Monday April 9th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The series finale between the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins was postponed Sunday because of wintry weather.

With snow in the forecast and game-time temperatures expected to hover around freezing, Sunday’s game was called off about three hours before it was supposed to begin. Lance Lynn had been scheduled to make his Target Field debut for the Twins, opposite Marco Gonzales of the Mariners.

The game was rescheduled for May 14, a mutual day off for both teams. Complicating the postponement was Seattle’s schedule. The Mariners weren’t scheduled to return to Minnesota this season.

The two teams played through the coldest outdoor Twins’ game in Minnesota history on Saturday when the first pitch was thrown in 27-degree weather. Seattle beat Minnesota 11-4.

The Twins host the Houston Astros on Monday night while the Mariners visit the Kansas City Royals.



IOWA CITY — With snow falling in the bottom of the eighth inning, sophomore Grant Judkins hit a two-out RBI double down the left field line, sending the University of Iowa baseball 2-1 series-clinching victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.

“I was trying to put something in play and give us a chance to score,” said Judkins, whose early season has been hampered by a hamstring injury. “This is a crazy game and you just have to stay confident and locked in and be ready for when the opportunity comes.”

The victory gives the Hawkeyes their sixth straight Big Ten series win dating back to the 2017 season and moves Iowa’s record to 19-10 overall, 5-3 in league play.



BOONE — NIACC split their games Saturday with DMACC to earn a series victory taking three of four in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference baseball series. NIACC scored twice in the sixth on a Kamron Arons two-run single to pick up a 2-1 win in Saturday’s opener. Brandon Williamson pitched a complete game, striking out 12 and walking five while allowing only four hits. NIACC dropped the nightcap 10-9. NIACC is now 15-16 overall and 7-5 in the conference. The Trojans are off until this weekend when they travel to Kirkwood for a weekend conference series.



IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The United States won wrestling’s World Cup for the first time in 15 years Sunday, beating Azerbaijan in the final.

The victory marked the second consecutive major international tournament won by the Americans, who won the team crown at last year’s world championships.

This title came with something of an asterisk because wrestling powerhouses Russia and Iran weren’t in the field. The Russians blamed their absence on visa issues, while Iran’s national federation has been in flux since its president’s recent departure.

Still, multiple world champions Jordan Burroughs and Kyle Snyder went 4-0 this weekend to lead the Americans, who won their first World Cup since 2003. The U.S. had finished second both in 2015 and last year in Kermanshah, Iran.

Four-time NCAA champion Kyle Dake had perhaps his most impressive international performance to date by also sweeping his four matches.

The U.S. stormed into the semifinals after two dominant dual meets on Saturday. The Americans blanked India, Russia’s replacement, and then won seven straight matches to easily handle Japan 7-3.

Back on Saturday, Clear Lake native Joe Colon, who is an alternate on the team, picked up a 6-4 win over Sandeep Tomar of India in Team USA’s first-round match.



DES MOINES — Olympic bronze medalist Sam Kendricks will return to defend his Drake Relays title in the pole vault. It will be an early outdoor test for Kendricks, who is coming off a World Championship last season.

That’s Drake Relays Director Blake Boldon who says Kendricks has become a local favorite.

The Drake Relays are April 25-28.



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