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K-Heart Sports - Thursday - 06/27/19 - Morning Edition

The North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association have handed out their year end awards for college sports....

    FARGO, ND - The North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association have handed out their year end awards for college sports.

Male Team - North Dakota State Football

    Loaded with 24 seniors, the Bison rolled to a 15-0 record - outscoring its opponents 41.5-12.6. NDSU surpassed Georgia Southern for the most titles in FCS history - becoming the fifth FCS team to finish an undefeated season as national champions, joining the 2013 Bison team. The Bison defeated Eastern Washington 38-24 in the national championship game, claiming their seventh national title in the last eight years.

    Other finalists: North Dakota State Basketball, Jamestown Basketball

Male Athlete - Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State Track & Field / Jay Liggins, Dickinson State Football

    Otterdahl, a senior from Rosemount, Minn., swept the NCAA Division I indoor titles in the shot put and weight throw and added a runner-up finish in the discus and fourth place in the shot put at the outdoor championships. Otterdahl was named the United States Track and Field Coaches Association national men's indoor field athlete of the year, after setting the all-time collegiate record in the shot put. He has also been named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman - the highest honor in collegiate track and field.

    Liggins, a Bismarck High School graduate, is a two-time NAIA All-American defensive back who signed a free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-foot, 200-pounder finished his Dickinson State career with 14 intercpetions, including 8 during his senior season. He set a single-game record with four interceptions against Northwestern (Iowa).

    Other finalists: Easton Stick, North Dakota State Football

Male Coach - Chris Klieman, North Dakota State Football

    Klieman guided the Bison to a 15-0 record and a Football Championship Subdivision title. Under Klieman, who would later leave NDSU to become the head coach at Kansas State, the Bison were 69-6 with four national titles in five years and 112-8 with seven titles in eight years since he joined the program as an assistant.

    Other finalists: Dave Richman, North Dakota State Basketball; Justin St. Clair, North Dakota State Track & Field

Female Team - Valley City State Softball

    Valley City State's record season included 54 wins - shattering the old school record of 40 - and the program's third appearance at the NAIA World Series. The Vikings set more than a dozen team or individual records and won the North Star Athletic Association regular-season championship and the NSAA tournament championship. They won the NAIA opening-round championship before advancing to the World Series in Springfield, Mo. Valley City finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country - the highest ranking in program history.

    Other finalists: North Dakota State Softball

Female Athlete - Emily Smith, Valley City State Softball

    Smith, a junior pitcher from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, was named an NAIA second-team All-American who helped guide the Vikings to the NAIA World Series. Smith set a new school record for wins after posting a 33-1 record. Smith had a 1.18 earned run average and struck out 262 batters in 195.2 innings. Smith finished the season ranked third in the nation in wins, ninth in opponent batting average (.177) and ninth in earned run average. At the plate, she batted .398 with 10 doubles and 30 RBIs.

    Other finalists: Akealy Moton, North Dakota State Track & Field

Female Coach - Mike Mook, Valley City State Softball

    Mook, in his fourth season as Valley City State's head coach, guided the Vikings to a 54-5 record and an appearance in the NAIA World Series. The 54 wins shattered the old school record of 40. The Vikings finished the season ranked No. 6 in the country - the highest ranking in program history. Mook's Vikings went 39-12 in 2018, 21-31 in 2017 and 40-13 in 2016. A native of Boscobel, Wis., Mook was an assistant coach at Augustana (S.D.) before coming to Valley City State. Mook, a Winona State graduate, was the head coach at Hastings (Minn.) High School from 2005 to 2008.

    Other finalists: Shauna Kemp, Jamestown Wrestling; Darren Mueller, North Dakota State Softball


    MINOT, ND - Both the Vistas and Metros were in action yesterday splitting their doubleheaders.

American Legion Baseball
    Class AA
            Minot Vistas 1, West Fargo Patriots 0
            West Fargo Patriots 6, Minot Vistas 5

            Bismarck Governors 1, Williston Keybirds 0
            Bismarck Governors 6, Williston Keybirds 3

    Class A
            Minot Metros 3, Mandan A's 2
            Mandan A's 11, Minot Metros 5

    Class B
            Velva 6, Bottineau 5

            Hazen 10, Stanley 5



    MINOT, ND - The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs win their second straight against the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks with the final score of 5-3. Phillip Childs led the Dogs going 4-for-5 , an RBI, two runs and he stole four bases. Sabre Dogs will go for the sweep against the Whiskey Jacks tonight at 7:05 pm at Corbett Field.



