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Welington Castillo activated from 15-day DL


June 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have activated catcher Welington Castillo from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. Castillo missed 18 games with inflammation in his left rib cage. He had a two-game rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa. On the season, Castillo is hitting .242 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Cubs.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria did not have Castillo in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Pirates. To make room for Castillo, the Cubs designated catcher Eli Whiteside for assignment. In eight games, Whiteside was 3 for 25 with two RBIs.

Area softball & baseball scores from Sat., June 21st 2014


June 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson


Griswold Tournament

  • Griswold 9, Fremont-Mills 7
  • Southwest Valley 10, Fremont-Mills 6
  • Exira/EHK 10, Southwest Valley 0
  • Clarinda 10, Southwest Valley 0
  • Exira/EHK 11, Griswold 0 (Championship)

Guthrie Center Tournament

  • Audubon 14, Boyer Valley 3
  • Earlham 10, Audubon 0
  • Riverside 9, Audubon 5
  • Earlham 8, Underwood 0
  • Guthrie Center 5, Underwood 4
  • Earlham 11, West Harrison 0
  • Underwood 10, Boyer Valley 7

Fort Dodge Tournament

  • Sioux City East 5, Atlantic 4
  • Sioux City East 6, Harlan 4

Oskaloosa Tournament

  • Carlisle 10, Creston 2
  • Creston 5, PCM 3

East Sac County Tournament

  • East Sac County 5, Kuemper Catholic 1
  • Kuemper Catholic 6, South Central Calhoun 2

Orient-Macksburg Tournament

  • Lenox 12 Orient-Macksburg 0
  • Murray 11 Nodaway Valley 1
  • Murray 11 Lenox 6 (Championship)

IKM-Manning Tournament

IKM-Manning 10-14, Thomas Jefferson 0-0


  • Harlan 8, ADM 3
  • Harlan 5, Perry 4
  • Treynor 9, Central Decatur 0
  • Glidden-Ralston 16, CAM 6
  • Des Moines Lincoln 14-7, CB Abraham Lincoln 2 -3
  • Guthrie Center 11, Glidden-Ralston 1
  • South Central Calhoun 4, Guthrie Center 3
  • West Harrison 18, Whiting 2
  • West Harrison 6, West Monona 2

“V” is for victory as Virginia, Vandy advance to CWS finals


June 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt have played themselves into the best-of-3 College World Series finals. Robbie Coman’s two-run, bases-loaded single gave the Cavaliers the lead in the fourth inning of a 4-1 win over Mississippi. Josh Sborz and two relievers limited Ole Miss to six singles.

The Commodores advanced by beating Texas 4-3 on Tyler Campbell’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th. Winning pitcher Hayden Stone allowed a run and three hits while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings of relief.

Game 1 of the finals is Monday at Omaha.

Virginia in CWS finals after 4-1 win over Ole Miss


June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Robbie Coman’s two-run, bases-loaded single gave Virginia the lead, and Josh Sborz and two relievers limited Mississippi to six singles in a 4-1 victory Saturday that sent the Cavaliers to the College World Series finals.

Virginia (52-14), in the CWS for the third time, will go to the championship round looking for its first national championship in baseball. The Cavaliers will play Texas or Vanderbilt in the best-of-three finals starting Monday. The Rebels (48-21) lost to Virginia for a second time in the CWS, ending their first trip to Omaha since 1972.

Sborz (6-4) threw 12 pitches on Friday before a heavy thunderstorm forced suspension of the game in the second inning. He was on the mound when play resumed and worked through the fifth inning. Artie Lewicki took over to start the sixth, and closer Nick Howard worked the ninth for his 20th save.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 6/21/2014

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June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.


