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M O N DAY April 16, 2012


Joel Mettlen slides headfirst into second base Sunday afternoon. Mettlen was safe, and he eventually scored for the White Sox. Mettlen and the Sox were down 8-4 but rallied for a 9-8 win over the Rockies Sunday in a game that was originally scheduled for Saturday but was delayed due to weather. INSET: Joel Mettlen smiles after making his belly flop slide. L&T photo/Earl Watt


SAFE! by a nose




American League East Division


Baltimore New York Toronto Boston Tampa Bay

W 5 5 5 4 4

L 4 4 4 5 5

Pct .556 .556 .556 .444 .444

GB — — — 1 1

Cal Ripken Royals vs.A’s, 6 p.m., Rosel Field

Detroit Chicago Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota

W 6 5 4 3 2

L 3 3 4 6 7

Pct .667 .625 .500 .333 .222

GB — ½ 1½ 3 4

Redskin golf Liberal at Hays, 3 p.m.

Texas Seattle Oakland Los Angeles

W 8 6 4 3

L 2 5 6 6

Pct .800 .545 .400 .333

GB — 2½ 4 4½

Central Division

West Division

Sunday's Games Toronto 9, Baltimore 2 Boston 6, Tampa Bay 4 Cleveland 13, Kansas City 7 Detroit 5, Chicago White Sox 2 Texas 4, Minnesota 3 Seattle 5, Oakland 3 N.Y. Yankees 11, L.A. Angels 5

Tuesday's Games Minnesota (Liriano 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Niemann 0-1) at Toronto (R.Romero 1-0), 6:07 p.m. Texas (Lewis 1-0) at Boston (Lester 0-1), 6:10 p.m. Baltimore (W.Chen 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Danks 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Smyly 0-0) at Kansas City (B.Chen 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Oakland (T.Ross 0-0) at L.A. Angels (Haren 0-1), 9:05 p.m. Cleveland (Masterson 0-1) at Seattle (Millwood 0-0), 9:10 p.m.

National League

Washington New York Atlanta Philadelphia Miami


7 6 5 4 4


3 3 4 5 6


St. Louis Houston Cincinnati Milwaukee Pittsburgh Chicago


7 4 4 4 3 3


3 5 6 6 6 7

— ½ 1½ 2½ 3



.700 .444 .400 .400 .333 .300

— 2½ 3 3 3½ 4



West Division

Los Angeles Arizona Colorado San Francisco San Diego


9 6 4 4 2


1 3 5 5 8


.700 .667 .556 .444 .400

Central Division

.900 .667 .444 .444 .200

Redskin baseball Guymon at Liberal, 4:30 p.m. Area baseball Hooker,Turpin and Beaver at District tourney in Hooker, 1 p.m. White Sox first baseman Joe Mettlen catches the ball before Rockies’ Cesar Burciaga can reach the base.The Rockies jumped out to an 8-4 lead, but the White Sox rallied for the 9-8 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Todayʼs Games Tampa Bay (Shields 1-0) at Boston (Bard 01), 10:05 a.m. Minnesota (Pavano 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (F.Garcia 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Baltimore (Arrieta 1-0) at Chicago White Sox (Humber 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Detroit (Verlander 0-1) at Kansas City (Duffy 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (McCarthy 0-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 1-0), 9:05 p.m.

East Division

Redskin soccer Liberal at Dodge City, 4 p.m.

— 2½ 4½ 4½ 7

Sunday's Games Miami 5, Houston 4, 11 innings Cincinnati 8, Washington 5, 11 innings Atlanta 7, Milwaukee 4 Philadelphia 8, N.Y. Mets 2 St. Louis 10, Chicago Cubs 3 Arizona 5, Colorado 2 Pittsburgh 4, San Francisco 1 L.A. Dodgers 5, San Diego 4

Todayʼs Games Houston (Weiland 0-1) at Washington (Strasburg 1-0), 6:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Gee 0-1) at Atlanta (Hanson 1-1), 6:10 p.m. San Diego (Luebke 0-1) at Colorado (Guthrie 1-0), 7:40 p.m. Pittsburgh (Bedard 0-2) at Arizona (J.Saunders 0-0), 8:40 p.m. Philadelphia (Halladay 2-0) at San Francisco (Lincecum 0-1), 9:15 p.m.