     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nelson Cruz had three hits for Minnesota, including the go-ahead, three-run, two-out double after Tampa Bay starter Charlie Morton left in the seventh inning to lead the Twins past the Rays 6-4 on Wednesday night.
     Taylor Rogers recorded the last four outs for his 10th save, and the Twins beat the Rays for the fifth straight time.
     Cruz, who had 373 career home runs and turns 39 on Monday, beat out an infield single that died in the grass halfway up the third-base line during a three-run first against Morton (8-2). His last hit was more in form, a crushed line drive off Emilio Pagan with an exit velocity of 108 mph that landed in deep center field.
     The seventh-inning rally was fueled by an error on Morton that could've easily been charged to first baseman Ji-Man Choi, who fumbled a grounder when he popped up too soon in anticipation of a double play. Morton, the American League ERA leader, dropped the toss by Choi to first. Then Rays manager Kevin Cash went to the bullpen one batter later.
     Twins starter Jake Odorizzi squandered his 3-0 lead, when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Tommy Pham went deep to tie the game in the sixth. Odorizzi was removed one batter later. Trevor May (3-1) allowed a solo shot to Willy Adames in the seventh, but the momentum didn't last long for the struggling Rays. They are just 10-16 since beating the Twins 14-3 at home on May 30.
     Eddie Rosario and C.J. Cron hit RBI singles in the first, and Rosario later raced home on Morton's wild pitch. The basepaths weren't as kind to Rosario in the third, when he sprained his left ankle while trying to turn a single into a double. The Twins were already fielding a lineup without fellow starting outfielders Byron Buxton and Max Kepler and multi-position player Marwin Gonzalez, another regular.
     Twins: Kepler began on the bench with swelling in his bruised right elbow, stemming from a pitch that hit him in the previous game, but he entered in the eighth inning for defense. ... Buxton was still testing his bruised right wrist that has sidelined him for the last 11 games, with the possibility remaining of a short rehab assignment in the minors before he returns to the lineup.
     UP NEXT
     Rays: The starter for the series finale was to be determined following the game, with the possibility of using an opener out of the bullpen.
     Twins: LHP Martin Perez will take the mound on this afternoon. He's 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 24 innings over his last five turns.


     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Vanderbilt has captured its second College World Series title in its four appearances, and first since 2014. Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts as the Commodores clobbered Michigan, 8-2. Hickman struck out 10 in six innings and limited the Wolverines to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game. Pat DeMarco homered for Vandy.



     UNDATED (AP) - The New York Yankees have continued their major league-record home run streak, but they needed a walk-off single to dispose of the Toronto Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon.

     Gleyber Torres lined a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Yankees' 8-7 victory against the Jays. Torres came through after Zack Britten gave up Cavan Biggio's RBI single in the ninth that made it 7-all.

     Didi Gregorius and DJ LeMahieu went deep as the Yankees extended their home run streak to 29 games before traveling to London to face the Red Sox.

     Boston also blew a ninth-inning lead, but they couldn't rally after Jose Abreu crushed a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of Fenway Park to give the White Sox an 8-7 victory. Abreu had three hits and four RBIs for Chicago, which had leads of 3-0, 5-2 and 6-4 before the Red Sox scored three in the eighth.

     J.D. Martinez slammed a two-run homer and also had an RBI double for the Red Sox.

     Elsewhere around the majors:

     - Nelson Cruz had three hits, including the go-ahead, three-run double with two out in the seventh inning to lead the Twins past the Rays, 6-4. Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi squandered a 3-0 lead when Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Tommy Pham went deep to tie the game in the sixth. The Twins beat Tampa Bay for the fifth straight time and maintained their 8 1/2-game lead over Cleveland atop the AL Central.

     - The Indians picked up a 5-3 win over the Royals behind Trevor Bauer, who struck out a season-high 12 while holding Kansas City to one run and three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Bauer matched a career high by throwing 127 pitches and didn't allow a hit until rookie Humberto Arteaga singled with two out in the fifth. Jake Bauers and Tyler Naquin homered off Jakob Junis (JOO'-nihs) in the fourth.

     - Houston's lead in the AL West is down to 5 1/2 games over Texas after Josh Bell, Corey Dickerson and rookie Dario Agrazal led the Pirates' 14-2 laugher over the Astros. Bell hit his 21st homer and Dickerson went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as Pittsburgh handed the Astros their eighth loss in 10 games. Agrazal threw six innings of five-hit ball to earn his first major league win.

     - Mike Minor tossed a five-hitter in his second complete game of the year to guide the Rangers past the Tigers, 4-1. Willie Calhoun, Jeff Mathis and Danny Santana homered in the fifth inning as Texas moved a season-high eight games over .500. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd struck out 11 and gave up only five hits over seven innings, but the three home runs sent the Tigers to the 19th loss in their last 21 home games.