Area softball and baseball scores from Fri., 6/20/14


June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Earlham 4, Ogden 0
East Mills 5, Stanton 0
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 11, Red Oak 2
Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 12, Red Oak 0
Martensdale-St Marys 16, Bedford 1
Moulton-Udell 14, Orient-Macksburg 2
Newell-Fonda 15, Atlantic 1
Prairie Valley 6, Panorama 0
Waukee 10, Glenwood 0
Wayne 15, East Union 2
Winterset 13, Bishop Heelan, Sioux City 4
Winterset 19, Webster City 8

Coon Rapids-Bayard 5, Ar-We-Va, Westside 2 (TOP OF 4TH )
Earlham 6, Interstate 35, Truro 2
Guthrie Center 11, Adair-Casey 1 (5 innings)
Lenox 8, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 1
Lewis Central 18, Missouri Valley 0 (4 innings)
Southeast Valley 17, Panorama, Panora 6 (5 innings)

Tobacco use still high in college ball, off field


June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The death of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn might give some pause to college players who use chewing tobacco. Whether it makes them stop is another matter. Virginia pitcher Josh Sborz says he chews tobacco once a month or every two weeks, and he said Gwynn’s death should make players think.

According to an NCAA survey on substance use, baseball players acknowledging they used spit tobacco at least once in the previous month rose from 42.5 percent in 2005 to 52.3 percent in 2009. Results of the 2013 survey have not been released. The NCAA banned tobacco in 1994, a year after minor-league baseball did the same. Tobacco is not banned in the major leagues.

College players and coaches caught with tobacco during games are to be ejected.

Burnett, Phillies stop Cardinals 5-1


June 21st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A.J. Burnett scattered seven hits for his first complete game of the year and the Philadelphia Phillies won their season-high fifth in a row, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Friday night. The Phillies’ winning streak has come on the road. They have won nine of 11 overall. St. Louis has dropped three in a row after winning five straight.

Burnett (5-6) threw 111 pitches to earn his 24th complete game. He struck out three, walked one and hit two batters. Burnett, who came into the season as a career .110 hitter, also contributed an RBI double and scored. Jaime Garcia (3-1) pitched into the sixth inning, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks. He lost his third start in a row to the Phillies.

Virginia-Ole Miss game is suspended by rain at CWS


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated with ticket information)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The College World Series game between Virginia and Mississippi was suspended after a 93-minute lightning and rain delay at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday night. The game, tied 0-0, will resume Saturday at 2-p.m. Central Time, with Virginia batting in the top of the second inning. The Cavaliers have runners on first and second base. A news release from the NCAA said persons with a game ticket for Game 12 can bring it to the stadium for re-entry to the game. Those who have Flash Seats tickets can bring their credit card or the mobile app to the gate for entry.

Virginia would advance to next week’s best-of-three finals with a win. If Mississippi wins, the teams would play again Sunday. Texas and Vanderbilt will play a second bracket final on Saturday at 7 p.m. following the Longhorns’ 4-0 win on Friday. Friday night’s game originally was delayed because of lightning. Heavy rain moved in and forced the suspension of the game. More than an inch of rain fell in a half-hour at TD Ameritrade Park. Those who have season tickets for the game will need to use the conditional ticket marked for 7 p.m., according to the NCAA.

Reserved tickets will go on sale today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the box office. If needed, the NCAA said it will hold a deciding game between the University of Mississippi and the University of Virginia on Sunday.

Manny Ramirez could join Triple-A Iowa soon


June 20th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs executive Theo Epstein says he is pleased with Manny Ramirez’s impact on the organization so far, and the former major league star could join Triple-A Iowa next week. Ramirez signed a minor league deal in May and reported to the team’s facility in Mesa to get some at-bats in extended spring training. When Ramirez reports to Iowa, he will be a player-coach for Chicago’s top farm club.

Asked about Ramirez on Friday, Epstein says “Probably sometime next week that he’s ready to go to Iowa, but we’re not in a rush because he’s making an impact with the young kids,” in Arizona. The 42-year-old Ramirez is a .312 hitter with 555 home runs in 2,302 games covering 19 major league seasons.