Bubba Starling is being called up to join the active 25 man roster for the Kansas City Royals. Starling turned down a football scholarship at Nebraska to play professional baseball. The former first round pick is enjoying his best overall minor league season, hitting .310 in 72 games for Omaha, with 11 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 38 RBI. Starling has hit .355 clip in his last eight games with the Storm Chasers.
Former Husker James Palmer Junior had another solid outing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas last night. Palmer had 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals as Phoenix beat San Antonio 79-78. Palmer is averaging 17.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in the summer league so far. Husker teammate Isaiah Roby scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting as the Dallas Mavericks defeated Croatia 79-71. Roby is averaging 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
Spearfish beat the Hastings Sodbusters 7-6 last night at Black Hills Energy Stadium. Hastings starting pitcher Trey Kissack threw five innings and gave up four runs and six hits. Kissack struck out five and walked two. Austin Oblas was the losing pitcher. Carlos Pineyro had two hits and two rbi’s for the Sodbusters. Hastings is now 17-23 on the season and will play Spearfish again tonight at 6:35pm.
Trey Kissack, Grant Schmidt and Matt Hess have been selected to represent the Hastings Sodbusters in the 2nd annual Expedition League All Star Game on July 16th in Minot, North Dakota. Kissack is the reigning Expedition League Pitcher of the Year who is 3-2 in seven starts this season. Schmidt is hitting .302 with 7 home runs and 36 RBI’s in 34 games this season. Hess is 4-1 in seven starts this year with an ERA of 2.93.
Hastings Five Points Bank split a doubleheader with Lincoln Southeast last night in Lincoln. Hastings won the first game 5-4. Riley Eckhardt was the winning pitcher. Ashton Valentine had three hits and an rbi. Lincoln Southeast scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Hastings 3-2 in the nightcap. Michael Shaw was the losing pitcher. JT Cafferty had two hits. Hastings is now 25-10 on the season and will host the Johnny Hopp Tournament this weekend.
Justin Musgrave drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Hastings Johnson Imperial Homes a 3-2 victory over Lincoln Southeast last night in the first game of a doubleheader at Duncan Field. Musgrave finished with three rbi’s. Braden Kalvelage had two hits. Jacob Eckhardt was the winning pitcher. Brayden Mackey threw a two hitter in the nightcap as Hastings beat Lincoln Southeast 8-0 in five innings. Mackey struck out three and walked five. Beau Dreher had two hits and three rbi’s for JIH. Hastings is now 33-7 on the season and will play at Grand Island on Saturday.
In other action, Lincoln Southwest took a pair of games from Kearney Post 52, 11-6 and 11-3. Kearney is now 21-16 and will play in the Omaha Westside Tournament this weekend.
MLB> Major League Baseball begins the second half of the season tonight as Houston will play at Texas. The Kansas City Royals will come off of the All Star break tomorrow night with a game against Detroit. The Royals are 30-61 on the season. Game time will be at 7:15pm. Pre-game show begins at 6:30pm on “The Breeze,” KLIQ 94.5FM.
NFL> Running back Melvin Gordon has informed the Los Angeles Chargers that unless he receives a new contract, he will not report to training camp and he will demand a trade. Gordon is scheduled to be heading into the last year of his contract, a fifth-year option worth $5.6 million. Todd Gurley, David Johnson and Le’Veon Bell have all received new deals during the offseason and Gordon wants to be added to that list.
FOOTBALL> Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer and former Florida and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier will coach in the Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 18, 2020, at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium. The Polynesian Bowl is a high school all-star game featuring 100 of the top seniors in the nation. The 2020 rosters have already been set, and are comprised of players from across the country, leaning heavily on Hawaii and the West Coast for talent.