When Nebraska baseball plays at Bricktown Ballpark in Downtown Oklahoma City on Friday, it will be nostalgic for a program that saw many wins there as a member of the Big 12. When volunteer assistant coach Curtis Ledbetter was a senior, in 2005, the Huskers won their final of four Big 12 Tournament championships at Bricktown, which still hosts the annual tournament for Nebraska’s former conference. Nebraska face Connecticut in the first game of the Oklahoma City Regional. Oklahoma State will face Harvard in the first round. Top-seed Oklahoma State is the host, but the Cowboys’ home stadium in Stillwater is unplayable because of recent heavy rains. Friday’s first pitch will be at Noon, Pregame will begin at 11:30 a.m. on 1230 KHAS Radio.
Hastings 5 Points Bank beat Columbus 7-4 Wednesday night. Jacob Shaw started the game for Hastings. He went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and struck out seven. Josh Brooks was credited with the victory for the Hastings Seniors. He allowed one hit and one run over three innings, striking out two and walking one. JT Cafferty and Laif Hultine each had two hits. Hastings is now 3-0 and hosts Platteview at Duncan Field Thursday night. They also host a tournament Fri-Sun at Duncan.
Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes beat Columbus 11-7 last night in Columbus. Hastings continues undefeated at 6-0
The Hastings Sodbusters went on an offensive run last night in a 12-5 win over the Casper Horseheads. Eight of those runs came in bottom of the 7th. Grant Schmid went 3-4 with 2 doubles. Sodbusters have an off day today, they’ll travel to Fremont to start their first road trip of the season.
The Kansas City Royals lost to the White Sox 8-7 Wednesday Night in the Windy City. It completed the 3-game sweep by Chicago over KC. It drops the Royals even further in the AL Central standings. They are now 18-37 and 19.5 games back of division leader Minnesota. The Royals will try to regroup starting a 4-game series at Texas. Kansas City Royals can be heard on The Breeze 94.5. Pregame will begin at 6:30 p.m., first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
The Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors begin the best-of-7 NBA Finals Thursday. Game 1 tonight is north of the border in Toronto. Tipoff is at 8:00 p.m. and can be heard on ESPN Tri-Cities 1460/1550. Pregame begins at 7:00 p.m.
The St. Louis Blues tied up the Stanley Cup Finals with a 3-2 Overtime win Wednesday night. That evens the series with the Boston Bruins at 1 win each. Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored the winning goal 3:51 into Overtime to end it. Game 3 is Saturday night in St. Louis.