Wednesday August 8th Local Sports

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fernando Rodney struck out Francicso Lindor with the tying run on second base in the ninth inning after Adalberto Mejia pitched one-hit ball over five innings, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Lindor homered in the eighth but struck out looking on a 2-2 pitch as Rodney recorded his 325th career save — moving him into 17th place on the career list.

Yan Gomes led off the ninth and was credited with a hit after Miguel Sano bobbled his groundball behind third base. Sano recovered, but Gomes beat the throw. Jason Kipnis struck out and pinch-hitter Melky Cabrera flied out.

Gomes took second on Mitch Garver’s passed ball, but Rodney closed out his 25th save this season.

A bloop single by Lindor in the first was the only hit off Mejia (2-0), making his fourth start and fifth appearance of the season. The left-hander retired the last 12 hitters he faced and was pulled after throwing 68 pitches with a strained left wrist.

Gabriel Moya relieved Mejia to begin the sixth. The injury was announced the following inning.

Minnesota’s pitching rebounded from a 10-0 loss Monday. Cleveland managed only two hits through seven innings, but Lindor’s homer and pinch-hitter Leonys Martin’s sacrifice fly made it a one-run game.

Garver’s homer in the second inning denied Carlos Carrasco (13-6) a chance to move into a tie for the AL lead in wins. The right-hander allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Eddie Rosario was 4 for 5 and is batting .355 (21 for 59) in 14 games against Cleveland this season.

Mejia dominated the Indians at Target Field last week, also pitching five scoreless innings and allowing one hit. He struggled against the first two hitters Tuesday before quickly settling in.

Lindor’s popup fell in shallow right field. First baseman Joe Mauer raced out with his back to home plate and right fielder Max Kepler charged in, but the ball dropped between the two.

Mejia hit Michael Brantley with a pitch, but retired the next three hitters. Jose Ramirez hit into a forceout that moved Lindor to third, but Encarnacion flied out to shallow right and Mejia caught Brandon Guyer’s soft liner to the mound.

Mejia walked Yonder Alonso to lead off the second, but that was the last baserunner he allowed.

Garver’s homer also ended stretch of 22 straight scoreless innings by Cleveland’s pitching against Minnesota.

The start of the game was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 10 minutes.

 

MASON CITY – The NIACC baseball team received the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award.

Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized with this year’s award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scalte for the entire 2017-18 academic year.

“We are thrilled to be able to honor all of this year’s Team Academic Excellence Award recipients,” ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. “It is a privilege for our association to have the opportunity to highlight so many deserving teams and recognize all of the hard work they put in off the field throughout the year.”

NIACC was one of 21 junior college teams to receive the award and the only one from NJCAA Region XI.

A total of 294 college and high school teams were recognized.

 

 

Matt Campbell

AMES — It has been several years since expectations were as high at Iowa State as they are heading into this football season. The Cyclones return 16 players with starting experience off a team that posted top five upsets of Oklahoma and TCU on its way to an 8-5 record and a win over Memphis in the Liberty Bowl. As he enters his third season at the helm coach Matt Campbell is dealing with the expectations.

“That was the biggest challenge in my opinion to our off season was not buying into the positive”, said Campbell. “Last year it was primarily dealing with the opposite and people thinking we can’t win here.”

Not only is there more talent but Campbell says there is better leadership across the board and improvement this season begins with a running game that ranked ninth in the Big 12 in 2017.

“Our team will make great movement if our offensive line can take a step forward”, added Campbell. “That is a huge challenge for our football team but they are trending in a positive direction.”

One of the top returnees is quarterback Kyle Kempt, who was granted an extra year after guiding ISU to five victories a year ago.

Kyle Kempt

A year ago at Media Day nobody asked Kyle Kempt for an interview. This year he was the most sought after player.

“It is definitely different this time around just because I am the full time starter this year”, said Kempt. “I was really close to the senior class last year and I am extremely close to a ton guys on the team this year so I really appreciate that aspect of it.”

The Cyclones open at home against South Dakota State on September first.

 

AMES — Most high school football and cross country teams started practices this week and coaches are being reminded to make sure their athletes are drinking plenty of water.

James Lang, an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology, says having a “hydration strategy” is critical to keeping kids safe. He says that strategy should include liquids 2 to 3 hours BEFORE practice.  “That could be a 16-ounce glass of water and then, during a practice session, having a strategy to be drinking maybe every 15 to 20 minutes during the practice,” Lang says.

Lang advises coaches to be proactive about hydration, rather than reactive. “The best index for them is going to be body weight. That’s something a coach can easily incorporate with an athlete,” Lang says. “Weigh yourself before practice and weigh yourself after – and essentially, try and drink back that weight lost. So, for every pound lost, that would be about 16 ounces of fluid.”

In addition to plenty of water, Lang suggests coaches give athletes time to acclimate to the heat by scheduling practices in the early morning or evening and – for football players – limiting pad use in the first week. Lang says the warning signs of dehydration can be subtle, but generally include a dull headache, dizziness or nausea.  “That can progress to vomiting, more severe headaches, and at that point you’re starting to get into heat exhaustion, but also borderline heat stroke,” Lang says.

According to Lang, coaches should REQUIRE athletes to take water breaks, rather than simply making water available.

 

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Maya Moore scored 31 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 85-64 on Tuesday night to end a three-game losing streak.

Minnesota started the second half on a 12-0 run for a 51-38 lead and outscored the Sky 29-15 in the third quarter. Chicago didn’t make its first fourth-quarter field goal until the 5:28 mark.

Danielle Robinson had 12 points and 11 assists in her first start of the season for short-handed Minnesota (16-13). She replaced a resting Lindsay Whalen. The Lynx were also without Rebekkah Brunson after getting knocked in the face in the team’s previous game.

Moore was 11 of 17 from the field and Minnesota shot 53 percent. All five Lynx starters scored in double figures.

Allie Quigley hit four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Chicago (10-19). Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points and seven assists.

Several Chicago Bulls players were in attendance, including Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and Antonio Blakeney.

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