A new patrol boat at Wyandotte County Lake will help make boating safer at the lake, according to officials.
Launched on Saturday, July 12, the new patrol boat and safety sticker program is part of an effort to educate the public and emphasize safety in boating, said Lt. Kelli Bailiff, spokesman for the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Department.
The Sheriff’s Department has purchased a federal decommissioned boat that was used in the Columbia Shuttle disaster recovery mission in 2003, she said.
The department started the program as a proactive way to try to reduce the high numbers of boating and water incidents, she said.
After an inspection, a sticker will be placed on boats at Wyandotte County Lake. As the lake is patrolled, officers will be able to see an inspection sticker on the boats.
“It gives them visibility,” said Capt. Daniel Soptic. “It makes it more visible to them what boats have been checked and what haven’t.”
Boats are checked for numerous requirements under Kansas law, such as registration, state numbers, life jackets, fire extinguisher, horn and lights, he said. Most of it is a safety inspection making sure the boats have the needed safety equipment, he added.
A night after tying a game late and winning in extra innings, the T-Bones lost a lead in the ninth Friday night before eventually dropping the series opener to St. Paul, 3-2, in 11 innings at Midway Stadium.
Kansas City held a 1-0 lead much of the game after Robby Kuzdale led off the third with his fourth
home run of the season. Then, in the top of the eighth, a half-inning after St. Paul tied the game, the T-Bones re-took the lead, 2-1, after T.J. Mittelstaedt and David Espinosa led off with back-to-back
triples. For Espinosa, who got his 24th RBI, it was his league-leading 10th triple of the season.
In the ninth, closer Kris Regas, who went 3 innings and got the win in Kansas City’s 10-inning game against Grand Prairie on Thursday, gave up a one-out home run to Henry Wrigley that sent the game to
The T-Bones appeared to take the lead in the top of the 10th on a ball that Espinosa drove to right center. Originally ruled a home run, the call was overturned and Espinosa was given a double. Kansas
City, however, was unable to capitalize.
After former T-Bones pitcher Mikey Mehlich (4-1) retired Kansas City in order in the top of the 11th, the Saints got two runners on before Angelo Songco hit a double to the wall against Jared Messer (1-2) that scored Jared McDonald, who was pinch-running for Willie Cabrera, from second.
The loss spoiled a solid performance by Kansas City starter Kyle DeVore, who gave up one run on five hits, struck out five and didn’t walk any in 8 innings.
The T-Bones (26-28) and the Saints (28-23) continue their three-game series Saturday night at 7:05. The
game can be heard on 1660-AM or online at tbonesbaseball.com.
Box score: http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscoretext.html?gameid=177953