Morning Sports Report – June 9, 2016

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo–The Springfield Cardinals looked for their third straight win Wednesday night when they continue their series with the Arkansas Travelers.

St. Louis relief pitcher Seth Maness will join catcher Brayan Pena as they make rehab appearances.

Maness played in Springfield back in 2012 and made his big league debut a year later and has been a fixture in the late innings ever since.

This spring, Maness suffered elbow inflammation and was shut down.

After missing nearly a month, Maness is ready to start rebuilding his arm strength.

He’ll pitch out of the bullpen, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and then they’ll reevaulate the situation.

“The pain is gone, the inflammation is down.  So now it’s the true test to see if I can get some hitters out.  It’s not too much fun going out there struggling and being a grind to get three outs every innings.  I’m hoping to get some velocity back.  And go from there.  I felt like I was little selfish, I wanted to pitch through the injury I had.  But I was letting the team down a little bit with that,” Maness said.

To the game, Seth Maness would come into the game in the top of the seventh inning.

It was 4-nothing Travs, and Maness gets a groundout to short for the first out.

Then the righty would get two pop outs, the last to right.

Maness would only throw nine pitches, five of them strikes to get his three outs.

The Travs would jump on J.C. Sulbaran in the eighth, Eric Aguilera takes this deep to right, it’s gone a two run shot, it’s 6-nothing.

And Arkansas beats Springfield 6-nothing. 

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In the MLB Wednesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals outscored Cincinnati 12-7.
Brandon Moss belted a pair of homers for St. Louis.

And Baltimore scored all four of its runs in the fifth and handed Kansas City it’s seventh straight loss, 4-0. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Evangel added mens and womens soccer last fall, and Wednesday the Crusaders announced plans that will give those programs a home.

KOLR10’s Daniel Shedd reports it will also help the Crusader football program.

The field you see behind me used to be an intramural field and the practice field for football.

But by the end of summer it will be the new home for Evangel Crusaders soccer and football.

This is the first phase of Evangel’s “Momentum” campaign.

All together, it’s a $2.9 million dollar athletics project that plans to build not only the field behind me.
But also two new practice fields, as well as improvements to the baseball and softball fields on campus.

The new Coryell field will be fitted with lights as well as an all-turf playing surface.

“The playing surface and the field itself is going to be a huge recruiting tool for us because we want to show people that we have an onsite field to use.  I think people are going to like that.  I have been giddy all day to be honest. Its just a testament to our staff and administation on their support for athletics,” said Evangel football coach Chuck Hepola.

The Evangel Crusaders soccer team will call this home next season, but the university also plans on the football team to play here in the future.

The football team just signed a year by year contract to play in Ozark at Tiger Stadium this upcoming season.

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