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Venable homer boosts Padres in extra innings


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Will Venable hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the suddenly scuffling St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Venable had been 1 for 17 coming off the bench before connecting on the first pitch from Carlos Villanueva (3-3) after the Padres successfully challenged a fair-foul ruling that resulted in a ground-rule double by Clint Barmes. The ball appeared to tick the line as right fielder Jason Heyward made an unsuccessful attempt at a sliding catch near the stands. Venable followed with his sixth homer of the year.

Shawn Kelley (1-2) had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save in 21 chances. Heyward and Matt Carpenter had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Cardinals.


Pacific Coast League Baseball Scores/ Schedule (7/2-3)


July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thursday’s Games
Oklahoma City 8, Memphis 4

Colorado Springs 4, Nashville 3

Omaha 5, New Orleans 2

Iowa 5, Round Rock 4

Albuquerque 4, Reno 3

El Paso 6, Fresno 5

Sacramento 10, Salt Lake 3

Las Vegas 12, Tacoma 2

Friday’s Games
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Nashville, 8:05 p.m.

New Orleans at Omaha, 8:05 p.m.

Round Rock at Iowa, 8:08 p.m.

Reno at Albuquerque, 9:05 p.m.

Fresno at El Paso, 9:05 p.m.

Salt Lake at Sacramento, 10:05 p.m.

Las Vegas at Tacoma, 10:05 p.m.

Lewis Central coach reaches milestone


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lewis Central baseball coach Lee Toole reached a milestone this week. Toole became the 10th coach in Iowa history to reach 800 wins on Tuesday night when his Titans posted an 8-2 victory over Atlantic. His 34 year career has also included stints at New Hartford and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson where he won a state championship.

Toole says he has always enjoyed the everyday nature of the sport of baseball. He says the game of baseball has remained the same between the white lines during his career and the biggest change has been in off season opportunities for players to improve their game. Toole says despite his lengthy career he maintains a passion for the game, whether it is coaching the games or taking care of the field.

Lewis Central is 19-7 on the season and returns to action at home on Friday night against Adel ADM.

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Former ballplayer struck by foul wins more than $1M in suit

News, Sports

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded more than $1 million to a former high school baseball player who sued Davenport Assumption High School because he was injured by a foul ball while in a dugout, awaiting his turn at bat. Spencer Ludman filed the lawsuit in April 2013, alleging that the school was at fault because the dugout didn’t protect him. A Scott County jury ruled in his favor on Monday after a trial that began June 22.

Ludman’s skull was fractured on July 7, 2011, while playing for Muscatine High School in a game at Assumption. His attorney Steve Crowley said Thursday that the 22-year-old Ludman now must take anti-seizure medication. Assumption’s attorney, Lori Cole Magerko, says her client probably will appeal.

Former coach denies allegations he choked 7-year-old boy

News, Sports

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

TREYNOR, Iowa (AP) – An assistant high school basketball coach has denied that he choked a 7-year-old boy at the man’s residence in western Iowa. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Michael Doner is charged with assault causing injury. The 40-year-old is due back in court on July 9th. Doner’s attorney, Chad Primmer, told the newspaper that Doner “denies the allegations and looks forward to his day in court.”

Authorities say the boy was choked on May 21 at Doner’s home in Treynor. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says that when authorities interviewed the boy, marks were found on his neck. Doner has told athletic officials at St. Albert Catholic Schools in Council Bluffs that he would not be part of the school’s boys basketball coaching staff this coming season.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/2/2015

Podcasts, Sports

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.

Wednesday High School Softball/Baseball Scores


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday Softball
Shenandoah 10, Southwest Valley 3
Thomas Jefferson 3, St. Albert 1
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 8, Glenwood 6
Glidden-Ralston 10, CAM 2
Riverside 5, Griswold 2
A-H-S-T-W 10, Audubon 4
Underwood 10, East Mills 0 (5 inn)
Logan-Magnolia 7, Treynor 1
Missouri Valley 12, Tri-Center 3
ADM 9, IKM-Manning 1
Boyer Valley 11-12 Coon Rapids-Bayard 7-2
Fremont-Mills 5, Sidney 0
Panorama 17, Des Moines Christian 0

Wednesday Baseball
Atlantic 3, ADM 0
Shenandoah 10, Southwest Valley 2
Clarinda 8, Denison-Schleswig 5
Glidden-Ralston 5, CAM 0
Audubon 5, A-H-S-T-W 4
Griswold 3-11, Riverside 0-1
Missouri Valley 6, Tri-Center 5 (10 inn)
St. Albert 13, Clarinda Academy 3
Glenwood 8, Sioux City Heelan 1
Creston 5-4, Kuemper Catholic 2-3
Harlan 8, Sioux City West 2
Fremont-Mills 4, Sidney 3 (11 inn)
Underwood 9, East Mills 4
Treynor 11, Logan-Magnolia 1 (6 inn)
IKM-Manning 10, South Central Calhoun 9
Coon Rapids-Bayard 14, Boyer Valley 1 (5 inn)
Guthrie Center 18, Woodward Academy 10

Cards’ Garcia ruled out for Thursday, no DL move expected


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia has been pushed back again and won’t start today (Thursday) for the St. Louis Cardinals because of what the pitcher calls a left groin strain. The left-hander and the team are confident he won’t be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Garcia could start early next week in Chicago against the Cubs.

Manager Mike Matheny said the replacement for the opener of a four-game series with the Padres will be a minor league call-up. Garcia was injured rounding third base scoring a run in the eighth inning of his last start on June 24 in Miami. The team had previously referred to the injury as a groin cramp.

Garcia is 3-3 with a 1.69 ERA in seven starts coming off thoracic outlet surgery to correct a nerve issue in his shoulder that cost him most of the previous two seasons.


Quintana paces White Sox to 7-1 win over Cardinals


July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Melky Cabrera homered to back a strong outing from Jose Quintana, and the Chicago White Sox pulled away late to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 Wednesday night in a game interrupted by three rain delays.

The Cardinals lead the majors with a 51-26 record and had a six-game winning streak entering the two-game series but were held to a single run in each of the two losses to Chicago. They were 0 for 16 with runners in scoring position, including seven hitless at-bats Wednesday.

Quintana (4-7) allowed a run in six innings with eight strikeouts to win for the first time in four starts. The lefty worked at least six innings for the 10th straight time, none of the starts lasting longer than seven innings. Cabrera homered in the sixth to give the White Sox the lead. Tyler Flowers’ two-run homer highlighted a five-run ninth for the White Sox, who had dropped 12 of 16 entering the series.


(Podcast) KJAN Morning Sports report, 7/01/2015

Podcasts, Sports

July 1st, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:20-a.m. Sportscast w/Jim Field.