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Gary completes sweep of Explorers

GARY, Ind. | The Sioux City Explorers suffered their first three-game sweep of the season at the hands of Gary SouthShore on Wednesday.

After falling to the RailCats 8-2 and 4-1 in a makeup doubleheader in two seven-inning games on Tuesday, Gary earned the 7-0 victory on Wednesday.

Charle Rosario was dominant on the mound for the RailCats as he threw a complete game shutout. Rosario, who is now 3-3 on the season, allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out two.

Gary scored a single run in the third inning off Explorers starter Hobbs Johnson on a sacrifice fly a batter after an error helped extend the inning.

Outside of that, Johnson was cruising despite not getting any run support until the sixth inning.

The RailCats scored four runs in the frame beginning with a one-out double from Randy Santiesteban. Santiesteban scored on a James Alfonso single. After a fielder's choice led to a second out the RailCats put two on with a walk that chased Johnson in favor of Ryan Flores.

Flores would give up a double to Kris Goodman, the first batter he faced, to drive in two. The final run be plated when John Holland stole home after a throw to second base did not get the runner stealing.

Gary (18-16) would go on to add single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. The run in the eighth came as Chase Harris led off the inning with a double off PJ Francescon and he scored on an error.

Johnson took the loss as he went 5.2 innings, allowed six hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out five. All three of the relief pitchers that followed gave up one run.

The X's struggled in the field committing three errors in the game and they had seven in the series.

Santiesteban had three hits and both Frank Martinez and Holland added two apiece for Gary as it mashed 13 hits in the game.

The X's managed just five hits in the game with Tony Campana having two of those. The Explorers did not have a base runner reach third base.

Sioux City (17-13) now travels to Kansas City for a four-game series beginning Thursday.

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Digest: USD duo earn athlete of year awards


USD duo earn athlete of year awards

ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota pole vaulters Emily Grove and Chris Nilsen have been voted the 2017 Summit League Women’s and Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

Grove earns her second straight Summit Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year honor and third overall. The senior from Pontiac, Illinois, became the ninth collegiate woman to break the 15-foot barrier this spring after vaulting a lifetime best 15 feet, 1 inch. Grove has collected six All-America awards in her career, the most of any Coyote at the NCAA Division I level.

Nilsen sweeps the indoor and outdoor Field Athlete of the Year awards after a pair of top-three finishes at the NCAA Championships. Nilsen was also named the USTFCCCA Midwest Field Athlete of the Year. The freshman from Kansas City, Missouri, posted the highest finish by a Coyote male at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships when he placed third in the pole vault with a height of 17-10.50.

Bandits have 3 all-league players

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Bandits had three players named to the Champions Indoor Football 2017 All-League Team roster.

Center Matt Rahn, defensive end Devon Bridges and defensive back DeWayne Autrey were named to the team.

Rahn helped anchor an offensive line that saw the Bandits lead the league in rushing. Autrey led the team in tackles with 100 and Bridges was the CIF leader in sacks with 14.

White Tiger does well at tournament

DENVER | A team from White Tiger Martial Arts in Sioux City won 62 national championshp medals, including 22 gold medals, 28 silber medals and 13 bronze medals at the US Open TaeKwonDo Hanmadang.

The TaeKwonDo Hanmadang covers a wide variety of martial arts events. The tournament was held at the Magness Arena in Denver on June 16-17. More than 1,100 athletes competed.

The 23-member team from White Tiger competed against athletes from all over the country as well as Belgium, Mexico, Italy and Korea. The athletes were coached by White Tiger instructors Master Mike Donahoo and Master Brad Hultquist for over five months.

Local club pros see tourney come to close

SUNRIVER, Oregon | Both Landsmeer Golf Club professional Jonathan Beaver and Green Valley pro Nick Wanderscheid saw their runs at the PGA Professional Championship come to a close after the third round on Tuesday.

Beaver recorded a 79 in the third round to finish with a 221 which was just outside the top 70. Wanderscheid shot a third-round score of 80 to finish with a 220 to finish in the top 90.