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The West Plains Men’s Adult Softball Leagues meet Monday June 24 at the Hillburn Complex for play. The scores were as follows:
























The West Plains Youth Baseball Little Leagues meet yesterday at the Hilburn Complex for tournament play. The scores were as follows:

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb favors pitchers having the option of wearing protective headgear on the mound.

Cobb returned to Tropicana Field on Monday, nine days after being struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer and nearly seven weeks after Toronto’s J.A. Happ also was hit in the head by a batted ball while pitching there.

Sitting on a platform in the auxiliary clubhouse in which Happ also answered questions about the scary incident that knocked him out of a game in early May, Cobb – who is making progress in his recovery, spoke to the media for the first time since being carted off the field and taken to a hospital on June 15.

Cobb, like Happ, was released from Bayfront Medical Center less than 24 hours later.

”I remember deciding what pitch to throw. … I remember seeing the ball come back,” said Cobb, who is out indefinitely with a concussion. ”Might have caught a glance of the ball and subconsciously turned my head, thankfully.”

The injury renewed debate about what can be done to protect pitchers from batted balls.

”Even after J.A. Happ went through this, we were asked pretty heavily about this topic. I came right out and thought there should be something for us to have the option to do,” Cobb said.

”I don’t want it to turn into something where every pitcher on the mound has to wear something. That’s everybody’s personal choice,” Cobb added. ”It’s one where you want to have a little say-so that if this incident happened again you were able to do everything you could to protect yourself, your future, your family.”

Cobb, who remained conscious the whole time, said he has experienced nausea, severe headaches that have begun to subside, as well as symptoms of vertigo.

Still, he is beginning to feel better each day.

”I’m having my days,” the 25-year-old Cobb said. ”Today has been the best day by far.”

Cobb said he visited the doctor Monday and was told he is healing quicker than expected. There is still no timetable for him to return to the mound.

”That’s something you just have to let play out,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Tampa Bay opened a three-game series against the Blue Jays, who are still without Happ.

”I don’t like to apply finish lines to items that I really have no clue (about). I don’t think anybody does,” Maddon said. ”Even if you talk to doctors, I’m sure they’re not sure how long it’s going to take. … So just let it play out.

”He’ll let us know when he’s ready for that next moment, and we’ll take it from there.”

After initially being reluctant to watch a replay of the line drive, Cobb said he watched it later that night or the following morning.

He said he initially thought the injury wasn’t that serious, and wanted to get up and walk off the field. It wasn’t until after the ambulance ride to the hospital, where he later overheard a nurse talking about, ”how she couldn’t believe this is happening again within a month” that he began to think about Happ.

”When it happened I didn’t think it was too big of a deal. … It didn’t sink in for a while,” Cobb said. ”Once I got the CATSCAN going and they told me there was no bleeding inside the brain, from there I was kind of at ease with the whole situation.”

There has been speculation that Cobb, who is 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts this year, might not pitch again this season. He said that isn’t true.

”I’ll be ready to go as soon as my body tells me I’m 100 percent,” he said. ”But mentally, there’s no doubt in my mind I’ll be fine. It’s just another challenge.”

He conceded, though, that it is difficult to imagine what it will be like when he does finally get back on a mound and faces hitters.

”I don’t think that’s something you can say until you actually go through it,” Cobb said. ”I’d love to sit up here and tell you no, that once I get out there I’ll have the mindset that it happened once, it’s probably a pretty good chance it’s not going to happen to me again.

”But I’m not going to lie. I’ve had some nightmares about how bad it could have been. It’s obviously in the back of my mind, but I’d like to think I could pitch through it.”

One of the reasons the Cardinals returned ascending prospect Michael Wacha to Class AAA Memphis was so they can control his outings and limit his innings to avoid undo stress on the young righthander’s arm.

The process already has started.

In a move that general manager John Mozeliak said was necessary to “bank some innings for later in the year,” Wacha will skip at least two turns through the Triple-A rotation and do his work in bullpen sessions. The righty, taken 19th overall in last year’s draft, is not scheduled to make his next start until July 2, though the Cards have kept his schedule flexible as they monitor his work.

