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Morning Sports Report - April 10, 2014

While the Springfield Cardinals are off to a slow start this season - one player is red hot. Glendale shuts out Catholic in girls soccer...and Branson has a new, but familiar coach.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals are off Wednesday as they head down south to start a six game road trip Thursday in San Antonio.

The Cards will try to snap a four game losing streak against the Missions.

One bright spot for 1-5 Springfield was the play of Aledmys Diaz.

The Cuban 23 year old is hitting .500, 7-14 in his three starts.

Remember he hasn't played pro ball in 18 months.

Tuesday, he took the field for the first time in his Cardinals career playing shortstop.

And he went 4-5 with three runs batted in, including the hit that tied up the game in the bottom of the ninth.

His manager and teammates were impressed.

"He's a great player. And he knows what he has to do to succeed," said Springfield first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez.  "He's getting acclimated to the states and more into this game at Double AA. He's going to succeed. He's a great player and works hard."

"Obviously you can see the ability on the field.  He comes right at you," said Springfield manager Mike Shildt. "And he showed some range and made some plays.  He had good at bats, tough at bats.  He doubled down the line, the base hit there to tie the game in the ninth.  So a lot of positive things from Diaz." 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Girls high school soccer Wednesday, the Catholic Lady Irish stepping up in class to take on Glendale.

And Glendale with an early opportunity, Dani Pearce's shot is stopped by Catholic's Mary Wichmer, still scoreless.

Then Jessie Adell Rogers shot is tipped over the crossbar by Wichmer, still scoreless.

But the Falcons would finally score, McKenzie Robbins with the header that goes over the keeper and into the net, 1-nothing Glendale.

Catholic with a chance late first half, Lydia Holtman with the crossing pass is stopped by Kindra Lierz.

And Glendale shuts out Catholic 1-nil.  

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BRANSON, Mo--The Branson Pirates have a new high school football coach.

The Pirates announced Wednesday that Dan Henderson will take over for Steve Hancock.

Henderson has been coaching at the School of the Osage since 2007.

Henderson knows the Ozarks, coaching at Mt. Vernon for ten years before that.

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