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Arizona beats Gamecocks 5-1 in CWS finals opener

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June 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Konner Wade threw his third straight complete game, Robert Refsnyder homered for the second game in a row and Arizona beat two-time defending national champion South Carolina 5-1 in the opener of the College World Series finals Sunday night. Wade (11-3) limited the Gamecocks to six hits in a steady outing to help the Wildcats (47-17) move within a win of their first national championship since 1986 and fourth overall. The Gamecocks (49-19) must beat Arizona twice to become the first team since Southern California in the early 1970s to win three championships in a row. Refsnyder, batting .444 (8 of 18) in the CWS, went 2 for 3 and was intentionally walked twice. He hit a two-run homer off Forrest Koumas (2-3) in the first to give Arizona the lead, and he scored in the fifth on Bobby Brown’s single to make it a four-run game.

Beltran has three RBIs, Cardinals beat Royals 11-8

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June 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Carlos Beltran had three RBIs and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each had two, powering the St. Louis Cardinals to an 11-8 victory Sunday and their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.  Mike Moustakas had two home runs for the Royals, who gave up 41 hits and 30 runs to their state rivals in the three games. The previous weekend in St. Louis, the Royals won two out of three.  Beltran gave the Cardinals an early lead with a three-run homer in the first, lining Jonathan Sanchez’s 0-2 pitch 389 feet over the fence for his 20th home run after Craig doubled and Holliday walked.

Saturday Area High School Baseball/Softball Results

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June 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Softball:

  • Harlan 8, Perry 1
  • Ankeny 3, Harlan 0
  • Exira-EHK 3, AHST 1
  • Abraham Lincoln 6, Red Oak 1
  • Sioux City East 3, Red Oak 2
  • Creston 1, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 0 (9)
  • Creston 5, Dubuque, Hempstead 4
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 13, Thomas Jefferson 1
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 13, St. Albert 1
  • Westwood 5, Charter Oak-Ute 4
  • Glenwood 7, Des Moines North 3

Baseball:

  • Clarinda 13, Clarinda Academy 0
  • Clear Lake 3, Abraham Lincoln 2
  • Abraham Lincoln 4, Des Moines Lincoln 4 (After 8 innings, called due to darkness)
  • Earlham 11, Guthrie Center 4
  • Kuemper Catholic 11, Spencer 0
  • Lawton-Bronson 8, Harlan 4
  • LeMars 4, St. Albert 3
  • West Central Valley 12, Central Decatur 6
  • Carroll 15, JSPC 2

Franchitti blows engine, out of race at Iowa

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June 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Pole sitter Dario Franchitti was knocked out of the IndyCar race Saturday night in Iowa after his engine blew out before the green flag dropped. Franchitti’s car started smoking on the backstretch, just after a caution flag came out because of issues with Alex Tagliani’s car. Franchitti says the engine, which he used to win the Indianapolis 500 in May, was making strange noise before it went out. It’s the first time Franchitti has failed to finish back-to-back races since the last event of 2004 and the first one of 2005. Franchitti, the three-time defending series champion, started the race in seventh place and will likely drop further because of the setback.

Hunter-Reay wins wild IndyCar race in Iowa

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June 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay passed Scott Dixon with 12 laps to go and held on to win for the second straight week in a wild IndyCar Series race that ended under caution Saturday night. Hunter-Reay, the winner last week at the Milwaukee Mile, moved to second in the season standings with his seventh career IndyCar victory — the most among active U.S. drivers. The victory was Andrettti Autosport’s fourth in six races in Iowa. Teammate Marco Andretti was second, followed by Tony Kanaan and Dixon. The It was only fitting Hunter-Reay would win under caution, because 10 of the 25 cars failed to finish. Pole sitter Dario Franchitti was knocked out after his engine blew before the green flag dropped — a blow that could cripple his shot at a fourth straight series title. Points leader Will Power was bounced just 68 laps in after E.J. Viso hit him from behind. Power’s lead dwindled to three points.

Guerrieri wins Indy Lights race in Iowa

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June 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Esteban Guerrieri won the Indy Lights race in Iowa on Saturday night, the Argentinian’s third victory of the season. Guerrieri took over the lead with 44 laps left when Tristan Vautier was given a drive-through penalty for blocking. Guerrieri then held off Gustavo Yacaman, who moved up from eighth to finish second, and Victor Carbone. Vautier finished fourth after starting on the pole. The race was scheduled to start before the IndyCar race won by Ryan Hunter-Reay. But storms forced officials to move the Indy Lights race back, and it didn’t start until nearly midnight local time.

CWS Finals: Arizona in way of S. Carolina’s 3rd title in row

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – South Carolina opens the College World Series finals against Arizona on Sunday night trying to become the first school in 40 years to win three straight national championships. Gamecocks coach Ray Tanner hasn’t announced his starting pitcher. Sophomore right-hander Konner Wade (10-3) will start for Arizona (46-17).  Tanner says the Gamecocks (49-18) are pretty good but aren’t the 1927 Yankees. He adds that it’ takes some luck to reach the finals three years in a row.  The Gamecocks had to replace five regulars from the team that beat Florida in last year’s finals. The last school to win three titles in a row was Southern California in the 1970s.   Arizona this season is batting .330 and averaging seven runs a game.

Holliday leads Cardinals to 8-2 win over Royals

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Holliday and Allen Craig paced another big game for the St. Louis offense, and Adam Wainwright took advantage of the robust run support in the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Holliday finished 4 for 5 and drove in a pair of runs, pushing his stat line against Kansas City to 13 for 22 with two homers and eight RBIs in five games this season. Craig added a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs for the Cardinals. Wainwright (6-7) only allowed a bunt single and a broken-bat base hit in the first five innings. He ended up allowing two runs on four hits and two walks over seven. Luis Mendoza (2-4) was responsible for the Cardinals’ first four runs, but the Royals’ relief corps fared just as poorly, letting the game get out of reach in a hurry.

7:20-AM Sports (Podcast) – June 23rd, 2012

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Friday’s High School Baseball results

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June 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic 15, Shenandoah 5 (6-innings)

WIC Tournament
Consolation: Missouri Valley 10 Tri-Center 9
Championship: Treynor 7 Audubon 4

Elsewhere…

Adair-Casey 17, Guthrie Center 6
Carroll 5, Perry 1
Clarinda 7, Denison-Schleswig 3
Coon Rapids-Bayard 1, Ogden 0
Logan-Magnolia 13, IKM-Manning 3
Nishnabotna 10, East Mills 9
OA-BCIG 2, Boyer Valley, Dunlap 1
OA-BCIG 4, Woodbine 1
Pleasantville 6, Bedford 4
Ridge View 8, Ar-We-Va, Westside 0 (@Early)
Sidney 16, Villisca 5
Sioux City, East 4, Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 3
Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 9, Corning 0