Morning Sports Report – Monday, May 17

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SRINGFIELD, Mo–The Missouri State Bears are off to the Lone Star State for a Valley Conference showdown in Dallas. In our Bear Nation Report, Keith Guttin’s Bears have a one game lead on Dallas Baptist in the Conference standings.

Game one is Thursday night and the Bears will be trying wrap up their second straight regular season title. Missouri State will take a six game winning streak to Dallas, and the Bears have won three straight against the Patriots.
          
The series winner will have the top seed in the Conference Tournament which is on Dallas Baptist’s field.

“Yea it’s super exciting.  To win back to back would be something else.  We’re definitely ready for this weekend.  I think we’ve been underrated all year.  I think that it’s something we can do.  What we’ve been doing.  Doing our thing, and being ourselves.  And sticking to our roles,” said Drew Millas. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – New Covenant Academy and Crane will have to wait until Thursday evening to determine the Class 2 District 11 baseball champion.

The district host NCA Warriors early 3-0 on a Ryan Rodgers RBI-single in the second inning, but Crane clawed back to tie it on a Nicholas Brannan base hit in the fourth.

The Warriors retook the lead after an error in the bottom of the fourth, but the Pirates put pressure on in the sixth. With the tying run on second base with one out, Heath Quick’s line drive on the left side of the infield looked like the game-tying hit. But sophomore shortstop Timmy Smith sprinted and stretched to make the catch, then threw back to second for the inning-ending double play.

At the start of the bottom half of the sixth inning, umpires suspended play due to lightning. The teams will resume the district championship game at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with NCA leading 4-3.

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In the Big Leagues, the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three game losing streak with a 7-5 win against the Twins, 
Tommy Pham hit a homer there.
 But in Kansas City, the Rays beat the Royals 5-3.  Tampa sweeps the three game series.

And the Springfield Cardinals snapped a three game losing streak Wednesday afternoon in Tulsa.
Randy Arozarina and Lane Thomas hit back to back homers in the fourth and Springfield beats the Drillers, 2-1.

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