Wednesday June 16th Local Sports
AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins at Seattle — pre-game 8:30, first pitch 9:10
SEATTLE (AP) — J.P. Crawford homered on J.A. Happ’s first pitch, Shed Long Jr. hit a three-run triple an inning later and the Seattle Mariners thumped the Minnesota Twins 10-0. Seattle starter Chris Flexen tossed eight sharp innings while striking out a career-high eight, and was backed by an early offensive outburst that plated five runs in the first two innings. Crawford became the first Mariners player to homer on the opening pitch since Dustin Ackley in 2012 when he drove Happ’s fastball out to right field for his fourth of the season.
CLEAR LAKE — Mason City pounded out 14 hits in a 15-3, four-inning win over Clear Lake in high school softball last night, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com. Sam Norcross had a pair of two-run singles for four RBI on the night, Shaye Theobald was 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Lainna Duncan knocked in three runs in the win for the Mohawks. Mason City improves to 4-15 on the season and travel to Ankeny Centennial for a doubleheader tonight. Clear Lake drops to 5-9 and will travel to Hampton-Dumont-CAL tonight.
— other softball last night
Newman 14, AGWSR 5
Newman 8, Belmond-Klemme 6
AGWSR 8, Belmond-Klemme 6
Central Springs 14, Bishop Garrigan 7
Riceville 8, West Fork 6
Northwood-Kensett 3, North Iowa 2
Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 24, Rockford 23
Estherville Lincoln Central 10, Forest City 0
Algona 14, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6
Hampton-Dumont-CAL 6, Janesville 0
MASON CITY — Carter Thomas had a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give Mason City a 10-8 win last night over St. Ansgar. Thomas ended up the night with four runs batted in and picked up the save on the mound. Kaden Tyler got the win in relief and also had two hits and two RBI. Mason City is now 12-5 on the season and will travel to Ankeny Centennial tonight.
— other baseball last night
Newman 12, Alburnett 1
Dike-New Hartford 6, Clear Lake 3
Bishop Garrigan 7, Central Springs 0
North Iowa 10, Northwood-Kensett 4
Waukon 14, Osage 8
Estherville Lincoln Central 14, Forest City 5
Algona 14, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 4
Janesville 8, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3
WATERLOO —- Waterloo East High School is leaving the Mississippi Valley Conference and will join a new conference that includes Mason City and the five public high schools in Des Moines. East Athletic Director Tim Moses says the new conference is a better fit for the Trojans.
Mason City, Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Ottumwa and the five Des Moines public schools – East, Hoover, Lincoln, North and Roosevelt – all recently announced plans to leave the Central Iowa Metro League and form the new conference. Moses says sports teams at all 11 schools have struggled for several years to be competitive against the larger, growing schools in their current conferences.
Preliminary plans indicate the new conference would be split into two divisions, with Ottumwa and the five Des Moines schools competing in the South Division. Waterloo East would be in the North Division along with the Trojans’ other former rivals from the old Big Eight Conference: Ames, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown and Mason City. Waterloo East has been a member of the MVC since 1992. Moses says the conference switch is a positive move for the Trojans and he’s excited for the student-athletes.
East’s move to the new league will not affect Waterloo West. The Wahawks will continue to compete in the Mississippi Valley Conference, along with Cedar Falls and other teams from Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Epworth and Iowa City.
CLEAR LAKE — The North Central Conference is adding soccer and tennis as a conference sport starting this coming school year. The conference’s Athletic Board and Executive Board approved the additions earlier this year and initial schedules have been prepared and adopted. Five schools currently have tennis — Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont-CAL, Iowa Falls-Alden, St. Edmond and Webster City — and will compete for the initial tennis title. Seven schools are scheduled to participate in the soccer league with conference members Clear Lake, Hampton-Dumont-CAL, Humboldt, Iowa Falls-Alden and Webster City being joined by Top of Iowa Conference schools Belmond-Klemme and Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.