Tuesday's Games Houston (W.Rodriguez 0-1) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 0-0), 6:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Dempster 0-1) at Miami (Jo.Johnson 0-2), 6:10 p.m. N.Y. Mets (J.Santana 0-1) at Atlanta (Delgado 1-0), 6:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 2-0) at Milwaukee (Gallardo 1-1), 7:10 p.m. Cincinnati (Cueto 1-0) at St. Louis (Lohse 20), 7:15 p.m. San Diego (Bass 0-1) at Colorado (Moyer 02), 7:40 p.m. Pittsburgh (Karstens 0-1) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 2-0), 9:40 p.m. Philadelphia (Blanton 1-1) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 1-1), 9:15 p.m.

White Sox, Royals rally late for wins in Cal Ripken By EARL WATT • Leader &Times Two Sunday afternoon matinees turned out to be thrillers at Rosel Field in the Cal Ripken League. The Royals remained perfect on the young season by knocking off the Tigers 11-10 in extra innings while the White Sox had to rally from a six-point deficit to defeat the Rockies 9-8. The Rockies jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the White Sox in the first inning and continued to add to their lead throughout the game. The Rockies scored another run in the second and another in the third, and the White Sox scored a run each inning to make the score 4-2. The Rockies added another run to take a 52 lead in the fourth, but the White Sox fought back to score two runs to cut the lead to 5-4. The Rockies appeared to give themselves some breathing room by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth including a double with the bases loaded that scored two runs with two outs. The Rockies left base runners on second and third when the final out was recorded, and it might have been the difference.

Area softball Stanton County at SWHeights, 4 p.m. Area golf SWHeights at Buffalo Dunes, Garden City

TUESDAY Cal Ripken Tigers vs. Rockies 6 p.m., Rosel Field Redskin baseball Woodward at Liberal, 5:30 p.m. Redskin track Liberal at Great Bend, 3:30 p.m.

STANDINGS Cesar Burciaga tosses a pitch Sunday at Rosel Field. L&T photo/Earl Watt Down 8-4, the Wite Sox were able to get base runners on and tied the game 8-8 with one out. The Rockies were able to get a strikeout for two outs, but a walk loaded the bases. A pitch got by the Rockies catcher, and a run scored on the play. Due to the time limit, the run ended the game in the bottom of the fifth, and completed the five-run rally for the White Sox. The win moved the White Sox to 2-0 while the Rockies dropped to 0-2. Tonight, the Royals (2-0) will face the Athletics (0-2), and Tuesday the Tigers (1-1) will play the Rockies (0-2). All games begin with minor league action at 6 p.m. at Rosel Field with major league games to follow.

Royals White Sox Tigers Cardinals Athletics Rockies

W 2 2 1 1 0 0

L 0 0 1 1 2 2

SUNDAY’S GAMES Royals 11,Tigers 10, 7 inn. White Sox 9, Rockies 8 MONDAY’S GAME Royals vs.Athletics TUESDAY’S GAME Tigers vs. Rockies

Redskin softball Liberal at Garden City, 3 p.m. Redskin tennis Liberal at Buhler, 3 p.m. Area track SWHeights at Scott City Area baseball Hooker,Turpin and Beaver at District tourney in Hooker, 3 p.m. Area tennis SWHeights at Ulysses Area golf SWHeights Invitational, 3 p.m.


Te-Boo! Jets’ new backup booed at Yankee Stadium NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Tebow has work to do if he’s going to win over New York sports fans. The new backup quarterback for the Jets was booed at Yankee Stadium on Sunday night when he was shown on the giant video board — even though he was wearing a Yankees cap. Sitting in the third row next to the Los Angeles Angels dugout, Tebow cracked a smile and acknowledged the camera. There was a smattering of cheers, but most of the initial reactions were boos. Tebow was acquired by the New York Jets from Denver in a much-hyped trade last month. He is expected to back up starter Mark Sanchez, even though Tebow rallied the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last season and became a polarizing sensation in the process. “I didn’t get a chance to see him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after his team’s 11-5 victory. “I would have loved to get a chance to see him and talk to him. I’m sure he’ll be back at some point. Obviously he’s going to be around a lot more now. But I’d love to visit with him at

Saints softball Garden City at Seward, 3 p.m. Saints baseball Seward at Clarendon 3 p.m.

THURSDAY Redskin soccer Hays at Liberal, 4 p.m. Redskin golf Liberal at Dodge City, 3 p.m. Redskin baseball Liberal at Colby, 4 p.m. Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, sits beside New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow during the New York Yankees' baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday,April 15, 2012. AP Photo/Kathy Willens some point.” Sitting next to Tebow was Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, also booed when he was shown on the scoreboard earlier in the game. But those boos quickly turned

to cheers when Wade held up his Yankees cap. Wade and the Heat beat the New York Knicks 93-85 Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

Redskin tennis Liberal at Dodge City, 3 p.m. Seward tennis Region 6 tourney,Wichita,TBA Area softball SWHeights at Sublette, 3 p.m.




