Morning Sports Report - Thursday, June 14,  2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals got unexpected help in its playoff race against Arkansas.

Big leaguer Luke Voit will play the next two games in springfield before rejoining St. Louis Friday.

He'll replace Jose Martinez who will go on paternity leave.

Voit's spent most of the last two seasons in Memphis, but the AAA team is in New Mexico this week.

Springfield started the action a game behind the Travs and Naturals for the playoff ticket.

And the Travs led 1-nothing, but Springfield's Anthony Shew was settling in, he strikes out Joey Curletta to end the third.

Voit would tie the game in the fourth, a drive to center, over the Aaron Sachs sign and gone, a solo shot it's 1-1.

Springfield flashing the leather in the sixth, Chuck Taylor with the foul ball, but the Cards Evan Mendoza goes into the first row to make the catch.

The Cards take the lead in the seventh, bases loaded and Edmundo Sosa unloads them, a double to left center, that scores Andrew Knizner, Victor Roache and Chris Chinea.

Springfield wins 4-3, moves a half game behind Northwest for first.


In the Big Leagues, the St. Louis Cardinals lose to San Diego 4-2, St.Louis has lost three of its last four games. 

And in Kansas City the Reds shutout the Royals, 7-nothing to sweep their two game series.
Adam Duvall had a ninth inning grand slam for the Reds.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo--It's hard to believe but Springfield's own Anthony Tolliver has been playing basketball in the NBA for a decade now.

And each and every summer, the Kickapoo product returns home to give back to his community. 

Tolliver and a number of his basketball buddies from the Ozarks just completed a three day hoop camp for kids at The Courts.

Anthony Tolliver was part of that state championship 2003 Kickapoo team.

He played his college hoops at Creighton and has bounced around the NBA for ten years now.

The 6-8 power forward just completed his third season with the Pistons and averaged nine points per game.

He's currently a free agent but the pistons may bring him back.

"I'm still playing basketball.  I've just finished my 11th year as a professional, tenth year in the NBA.  It's a great opportunity that I've had to continue to play.  I'm still playing a kids sports.  I'm 33 years old now.  It's been a huge blessing to be able to do what I love and do what I've wanted to do since I was a kid," said Tolliver.

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