Master Gardeners to discuss winter gardens on Sept. 5

The Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Extension office, Sunflower Room, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The topic will be “Winter Gardening,” presented by Dennis Connor, Wyandotte County Master Gardener.

Connor will talk about the extending the vegetable gardening season past the first hard freeze.

Options available to the home gardener for fresh vegetables through the winter months will be discussed. These options may range from the expensive to the economical, depending on the needs of the grower.

The fee for the class is $5, which is waived for certified master gardeners. Registration is not required. For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Discount offered on Kansas Speedway tickets for military service members through GEHA partnership

Kansas Speedway and GEHA (Government Employees Health Association) have partnered to enhance Kansas Speedway’s military offer, while GEHA will also be the presenting sponsor for Kansas Speedway’s pre-race activities for the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 20.

“I’m excited to partner with GEHA on our military offer,” said Kansas Speedway President Patrick Warren, in a news release. “We are big supporters of our military men and women, and their families as they allow us to race not just at Kansas Speedway but at race tracks throughout the country.”

“As one of the largest providers of health and dental plans for federal employees, military retirees and their families, GEHA is proud to serve more than two million members nationwide,” said Sherry Gibbs, GEHA vice president, marketing, in a news release. “The Kansas City area has been our home for 82 years, and we’re honored to partner with our hometown track to fuel our organization’s local and national growth, enabling us to better serve our members.

“GEHA appreciates those who serve our country, which is why partnering with Kansas Speedway, a leading supporter of the military, is an exciting opportunity,” Gibbs said.

The offers for military include a free pre-race pass with a regular priced ticket, or a $75 ticket for the Hollywood Casino 400, an over 40 percent discount on the regular price.

T-Bones fight off tough challenge to win, 3-2

by Dan Vaughan

Grand Prairie, Texas — If the Kansas City T-Bones (55-41) make it to the post-season, nights like Thursday in Texas could be the reason why.

Hobbled by injuries, missing key players, starters leaving the game because of injury, the T-Bones nevertheless got key hits with two outs, and clutch performances from the bullpen to fight off a tough challenge from the Texas AirHogs, 3-2.

In the top of the third the T-Bones got the bats going with a leadoff walk from Ramsey Romano and a single from Dylan Tice. After a pair of fly ball outs Daniel Nava gave the T-Bones a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single to center off Texas starter Travis Ballew. Mason Davis followed with another RBI single to score Tice and KC had a 2-0 lead.

The AirHogs answered in the home half of the third on two unearned runs off T-Bones starter left-handed pitcher T.J. House (2-0). From there the two teams locked up in a tie game as Ballew and House kept the game even into the sixth.

Ballew tossed five innings before leaving after the fifth scattering six hits. KC took the lead in the sixth, but the inning proved costly to an already depleted T-Bones lineup. Omar Carrizales singled to start the inning against Texas reliever Paul Perez. With two outs Tice had a double down the left field line to give the T-Bones the lead they never surrendered.

Shawn O’Malley tried to leg out an infield single and dove into the first base bag. He landed head first and stayed on the ground for several minutes holding his back, was helped up to his feet and left the game with an apparent back injury.

The T-Bones had to insert Casey Gillaspie into the lineup, who had been given the night off after hitting a ball off his foot the night before. The team was already without all-star catcher Roy Morales, on the inactive list and was missing Chris Colabello, who is with Team Italy in a series in Spain. Mason Davis was slowed with a banged-up leg as well and the T-Bones, who were already shorthanded, now faced another challenge.

Stewart Ijames came into play second and Tice moved to third with Romano going to short stop and Danny Mars going to right from left to make room for Gillaspie. Ijames played three games at second earlier this year with Texas before the Aug. 21 trade to Kansas City, but they were the only three games he had played at second in 612 career minor league games.

House worked 5.2 innings, holding the AirHogs to just three hits with nine strike outs.

The T-Bones pen held on after House left the game in the sixth. Hunter Smith was big for KC as he was brought in for House with runners at first and third and the T-Bones clinging to a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Smith was able to get pinch hitter Yang Jin to line out to second for the third out of the inning, ending the threat for Texas. Smith worked a scoreless seventh before Robert Calvano worked a 1-2-3 eighth for Kansas City.

Carlos Diaz came in in the bottom of the ninth and after getting one out walked a batter, then retired the next two, including the final out on a strike out of Justin Byrd, to notch his 12th save. House (2-0) was the winner, while Perez (2-2) was tagged with the loss. The AirHogs are now 26-71 on the season.

The T-Bones remain very much alive in the playoff hunt. Thursday night Sioux City (56-40) beat Sioux Falls 8-1 and remained in first place in the American Association South Division, while Cleburne (56-40) also won 2-0 over Lincoln.

KC trails both clubs by one game with four to play, four of which are against Sioux City at JustBats Field at T-Bones Stadium starting Friday night.

The game will be on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, It will be the final home stand of the season with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Sioux City.

Tickets to all T-Bones home games 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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