May 4




Cal Ripken Rockies first baseman Tucker Deaton looks for the ball in his glove, but it already rolled under his mitt and between his legs Thursday at Rosel Field.The error did not hurt the Rockies since the next White Sox batter was the third out of the fourth inning, but a four-run sixth led to a 7-3 White Sox win. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Big 6th leads to White Sox win, 7-3

Redskins drop pair to Garden City L&T staff report The Liberal Redskin bats were silenced in Garden City Tuesday in a Western Athletic Conference double header. Liberla managed only two hits in two games while committing seven errors in 8-0 and 10-0 losses. Colin Ware gave up nine hits and eight runs while Liberla committed two erros in Gae 1 in an 9-0 loss. Ware kept the Buffaloes scoreless until the third inning when Garden City scored four runs. The Buffaloes added two more in the fourth and another pair in the sixth. In Game 2, Brent Lenear took the mound, and the Buffaloes took advantage early by scoring four runs in the first and three more in the second. Leenear gave up nie hits, but the Redskins also committed five errors in the game. With a 7-0 lead after two innings, Garden City added abother run in the third and two more in the fifth. The Redskins could not score in the top of the fifth, and the game was called by the run rule, 10-0. Liberal (2-16) will end the regular season Tuesday in a double header with Hays at the Liberal Baseball Complex.

By EARL WATT • Leader &Times

Alex Yanez tosses a pitch for the White Sox Thursday night at Rosel Field.Yanez dominated late in a 7-3 White Sox win over the Rockies. L&T photo/Earl Watt

After winning their first game in two years last week, the Rockies couldn’t make it two in a row Thursday. The White Sox broke a 3-3 tie in the final inning by breaking loose for four runs, and the Rockies were retired by White Sox pitcher Alex Yanez in the bottom of the sixth for the 7-3 White Sox win. The White Sox jumped out early to a 2-0 lead, but the Rockies responded by scoring two in the bottom of the first to tie the game. The White Sox added a run in the top of the second, but the Rockies made the score 3-3 in the bottom of the third. Defense took over while Yanez and Alex Carrasco were caught in a pitcher’s duel. Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings. But two bloop hits by the White Sox coupled with thee infield errors allowed the White Sox to score four runs in the top of the sixth. The Rockies were able to get Raef Stahle on base in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out walk, but an infield pop to second ended the game, 7-3. The Rockies moved to 1-5 while the White Sox advanced to 3-3.

Penalty kick leads to 2-1 Liberal loss to Garden By EARL WATT • Leader &Times When Luis Aguilar quit on the Lady Redskins after a 1-0 loss to Guymon, boys head soccer coach Lori Navarro stepped in. Under Navarro, the Lady Redskins won a North Cup game against Sunrise Academy, 5-0, but lost a second round game to Garden City 2-1 Thursday at Redskin Field. The Lady Redskins battled the Lady Buffaloes to a 0-0 tie in the

Liberal’s Kelly Ramirez (No. 7) battles with a Garden City player for a loose ball Thursday in a North Cup soccer game that was moved from Wichita to Liberal.The Lady Redskins showed marked improvement, but a hand ball in the goalie box allowed the Lady Buffaloes to score a penalty kick that proved to be the difference in the game. Liberal lost 2-1. L&T photo/Earl Watt

first half, and after a hand ball in the goalie box gave Garden City a chance at a goal, Liberal goalkeeper Magali Vazquez blocked the shot. With 11 minutes to play, Garden City broke the 0-0 tie with a putback goal to take a 1-0 lead. But a foul in the Garden City penalty box gave Karina Vazquez a shot at the goal, and she made her penalty kick to tie the game 1-1. But another hand ball on the Lady Redskins with five minutes to play gave the Lady Buffaloes another penalty kick shot, and this

time Vazquez could not save it. Garden City went on to win the game 2-1 and advance to the North Cup championship. The Lady Redskins will play Mulvane for third place Saturday. Liberal (2-9-1 overall, 0-5-1 WAC) will return to Western Athletic Contence action Tuesday at Garden City (6-6 overall, 3-3 WAC) and will return home to finish the regular season against Dodge City (9-5 overall, 5-1 WAC) Thursday.


