Monday July 24th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle — pre-game 6:00, first pitch 6:40



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Jeffers hit a two-out RBI single in the 12th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory and a series sweep over the Chicago White Sox. The Twins took a three-game lead on Cleveland in the AL Central for their largest margin in more than five weeks. Emilio Pagán earned the win after a perfect 12th. Alex Kirilloff hit the tying RBI double in a three-run ninth against Kendall Graveman. The Twins went scoreless over five innings against starter Lucas Giolito and through the eighth against two more relievers.




AKRON — Former Newman and NIACC baseball player Bryce Ball has signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Guardians organization. Ball was released by the Chicago Cubs organization on July 4th. It’s the third major league organization for Ball, who graduated from Newman in 2016 and played at NIACC in 2017 and 2018. Ball was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2019 after playing one season at Dallas Baptist University. He was traded to the Cubs in exchange for Joc Pederson in July 2021. Ball had played in 52 games for the High Class A South Bend Cubs and Double A Tennessee Smokies, hitting .214 with one home run and 28 RBI before being released. Ball has reported to the Guardians’ Double A affiliate Akron RubberDucks.



FORT DODGE — Three Central Springs softball players made the Class 2A All-Tournament Team at the state softball tournament in Fort Dodge on Friday. Seniors Abby Pate, Lainie Boullion and Lizzy Hamand received the honors. Pate had two home runs and seven RBI for the tournament, Bouillon was 6-for-10 with two RBI while Hamand was 6-for-10 with four RBI. The Panthers finished third in the Class 2A tournament after a 10-0, five-inning win over Interstate 35 in the third place game on Friday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Regina of Iowa City won the 2A championship with a 6-2 win over Van Meter



== other state softball championship games Friday
Class 3A — Williamsburg 4, Davenport Assumption 0
Class 1A — North Linn 6, Martensdale St. Marys 0



== State baseball championship games from Friday
Class 1A — Remsen St. Mary’s 7, Lisbon 4
Class 2A — Dyersville Beckman 7, Underwood 1
Class 3A — Western Dubuque 6, North Polk 2
Class 4A — Johnston 6, Ames 4




NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Josef Newgarden got one win on Saturday, but he said it felt like “50 percent of the battle.”

Newgarden completed the doubleheader sweep he wanted at a track where he’s had plenty of success, winning the IndyCar Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Newgarden, who led 212 of 250 laps, held onto the lead on a restart with three laps to go, beating Team Penske teammate Will Power by less than a second and slightly closing the gap behind series points leader Alex Palou with five races to go.

It was the sixth victory of Newgarden’s career at the 0.875-mile oval and came a day after he led for 129 laps in the first race of the series’ lone doubleheader of the season. Newgarden needed a little extra work in this race after starting seventh — he started third on Saturday — but he was able to move into the lead by Lap 31 and maintained control the rest of the way.

Newgarden left the weekend second in the series standings, 80 points behind Palou, who finished third. Palou came into the weekend with a 117-point lead over Scott Dixon, with Newgarden 126 points back in third place.





IOWA CITY — Practices are ramping up for the Iowa basketball team for next month’s trip to Europe. The Hawkeyes leave August 5th and will play three games in France and Spain.

That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Hawkeyes have six new players, including four freshmen, and McCaffery has been impressed with how quickly they have picked things up.

McCaffery says with so many new players the timing was right for a summer trip.

The Hawkeyes finished 19-14 last season and lost to Auburn in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.





AMES — Iowa State freshman Omaha Biliew is adjusting to the college level. The former Waukee standout headlines a Cyclone recruiting class that ranks in the top ten nationally and began the summer competing for USA basketball at the Under-19 World Cup in Hungary.

That’s ISU coach T.J. Otzelberger who says Biliew has been catching up during summer workouts.

Otzelberger says he has been impressed with Biliew’s attitude.

Biliew says summer workouts have been a new level for him.

Biliew says the biggest adjustment has been on defense.

Biliew says his recruiting rankings no longer matter.

The Cyclones have a three game trip to the Bahamas next month