AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — 1A softball regional semifinal, Newman vs. St. Edmond — 6:45
AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com, KRIB mobile app — 3A softball regional semifinal, Clear Lake at Algona — 6:45
AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — 4A softball regional semifinal, Mason City at Charles City — 6:45
MASON CITY — Mason City scored three times in the third, fourth and sixth to beat Waterloo East 10-4 in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal softball game last night at home, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Mohawks spoiled Josie Stocks’ night for East, as she socked a pair of homers and drove in all four of East’s runs. Mason City improves to 11-22 on the season and will travel to 4th-ranked Charles City tomorrow night for a regional semifinal contest that you’ll hear on KGLO starting at 7 o’clock. On the other side of the bracket, Center Point-Urbana beat Decorah 5-3. Center Point-Urbana travels to Waverly-Shell Rock in the other Region 8 semifinal game tomorrow night.
— Classes 1A, 2A and 3A have regional semifinal round softball games tonight at 7 o’clock, setting up regional finals on Monday night:
== 3A Region 2
Clear Lake at Algona (6:45 on KRIB)
Hampton-Dumont at #4 Humboldt
== 2A Region 5
Nashua-Plainfield at #6 Central Springs
St. Ansgar at Emmetsburg
== 1A Region 2
#10 St. Edmond at #6 Newman (6:45 on KGLO)
Garrigan at #4 AGWSR
CLEAR LAKE — In high school baseball on Thursday afternoon, Humboldt beat Clear Lake in North Central Conference play 9-4 at Lions Field, as you heard on KRIB. Zach Lester knocked in three of the four runs for Clear Lake with a two-run double in the fifth and pushed across another run on a fielder’s choice in the seventh. Clear Lake wraps up conference play with a 12-2 record and sit at 20-10 overall. The Lions travel to Waverly-Shell Rock tonight.
— other high school baseball on Thursday
West Fork 6, Riceville 3
West Fork 8, Kee 4
Riceville 7, Kee 6
North Butler 13, Hampton-Dumont 4
New Hampton 13, Lake Mills 0 (6)
Hudson 9, Central Springs 6
Nashua-Plainfield 10, Clarksville 3
— Class 1A and 2A baseball tournament action starts on Saturday night. Most Class 1A teams will have the night off with some play-in games into Tuesday’s quarterfinal round, while 2A has quarterfinal games:
== Class 1A District 4
North Iowa at West Hancock (winner plays Newman on Tuesday)
== Class 2A District 4 at Garner
5:00 — Central Springs vs. Eagle Grove
7:00 — Clarion-Goldfield-Dows vs. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura
== Class 2A District 5 at Waukon
5:00 — North Fayette Valley vs. Sumner-Fredericksburg
7:00 — Osage vs. Waukon
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Slegers finished six smooth innings in his first start of the season for Minnesota, and the Twins broke their six-game losing streak by hanging on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2. Logan Morrison homered and Jake Cave reached base all four times he batted for the Twins, and Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save following two consecutive blown chances. Jonathan Schoop homered twice for the Orioles, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed first-round draft pick Trevor Larnach to a minor league contract that includes a $2.55 million signing bonus. Larnach, an outfielder who helped lead Oregon State to a championship at the College World Series last week, was taken by Minnesota with the 20th overall pick in this year’s draft.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rebekkah Brunson grabbed 12 boards while becoming the leading rebounder in WNBA history, helping the Minnesota Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-72. Brunson began the game in third place with 3,306 rebounds. She passed Lisa Leslie (3,307) early on and overtook Tamika Catchings (3,316) when she grabbed Candace Parker’s missed 3-pointer with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter.
ST. LOUIS — Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin hopes Loyola’s unlikely run to the Final Four will help the conference get multiple teams into the NCAA Tournament. Recent losses of Creighton to the Big East and Wichita State to the American Athletic Conference have hindered the league’s ability to get more than just the tournament champion in the field of 68 teams.
Nearly all the at-large bids in recent years have gone to the top conferences leaving the mid-majors on the outside.
Elgin says the Valley is working with its member schools to boost their non-conference schedules.
Elgin says with the power conferences unwilling to play home and home series with Valley schools they are trying to schedule more games against teams from other mid-major leagues.