Morning Sports Report – May 31, 2016


O’FALLON, Mo–The busiest ballpark in the state of Missouri over the next week may be in O’Fallon.

That’s where the Missouri State High School Actitivities Association will crown state baseball champions all week long.

And it was suppose to start Monday with the Class 1 semifinals.

But the two games were postponed until Tuesday because of rain in O’Fallon.

New Covenant Academy was supposed to play Northwest.

That game will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

This is only the Warriors second season and they’ve advanced to the state final four.

“It’s a great experience.  And all credit goes to coach Hartley and his son Tyler.  They’re amazing coaches and great leaders on and off the field.  They’ve led us this far and hopefully it’ll continue.  And all credit to my teammates.  We’ve worked so hard all year.  It’s amazing to be at this point.  Like coach said we’re playing with house money.  And I hope to see it continue,” said Warriors first baseman Josh Isbell.

In other state semifinals, in Class 2, Plato faces Valle Catholic Tuesday.

In Class 3, Mountain Grove will take on Scott County, that’s Wednesday.

And Thursday it’s Aurora against MICDS in Class 4.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo–St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suppose to continue his rehab assignment in Memphis Tuesday when the Redbirds start a homestand.

But Peralta’s status is on hold after he cut his right thumb with a knife saturday here in Springfield.

Peralta needed three stitches and is expected to miss three or four days.

Peralta played just one game in Springfield.

Peralta was 0-2 with a walk and a strikeout.

He’s on an extended rehab assignment after having ligament surgery on his left thumb.

Springfield had Monday off.

He was slated for three.


Cardinals recap:
Peralta’s big league teammates started a three game series in Milwaukee Monday.
The Cards split their four game series with the first place Washington Nationals.
Now it’s back to Milwaukee where the Bbrewers are three games behind the Cardinals.
And St. Louis attacks in the third inning.  Matt Holliday scorches this off the third baseman’s glove into left.  Matt Carpenter scores – it’s 1-0.
Matt Adams follows with this drive to left, off the wall out there.  Aledmys Diaz scampers home – it’s 2-0.
It was 3-0 in the bottom half, the Brewers had two on, and Carlos Martinez strikes out Jonathan Lucroy looking, Martinez went eight innings with eight strikeouts.
The Cards get more in the 5th.. Holliday singles to center, Carpenter scores again, making it 4-0.
It was 5-0 in the 7th when Holliday crushes this pitch, deep to left, way over the wall, almost out of the stadium, 466 feet.  It’s his ninth of the year and the Cards win 6-0.        

Royals recap:
The Kansas City Royals opened a three game series with Tampa Bay last night.
KC has moved back into first place in the American League Central.
Kansas City takes the lead in the bottom half of the second, Cheslor Cuthbert grounds out to second, Kendrys Morales scores, it’s 1-0 Royals.
It was 1 to 1 when the Royals regain the lead in the 5th.  Jarrod Dyson at second, he steals third.  Conger’s throw to third goes into left field, Dyson scores on the error. It’s 2-1 KC.
Tampa ties it in the 8th.  Steven Sousa with the hit and run single to left. Steve Pearce scores – its 2-2.
But the Royals seal the deal in the 8th.  Lorenzo Cain singles to right, Alcides Escobar puts KC in front 3-2.
Next batter is Eric Hosmer and he puts this over the Pepsi porch in right, a 3-run homer and KC wins, 6-2.


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