a smaller business that wants to grow may be interested in naming the stadium.

CommunityAmerica’s leadership acknowledged the T-Bones’ role in their growth, in a news release.

“Our partnership with the T-Bones has been a highlight for our organization. We enjoyed countless employee and member experiences at the ballpark, which created opportunities for us to grow our presence in the greater Kansas City communities,” said Rick Schier, chief member officer of CommunityAmerica, in a news release. “CommunityAmerica Ballpark will forever be in our hearts, and I encourage other local companies to consider how a partnership with the T-Bones can support their business goals,” Schier said.

The T-Bones begin their 16th season on May 22, 2018, and special ticket sales are available at www.tbonesbaseball.com and at 913-328-5618.

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