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KNEM-KNMO Sports Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Sedalia Bombers rallied from an early, 2-0 deficit and defeated St. Joseph, 5-3, Wednesday in the first game of the 2014 Mink League championship series at Liberty Park in Sedalia. The Bombers out-hit the Mustangs, 10-7, and the Mustangs committed three errors. Game two in the best-two-of-three series is scheduled at seven o'clock this evening at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph and game three -- if needed -- would be played Friday night in St. Joe.


2014 Nevada Griffon first baseman Cody Farrell made the most of his limited Summer, leading the Mink League in home runs with six. The Cheyenne, Wyoming native who plays for Texas-Arlington in the Spring batted .345 with the six homers, five doubles, 26 RBI and two stolen bases in 22 games before a season-ending injury. He was 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch June 26 in the Griffons' 5-1 loss to the Clarinda A's before returning home. St. Joseph Mustang center fielder Ryan Abernathy led the Mink League in RBI with 31. The Northwest Missouri State Bearcat from Chesterfield, Mo. batted .311 in 48 games with one home run and 31 runs-batted-in.


                    Sedalia   27-16 ---                                   St. Joseph   29-14  ---
                    Joplin      25-19 2.5                                 Chillicothe   26-18   3.5
                    Nevada   21-22  6                                   Clarinda      19-23   9.5
                    Ozark      14-26 11.5                               Omaha       18-24   10.5   
                    Branson  14-31 14

Tampa Bay blanked the Cardinals, 3-0, Wednesday night at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Alex Cobb blanked St. Louis on five hits with no walks and 10 strike outs over seven innings for his sixth victory in twelve decisions this year. His batterymate was catcher Jose Molina, the brother of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who's on the disabled list with a ligament injury. Before the Rays took the field during one inning Wednesday night, Yadier had Cardinal third base coach Jose Oquendo place two packages of cheese and crackers on home plate for his brother. After a look at the St. Louis dugout, Jose pocketed the snack and play continued. The loss dropped the Cardinals into a tie with Pittsburgh for second place in the National League's Central Division, two-and-a-half games behind Milwaukee. The Pirates defeated the Dodgers, 6-1, Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. After a day off today, the Cardinals are to begin a weekend series against the Cubs Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Game time's 3:05 p.m. with Cardinal Network coverage to be heard on AM-1240 KNEM.

The Royals scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning and edged the White Sox, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Third baseman Mike Moustakas led off the ninth with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice by Alcides Escobar, took third on a Nori Aoki single and scored on a White Sox throwing error. James Shields allowed one hit and one run over seven innings, Wade Davis pitched the eighth for his sixth win in eight decisions this season and Greg Holland struck out two in a 14-pitch ninth inning for his 26th save. Kansas City's 50-50 this season and third in the American League's Central Division, seven games behind Detroit and half-a-game behind the Indians. A four-game series between Cleveland and the Royals starts at 7:10 this evening at Kauffman Stadium with Danny Duffy on the mound for Kansas City. 

Colorado defeated the Nationals, 6-4, Wednesday in Denver. Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, Fort Scott, was one-for-five and is batting .274 this season. Washington is in first place in the National League's Eastern Division -- one game ahead of the Braves, who downed Miami, 6-1, Wednesday. After a day off today, the Nationals are to play the Reds at 6:10 p.m., CDT, Friday at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

The Nevada Tiger football team got together last week for camp in preparation for the start of the 2014 season in less than a month. Second-year head coach Erik Yoakam is looking to replace almost 20 seniors from last Fall's squad and he believes last week was a good one with the players either working on their own or with other area teams. Yoakum says early preparations for the new season have been much smoother than a year ago. The Tigers were 5-5 last season and joins the West-Central Conference this Fall. Pre-season practices start August 4 and the season begins with a home, non-conference game against the Willard Tigers at Logan Field August 22.

A team of eight Rich Hill Lady Tigers won a bronze medal in basketball recently in the Show Me State Games at Columbia, Mo. A Cape Girardeau, Mo. team won the gold medal, the Florissant Lady RedBirds won the silver and the Rich Hill Lady Tigers finished third. Slade Coonce coached the Rich Hill Lady Tigers and the roster included Delta Derr, Jennifer Doty, Jamie Coppage, Taylor Coonce, Kassi Austin, Hannah Becker, Destiny Long and Dezi Fuqua.

The Kansas City Chiefs and running back Jamaal Charles agreed to a two-year contract extension Wednesday, providing him the chance to earn more than $18-million in new money. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey tells the Kansas City Star "Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League and it's important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term". Charles will earn $8.3-million this year, making him the second highest paid running back in the NFL behind the Vikings' Adrian Peterson. The first pre-season practice for the veterans was scheduled at 3:30 this afternoon at the Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.





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