KANSAS CITY – Carlos Beltran and Mendy Lopez made sure Opening Day won’t be one Kansas City fans will soon forget.
With the Royals trailing 7-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, Lopez hit a tying three-run home run, and Beltran hit a winning two-run blast as Kansas City defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-7 on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.
There isn’t as much fanfare. There isn’t as much name recognition.
That hasn’t stopped junior Tony Palmer, a weakside guard, from talking big about Missouri’s offensive line.
Late in Hickman’s game against Helias, Kewpies goalie Bess Frissel-Durley caught the ball after a long clear by the Crusaders.
It was the first time a Hickman keeper touched the ball in the second half and one of three times in the game.
Jeff Pope didn’t need the round of his life to beat some of the best golfers in the state in Monday’s Columbia Classic. He needed two consistent rounds.
Pope, a Rock Bridge senior, shot a 1-over-par 71 to win the Columbia Classic at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Pope shot a 35 and a 36 despite missing seven birdie putts, including five on his last nine holes.
Missouri’s momentum came from the top down Sunday.
At the start of every inning, the Tigers’ batters got on base. The steady stream of runners produced early runs, letting the Tigers coast to a 5-0 victory against Oklahoma State.
Missouri pitchers were glad to see Baylor third baseman Michael Griffin get on the bus back to Waco.
After hitting two home runs Saturday, Griffin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of the Bears’ 9-6 win Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Baylor (12-8, 4-5) won the series 2-1, with Missouri (21-8-1, 2-4) taking Friday’s game.
When a team is as hot as Hickman is, playing two games in one day does not seem like a bad idea.
In less than six hours Sunday at Cosmopolitan Park, Hickman scored more goals than it had in the previous four games.
Some of the state’s best high school golfers will take a break from ordinary competition at 9 a.m. today in the Columbia Classic at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.
Hickman and Rock Bridge will host 17 boys’ teams including DeSmet, last year’s state champion in Class 4, and Chaminade, the runner-up. Chaminade boasts individual state champion Zach Pranger.
The Missouri women’s golf team won the Indiana Invitational on Sunday in Bloomington.
Missouri was second heading into the final day, but shot a 296 to total 908 and beat Michigan State by 13 strokes.
After meeting with NCAA officials last week in Indianapolis, MU representatives were told that the investigation into Missouri’s men’s basketball program is wrapping up.
Michael Devaney, the MU engineering professor leading the school’s investigation, said the meeting was an opportunity for the two parties to share evidence and discuss the allegations. It was the second face-to-face meeting in Indianapolis between MU and the NCAA since December.
Terry Dunscombe biked 15 hours last week. He ran for three hours and swam for two. He also spent hours in the gym lifting weights. He did about 1,500 stomach crunches and attended a pilates class.
Not bad for a 67-year-old man.
After two weeks of struggles, the Hickman offense finally found what it had been looking for, the back of the net.
The Kewpies defeated Pembroke Hill 10-5 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Rock Bridge’s Chris Johnson was two saves away from having two shutouts.
Johnson, the goalie for Rock Bridge’s lacrosse team, helped his team defeat Fox 6-1 and Olathe 12-1 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park. The Bruins improved to 2-1.
Missouri right fielder James Boone watched more balls go over his head than into his glove Saturday at Taylor Stadium.
A strong wind allowed Baylor to hit five home runs to right field in its 15-9 win against Missouri, tying the three-game series at 1.
What Rock Bridge used for its profit nearly cost it a season-opening loss.
After several Blue Springs South errors gave the Bruins a fourth-inning lead, they responded in kind, committing a few. Rock Bridge held on and beat the short-handed Jaguars 4-3 on Saturday at Rock Bridge Stadium.
Erin Kalka pitched enough innings for two softball games Saturday.
She pitched a complete game as Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 3-2 in 14 innings at University Field in a Big 12 Conference game.
Blake Tekotte didn’t expect to see a left-handed pitcher for Iberia, but nothing bothered him once he stepped up to hit.
Behind Tekotte’s three hits, Hickman opened its season with a 6-1 win against Iberia on Friday at Hickman.
The optimistic Missouri football fan could look at Saturday’s scrimmage as a solid defensive display.
Defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson recovered a fumble and Jason Simpson, James Kinney and Travis Cardoza intercepted passes. With points awarded for everything from sacks, turnovers and tackles for loss to first downs and forced three-and-outs, the defense led by more than 30 at times and won 67-50.
Missouri’s first match on the outdoor tennis courts at Green Tennis Center was also the last home match for Lucie Ruskova and the Missouri seniors. Ruskova wasn’t about to let Big 12 Conference opponent Nebraska spoil either occasion.
In No. 6 singles, Ruskova rallied from a set down in the final match to defeat Nebraska’s Katie Garcia and give the Tigers a 4-3 win Saturday.
Krista Viefhaus decided that 10 innings of softball were enough.
Viefhaus’ home run in extra innings in the first game helped Columbia College sweep a doubleheader from Lindenwood University on Thursday at Columbia College.