T-Bones notch walk-off win against Railroaders, 10-9

by Sophie Darting

On a night where the Kansas City T-Bones’ bullpen coughed up the lead once again in the ninth inning, it was Roy Morales who played hero for the T-Bones as they walked off the Cleburne Railroaders, 10-9, in the opening game of the series.

Christian Binford (1-0) turned in a dominant starting pitching performance, and the Kansas City T-Bones’ (16-16) offense produced 17 hits, but the last hit was the most important.

After both starting pitchers threw a scoreless frame in the first inning, Shawn O’Malley got the T-Bones offense started in the bottom of the second when he crushed a ball to deep center field for his first home run of the season and gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead over Cleburne (15-19).

The Railroaders responded with a run of their own in the top of the third. After Binford hit Daniel Robertson and walked Zach Nehrir, a single by Chase Simpson scored Robertson and tied the game at 1-1.

Cleburne had two runners on base and only one out, but Binford buckled down and struck out the next two batters he faced to limit the damage and keep the game tied.

Kansas City eventually increased its lead to 7-1, but saw it slowly start to diminish as the game went on.

Cleburne started to fight back in the top of the seventh, increasing its score to 7-5 but still trailing behind the T-Bones. Nick Rotola advanced to first on a fielder’s choice, letting Grant Buck score. Then, Rotola advanced to second on a wild pitch by Binford, letting Clanin score. Simpson hit a double to left field, advancing both Robertson and Rotola to home.

In the bottom of the seventh, Casey Gillaspie hit a double to center field advancing both Tice and Nava home, making Kansas City’s score, 9-5.

The Railroaders scored again in the top of the eighth, 9-6, and got three more runs in the top of the ninth off Marc Magliaro (4-2) to tie the game with a trio of RBI-singles by K.C. Huth, Rotola and Robertson.

When things seemed bleak for the T-Bones, Tice gave them hope leading off the bottom of the ninth with a walk. After he stole second, the Railroaders’ reliever, Tyler Wilson (2-2) intentionally walked Gillaspie and proceeded to hit Sparks to load the bases.

Roy Morales stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs, and ended the game with a single to left field that scored Tice to win the games for Kansas City.

The Kansas City T-Bones and the Cleburne Railroaders will continue their series at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Full and half-season 2019 ticket packages as well as mini plans are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.

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Saturday events

If there is inclement weather, check with the sponsoring organization to see if the event will still be held.

Delaware tribal presentation planned
A representative of the Kansas Delaware Tribal Council will present a history of the tribe and its connections to the state of Kansas at a presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the West Wyandotte Library auditorium, 1737 N. 82nd t., Kansas City, Kansas. There will be a demonstration of traditional tribal dance. The event is open to the public and is for all ages.

Family story time planned
Family story time will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22, at the craft room, Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. This program is geared to ages 2 to 6. There will be a story, dancing and singing. For other library programs, visit www.kckpl.org.

Animal program to be Saturday
An animal program is planned for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the craft room at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Exotic animals will be the topic, with speakers from Exotics-R-Us. The program is for children and teens.

African-American book club to meet
The African-American book club, Infinite Shades of Brown, will discuss “The Gilded Years” by Karin Tanabe, a historical novel based on the life of the first black student to attend Vassar, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the first floor meeting room, Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is geared to adults.

Armourdale Community Picnic planned
Cross-Lines Community Outreach is holding an Armourdale Community Picnic for Armourdale friends and neighbors from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at 736 Shawnee Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The picnic will have food, music and games, at no charge.

T-Bones scheduled to play tonight
The Kansas City T-Bones are scheduled to play the Cleburne Railroaders at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at T-Bones Stadium, 1800 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Post-game fireworks are scheduled. For ticket information, visit www.tbonesbaseball.com.

Fire reported at home on North 36th Street

Kansas City, Kansas firefighters responded to an attic fire Friday morning in the 1600 block of North 36th Street, according to a spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department.

The fire caused $5,000 in damage, and no injuries were reported, the spokesman stated.

The fire cause is under investigation and it was not known if it was related to lightning, the spokesman stated.