Wednesday June 13th Local Sports

CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake overcame five errors early in the ballgame, scoring six times in the bottom of the seventh to beat Mason City 7-6 in non-conference softball last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB. Mason City jumped out to a 6-0 lead after their first three innings at bat, with pitcher McKenna Mentink retiring ten straight Clear Lake batters from the third through the sixth innings, but the Lions used seven singles in the bottom of the seventh, capped by walkoff single by Rachel Barillas off of relief pitcher Alyssa Alert, to pick up the win. Clear Lake coach Austin Peterson says he told his team not to give up heading into the seventh.

Peterson says his team is learning that they have to play all seven innings to be successful on the field

Clear Lake improves to 7-7 on the season and will host Clarion-Goldfield-Dows tonight in North Central Conference play. Mason City drops to 5-9 and will travel to Urbandale for a doubleheader tonight.



— other softball from Tuesday
@ Newman
Newman 13, Belmond-Klemme 0
AGWSR 5, Newman 1
AGWSR 17, Belmond-Klemme 0

Rockford 13, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 6
Northwood-Kensett 15, North Iowa 10
Algona 15, GHV 3
Janesville 8, Hampton-Dumont 7
Clarksville 9, North Butler 2



— high school baseball last night
Mason City 5, Dowling 2; Dowling 8, Mason City 5
Newman 7, Alburnett 2
Northwood-Kensett 16, North Iowa 7
Janesville 4, Hampton-Dumont 3
Rockford 2, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 1
Algona 2, GHV 2 (suspended in top of 7th)



DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon Tuesday night, an injury that will sideline the Detroit slugger for the rest of the season, and the Tigers lost 6-4 to the Minnesota Twins.

The two-time AL MVP will have surgery this week, the Tigers said. Cabrera, playing his 12th game since missing 26 with a hamstring strain, exited in the third inning and underwent an MRI during the game.

Cabrera missed three games earlier this season with spasms in his left biceps.

Ehire Adrianza hit his first career grand slam to help Minnesota rally.

The Twins trailed 2-1 going into the seventh inning, but Tigers starter Blaine Hardy left after allowing a leadoff single to Eduardo Escobar.

Louis Coleman (3-1) only threw nine strikes in a 23-pitch outing, walking two batters to load the bases with two outs. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire brought in Warwick Saupold, who went to a 3-1 count on Adrianza before throwing a fastball that ended up in the right-field stands.

Ryan Pressly (1-1) got the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save.




UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that former University of Northern Iowa basketball player Nick Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors.

Nurse is replacing Dwane Casey, who was fired after Toronto was swept from the second round of the playoffs by Cleveland. Nurse worked under Casey the past five seasons as an assistant.

According to the person who spoke to the AP, Nurse was in the process of completing contract terms and reaching out to staff Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hiring.

The Raptors went 59-23 this season, the top record in the Eastern Conference and second-best regular-season record in the NBA.

ESPN first reported the hiring.

Nurse played at UNI from 1985 to 1989. The 50-year-old Carroll native is the school’s all-time three-point percentage leader. In 2007 he was head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in the league until 2013 when he became a Raptors assistant.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Despite setting records last fall, Iowa tight end Noah Fant went largely unnoticed outside of the Big Ten West.

That shouldn’t be the case in 2018.

Fant will return for his junior season with the Hawkeyes as one of the nation’s most intriguing pro prospects at his position. The 6-foot-5, 241-pound Fant has it all — size, speed, athleticism and an uncanny knack for finding the end zone.

Fant caught 30 passes a year ago, 11 for touchdowns. That was a school record for tight ends, and his 16.5 yards per catch led the nation for his position.

The Hawkeyes are expecting either bigger numbers next fall, despite the fact that defenses will be more focused than ever on shutting Fant down.



AMES — One college football preview magazine expects Iowa State to make more progress next season even though the win total may not show it. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview expects Iowa State to be in bowl contention once again against a difficult schedule. ISU posted upset wins over Oklahoma and T-C-U in posting an 8-5 record in 2017 that included a victory over Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.

“This is a very good Iowa State team but it is going to be tough for them to top last year’s record”, said Steele. “They play Iowa, T-C-U, Oklahoma State and Texas all on the road this year but Matt Campbell is building this team the right way.”

Steele says an Iowa State defense that ranked third in the Big-12 last season will be solid, again. He expects the biggest improvement to be a running game that ranked ninth in the conference in 2017 by averaging just over 113 yards per game.

“Getting Kyle Kempt back at the quarterback spot is huge”, added Steele. “When I talked to coach Campbell he feels the offensive line will be better so you can expect David Montgomery to boost his yards per carry average.”

Iowa State opens the season at home on September first against South Dakota State. Steele’s College Football Preview will hit the newsstands on June 26.



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