Morning Sports Report - June 13, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Major League Baseball started it's three day, 40 round draft Monday night.

The first two rounds, and two compensation rounds were on tap Monday.

And Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger didn't have to wait long to hear his name called.

Burger and a number of his teammates were watching the draft in his apartment's game room which is within site of Hammons Field.

The Chicago White Sox pulled the trigger on the slugger, selecting him as the 11th pick in the first round.


Burger becomes the second highest draft pick in Missouri State baseball history.

In 2007 Ross Detwiler was the sixth pick overall.

Jake Burger belted 22 home runs this past season, which is seventh most in the country, he also drove in 65 runs and scored 69 runs.

Burger is the Valley's Player of the Year, a first team All-American, a Golden Spikes semifinalist and the first position player from St. Louis to be drafted in the first round since 1978.

"I grew up a White Sox fan.  So it's awesome that I have an opportunity to play for them.  There are no words.  I'm in a dream right now to be honest.  I told them look I'm a diehard White Sox fan and it would be awesome to play for you guys.  We have a connection and good chemistry," Burger said.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Congratulations to Drury pitcher and infielder Ryan Colombo.

The NCAA named Colombo the 2017 Josh Willingham award as the D2 baseball Most Valuable Player.

The Topeka native was 9-2 on the mound.

He also hit .375 with three homers and 33 RBI.

Colombo played nearly every inning of every game, playing in all 57 Drury games.

Colombo either pitched or played first, second or short.

The Willingham Award goes to a player who excells on and off the field and leads his team to national championship caliber status.

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TULSA, Ok--The Springfield Cardinals road misery continued Monday afternoon in Tulsa.

Springfield lost its sixth straight game to the Drillers.

The Cards have fallen out of first place in this skid.

This one was scoreless in the fourth when Anthony Garcia takes this deep to left, over the Bud Sign and gone, a two run shot, it's 2-nothing Cardinals.

Next batter is Jacob Wilson, and he goes deep to left, back to back jacks and it's 3-nothing.

It's 3-one in the bottom half when Tulsa's Jose Miguel Fernandez singles to center, Matt Beaty scores it's a 3-2 game.

Stayed that way until the sixth when Fernandez pulls this pitch to right, it's into the Drillers bullpen a two run homer.

And Tulsa hands Springfield it's sixth straight loss 4-3.


In the Major Leagues, both St. Louis and Kansas City had the night off.
 


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