KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Drew Butera hit a tiebreaking, three-run inside-the-park home run when center fielder Jake Cave failed in his attempt to make a diving catch in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday to take three in a row from the Twins and complete their first series sweep in a year. Kansas City had not swept a series since last July 24-26 at Detroit, part of a nine-game winning streak. The Royals, who are 30-68, matched their longest
CHIPPEWA FALLS – Eau Claire Pizza Hut/Post 53 scored three runs in the first inning without the aid of a base hit. It was an indication of what was ahead. Getting unexpected help, Pizza Hut jumped out to a 10-run lead and coasted to a 13-5 win over Chippewa Falls Post 77 in a battle of unbeatens in the American Legion AAA regional Sunday afternoon at George Gannon Family Field in Casper Park. The win puts Pizza Hut (23-7) into the driver’s seat going into today’s 4 p.m.
EAU CLAIRE (13) Zac Stange, ss, 4-2-2-2, Mitch Froehlich, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Ryan Venne, 3b, 3-2-0-1, Ethan Kjellberg, 1b, 5-2-2-1, Cooper Kapanke, dh, 3-2-0-0, Jaxon Kostka, cf, 4-1-1-2, Jaelin Williams, rf, 4-1-4-2, Kas Palzkill, lf, 3-1-1-0, Joe Feck, c, 4-1-1-1. Totals 33-13-12-8. CHIPPEWA FALLS (5) Lucas Steinmetz, cf, 4-0-1-0, Luke Franz, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Dane Weiland, c, 4-1-2-0, Nolan Hutzler, ss, 4-1-1-2, Nate Hayes, 1b, 3-1-1-0, Couper Fosvik, dh, 4-0-1-0, Tristan Hable, rf, 4-1-1-1, Luke
MIAMI — Tony Sparano once beat Bill Belichick with the single wing, but wasn’t as old as that made him sound. Sparano was only 56 when he died unexpectedly Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings announced his death in a statement that did not provide a cause. He had been the Vikings’ offensive line coach since 2016. The most memorable moment in Sparano’s 19-year NFL coaching career came in 2008, when he was a rookie head coach with the Miami Dolphins, inheriting a team that
The Eau Claire 17-and-under Legion team won 6-3 over Manitowoc on Sunday at the state tournament in Plover. Eau Claire and Manitowoc were tied 3-all headed to the seventh inning before Eau Claire busted out for three runs to win it. Luke Olson was 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while Jaxon Vance also collected three hits. Jackson Falkner got the win on the mound after throwing seven innings, giving up eight hits, three runs, two earned while walking two and striking out four.
Chippewa Falls girls basketball player Caelan Givens announced on her Twitter account Sunday that she had verbally committed to play college hoops at UW-Green Bay beginning in the 2020-21 season. The Cards junior-to-be averaged 19.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and three assists per game as Chi-Hi earned a share of the Big Rivers title during her sophomore campaign. She was a first-team All-Northwest selection by the Leader-Telegram last winter. She’s a versatile guard who primarily handles the
The Eau Claire Express bats went cold on Saturday night in a 7-1 loss to Mankato on the road. Eau Claire mustered six hits, and scored its lone run in the eighth inning on an RBI single by Eau Claire North grad Adam LaRock. Devon Garcia, who went 2-for-4, was the only Express player to have a multi-hit game. The Express couldn’t solve MoonDogs starter Jarod Wright, who pitched seven scoreless innings to get the win. Mankato pulled away by scoring four times in the fifth inning, with a
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Jaelin Williams feels Eau Claire Pizza Hut/Post 53 has regained its hitting stride. “As a team we hit a lot better today,” said the right fielder. “We hit the way we should’ve hit the rest of the season. We’re in a groove.” Pizza Hut (22-7) gets a chance to prove that today when they meet Chippewa Falls Post 77 in a battle of unbeatens at 4 p.m. in the AAA Legion regional at Casper Park. Eau Claire advanced with a 10-0 win over La
Horseshoes Tavern League July 18 Results: Fox Run def. Bateman 11-5, Frog Hop def. Sandbar 11-5, Eagles tied Charlies 8-8, Liner tied Brown Hut 8-8. High ringers: Randy Luedtke 41, Jimmy Gwiazdon 40, Tom Machnik 36, Randy Barnes 36, Josh Welke 35, Dick Pagenkopf 34, Roger Hargrave 33, Moose Steinmetz 32, John Reiter 32, Cathy Albrecht 30, Jeff Kunz 30. Standings: Liner 108-52, Fox Run 97-63, Brown Hunt 85-73, Frog Hop 84-76, Bateman 78-82, Eagles 77-83, Charlies 64-76, Sandbar 47-113.
EAU CLAIRE 10, LA CROSSE 0 EAU CLAIRE (10) AB-R-H-RBI: Zac Stange, ss, 4-1-2-1, Mitch Froehlich, 2b, 3-0-1-0, Tanner Halvorson, dh, 3-1-1-0, Ethan Kjellberg, 1b, 3-1-1-3, Jaxon Kostka, cf, 4-2-2-0, Jaelin Williams, rf, 3-2-3-3, Kas Palzkill, lf, 3-2-1-0, Jack Brown, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Cole Lekvin, c, 3-1-2-0; Draeson Marcoux, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 28-10-13-7. LA CROSSE (0) Brandon Merfeld, cf, 3-0-1-0, Jacob Savodelli, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Nick Schlicht, ss/p, 2-0-0-0, John Savodelli, 2b, 2-0-1-0, Kyle