TORONTO — Roy Halladay made quick work of the worst team in baseball.
Halladay pitched his AL-leading third complete game of the season, and Toronto beat the struggling Kansas City Royals 3-1 on Tuesday night in game that took 1 hour, 44 minutes — the Blue Jays’ shortest of the season.
ST. LOUIS — Hee-Seop Choi hit a go-ahead, three-run home run after he withstood a collision that forced Scott Rolen to leave the game with a sprained left shoulder in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 9-8 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Jeff Kent also hit a home run, and Cesar Izturis had two hits and two RBIs, helping the Dodgers end a six-game losing streak at Busch Stadium, counting the first round of the postseason last year.
One day after a loss to Smith-Cotton — a team hovering around the .500 mark — the top-ranked Hickman baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday.
The Kewpies beat Wentzville Holt 7-3 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon in a battle of the top two Class 4 teams in Missouri.
The Columbia College softball team was eliminated from the NAIA Region V Tournament Tuesday in Springfield when the Cougars fell 2-1 to Evangel University.
The Cougars (47-17) aren’t necessarily finished for the season. Coach Wendy Spratt said she thinks the team has about an 85 percent chance of earning an at-large bid to the NAIA National Tournament. She said the team will have a clearer picture of its chances at a bid when updated national rankings are released today.
The Hickman boys’ tennis team made a successful trip to Hannibal on Tuesday, handing the Pirates a 6-3 loss in a tightly contested dual.
Five of the nine matches went to tiebreakers, with Hannibal winning all three singles tiebreakers. Hickman (4-10) won the two doubles tiebreakers to clinch the victory.
The Columbia College softball team lost its first game of the NAIA Region V Tournament on Monday, but won its next two to stay alive in the chase for a title and a berth in the national tournament.
The Cougars managed two hits in a 3-0 loss to McKendree in the opener. Monica Mueller suffered the loss allowing seven hits.
TORONTO — Josh Towers won his third straight start by pitching eight strong innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory against the struggling Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Russ Adams hit a two-run triple for the Blue Jays, swept in three of their previous four home series.
The Hickman girls’ soccer team is on a streak it hopes to ride all the way to the district finals.
After beating Rock Bridge and Jefferson City in the past two games, the Kewpies extended their winning streak to three, routing Smith-Cotton 9-0 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park.
All the elements of a road upset were in play Monday at Hickman Field, where the No. 1 team in the state hosted an eager district foe.
Although a lackluster Hickman team had trailed all game entering the final inning, no one short of the visitors and their fans believed the Kewpies would lose. But when Smith-Cotton right fielder Andre Smith hauled in a fly ball off the bat of Chris Barrett for the final out, the Tigers had a 6-5 win against Hickman.
As Mike Hermann, athletic director of Niagara University, read the schools selected for the NCAA Central Regional golf tournament Monday evening, a hushed silence came over the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena.
Members and friends of the Missouri men’s golf team waited eagerly to hear its name read among the 26 schools selected to compete in the tournament.
ST. LOUIS — Odalis Perez has to be Albert Pujols’ favorite pitcher. Any team Mark Mulder faces these days is his favorite opponent.
Pujols drove in four runs with two home runs off Perez, giving him four long balls against the left-handed Perez in 12 at-bats, and Mulder tied his career best with 12 strikeouts in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-2 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
LINCOLN, Neb. – The wind, the pitcher and his career statistics were against him, but Jesse Boyer still managed to win Sunday’s Missouri-Nebraska game with a home run.
Boyer hit the first home run by either team in the three-game series and the first of his career to deny No. 17 Missouri’s comeback and lift No. 7 Nebraska to a 6-5 victory in 11 innings at Hawks Field.
The Columbia College softball team is used to postseason competition.
The Cougars have qualified for the NAIA Region V Tournament every year since the tournament began in 2001, and have moved on to the national tournament the past three years.
Leanne Bowers was in unfamiliar territory during her first two at-bats Sunday.
Missouri coach Ty Singleton had flipped Bowers and usual No. 2 hitter Janessa Roening in the lineup in the Tigers’ 1-0 win against Nebraska at University Field, their last game of the regular season.
ST. LOUIS — After losing three straight for the first time all season, the St. Louis Cardinals left nothing to chance.
Scott Rolen had four RBIs, and David Eckstein had two hits and an RBI in an 11-run first inning as the Cardinals avoided a four-game sweep by beating the San Diego Padres 15-5 on Sunday.
BALTIMORE-Not much has gone right for the Kansas City Royals this season, and after they blew a seven-run lead against the Baltimore Orioles it appeared as if this game would be no different.
Then, for a welcome change, the Royals benefited from a disputed call.
The Missouri shotgun shooting club team was on the mark at the Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships on April 20-24 in San Antonio, Texas.
Missouri finished third out of 30 schools, and had four individual champions.
Chris Sanders sat on a patch of grass near a softball field, a game being played in the background.
Wearing a Missouri black and gold jersey and cap with gray baseball pants, Sanders began stretching his hamstrings to prepare for his first game with the Missouri United Methodist Church’s softball team.
Hickman lacrosse coach Jamie Mullen gets to keep his bragging rights.
Mullen and the Kewpies defeated the Rock Bridge Bruins 8-6 on Friday at Cosmopolitan Park to gain possession of the Golden Crosse, a gold-painted lacrosse stick that hangs from a plaque.
Columbia’s Bethel Park added eight tennis courts in 2002 and serves as the home of Rock Bridge tennis. Four years later, it’s one of the toughest places to play for opposing teams thanks to the senior class of 2005.
With three victories Saturday, Rock Bridge seniors Justin Winner, Kyle Kinderknecht, Matt Dresner, Dennis Smith and Andrew Darkow concluded their regular-season careers at Bethel Park undefeated. Their victories against Lindbergh, Kirkwood and Blue Valley North in the North Central Missouri Invitational improved their home record to 17-0 this season and 45-0 in their careers.