AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Newman softball at Rockford — 6:00
AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — Clear Lake softball at Hampton-Dumont-CAL — 6:30
MINNEAPOLIS — There will be a Minnesota Twins season after the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to a 60-game season on Tuesday. Players would report to training camps by July 1st, with the 60-game schedule starting on July 23rd or 24th in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus pandemic. This will be Major League Baseball’s shortest season since 1878. Each team will play 10 games against each of its four division rivals and four games against each of the five clubs in the corresponding division in the other league, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. The sides expanded the designated hitter to games between National League teams and will start extra innings with a runner on second base.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed first round draft pick Aaron Sabato with a $2.75 million bonus. Sabato, a first baseman from North Carolina, was taken with the 27th overall pick in the first round earlier this month. He signed for about $180,000 above the value for his draft slot assigned by Major League Baseball. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Sabato set a Tarheels freshman record with 18 home runs in 2019. As a sophomore in the virus-shortened 2020 season, Sabato batted .292 with seven homers, 18 RBIs and 22 walks in 19 games.
MASON CITY — The Mason City High baseball team routed Marshalltown 15-0 last night at Roosevelt Field, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Alex Gold was 3-for-4 with a homer, double and five runs batted in, and also picked up the win, going three innings, striking out six. Avery Mellman socked a homer as well for the Mohawks, who are now 3-2 on the season and host Des Moines East for a doubleheader tonight.
— other baseball last night
Columbus of Waterloo 4, Newman 0
St. Ansgar 9, Clear Lake 0
West Fork 4, Hampton-Dumont-CAL 3
Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6, Osage 4
Lake Mills 6, Central Springs 0
Denver 6, Forest City 5
Charles City 9, Waukon 0
— softball Tuesday night
Mason City High 14-13, Marshalltown 11-2
Bishop Garrigan 5, Clear Lake 4
Newman 10, Lake Mills 0
Northwood-Kensett 6, Riceville 4
Central Springs 17, Forest City 7
Osage 16, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 6
Charles City 10, Waverly-Shell Rock 5
BOONE — Iowa high school baseball and softball teams were allowed to step up to the plate and start their summer seasons earlier this month, but the pandemic has already affected a few teams. Practice began June 1st and games could start two weeks later, but players from three teams tested positive for COVID-19, forcing multiple players into quarantine. Tom Keating, executive director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, says players from two other teams are quarantining after they came into contact with someone who tested positive. “We wish that wasn’t the case,” Keating says. “They just started up. They’re excited to play, then they get shut down. That’s got to be difficult for them.” A baseball team in Woodbine can start playing again this week after it quarantined for two weeks when a player tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Iowa Falls and Alden school districts recently cancelled games for 14 days for its varsity baseball team after a player tested positive. Players who were in the student’s practice pod are quarantining. Iowa is the first state in the country to resume high school sports in the pandemic. Keating says there’s a lot riding on this. He adds the two sports give Iowa a chance to learn from itself and other states a chance to learn from Iowa.