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Pitcher returns to T-Bones

The Kansas City T-Bones announced have signed right-handed pitcher, former T-Bone and Liberty, Missouri, product Lucas Irvine for the 2018 season.

Lucas Irvine spent two seasons with the T-Bones in 2012 and 2013 and joins the club again after a solid 2017 season for Somerset in the Atlantic League.

Irvine went 9-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 135.1 innings with 89 strike outs in 25 starts for the Patriots. He would lead the team with nine wins and was first in innings pitched at 135.1 innings.

Irvine spent parts of two seasons early in his career with Kansas City. In 2012 he appeared in 30 games (13 starts), going 4-2 with a 2.59 ERA in 104.1 innings. He was second in the club in strike outs with 107 for the T-Bones.

In 2013 Irvine returned to make 17 starts for the T-Bones, going 6-5 with three complete games in 121.1 innings. He was traded to New Jersey in the CAN-AM League on Aug. 13, 2013 joining current T-Bones manager Joe Calfapietra’s club for a late playoff run.

Irvine, was in the top five in the league in ERA (2.96, third), strikeouts (94, fifth), complete games (3, tied-second) and innings pitched (121 2/3, second) at the time of the trade and would finish second for the T-Bones staff in innings and strike outs (94). He was moved once again after the Jackals season to Camden in the Atlantic League and pitched in one game to close out a busy 2013.

Irvine is a native of Liberty, Missouri, and attended Liberty High School. He then moved to Northwestern State University of Louisiana where he was drafted twice, the first time in 2010 in the 43rd round by the Chicago White Sox and again in 2011 in the 27th round by the Tampa Rays.

Irvine signed with the Rays in 2011 and spent one season with the Rays at rookie level Princeton in the Appalachian League before joining the T-Bones in 2012.

In 2014 Irvine pitched in Japan in the “indy” IBLJ Shikoku-Kyushu Island League for the Kagawa Olive Guyners before returning to the Atlantic League in 2015 and joining the Somerset Patriots.

He went 6-8 with a 3.41 ERA in 129.1 innings, making 22 starts and being named to the 2015 Atlantic League All-Star Team. Irvine had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 28 of 2015 and was assigned to High A Visalia in the California League where he went 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings (two starts).

Irvine spent most of 2016 with the Diamondbacks where he earned a 5-3 record with a 3.98 ERA and 52 strikeouts spread across 14 games (nine starts) between the High-A, Double-A and Triple-A levels.

He posted a 4-0 record at High A Visalia with a 2.32 ERA in seven games over 51.1 innings before a jump to AA Mobile in the Southern League. At Mobile the right-hander tossed 29.2 innings, going 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA.

In between the two stops, Irvine made one appearance at AAA Reno, allowing 1 ER in 2.2 innings. He closed out 2016 at AAA Aquascalientes of the Mexican League, making eight starts in 41 innings with a 4.61 ERA and a 2-3 record. The last two winters Irvine pitched for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the Box Office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday and10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Home opening night is May 22 when the T-Bones play host to Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

– Story from T-Bones

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National Pro Fastpitch scheduled for July 9-10 in KCK

The Kansas City T-Bones and National Pro Fastpitch will hold a two-game series between the USSSA Pride and Aussie Spirit July 9 and 10 at T-Bones Stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.

This is the fourth year in a row the T-Bones have hosted an NPF series after featuring the USSSA Pride and Texas Charge in 2017.

The USSSA Pride team roster is led by two-time Olympian and reigning back-to-back-to-back NPF MVP Kelly Kretschman out of the University of Alabama.

She is joined by Sierra Romero, the 2016 NCAA Player of the Year at the University of Michigan and the 2017 NPF homerun and RBI leader and Jessica Burroughs, the 1st overall draft pick by the Pride out of Florida State and the 2017 ACC pitcher of the year and First Team NFCA All-American.

The Aussie Spirit roster features Stacey Porter, captain of the Australian National Team and a Olympic Bronze and Silver medal winner.

The Australian team also includes Taylah Tsitsikronis, with two seasons of NPF experience with the Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits and was the first Aussie Spirit player to sign for 2018. Rachel Lack, out of the University of Hawaii and veteran Aussie Spirit star, also is part of the roster coming to Kansas City.

Monday night’s game will feature a pre-game tailgate party in the parking lot with food trucks and an appearance by the Falcon Skydivers.

“We’re thrilled to host these world class athletes and the top women’s pro players in the world at T-Bones Stadium this summer. Our stadium is the perfect venue for this series and we’re glad to bring this showcase event to Kansas City, KS and our metro area overall,” said Chris Browne, T-Bones vice president and general manager.

Following each game both teams will be available for autographs and to meet and greet fans in attendance at the ballpark. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and first pitch is at 7:05 p.m. for both nights.

“We’re unbelievably excited to welcome the Aussie Spirit to the midwest this summer and to T-Bones Stadium, especially. With an attendance record of over 15,000 during the Pride series last year, we can’t wait to be able to give these incredibly talented Aussie athletes the stage to perform in front of an even bigger crowd this year,” added Jeremy McDowell, executive vice president, USSSA.

Tickets for both nights are available now at the T-Bones Stadium Box Office, by calling 913-328-5618 or at TBonesBaseball.com.

Home opening night for Kansas City is May 22 when the T-Bones play host to Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

– Story from T-Bones

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T-Bones add pitcher and fielder

The Kansas City T-Bones have signed left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson and infielder-outfielder Cal Towey for the 2018 season.

Cody Dickson comes to the T-Bones after spending five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. In 2017 the lefty reached AAA Indianapolis, going 4-3 with a 4.72 ERA in 40 innings and posting a 2-4 mark at AA Altoona in 32.1 innings and a 5.85 ERA.

He made the climb from short season A to AAA in five seasons with Pittsburgh, starting in 106 games and adding another 28 appearances out of the bull pen. Dickson has a career record of 37-28 with a 3.91 ERA in 540.1 minor league innings.

Dickson was the Pirates fourth round selection in the 2013 draft out of Sam Houston State University after he went 17-11 with a 3.94 ERA over three seasons for the Bearkats. A native of Mansfield, Texas, Dickson compiled a 15-6 record as a junior and senior in high school, where he set the school record for career wins.

Cal Towey is a left-handed batter, drafted in the 17th round out of Baylor University by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2017 Towey played in 76 games at AAA New Orleans for Miami, hitting .237 with four home runs and 24 RBI and seeing action in another 26 games at AA Jacksonville in the Southern League, hitting .177.

Towey began his career with Orem in the Pioneer League with the Angels organization in 2013 and would reach AAA Salt Lake City in 2016. His last season in the “halos” system, Towey spent 57 games at AA Arkansas in the Texas League, hitting .292 with four home runs and 17 RBI and adding another nine long balls at AAA, where he hit .244 with 32 RBI in 78 games. The Marlins claimed Towey off AAA waivers on Dec. 8, 2016.

Towey hails from the Seattle, Washington, area, having earned four letters at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue, Washington. At Baylor, Towey originally was a walk on, but after a red shirt season in 2009, he started 28 games and played in 41 for the Bears.

He started all 55 games as a senior and was a unanimous 2013 All-Big 12 First Team member and was second on the team with a .291 average in his final season. Towey finished his four year career with a .287 average in 211 games with 17 homers and 131 RBI, all at third base.

Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium. For more information, call the Box Office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print 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.

Home opening night is May 22 when the T-Bones play host to Gary SouthShore at T-Bones Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

– Story from T-Bones

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