TUESDAY, JULY 8:
Baseball: Renner @ Bombers Black, DH, 4:00pm, Mickelson Field
Brookings 'Chutes @ Sioux Falls East, DH, 5:00pm, Harmodon Park
Bombers Maroon @ Yankton, DH, 5:00pm, Riverside Park
Brandon Valley @ Brookings Bandits, 6:30pm, Bob Shelden Field
**Brookings "Friend of Baseball" Award to be presented before the game
Bombers Gray @ West Central 14s, 7:00pm
Little League Minors Games (5:30, Four Fields Complex)
-- Cardinals vs. Cubs
-- Giants vs. Royals
-- Rockies vs. Twins
Little League Majors Games (7:00, Four Fields Complex)
-- CF Promo vs. First Bank & Trust
-- Bravo's vs. Century 21
-- Pizza Ranch vs. Superior Homes
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9:
Baseball: Bryant @ Aurora A’s, 8:00pm
Volga Post 114 @ Garretson
Sioux Falls West @ Bombers Maroon, DH, 4:00pm, Mickelson Field
Watertown @ Bullets, DH, 5:00pm, Bob Shelden Field
BANDITS…The race between Brookings and Aberdeen for top seed in the American Legion baseball region comes down to one game, after the teams split Monday in Aberdeen.
Brookings won the opener 12-6, but the Smitty’s answered with an 11-1, five-inning win.
Corey Roach went the distance to win the opener, and aided his cause with a double. Seth Fraser doubled and homered, while Carter Roach added a triple.
Aberdeen broke open the nighcap with three runs in the fourth, and five more in the sixth. Jordan Lerdal started, giving way to Cody Shepardson and Kyle Krogman in the sixth.
VOLGA LEGION… Volga Post 114 scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to complete an 8-7 comeback victory and salvage a doubleheader split with Castlewood/Clear Lake Monday night.
Jake Larson pitched six innings earning the win, allowing seven runs with seven strikeouts. Austin Chase earned the save. Hunter Tietjen and Ethan Kurka each had a pair of base hits.
Jackson Feyerisen took the loss for Castlewood/Clear Lake, allowing five runs over 5 2/3 innings. Derek Kjenstad took the loss pitching the final 1 1/3 innings. Ben Shay, Justin Cassels, Adam Ching and Grant Fodness had doubles.
Castlewood/Clear Lake broke open the first game of the doubleheader scoring four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning and went on to a 10-2 win – eight of the runs were unearned.
Lucas Ching and Blayne Schliesman led Castlewood/Clear Lake each hitting a double. Justin Cassels and Adam Ching each added two RBI for the visitors. Volga Post 114 got a pair of doubles from Jake Larson. Kyler Krogh added an RBI double. Krogh took the loss pitching six innings allowing six runs.
WATCH ZENNER… South Dakota State University running back Zach Zenner is one of 20 players named to the initial watch list for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network.
Zenner is the only two-time finalist in the initial pool of players being considered for the award. Zenner placed seventh in the balloting in 2012 and sixth in 2013. The watch list will be updated periodically during the 2014 season, with the Walter Payton Award to be presented for the 28th time on Dec. 15.
During the 2013 season, Zenner became only the second player in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards in two separate seasons, gaining 2,015 yards and scoring 25 touchdows — 23 rushing, two receiving — as the Jackrabbits made a return trip to the postseason. He burst onto the FCS scene in 2012 by leading the nation in rushing with 2,044 yards — an average of 157.2 yards per game.
Zenner leads all active FCS players with 4,529 career rushing yards and 5,871 career all-purpose yards. His all-purpose yards mark already is a Missouri Valley Football Conference record, while his rushing total is 218 away from a league record.
NCAA CONTACT LIMITS… The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.
Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change "in real time" rather than rules passed through legislation.
The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football.
The NCAA is also suggesting that schools have independent doctors to evaluate injuries and a "return to learn" process for integrating athletes back into their academic work after they have been diagnosed with a concussion.
The Safety in College Football Summit was in Atlanta in January.
HEINRICH OBIT…A South Dakota State basketball standout of the early 1970’s has died.
Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont, Minnesota in Fairmont, Minnesota says Rod Heinrich died last Wednesday at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, at age 63.
Heinrich was a first-team All-State performer at Fairmont. He came to SDSU and led the Jacks to the Division II Elite Eight in 1971 and 1972.
Heinrich was involved with the Fairmont Baseball Association, and was a member of the Minnesota State High School Basketball Coaches Association.
NAUGHTY ANNOUNCERS… A Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers contending they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.
Andrew Robert Rector admits in court documents he "napped" during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but says commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an "avalanche of disparaging words" against him. The suit says they used words like "fatty" and "stupid."
Rector says he suffered "substantial injury" to his "character and reputation" and "mental anguish, loss of future income and loss of earning capacity."
The lawsuit filed in Bronx Supreme Court also names ESPN, Major League Baseball and the Yankees as defendants. They didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.