Wild Things push Mavericks into last place

Nick Renault had been in the company of his Mid-Missouri teammates for about two minutes Saturday when he realized he’d forgotten something.

The recently well-used right-hander, about to pitch for the third time in six days, sprung up from his seat in the dugout and retreated back to the clubhouse.

Basketball brings family together on, off court

Stephen Cook paced up and down the sideline, dry-erase board in hand and shouting advice to his players.

“Get up and guard him!” he yelled as his team dropped back on defense. “ ‘D’ up!”

Table tennis serves dedicated following

Jie Jie Liu, 13, bit her fingernails nervously as she stood at the edge of one of the eight table tennis courts set up in the Armory Sports Center.

“I’m nervous,” she said. “I think he’s going to beat me!”

Gateway Archery

Two whistles pierce the silence of Saturday morning at Stephen’s Park. Grant Bradshaw, wearing a white bucket hat, steps up to the a white spray-painted line, loads his arrow, draws his bow and lets go.

“It’s not like a gun, there’s no bang, bang,” he said, drawing an imaginary gun and pretending to shoot. “It’s quiet.”

Throwing for another gold

Randy Slaughter smiled as he made his prediction about the final round of the Show-Me State Games disc golf tournament.

“I’m gonna tear this round up,” Slaughter said. “I got to see my son during lunch. He definitely pumped me up today.”

St. Charles girls are Force to be reckoned

"Volleyball is the funnest sport,” Jessica Wilmes said.

“It’s MOST FUN, stupid. You’re going to make us look dumb!” her teammate Allison Pieper corrected.

Together, brothers ace all comers

The Latifi brothers are getting more than wins from playing doubles tennis together.

Inside Green Tennis Center on the MU campus, Omeed and Eemaun Latifi combined their individual skills to work together as a team at the Show-Me State games.

Melton breaks 5 blocks to earn gold

Chad Melton saw the seemingly daunting task in front of him.

He took a deep breath and focused intently on his target.

Big inning defeats Mavericks

The Mavericks' recurring nightmare of 2005 haunted them once more Friday night.

Mid-Missouri lost 13-7 to the Richmond Roosters at Taylor Stadium, again falling victim to a big inning by the visitors.

Richmond scored 10 runs on eight hits in the sixth, turning a one-run deficit into a nine-run cushion. The Roosters held on as the Mavericks fell to 21-37.

Mid-Missouri right-hander Damien Dantibo struck out six, walked three, and hit a batter in five innings. Though the 19-year-old allowed seven hits and three runs in that span, he was in line for the win when he left the game.

That's when the bullpen imploded.

The sixth included the Mid-Missouri debut of reliever Adam Clay, who entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs. He surrendered a grand slam to Richmond first baseman Rich Daly after three pitches.

Brent Metheny went 4-5 with two RBI to lead Mid-Missouri.

The Mavericks host the Washington Wild Things tonight at 7:05 in the first of a three-game series.

BEER HERE: Dantibo struck out Roosters' designated hitter Tony Sanguinetti in the first and fifth innings Friday. The significance? It allowed those of age in the crowd of 1264 to take advantage of an in-game drink promotion.

As per Bud Beer Batter night, fans could buy a 12-ounce Budweiser for $1 in the 10 minutes after any Sanguinetti strikeout. He had been selected at random before the game.

Disc golf hitting its mark in Columbia

Bob Heyn took his throwing stance on the 16th hole at Albert-Oakland Park.

Heyn, 29, threw his disc and watched as it sailed across the water hazard, directly for the basket.

Mavs send Roosters to rolling stop in 10th

The taxing part of Bud Ward’s job begins most afternoons around 4 o’clock.

It happens after he’s driven a bus full of Richmond Roosters coaches and players across the Midwest. And after he’s navigated through a new city to get the team from its hotel to the ballpark.

Walk, don’t run, to unique event

If you don’t know what racewalking is, you’re not alone.

Even Karen Kraus, who will be competing in the Show-Me State Games racewalk on Sunday, had never heard of the event until about three weeks ago.

Royals waste early lead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Scott Kazmir took another step forward in his promising career.

Kazmir struggled early, but rebounded for his third consecutive win as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-5 Thursday night.

West coasting

SAN DIEGO — The three runs Chris Carpenter gave up in the second inning were just a hiccup.

Otherwise, the right-hander had no trouble becoming the NL’s first 15-game winner, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the staggering San Diego Padres 11-3 on Thursday.

Earning golden marks

Thomari Story-Harden has committed nine errors at first base for the Mavericks this season. Still his manager mentions him in the same breath with one of baseball’s greatest defensive players.

Jim Gentile is firm when he says Story-Harden is on par with Brooks Robinson.

No surprises for team at finish line

After long hours of work, planning, grueling qualifying inspections, uncontrollable weather conditions and small mechanical issues, the race is over for the University of Missouri’s solar team.

Crossing the finish line in eighth place, SunTiger VI zoomed in just 43 minutes after seventh-place winner, Principia College.

Rising up

Like Neo of “The Matrix” trilogy, Natalie Stepney is The One.

Or at least it’s a helpful metaphor for Stepney’s mother, Carol Stepney, when trying to calm her daughter’s nerves before this weekend’s AAU Junior Olympic Weightlifting competition where Natalie will be competing in the 14-16-year-old class.

Padres edge Cardinals with walk-off single

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a one-out double to left-center off Jason Marquis (9-8) and was replaced by pinch-runner Damian Jackson. Joe Randa was intentionally walked to bring up Fick, who drove a 2-1 pitch to right-center to score Jackson.

Daniel Boone Stars round bases

Ryan Phillips and Brendan James were on second and third base when Conner Darrough singled in the fourth inning. Three forest green shirts in a sea of orange.

The ninth and 10th runs came home and the Daniel Boone All-Star’s mercy-ruled the La Co Mo All-Star’s, 10-0, in the Missouri State Little League Championship Wednesday evening.

Royals tough out win

KANSAS CITY — On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Emil Brown hit a run-scoring single in the 13th inning as the Royals overcame a five-run deficit and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.