     - Daniel Mengden notched his first victory since May 18 by limiting the Cardinals to four hits over six innings of Oakland's 2-0 shutout at St. Louis. Beau Taylor and Matt Chapman homered off Adam Wainwright, who gave up five other hits while fanning nine over 6 2/3 innings. The Redbirds have been shut out three times in their last 14 games.

     - Dallas Keuchel picked up his first win in two starts with the Braves by working into the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Cubs. Nick Markakis belted a three-run homer and Brian McCann added a solo shot to help the Braves keep their 5 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs, whose lead in the NL Central remains one game over Milwaukee.

     - J.P. Crawford drove in three runs and the Mariners claimed their third straight win by dumping the Brewers, 4-2. Crawford put Seattle on the board with an RBI double in the first inning and then made it a 3-0 game with a run-scoring triple in the second. Ben Gamel hit an inside-the-park homer for Milwaukee, which has dropped seven of nine.

     - The Dodgers lost the rubber match of their three-game series in Phoenix as Eduardo Escobar's three-run home gave Arizona a four-run lead in the first inning of an 8-2 thumping of the NL West leaders. Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run double and pitcher Taylor Clarke allowed two runs and three hits over five innings. Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger cracked his 26th home run of the season, tying him for fourth-most before the All-Star break in franchise history.

     - David Dahl hit a go-ahead grand slam in the third inning and had a career-high five RBIs as the Rockies beat the Giants, 6-3. German (hehr-MAHN') Marquez improved to 8-3 despite yielding three runs and seven hits over five innings, including Pablo Sandoval's home run. Wade Davis finished for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

     - The Phillies stormed back from a 4-0 deficit and beat the Mets, 5-4 on an RBI double by Jay Bruce in the bottom of the 10th. Jean Segura had three RBIs, including a game-tying, two-run single in the seventh. Jason Vargas struck out 10 over 6 1/3 innings and left with a 4-1 lead before New York's bullpen imploded.

     - Matt Adams smacked a three-run homer and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') drove in a pair as the Nationals knocked off the Marlins, 7-5 for their seventh win in nine games. Patrick Corbin pitched seven solid innings and snapped a four-game road losing streak, yielding one run and three hits with nine strikeouts.

     - The Padres completed a two-game sweep of Baltimore as Franmil Reyes hit two of San Diego's five homers and Eric Hosmer drove in four runs to lead a 10-5 rout. Greg Garcia got the long ball barrage started with a two-run drive in the second inning off Dylan Bundy. Hosmer and Hunter Renfroe also went deep for the Padres, who are back at .500 following their first road sweep since taking a two-game set in Seattle last September.

     - Justin Bour homered twice and Mike Trout scored the tiebreaking run on a grounder in the eighth inning of the Angels' 5-1 win against the Reds. David Fletcher supplied the go-ahead ground ball before Bour launched a three-run blast. Shohei Ohtani went 3 for 3 with a walk as Los Angeles won for the sixth time in nine games to climb over the .500 mark.



     UNDATED (AP) - Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is back on the 10-day injured list after straining his right now while making a headfirst slide during the first inning of Monday's win over the Blue Jays. The roster move comes barely a week after he returned from a series of setbacks that kept him out of action for almost three months. New York manager Aaron Boone said it's likely Stanton will be sidelined for longer than 10 days.

     In other MLB news:

     - Shohei Ohtani has taken another significant step in his return to pitching for the Angels next season. Ohtani threw 40 pitches off a mound and made 70 additional throws on flat ground Wednesday. It was the first time he threw off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

     - Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario was removed from Wednesday's game due to a sprained left ankle. Rosario produced his second hit of the night against Tampa Bay before stumbling in a wide turn around first base as he tried to hustle for a double.

     - The Diamondbacks have reinstated one-time All-Star infielder Jake Lamb from the 10-day injured list. Lamb played in just five games before being shelved with a strained left quadriceps on April 3. Lamb had been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno.

     - The Royals have reinstated Eric Skoglund and sent him to Triple-A Omaha after the left-hander served an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use. Right-hander Brad Boxberger was designated for assignment, and left-hander Tim Hill was recalled from Omaha for the third time season.

     - The Tigers have recalled infielder Jeimer Candelario from Triple-A Toledo. Candelario was Detroit's opening-day starter at third base, but he hit just .179 in 42 games before his demotion.

     - An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game between the Cubs and Astros says she suffered a skull fracture. The attorney says the girl had bleeding and swelling in her brain as well as a brain contusion after she was hit during the May 29 game in Houston. He says she had a seizure at a hospital and is taking medication to prevent more seizures.



     TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol has exercised his one-year player option for next season. The value is approximately $25.6 million, marking the final year of a five-year contract Gasol signed with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2015. Had the 34-year-old Spaniard not accepted prior to the Thursday, he would have become a free agent on Sunday.



   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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