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8AM Sportscast 07-29-2013

Podcasts, Sports

July 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field


Monday State Baseball Tournament Schedule/Results


July 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CLASS 2-A Quarterfinals: @ Principal Park, Des Moines

Roland-Story 2, Mount Vernon 1

2:00 pm:  Beckman Catholic vs. Columbus Catholic

6:00 pm:  Kuemper Catholic vs. Spirit Lake

8:00 pm:  North Polk vs. Albia

Iowa Speedway prepares for US Cellular 250 on Aug. 3rd


July 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The NASCAR Nationwide Series makes its second stop at the Iowa Speedway this weekend with Saturday night’s US Cellular 250. Iowa Speedway CEO Doug Fritz says Brad Keselowski will be the first reigning sprint Cup champion to compete at the track. Fritz says Keselowski has been to Newton before, as well as other Nascar stars, but never before in the track’s 8-year history have they had the current Nascar Sprint Cup Series Champion.

Fritz says the drivers in the Nationwide Series enjoy competing against the big names in the Sprint Cup Series. They include Brian Vickers, who recently won the New Hampshire Nascar Sprint Cup Series race, along with Nationwide regulars Trevor Baine, a past Daytona 500 Champ, along with Sam Hornish, Jr., the current Nationwide Series points leader and past champion of the Indy 500.

Fritz says as of Sunday morning, there were still tickets available for Saturday night’s race, but he anticipates a sell out. After that, it’s general admission and standing room only on race day. Tickets for both Friday’s practice sessions and Saturday’s qualifying laps and race can be obtained at www.iowaspeedway.com, or 1-866RUSTY-GO.  He says fans will have an opportunity to meet the drivers this weekend. An autograph session with all the Nationwide drivers takes place from 2:30-until 3:10-p.m., Saturday.  Parking lots open both days at 10-a.m. for tailgating.

Heyward’s homer helps Braves sweep Cardinals, 5-2


July 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat St. Louis 5-2 on Sunday night, capping their first three-game sweep of the Cardinals at home in 10 years. The Braves broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the sixth inning off rookie Shelby Miller and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Chris Johnson with the go-ahead run. Heyward added another run-scoring single.

Heyward has nine homers this season, including two in the series between NL division leaders. Kris Medlen allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings to snap his three-game losing streak.

Teheran, Simmons lift Braves past Cards 2-0


July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) – Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves, boosted by Julio Teheran’s sharp outing, beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Saturday in a matchup of NL division leaders.  Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.  Simmons’ bases-loaded, two-out double came on a 99 mph fastball from Trevor Rosenthal.

Randy Choate (1-1) walked Freddie Freeman to open the eighth. Evan Gattis struck out and Brian McCann singled. Rosenthal relieved and struck out Dan Uggla before walking Chris Johnson to load the bases. Luis Avilan (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Craig Kimbrel recorded three outs to earn his 30th save.

Cardinals starter Joe Kelly pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings.

Cardinals’ Holliday returns from hamstring injury


July 27th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) — Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is starting against the Braves on Saturday. Holliday had been out since July 12 with a strained right hamstring. With Holliday’s return, Allen Craig is starting at first base. Craig played left field with Matt Adams at first base during Holliday’s absence. Adams is not starting on Saturday.

The Cardinals optioned outfielder-first baseman Brock Peterson to Triple-A Memphis to clear a roster spot for Holliday. Holliday has a .268 batting average with 13 homers and 47 RBIs. Peterson, who was recalled from Memphis when Holliday was placed on the disabled list, had one hit in seven at-bats.

7AM Sportscast 07-27-2013

Podcasts, Sports

July 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks


State Softball Finals


July 27th, 2013 by Jim Field

Class 1-A:

3rd Place – Don Bosco 11, Newell-Fonda 3  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Championship – Akron-Westfield 5, New London 4  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Class 2-A:

3rd Place – AGWSR 4, Ridge View 2   Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Championship – Durant 3, Treynor 0  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Class 3-A:

3rd Place – Sergeant Bluff-Luton 5, New Hampton 2  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Championship – Bondurant-Farrar 6, Clarke 3  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Class 4-A:

3rd Place – Indianola 10, Washington 1  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Championship – Dallas Center-Grimes 5, Carlisle 2  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Class 5-A:

3rd Place – Ankeny 7, Ottumwa 3  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Championship – Dowling Catholic 5, Johnston 2  Boxscore & Play-by-Play

Braves Top Cardinals Friday


July 27th, 2013 by Chris Parks

ATLANTA (AP) – Mike Minor allowed only one run to give Atlanta’s depleted rotation a lift, Jason Heyward homered, and the Braves beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 in a matchup of division leaders on Friday night.

Minor (10-5) gave up four hits with no walks in seven innings. His sharp performance came two days after Tim Hudson was lost for the season with a broken right ankle.

The Atlanta rotation also is without left-hander Paul Maholm, who isn’t on the disabled list but is expected to miss at least one start because of a bruised left wrist.

Wainwright (13-6), the NL leader in wins, took his first loss since a 2-1 decision to Texas on June 23.

Cardinals’ Gast has season-ending shoulder surgery


July 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ATLANTA (AP) – St. Louis left-hander John Gast is expected to be ready to pitch in eight to 12 months following season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.  Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement on Friday that more will be known about Gast’s recovery period when the team evaluates his rehabilitation in the next few weeks.

Gast was 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts before he was placed on the disabled list on May 26 with a left shoulder strain. No details of Friday’s surgery were provided by the team.