Bubak Reopens Recruitment, Decommits From Nebraska

huskers logoThe top ranked prospect in the state of Nebraska for the class of 2016 may not end up in Lincoln afterall. 2016 tight end Jared Bubak of Lincoln Christian had originally committed to the Huskers under Bo Pelini’s staff and has decided to reopen his recruitment.

Although Bubak could still ultimately sign with Nebraska, the leading candidate to land the 6-4, 240 pound tight end appears to be Arizona State.

Wilkie, Appleton Selected In Round 6 of NHL Draft

Chris Wilkie

Chris Wilkie

Mason Appleton

Mason Appleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNRISE, Fla. – Tri-City Storm forwards Chris Wilkie and Mason Appleton were both selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft Saturday, contributing to a record-setting day for the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Wilkie was picked No. 162 overall by the Florida Panthers,  while Appleton was taken just six picks later at No. 168 by the Winnipeg Jets.

In his third USHL season, Wilkie tied a team record with 35 goals and led the Storm with 55 points. The Omaha native was named to the All-USHL Second Team at the conclusion of the year and will play for the University of North Dakota next season.

Appleton concluded his first USHL season with 40 points on 12 goals and 28 assists in 54 games. The Green Bay native is headed to play at Michigan State in the fall.

A total of 43 players who have spent time in the USHL were selected by NHL teams over the weekend. In addition, 36 players in the league during the 2014-15 season were picked, which is the most in USHL history.

Tri-City Storm season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Viaero Event Center Box Office at308.338.8011.

Guthrie gets 1,000th strikeout in Royals’ 5-3 win over A’s

kc-royalsOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie struck out a season-high seven batters in six innings and Salvador Perez homered to help the Kansas City Royals complete a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 5-3 victory on Sunday.

Omar Infante hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run sixth inning for the Royals, who have won five of six to open a nine-game road trip.

After winning two of three in Seattle, Kansas City swept the A’s for the first time since 2008.

Guthrie (6-5) allowed two runs and topped 1,000 career strikeouts. The Royals bullpen did the rest with Wade Davis pitching the ninth for his ninth save in as many chances.

Jesse Chavez (4-7) was hurt by an error by third baseman Max Muncy in Kansas City’s three-run sixth inning as Oakland lost its third straight following a season-long five-game winning streak.

Bumgarner pitches, hits Giants to 6-3 win

colorado-rockiesSAN FRANCISO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched into the eighth inning and hit his eighth career homer, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Sunday.

Buster Posey drove in three runs for San Francisco, and Matt Duffy was a single short of the cycle. Brandon Crawford connected for his 10th homer, matching his career-best total from last season.

Bumgarner (8-4) allowed two runs on Nolan Arenado’s 23rd homer in the first and five hits in 7 2/3 innings. He also belted a solo shot in the seventh and recorded his 1,000th career strikeout.

First Nationals Split Home Doubleheader with Lincoln High

np first nationalsNorth Platte Senior Legion split a home doubleheader with Lincoln High on Saturday afternoon at Bill Wood Field. North Platte (25-12) won game one 11-3 and Lincoln High was able to force the split with a 7-5 win in game two.

The First Nationals close out their home slate for 2015 on Tuesday night hosting Grand Island for a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 pm.

The Junior Legion won both games of a doubleheader against Lincoln High on Friday night at home. The Junior First Nationals won game one 6-3 and picked up a 12-8 victory in game two.

The Juniors are on the road Tuesday evening to face Grand Island in a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 pm.

Young bounces back in Royals’ 3-2 win over A’

kc-royalsOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Young bounced back from his worst start of the season to pitch six innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Saturday.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run single in the sixth off Scott Kazmir (4-5) that erased a 2-1 deficit. The Royals won for the fourth time in five games on their road trip.

Young (7-3) allowed four hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out four.

That was in stark contrast to Young’s previous start against Boston when he was tagged for seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.

Sam Fuld doubled for the A’s, who were wearing throwback uniforms from 1965 when the franchise was in Kansas City. Oakland has lost two straight after a season-high, five-game winning streak.

For the second consecutive game these two bitter rivals played without incident. When they played in Kansas City in April, all three games were marred by bench-clearing dustups.

Posey, Susac power Giants to 7-5 victory

colorado-rockiesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey drove in two runs, and Andrew Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Matt Duffy added three hits, including a home run, for the Giants, who won three games in a homestand for the first time since sweeping the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 19-21.

Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI double and Wilin Rosario added two hits and drove in a run for the Rockies, who had won five of their previous six games.

George Kontos (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Rafael Betancourt (2-3), making his second appearance since being activated from the disabled list, gave up Susac’s hit

Arenado, Gonzalez power Rockies to 8-6 win over Giants

colorado-rockiesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a pair of home runs and had four RBIs, Carlos Gonzalez matched his career high with five hits and the Colorado Rockies held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Friday night.

Ben Paulsen had three hits and added a two-run single for the Rockies, who won their fifth in six games after losing eight of nine.

Chad Bettis (4-2) won his second start despite giving up his fourth home run in his past 17 1/3 innings. Bettis allowed three runs and six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Andrew Susac hit a home run for the Giants, who have lost three of their last five. Tim Hudson (5-7) took a shutout into the sixth inning, but Arenado’s 21st homer ended it.

The Giants scored three times in the ninth against Tommy Kahnle to make things interesting.

Morales, Gordon power Royals past A’s

kc-royalsOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon homered to back Edinson Volquez, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Friday night.

Unlike when these two teams met in April, when there were bench-clearing scuffles in all three games, there were no signs of lingering animosity. A few players from both clubs exchanged hugs and handshakes before the game, and both managers downplayed talk of any carry-over effect.

Instead the Royals rode the power of Morales and Gordon, and got another strong outing from Volquez.

Pitching against the A’s for the first time since 2007, Volquez (8-4) gave up three hits and one run in seven innings. Volquez also reached 1,000 strikeouts for his career when he fanned Brett Lawrie in the sixth.

Sam Fuld had an RBI double for Oakland, which had its five-game win streak snapped.

Huskers add commitment from Colorado Defensive Player of the Year

Another day, another commitment for the Huskers 2016 class. Add 2016 linebacker from Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs (Colo.) JoJo Domann to the list of Husker verbal commits. Domann was named the MVP of the St. Louis Rivals Camp Series earlier this year. The 6-1, 210 pound backer was also named the defensive player of the year for the state of Colorado following his junior season in which he had 61 total tackles, including seven for a loss, and seven interceptions. He also had 49 receptions for 797 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense. He isn’t yet ranked in the ESPN database but is listed as a 3-star prospect by Rivals and the #2 prospect in the state of Colorado.