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Lynn wins 10th, Cardinals top Pirates 5-2


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn reached double figures in wins before the All-Star break for the third straight year and Kolten Wong homered for the second game in a row, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third straight time, 5-2 on Wednesday night. Matt Adams had three hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, who will go for a four-game sweep over the NL Central rival they beat in the division series last fall on Thursday, although they might have to do it without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina.

Molina was removed for a pinch-hitter in the third inning with a sprained right thumb from sliding into third base and will be re-evaluated before the finale. He caught another half-inning before leaving the game. Neil Walker homered and doubled for Pittsburgh, which had won 12 of 15 entering the series and dropped the first two on game-winning, ninth-inning homers by Adams and Wong.

Cardinals baseball News, 7/10/14


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Cardinals C Molina leaves game with sprained thumb

ST. LOUIS (AP) — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has been removed from the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against Pittsburgh in the third inning with a sprained right thumb. The team said the injury will be re-evaluated Thursday. A trainer attended to Molina on the field Wednesday night after he slid feet first into third base in the second inning. Molina remained in the game and caught the top of the third before he was lifted for pinch-hitter Tony Cruz in the bottom half.Cruz then replaced Molina behind the plate.Molina was voted to his sixth straight NL All-Star team Sunday and is a starter for the fourth time. He doubled in the second inning and was hitting .287 with seven homers and 30 RBIs.


Kelly set to return to Cardinals rotation

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly is set to return to the rotation Friday from a hamstring injury that’s sidelined him nearly three months. Kelly was injured running to first on April 17. He’s 1-1 with an 0.59 ERA in three starts heading into the start in Milwaukee and was 10-5 last year with a 2.69 ERA. The right-hander is one of three starters on the 15-day disabled list. Michael Wacha is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his pitching shoulder sustained in mid-June and lefty Jaime Garcia will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery on Friday in St. Louis to relieve nerve issues that caused numbness and tingling in his shoulder, arm and hand resulting in a loss of feel for his pitches. Lefty Kevin Siegrist was set to begin a minor rehab stint from a forearm strain that landed him on the DL on May 24.

St. Louis keeps “Arch Madness” through 2018


July 10th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) — The Missouri Valley conference men’s basketball tournament will remain in St. Louis through at least 2018. St. Louis will host what’s become known as “Arch Madness” for the 25th straight year in March. The Valley announced Wednesday that St. Louis has also been awarded the 2016-18 tournaments and that it has an option to extend its deal with the city through 2020.

League Commissioner Doug Elgin says the Valley targeted St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Las Vegas as prospective host cities before choosing to keep the tournament in St. Louis. The Valley’s stay in St. Louis is the second longest for a neutral site tournament, trailing only the Big East’s tenure in New York City

Wednesday Girls Regional Softball Schedule


July 9th, 2014 by Jim Field

Class 1-A Quarter-Finals:
@ Murray: Bedford vs. Murray (7:00)
@ Lenox: Mount Ayr vs. Lenox (7:00)
@ Griswold: Exira/EHK vs. Stanton (5:30)
@ Griswold: CAM vs. Griswold (7:30)
@ Tabor: Essex vs. Fremont-Mills (7:00)
@ Martensdale: Guthrie Center vs. Martensdale-St. Marys (7:00)
@ Charter Oak: Glidden-Ralston vs. Charter Oak-Ute (7:00)
@ Vail: Ar-We-Va vs. Woodbine (7:00)
@ Sloan: Westwood vs. West Harrison (7:00)

Class 2-A Quarter-Finals
@ Fort Dodge: St. Edmond vs. Panorama (7:00)
@ Irwin: Southwest Valley vs. IKM-Manning (7:00)
@ Logan: Underwood vs. Logan-Magnolia (7:00)
@ Avoca: A-H-S-T vs. Treynor (7:00)
@ Mapleton: Maple Valley vs. Missouri Valley (7:00)

Tuesday High School Baseball Results


July 9th, 2014 by Jim Field

Hawkeye 10:

  • Lewis Central 4, Logan-Magnolia 3 (10 inn)
  • Winterset 4, Creston 1
  • Kuemper Catholic 2, Gilbert 1
  • St. Albert 8, Shenandoah 1
  • Harlan 15, Clarinda 2
  • Glenwood 11, LeMars 4
  • Denison 17, Audubon 2

