Monday May 7th Local Sports

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s James Shields pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Minnesota Twins rallied late for a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

With the Twins trailing 2-0, Eduardo Escobar broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the seventh. Eddie Rosario then followed with a single to drive in Brian Dozier, who led off the inning with a walk.

Shields, who retired the first 16 batters, got the next batter Robbie Grossman on a fly to center for the second out (with Escobar advancing to third) before being lifted after 91 pitches.

Left-hander Luis Avilan was brought in to face lefty Logan Morrison, but the strategy backfired as Morrison dropped a soft liner just inside the right-field foul line for a two-run double to give the Twins a 3-2 lead.

Shields allowed three runs and two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball was the longest for a White Sox pitcher since Jose Quintana (also 6 1/3 innings) on May 21, 2013.

Rosario homered and drove in two runs as Minnesota won its third straight.

Zach Duke (2-1) got the win with Fernando Rodney pitching the ninth for his fifth save.



MASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team wrapped up conference play winning three games of their four-game weekend series at home with Ellsworth. On Friday, NIACC picked up a sweep of 15-4 and 17-16. In the second game, NIACC trailed 16-14 heading into its final at-bat. Ben Komonosky tied the game with an RBI double to straight away center field and the Trojans won the game when Ben Fitzgerald reached on an infield single and Komonsky scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Ellsworth first baseman Reed Collins.

On Saturday, the Trojans pushed their winning streak to 15 games with a 16-1 win in the opener, but then had that winning streak snapped with a 17-16 loss in the nightcap.

NIACC is 34-18-1 overall and finished conference play with a 20-7-1 record. The Trojans will host the Luther College JV at 5:30 tonight in the second annual Autism Awareness Game that was postponed from last week. NIACC will be the second seed in the Region XI tournament later this week. They will play at 6 o’clock on Thursday in Clinton against either the seventh-seed Northeast Community College or eighth-seed Iowa Lakes, who face each other in a play-in game on Wednesday night.



CEDAR RAPIDS — The NIACC softball team had their season come to an end on Saturday at the Region XI-B tournament at Kirkwood. NIACC fell in their first game of the tournament on Friday 12-1 to Iowa Central. The Lady Trojans came back to beat Ellsworth 5-4 in an elimination game on Saturday, but then fell to Iowa Central 5-4 in a second elimination game. NIACC ends their season with a 19-30 record. Kirkwood beat Iowa Central 11-1 on Sunday in the championship game.



PANORA — The NIACC men’s golf team has qualified for the national tournament. NIACC placed third at the Region XI tournament at Lake Panorama, ending with a two-day total of 624. Kirkwood won the tournament with a 601, while DMACC was second with a 613. It’s the first time since 2011 that the NIACC men’s golf team has qualified for the national tournament. Josh Schaefer and Ben Boerjan led the Trojans with scores of 151, finishing tied for 6th. Dawson Peters of Kirkwood won the tournament with a 147. Devin Koob finished tied for 11th with 155, while Jordan Voves finished 30th with a 167 and Anthony Emanuel finished 37th with a 174. The national tournament takes place May 22nd through the 25th at Glenlakes Golf Club in Foley Alabama.



MASON CITY — Today is a big day for high school spring sports around the area with conference golf tournaments and track & field meets scheduled to take place:

== North Central Conference Boys Golf — at Fort Dodge Country Club
== North Central Conference Girls Golf — at Mason City Country Club
== North Central Conference Boys Track — at Humboldt
== North Central Conference Girls Track — at Webster City


== Top of Iowa East Girls Golf — Acorn Park, St. Ansgar
== Top of Iowa West Girls Golf — Country Greens Golf Course, Armstrong
== Top of Iowa East Boys Golf — Ridge Stone Golf Club, Sheffield
== Top of Iowa West Boys Golf — Britt Golf Course
== Top of Iowa West Boys & Girls Track — at Lake Mills
== Top of Iowa East Boys & Girls Track — at Nashua-Plainfield



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