by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC
Kansas City Kansas Community College made the most of finally getting to play on home turf Friday, sweeping Marshalltown Community College 5-3 and 17-3.
The sweep ran the Blue Devils’ winning streak to five and their overall record to 7-5. Just when they’ll resume play, however, is up to the weather. The Blue Devils are scheduled to open Jayhawk Conference play against Labette in Parsons Thursday with Labette coming to KCKCC Saturday.
The Blue Devils won the 5-3 opener behind the pitching of Carlos Soto and Jose Amaro and the hitting of freshman Kaleb Harrison. Soto gave up three runs on just two hits, walking two and striking out nine in 5 2/3 innings.
Marshalltown took a 2-1 lead in the third, scoring twice on a walk, triple and double and then added an unearned run on a walk and passed ball in the fifth. Amaro came on with two out in the sixth and retired the final four Tigers, two on strikeouts.
A freshman outfielder from Neola, Iowa, Harrison spearheaded the Blue Devil offense with a triple and single that figured prominently in both KCKCC scoring innings.
Harrison singled and scored the game’s first run in the second on Eric Hinostroza’s two-out single and then drove in the tying and lead runs with a one-out triple in the fifth.
Trailing 3-1, Brady Holder followed a pair of walks with a run-scoring single and Harrison unloaded a go-ahead two-run triple before scoring on a Jose Acosta single. Kemper Bednar and Hinostroza also had two hits each in KCKCC’s 9-hit attack.
The Blue Devils pounded out 16 hits including seven for extra bases in the 17-3 second game. Jose Sosa belted a 3-run home run, Traice Harter doubled and singled twice and scored four runs, Bednar plated a pair of runs with a double and single and Harrison and Hinostroza each had two more hits.
KCKCC scored in every inning but the second with Sosa putting the Blue Devils ahead with a 3-run home run in the first. The Blue Devils made it 4-0 on a Harter double and an error in the third and singles by Harrison, Eduardo Acosta and Harter made it 6-1 in the fourth.
Marshalltown closed to 6-3 in the fifth but Tyler Henry tripled and scored on a Holder ground ball in the bottom of the inning before the Blue Devils blew the game open with a 7-run sixth.
Holder and pinch-hitter Trey Hoover had the big blows, back-to-back two-run doubles, while Griffin Everett, Harter and Hinostroza had hits in the inning. Doubles by Hinostroza and Bednar added a run in the seventh and Kevin Santiago’s two-out single highlighted a 2-run eighth.
Southpaw Osvaldo Mendez pitched the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on just three hits, walking three and striking out seven before three relievers combined on 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Orlando Ortiz allowed two hits, one walk and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings while Victor Gotay gave up one hit and struck out two in one inning and Hunter Paxton finished up, striking out one in the ninth.
Schlagle junior Ishante Suttington (23) scored her 1,000th career point on this second-quarter layup. After being recognized by the crowd, Suttington converted the three-point play. Schlagle won the substate tournament game 63-54 over the Spring Hill Lady Broncos, and will advance to state. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) The Schlagle Lady Stallions posed together after winning the substate championship. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Freshman Armanaie Blacksure posed with the team and championship plaque after the win. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Head coach Mark Western cut down the net in celebration after his team’s substate championship victory over Spring Hill. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
by Brian Turrel
The Schlagle Lady Stallions nailed down their fourth consecutive trip to the 5A state tournament, winning their substate final game 63-54 over the Spring Hill Lady Broncos Friday evening at Schlagle.
Junior guard Ishante Suttington was the offensive engine for Schlagle, using her quickness to repeatedly get to the rim off dribble penetration.
The Lady Stallions used perimeter ball movement to create defensive gaps, and even a small opening was enough for Suttington to drive through.
A highlight of the game was Suttington reaching 1,000 career points on a layup in the second quarter. Play was briefly stopped so the crowd could recognize the accomplishment.
The game was evenly matched through the first two quarters, with Spring Hill’s sharp inlet passes giving them opportunities near the basket. The halftime score was 24-22 in Schlagle’s favor.
In the third quarter, Schlagle started to anticipate the passes, creating several turnovers off tipped balls. Tylieea Wallace cashed in some of those turnovers, picking up four baskets in the quarter. The Lady Stallions ended the quarter up 45-37.
In the fourth quarter, Spring Hill created some turnovers of their own by putting in a trapping defense. Although it kept the game close, Schlagle was able to hold off the challenge. Suttington hit 6 of 10 free throws in the quarter to maintain the margin.
Suttington led all scorers with 34 points for the Lady Stallions. Wallace posted 10, all in the second half, and Camille Evans scored 8.
Schlagle will head to the 5A tournament in Emporia. First-round games for the state tournaments start Wednesday, but brackets have not yet been announced.
In other substate tournament news, Harmon boys defeated Shawnee Mission East 75-55 to advance to the 6A state tournament in Wichita.
Piper boys won their 4A final against Coffeyville’s Field Kindley High School 83-56. They’ll move on to the state tournament in Salina next week.
Bonner Springs boys defeated De Soto 72-60 in their 5A semi-final. They’ll play Spring Hill in the substate final at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Schlagle boys defeated Emporia 66-63 in their 5A semi-final. They’ll play at Pittsburg at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the final.
Washington boys defeated Blue Valley Southwest 42-41 in their 5A semi-final. They’ll play at home against St. James Academy in the final at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Piper girls defeated Tonganoxie 82-14 in their 4A semi-final. They’ll play at home against Chanute in the final at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Sumner girls lost their 5A final to Blue Valley Southwest 72-29.
Sumner boys lost their 5A semi-final to Basehor-Linwood 64-34.
Sophomore Tylieea Wallace (32) put up a shot against the Spring Hill defense. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Ishante Suttington drove to the basket against Spring Hill senior Alayney Steging (5). (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Ishante Suttington and Spring Hill senior Isabella Todd (24) contended for a loose ball. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Tylieea Wallace put back an offensive rebound. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Jaylin Richardson of the Schlagle boys team was actively cheering on the Lady Stallions. (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel) Junior Camille Evans (1) tried an inside move to the basket against Spring Hill sophomore Allisyn Frank (34). (Photo copyright 2019 by Brian Turrel)
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Mobile mammograms available at the South Library
The South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of mobile mammograms from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The library is joining with the Susan G. Komen organization to provide free mammograms to the public. The public may schedule ahead to 913-344-9989 or walk in. It will be first-come, first-served. The free mammograms are for uninsured women over 40. Insured women may submit a claim through their medical insurance for these procedures.
African-American book club to meet
The African-American book club, Infinite Shades of Brown, will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The book being discussed is “Breakfast in Bed” by Rochelle Alers.
Children’s painting program offered
The “Paint the Pages” program from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, will feature a story about a snowman, then children will paint a picture inspired by the book. The program will be at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. For other library programs, visit www.kckpl.org.
KCKCC women scheduled to play rival today for opportunity to advance to championship
The Kansas City Kansas Community College women’s basketball team is scheduled to play Johnson County Community College at 4 p.m. March 2 at KCKCC fieldhouse. The game will determine who advances to the NJCAA DII Region VI championship game. For more information, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/jccc-lady-blue-devils-collide-for-third-time-saturday/.
Mardi Gras dinner planned
Blessed Sacrament Family Center, 2215 Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of a Mardi Gras dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The dinner will be seafood gumbo or jambalaya, red beans and rice. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Bingo is planned. Proceeds will benefit Our Lady and St. Rose parish.