19-hit performance helps T-Bones bounce back

The Kansas City T-Bones (16-13) left their recent woes in the United States and dominated the Winnipeg Goldeyes (16-13) with a strong offensive performance in the fourth and sixth innings.

Three runs in each inning helped lock down the game for Kansas City, with a final score of 9-3

After losing two games in a row, the T-Bones came out swinging Monday night against the Goldeyes.

Dylan Tice started off the top of the card and singled to right field against Winnipeg’s Charle Rosario. Todd Cunningham also got on base before Nick Torres helped get Kansas City on the board first with an RBI single.

The T-Bones kept it rolling in the fourth with Adrian Nieto reaching first base on an error at shortstop by Andrew Sohn.

Keith Curcio got on base with a single before Tucker Pennell had a two-run RBI single. Angel Rosa hit a single to center field before Todd Cunningham hit a slow roller up the left side sending Pennell home, making the score 4-0. Rosa’s 12th and 13th RBI in the top of the fifth sent Curcio and Nieto home, making the score 6-0.

The top of the sixth proved to be a productive inning for the T-Bones. Cunningham led off with a walk and Nick Torres hit a single to center field, setting up a Zach Walters RBI double, making the score 7-0.

A ground ball fielders choice to first by Kjerstad brought Torres home and the T-Bones just kept rolling. Curcio’s 14th double on the season followed, putting the T-Bones up 9-0.

The Goldeyes eventually got on the board in the bottom of the sixth.

Dave Sappelt hit a single to center field before Reggie Abercrombie hit a two-run home run, cutting the T-Bones lead to 9-2. The Goldeyes scored again in the seventh inning off an RBI by Andrew Sohn but that was as close as Winnipeg got.

Tommy Collier (2-3) was the winning pitcher, tossing a quality start. He threw 6.2 innings for the T-Bones and had seven strikeouts. He was charged with three earned runs on three hits.

Jackson Lowery pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball while Francisco Gracesqui threw a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Winnipeg’s Charle Rosario (2-2) was the losing pitcher. He gave up 11 hits and six runs in five innings.

Nick Torres extended his hitting streak to 14 games while Todd Cunningham had the team’s third four-hit night of the season, going 4-for-5. The bottom four in the T-Bones order went a combined 9-for-19 while the team reached a season high in hits with 19.

Kansas City looks to extend its winning streak Tuesday in Winnipeg against the Goldeyes at Shaw Park in Canada. The first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The game will air on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Call the box office at 913-328-5618. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
– Story from T-Bones

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T-Bones to play tonight in Canada

The Kansas City T-Bones (15-13) were dominated early on Sunday afternoon by the strong offense of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (14-14) that put four runs on the board in the first inning.

Kansas City slowly cut the large lead throughout the game, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 8-6 at Newman Outdoor Field.

A freak play ended the top of the 1st for the T-Bones after their runners were caught in a double play after a controversial call that could have been the difference maker early on for Kansas City.

With runners at first and second, Zach Walters hit a ball to right center that RedHawk right fielder made a sliding attempt to catch on his knees. The ball was not caught, but the runners had to hold to make sure the ball was not caught, and there was a slow ruling by the base umpires on if it was caught or not.

The first inning proved to be the difference maker in this rubber match.

James Buckelew walked the first three batters he faced. Devan Ahart would score on a flyout from De La Cruz as would Gonzalez on a double from Leobaldo Pina.

Another single from Medina and Colwell scored Pina to put the score at 3-0. To end the inning, an error by Adrien Nieto led to another run scored by Medina.

Adrien Nieto responded for the T-Bones in the 2nd inning with a solo home run to put Kansas City on the board and down 4-1.

Steve Zimmerman singled to start the RedHawks second inning. Ahart hit a ball back to the mound that T-Bones pitcher Buckelew turned to throw out Zimmerman at second but threw the ball to center field.
An RBI single from Gonzalez then scored Zimmerman. Another RBI single from De La Cruz brought home Ahart and the Fargos made the score 6-1.

Keith Curcio and Dylan Tice singled in the top of the 3rd, followed by a sacrifice fly from Cunningham to left field that scored Curcio. A double play then ended the inning, but the T-Bones were able to add another run on the board to make it 6-2.

James Buckelew’s outing was short on Sunday after pitching two innings that included seven hits, eight runs and seven errors. Pasquale Mazzoccoli came in to relieve Buckelew but gave up two runs in the bottom of the third to give Fargo an 8-2 lead over the T-Bones.

Kansas City slowly continued to cut away at the RedHawks’ lead in the fifth inning after Nick Torres singled to drive in Curcio—that put the score at 8-3. Hunter Adkins came in to the game for Mazzoccoli in the sixth after he pitched three innings for the T-Bones.

The top of the eighth inning showed signs of a late comeback for Kansas City.

Todd Cunningham led off the inning with a double, followed by a single from Zach Walters that scored Cunningham. Anthony Pacillo was brought in by the RedHawks for Will Soloman.

Soloman pitched 7 ⅓ innings for Fargo after giving up 10 hits. Dexter Kjerstad was then hit by a pitch that brought Nieto to the plate. Nieto then singled, which led to a pitching change for the RedHawks.

After the change, Walters scored on a wild pitch and Kjerstad scored on an RBI groundout from Tucker Pennell that rounded out the eighth inning attempted comeback.

The T-Bones put runners on base in the top of the ninth but were unable to produce a comeback.

Kansas City looks to bounce back on Monday in Winnipeg against the Goldeyes at Shaw Park. The first pitch is 7 p.m., and the game will be aired live at http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.

Individual tickets, season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the box office at T-Bones Stadium or at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

– Story from T-Bones

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Mason brings KU, NBA stars to KCK for charity

Before his charity softball game, Frank Mason III recognized members of the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department for their rescue last year of a 5-year-old at Mark Twain Elementary. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

NBA stars and KU greats faced the searing afternoon heat with good humor and high spirits in the Frank Mason III charity softball game played on Saturday, June 16, at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

Mason, the consensus national college basketball player of the year at Kansas and now a member of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, held the game to raise money for the National Youth Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Jayhawk spirit was on display for much of the game, with Rock Chalk chants from the crowd and the Kansas fight song over the loudspeakers.

Fans were able to get up close with the players during games between innings, and players spent much of the game signing autographs along the outfield walls.

With the center field flags flying at half-staff, the stadium paused for a moment of silence to remember the two Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputies killed on Friday. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Former KU and NBA player Sherron Collins was congratulated by his teammates after a home run. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Harry Giles of the Sacramento Kings, left, participated in a game of sharks-and-minnows with kids on the field after the softball game. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Former KU player Travis Releford hit a home run as son T.J., left, watched. T.J. pinch ran for his dad on the play. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Chiefs draft pick Alphonso Hodge fielded a grounder at third base. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Former KU player Landen Lucas warmed up in the on-deck circle. Lucas currently plays professionally in Europe. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Kids participated in a “shoe race” on the field between innings. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Former Jayhawk Wayne Selden Jr., currently with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, rounded third base. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
Former Kansas State player Wesley Iwundu, now with the Orlando Magic, made a play at second base. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)
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