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State tournament director Pat Knott does the Cabbage Patch with Columbus player Raef Gonzalez. Earlier in the tournament, Knott and Gonzalez did a chest bump. Knott and Cal Ripken Commissioner Bob Willis greeted each player during pre-game introductions throughout the state tournament at Rosel Field. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Sign up for football, volleyball Special to the Leader &Times Registration is now being taken at the Recreation Office for football and volleyball program. This program is for boys and girls ages 4-years-old to Second grade. Girl’s volleyball 4-years-old to Kindergarten will be instructional. The boys 4 years old to Kinder-

garten and First and Second grade football and volleyball teams will play games on Saturday mornings starting in August. The fee for this program is $15. Coaches are always needed. For more information, contact the Recreation Office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 626-0133.

Support a Redskin Special to the Leader &Times Redskin Booster Club Parent and Fan Ads for the Fall and Winter Sports Programs are now available for purchase. For $10 a parent or fan (no commercial or business ads, please) can have a message put in the Redskin Booster Club Fall and Winter Sport Program. Different messages can be placed to reflect the sports in the different seasons for your son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, or even just a


Lynn Shallenburger takes a swing with his new Mattingly VForce bat. Shallenburger received the bat as a gift from Liberal’s Pat Knott who heard that Shallenburger’s parents had some struggles and could not watch their son play at the state tournament. Shallenburger got a hit.

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Hays Liberal Dodge City Derby El Dorado Haysville

W 19 16 16 14 12 9

L GB 10 12 2.5 12 2.5 15 5.5 17 7.5* 20 10.5*

After crushing the ball to left center, Lynn Shallenburger begins his run toward first base. Lynn steps over his new V-Force bat on his way to the base. Lynn’s parents could not make it to Liberal from Columbus for the state tournament and did not get to see his big hit.

*eliminated from contention for Jayhawk League title TUESDAY Hays 18, Dodge City 11 WEDNESDAY Hays at Liberal, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY Dodge City at Liberal, 7 p.m.

BEE JAYS REMAINING GAMES 1 game with Hays (here today) 3 games hosting El Dorado (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) 2 games with Dodge City (here Thursday, there Tuesday)

FREE BASEBALL THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY Hays at Liberal, 7 pm. Buyout sponsor — Scantlin’s Furniture THURSDAY Dodge City at Liberal, 7 pm. Buyout sponsor — TanIt & KSCB & The Legend FRIDAY El Dorado at Liberal, 7 pm. Buyout sponsor — Sunflower Bank SATURDAY El Dorado at Liberal, 7 pm. Buyout sponsor — National Beef SUNDAY El Dorado at Liberal, 7 pm. Buyout sponsor — Southern Pioneer

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Before a game between Columbus and Fort Scott, Liberal’s Pat Knott visits with Lynn Shallenburger from Columbus.When Knott found out about the Shallenburger family’s struggles, he pitched in by getting Lynn a new bat. L&T photo/Earl Watt

Knott remembers personal struggles, provides bat for Shallenburger By EARL WATT • Leader &Times When Pat Knott was 7-years-old, his parents divorced, and he grew up with a mother who struggled to pay the bills and take care of her son. Knott is now a middle school teacher and the varsity softball coach for Liberal High School, and he has been involved with baseball his entire life. As the state tournament director for the 10-andunder division, Knott heard a story about another young man that has seen some tough times with his family. Lynn Shallenburger form Columbus didn’t have a parent in the stands. With his father battling a

disabling disease and his mother working to take care of the family, the best they could do was get Lynn a $3 bat from eBay and send him with his teammates. “I did a gut check,” Knott said. “I was there before. Parents should be able to come watch. You have a 10-year-old kid here by himself. I got him a bat, and talked to him.” Not just a bat — a Mattingly V-Force. In his first at-bat, Shallenburger sent a drive deep to left center that bounced to the fence. Shallenburger reached third and won the WOW Award. “I just did it out of my heart,” Knott said. “Not as a tournament director but as a human being. It needed to be done.”

Lynn Shallenburger takes a peek in the outfield while rounding second base after getting a hit with his new VForce bat. Prior to the hit, one of his coaches said,“Put that new bat to work.” That’s exactly what Shallenburger did.

Lynn Shallenburger gets a high five from coach Doug Walden after hitting a triple. Many Columbus fans teared up after the big hit.They made sure Lynn could call home after the game and let his mother know about his new bat and his big hit at the state tournament that helped his team earn a win and a third runner-up finish. L&T photos/Earl Watt

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