Thursday May 25th Local Sports


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins capitalized on a handful of Giants’ miscues and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota. Edouard Julien hit a home run and had two RBIs and two runs scored. Twins starter and childhood Giants fan Joe Ryan allowed one run in five innings for his seventh win in eight decisions. Three of the seven runs yielded by Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani in five innings were unearned. San Francisco left 15 runners on base and went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position. The Giants had a three-game winning streak snapped.



OMAHA — Iowa baseball coach Rick Heller will send sophomore Brody Brecht to the mound this afternoon when the third seeded Hawkeyes play second seeded Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha. Brecht is 5-2 and gave up two hits in seven innings of work in Iowa’s 7-1 win over the Hoosiers in early April. Indiana will counter with Luke Sinnard. He blanked the Hawkeyes for six innings and struck out 12 in a 2-0 Hoosier victory as they claimed two of three games in the series.

That’s Iowa coach Rick Heller. Sinnard will be a challenge for Iowa’s explosive offense.

The Hawkeyes erupted for 12 runs in the final four innings in a 13-3 victory over Michigan in Tuesday’s opening round.

Indiana opened with a 4-3 win over Illinois. The Hoosiers are 41-16.

The loser of this game will face Michigan in a playback game on Friday afternoon, while the winner will advance to the semifinals on Saturday morning.



MASON CITY — The Mason City High baseball team swept Des Moines East 10-1 and 10-0 in six innings last night at Roosevelt Field. Ethen Roberts and Breyden Baker picked up the wins on the mound. Kaden Tyler had a home run, four hits and six runs batted in in the doubleheader. Roberts and Nolan Stiles each had four hits and four runs batted in on the night. Mason City is 5-0 on the season and will travel to Marshalltown tonight for a doubleheader.


— other high school baseball last night
Newman 10, North Butler 0 (5)
Osage 13, Central Springs 3
Nashua-Plainfield 20, Northwood-Kensett 5
Rockford 11, West Fork 1
South Winneshiek 3, St. Ansgar 1
Lake Mills 21, Belmond-Klemme 9
North Union 15, North Iowa 8
Eagle Grove 17, West Hancock 2


— high school softball last night
Newman 8, North Butler 1
Central Springs 9, Osage 4
West Fork 12, Rockford 0
Lake Mills 7, Belmond-Klemme 3
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 31, Forest City 16
North Union 13, North Iowa 1
Eagle Grove 11, West Hancock 1



CEDAR FALLS — Girls state golf tournaments start today and the Clear Lake girls golf team looks to repeat as the Class 3A state champions at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls. The Lions last year overcame a 12-stroke deficit after the first day to win the 3A title, beating Gilbert, who is among the ten teams competing for this year’s title. Also individually competing in Class 3A is Claire Girkin of Charles City.

== In Class 1A, Nashua-Plainfield from the Top of Iowa Conference is in the team competition at the Cedar Pointe Golf Course in Boone. Individually competing from the listening area are Aubree Sellers of Newman and Reagan Mulder of North Butler.

== In Class 2A at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown, Audrey Overgaard and Sydney Helgeson of Garner-Hayfield Ventura are competing as individuals in the medalist competition.

The two-day tournaments are scheduled for today and tomorrow


— girls soccer regional final tonight
3A Region 3 — #14 Mason City at #3 Johnston

— boys soccer substate final last night
2A Substate 2 — Webster City 8, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 0

IOWA CITY — The Mason City High boys tennis doubles team of Reed Kruger and Justin Yarahmadi finished fourth in the Class 2A state tournament in Iowa City yesterday. The Riverhawk pair lost their semifinal match to Folu Adekunle and Aaron Ingram of Pleasant Valley 3-6, 3-6, and then lost to Luke Berg and Beck Sissel of Valley West Des Moines 3-6, 3-6.


IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Big Ten and BIG EAST conferences jointly announced on Wednesday the pairings and dates for the 2023 Gavitt Tipoff Games, which include Iowa traveling to Omaha to face Creighton on Nov. 14.

The Gavitt Tipoff Games, featuring eight games between the two historic conferences the first full week of the college basketball season, is a unique early-season series named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the BIG EAST and basketball visionary.

This will be Iowa’s fifth appearance in the Gavitt Games, previously playing at Marquette (2015) and Seton Hall (2022), and hosting Seton Hall (2016) and DePaul (2019).

The Hawkeyes and Bluejays most recently met in 2011 in Des Moines. Iowa’s last visit to Omaha came in 1999. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 14-11.

Iowa is one of 10 teams in the country to compete in the last four NCAA Tournaments. The Hawkeyes return four players with starting experience, including seniors Patrick McCaffery and Tony Perkins. Perkins was an honorable mention all-conference honoree after averaging 12.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. McCaffery was tabbed the team’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree after averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and one assist.

Creighton posted a 24-13 overall record and placed third in the BIG EAST last season, advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays return three starters for head coach Greg McDermott, who is a native of Cascade, Iowa. Prior to Creighton, McDermott coached five seasons at UNI (2002-06) and four years at Iowa State (2007-10).

The 2023 Gavitt Games are a make-up from 2020, which were canceled due to COVID-19.