Western Iowa:

  • IKM-Manning 5, Griswold 1
  • Missouri Valley 5, Shenandoah 1
  • Underwood 10, Sidney 1
  • Treynor 21, Lenox 3
  • Nishnabotna 8, Riverside 4

Rolling Valley:

  • Earlham 24, Adair-Casey 1
  • Carroll 24, Glidden-Ralston 1
  • South Central Calhoun 4, Coon Rapids-Bayard 1
  • Exira-EHK 9, Panorama 4
  • Ar-We-Va 9, East Sac County 7


  • East Mills 15-19, Essex 0-12


  • Pleasantville 13, Nodaway Valley 0
  • Wayne 12 Southwest Valley 0

Tuesday Girls Regional Softball Scores


July 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson


  • Bedford 12, Diagonal 2 (6 innings)
  • Mount Ayr 8, East Union 0
  • Essex 10, Sidney 4


  • Ridge View 11, West Monona 1 (5 innings)
  • Southwest Valley 8, Nodaway Valley 3
  • Treynor 10, Riverside 0 (5 innings)
  • Missouri Valley 9, Tri-Center 6
  • Panorama 13, South Central Calhoun 1 (4 innings)
  • Underwood 16, St. Albert 6 (6 innings)
  • Van Meter 12, Audubon 0 (3 innings)


  • Atlantic 15, Red Oak 3 (4 innings)
  • ADM 8, West Central Valley 1
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 14, Kuemper Catholic 4 (5 innings)
  • Shenandoah 14, Clarinda 2 (6 innings)

Wong walkoff HR gives Cards 5-4 win over Pirates


July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Kolten Wong gave the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning ninth-inning home run, connecting off Ernesto Frieri with two outs for a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. Frieri (1-1) got two routine outs before Wong, batting eighth, hit his third homer on a full count.

The drive over the right-field wall, which was estimated at 420 feet, was the first game-winning homer of Wong’s career and it came a night after Matt Adams hit his first winner off Justin Wilson in a 2-0 victory. The Cardinals last had consecutive game-winning homers when Albert Pujols twice beat the Cubs on June 4 and 5, 2011.

Wong also gave the Cardinals the early lead with a two-run double in the second. Trevor Rosenthal (1-4) struck out Starling Marte on three pitches with two on to end the ninth.

Hawksworth cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa


July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa after sitting out Sunday’s event at Pocono with a heart contusion. The British driver was injured when he crashed in practice on Saturday. He was initially checked, cleared and released from the infield care center, but went to a Pennsylvania hospital later that day because he felt ill.

Hawksworth was diagnosed with a heart contusion and held overnight for observation. He was released Sunday and had to be seen by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger for clearance to race. Hawksworth was cleared Tuesday to race this weekend at Iowa. The rookie has three top-10 finishes in IndyCar this season driving for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian.

Cardinals’ Garcia to undergo thoracic surgery


July 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet surgery Friday to relieve nerve issues in his pitching arm, shoulder and hand. General manager John Mozeliak said Tuesday that Garcia considered the operation his last viable option. The announcement was made on Garcia’s 28th birthday.

The Cardinals had already ruled Garcia out for the year and were initially surprised by the pitcher’s decision to have the procedure instead of exhausting other treatment options. Garcia is having the surgery done by Dr. Robert Thompson of St. Louis.

Garcia also consulted with Gregory Pearl, who did the same surgery on former teammate Chris Carpenter. The surgery wasn’t a long-term success from a baseball standpoint for Carpenter, who retired at age 38 after pitching just six more games.

Update on 7/7/14 Suspended & Postponed Regional Softball Games


July 8th, 2014 by Jim Field

7/7 Suspended Games:

  • Bedford vs. Diagonal will resume @ 7:00 p.m. at Bedford tonight (7/8). Bedford leads 3-1 in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
  • Mount Ayr vs. East Union will resume @ 7:00 p.m. at Mount Ayr (7/8). Mt. Ayr leads 2-0 in the top of the 2nd inning.

7/7 Postponed Game:

  • Sidney vs. Essex game at Sidney will be made up tonight (7/8) as a part of a doubleheader at Macedonia. Sidney & Essex game will start @ 5:30 p.m. Riverside vs. Treynor 2A first round game will now start @ & 7:30 p.m.