MASON CITY — Newman opened the defense of their Class 1A state baseball title last night with a 21-2, four-inning win over North Iowa in a District 4 quarterfinal that you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Knights plated 13 runs in the first inning, adding a run in the second and seven more in the third. Evan Paulus had six runs batted in to lead the Knights offensively. Also having two RBI were Jace Leininger, Ian Holmgaard, Merritt McCardle and Josh Thilges. McCardle went the first two innings to pick up the win. Newman is now 34-1 on the season and will face Northwood-Kensett in the district semifinal round on Thursday. The Vikings beat CAL 15-0 in four innings in the other quarterfinal played at Newman last night.
== 1A District 4 quarterfinals at St. Ansgar
St. Ansgar 14, Belmond-Klemme 1 (5 innings)
West Fork 5, Riceville 2
== 1A District 5 at Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Gladbrook-Reinbeck 7, Rockford 2
BCLUW 14, Nashua-Plainfield 2 (5 innings)
== 1A District 5 quarterfinals at Grundy Center
AGWSR 12, North Butler 2 (6 innings)
Don Bosco 10, Grundy Center 0 (5 innings)
== 2A District 4 semifinals at Forest City
Forest City 3, Eagle Grove 1
Lake Mills 2, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 1
CLEAR LAKE — Mason City sent 13 men to the plate in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs and wouldn’t look back as the Mohawks beat Clear Lake 14-3 in a non-conference baseball game last night at Lions Field, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. Dylan Miller knocked in three runs while Jake Rood, Ryan Smuck and Jacob Lang each had two RBI for Mason City, as the Mohawks also scored three in the sixth and four times in the seventh. Harrison Nagel picked up the win for Mason City, going five-and-two-thirds innings, striking out five. Nagel was helped out by a Mohawk defense that turned three double plays in the contest. Mason City improve to 17-20 on the season and will wrap up the regular season later today when they host Des Moines Roosevelt in a doubleheader that starts at 2 o’clock at Roosevelt Field. Eric McHenry went 3-for-4 with a run batted in for Clear Lake, as the Lions finish the regular season with a 20-12 record. Clear Lake opens up 3A district play on Friday night in Webster City against Humboldt. You can hear that game on KRIB starting with the pre-game at about 4:45 with first pitch at about 5 o’clock.
CHARLES CITY — Charles City advanced to the state softball tournament for the third straight year as the Comets beat Center Point-Urbana 6-1 in a Class 4A regional final last night in Charles City. Charles City is now 33-6 on the season and are the second seed in the 4A state tournament. They will face the seventh-seed Des Moines Hoover on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adalberto Mondesi had a three-run homer and a career-high four RBIs, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a 10-game skid with a 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.
The Royals scored more than five runs for the first time since June 4 and improved to 26-65 overall, percentage points ahead of Baltimore to avoid owning baseball’s worst record.
Mondesi went deep in the second inning and added an RBI single in the sixth. The middle infielder entered with just six RBIs in 17 games this year.
Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy made his first start since landing on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He pitched just three innings after experiencing a recurrence of left side tightness.
Kennedy was looking for his first win since April 7 but failed to qualify. The right-hander gave up two runs and five hits while striking out three. He has gone 16 starts since his last victory.
Brian Flynn (1-1) allowed one hit in four innings of relief to pick up the win.
Twins starter Aaron Slegers (1-1) allowed five runs and got just four outs in his second start of the year.
Brian Dozier drove in the game’s first run for Minnesota with a solo homer in the first. Eduardo Escobar plated the Twins’ second run with a single in the third.
IOWA CITY — There is a new commitment to defense as the Iowa basketball team conducts summer workouts.. Junior forward Tyler Cook.
Iowa has always played fast under Fran McCaffery and that won’t change. Even last season the Hawks finished third in the Big Ten in scoring. Junior guard Jordan Bohannon.
With no summer league to play in the Hawkeyes have concentrated on individual work this summer. The Prime Time League ended its 31 year run. Senior forward Nicholas Baer.
The Hawkeyes had their string of seven straight post season appearances snapped with a 14-19 record, a season in which they finished last in the Big Ten in scoring defense and next to last in field goal percentage defense