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State Baseball Tournament Results/Schedule

Sports

July 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Thursday Results:

Class 4-A

  • Ft. Dodge 5, West Des Moines Dowling 4

Class 1-A Semi-Finals

  • Martensdale St. Mary’s 7, Bishop Garrigan Catholic 3
  • Mason City Newman Catholic 7, Lisbon 3

Class 2-A Semi-Finals

  • Dyersville Beckman Catholic 6, Kuemper Catholic 3
  • North Polk 2, Davis County 1

Friday’s Schedule:

Class 3-A Semi-Finals

  • Noon — Dallas Center-Grimes vs. Western Dubuque
  • 2:00 pm — Decorah vs. Bishop Heelen Catholic

Class 4-A Semi-Finals

  • 6:00 pm — Ankeny vs. West Des Moines Valley
  • 8:00 pm — Ft. Dodge vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Dodgers lose again with Ramirez, 7-4 to Cardinals

Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez, 7-4 to St. Louis on Thursday as David Freese and Matt Carpenter had three hits each to back Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. Ramirez, obtained a day earlier from Miami, started at third base and batted fifth for the second straight game. He had an infield hit, two walks and a steal, and he hit into a double-play grounder. The 2009 NL batting champion is 2 for 6 with three walks an RBI with his new team but the Dodgers are 0-2 since the trade and have lost three in a row overall.

Matt Holliday hit his 17th homer, his third on a 6-1 homestand for St. Louis, which fell behind 4-2 by allowing four runs in the fifth and then scored four in the bottom half. Allen Craig and Tony Cruz each had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who entered six games back in the NL Central.

ISU to Play West Virginia Day After Thanksgiving

Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

Iowa State football will play host to West Virginia on Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. The game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. CST on ABC-TV.

The Cyclones have never played West Virginia, a new member of the Big 12 Conference. It will mark Iowa State’s first Black Friday game since 1902.

Iowa is set to play host to Nebraska the same day.  That game will kickoff at 11:00 a.m. CST on ABC as well, creating a Black Friday doubleheader in the state of Iowa.

8AM Sportscast 07-26-2012

Podcasts, Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

State Baseball Results and Schedule

Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Wednesday

Class 4-A Quarterfinals

  • Ankeny 14, Davenport North 4
  • Cedar Rapids Kennedy 13, Linn-Mar 1
  • West Des Moines Valley 10, Iowa City West 5

Thursday

Class 4-A Quarterfinal

  • 10:00 am — Ft. Dodge vs. West Des Moines Dowling (completion of a suspended game)
  • With lightning spotted, play in the Fort Dodge vs. West Des Moines Dowling game was stopped at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday after 15 minutes of play. Fort Dodge scored in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead. After an hour delay with rain and continued lightning, the Iowa High School Athletic Association decided to suspend the game. Play will resume with Dowling at bat in the top of the second.

Class 2-A Semi-Finals

  • Noon — Dyersville Beckman Catholic vs. Kuemper Catholic
  • 2:00 pm — North Polk vs. Davis County

Class 1-A Semi-Finals

  • 6:00 pm — Bishop Garrigan Catholic vs. Martensdale-St. Marys
  • 8:00 pm — Lisbon vs. Newman Catholic

Furcal, Cards win in 12th over Ramirez, Dodgers

Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rafael Furcal singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning and St. Louis Cardinals dampened the Dodgers debut of Hanley Ramirez, beating Los Angeles 3-2 Wednesday night. Ramirez tripled on the first pitch he saw with his new team. The three-time All-Star infielder, acquired late Tuesday night from Miami, went 2 for 4 with a walk. He drove in a run and scored once. Lance Berkman, who left a day earlier with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch, drew a one-out walk as a pinch hitter in the St. Louis 12th from Jamey Wright (4-3). Matt Carpenter singled with two outs and Furcal drove home pinch runner Joe Kelly.

Rosenblatt demolition begins, will take 6 months

Sports

July 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The demolition of Rosenblatt Stadium, the longtime home of the College World Series in Omaha has begun. A large backhoe began knocking down pillars at the stadium entrance on Wednesday. Rosenblatt was home to college baseball’s premier event from 1950 to 2010, but has stood mostly idle the past two years. Russ Mapes was among some 50 people who showed up to pay their final respects. The retired police officer watched his first game at the stadium in the early 1960s. He took a few pictures and left before the backhoe showed up. He said he couldn’t bear to watch. The Omaha Zoo Foundation bought the property to expand the adjacent zoo. The series is now held at a new ballpark downtown.

Iowa DNR: 2011 pheasant harvest lowest in 50 years

Ag/Outdoor, Sports

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Hunters in Iowa shot a record low number of pheasants last year. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources estimates 109-thousand pheasants were harvested in 2011 — the fewest since record keeping began in 1962. DNR wildlife biologist Todd Bogenschutz was expecting the numbers to be low following five winters with above average snowfall and five wetter than normal springs. “Was I expecting the harvest to be this much lower? No, probably not, I was figuring around 150,000 to 200,000 would probably be our harvest,” Bogenschutz said. The estimate is based on a random survey of hunters.

Harvest estimates were highest in northwest Iowa. The DNR will conduct a roadside survey over the first two weeks of August to gauge what hunters can expect this year. Bogenschutz is predicting a significant increase in pheasant numbers. “Based on field reports from staff, seeing broods this year, obviously this is probably our best production year in the last six,” Bogenschutz said. “We had good winter survival of the hens that were there. That was key.” The 2012 pheasant and quail hunting seasons will open October 27.

The DNR also reports an estimated 57,285 mourning doves were harvested during Iowa’s inaugural mourning dove hunting season. Around 9,000 resident and nonresident licenses were purchased for dove hunting. “This second year, I would suspect maybe we’ll see both of those bump up. We’ll have some more hunters and that will lead to additional harvest,” Bogenschutz said. “Our staff is kind of learning the ropes on dove management, so we have a few more actively managed areas out there for doves that hunters can use.” The 2012 mourning dove hunting season is tentatively scheduled to begin on September 1.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Sportscast 07-25-2012

Podcasts, Sports

July 25th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Omaha Storm Chasers hosting peanut-free game

Sports

July 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Anyone going out to the Omaha Storm Chasers ball game on Aug. 1 won’t be able to buy peanuts or, for that matter, Cracker Jack popcorn.  The Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals will take anything containing peanuts off its concessions menu for the game against the Reno Aces. The Storm Chasers and an Omaha allergy clinic are holding Peanut Free Night to bring awareness to people who have peanut allergies. Several minor-league baseball teams have held peanut-free games for years, and major-league teams occasionally reserve sections of their stadiums for people who have peanut allergies.  About 3 million Americans are allergic to peanuts or foods containing peanuts.