“Just trying to get him a little breather,” Mozeliak said. “We will still get him work on the side. We just don’t want to watch it all pile up and feel like we can’t be prepared to use him when we need him.”

Rookie Shelby Miller received a similar break at Memphis a year ago.

Wacha made three starts at the major-league level and one start for the Redbirds since his return to Class AAA. He allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings and struck out six.

The Cards plan to be conservative with the amount of innings Wacha throws this season so that he doesn’t see a dramatic spike in work. In 13 games overall, Wacha has thrown 751/3 innings. He pitched a total of 1341/3 innings last season between college and the pros.

The Cardinals want Wacha to work on his curveball and improve the command of his fastball. Sharper secondary pitches will help his efficiency when he returns to the majors.

The Cardinals have positioned both Wacha and prospect Carlos Martinez as potential additions to the rotation if a starter is needed. Joe Kelly has been moved from the bullpen to the fifth spot in the rotation, though manager Mike Matheny allowed for the possibility that the Cardinals could go with a four-man rotation on their upcoming trip because of the off days.


Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina moved ahead of San Francisco Giants catcher and reigning MVP Buster Posey in the latest round of All-Star voting, according to tallies from Major League Baseball.

In the closest contest on the ballot, Molina leads, 3.597 million votes to Posey’s 3.506 million. Voting for this year’s starters at the All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field continues online at until July 4. Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran continues to lead all of the outfielders with 3.473 million votes. The top three vote-getters in the outfield start. Matt Carpenter is the next-closest Cardinal to a starting role, trailing Brandon Phillips at second base by less than 350,000 votes.

The Cardinals have had a starter elected to the National League’s lineup for four consecutive All-Star games, the longest active streak in the league.


The Kansas City Royals snatched righty Maikel Cleto off outright waivers Sunday after the Cardinals placed their Class AAA reliever there last week. Cleto was 2-3 with a 6.92 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) for Triple-A Memphis, and he struggled in one appearance with the major-league team. Mozeliak said Cleto’s fluctuating performance and role “had become a mutual sense of frustration. I think it’s good for him to have a little bit of a change of scenery.”

The move frees up a spot on the Cards’ 40-man roster and clears way for Tyler Lyons to join the six-man rotation in Memphis. The Cardinals acquired Cleto from Seattle in December 2010 for shortstop Brendan Ryan. In 13 appearances over three seasons, Cleto had a 10.34 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 152/3 innings.


Signed to be a righthanded presence off the bench, Cardinals veteran Ty Wigginton has struggled in that role but become valuable in another one, Matheny described Sunday.

Wigginton has hit .176 in limited action this season, and as a pinch-hitter he entered Sunday’s game five-for-29 (.172) with 11 strikeouts. Within the clubhouse he has taken on a mentor role with rookie Matt Adams and performed unofficial duties as a de facto coach for hitting coach John Mabry.

“He’s invested,” Matheny said. “He and John Mabry have put a tag-team approach on the young guys. John will give Ty an assignment for the day — who he needs to kick in the butt or pat on the back. And John works the other direction. He’s been really good for a guy who has been an everyday player. I know it was a tough transition when you’re not used to that once-every-never at-bat.”


Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras doubled and drove in three runs Sunday for Class AAA Memphis, but had to leave the game after the third inning because of soreness in his ankle. Taveras was out for a month recently because of a high ankle sprain. … Beltran is listed by MLB as one of the 10 candidates to participate in the Home Run Derby. The Cardinals right fielder, who participated in the derby last summer at Kansas City, said he’s not certain whether he’d accept an invitation if offered. … The Houston Astros adjusted their rotation for the two-game series against the Cards and will now start righty Lucas Harrell on Tuesday and lefty Erik Bedard on Wednesday. The Cardinals are 8-10 in games when opponents start a lefty.


WS 11 and 12 year old girls fast pitch  softball team went 10-0 and won the league championship Saturday.


WS 13 – 16 year olds girls fast pitch team went 5-1 on the year.


WS 9- 10 year olds went 6-4 and took 3rd place in the league tournament, Beat Cabool 6-5 and lost to Houston 6-5 Saturday.


Mountain View 13-16 year old girls fast pitch team went 6-0 this year.

31st Annual Willow Springs Lions Club Tournament…………….81 teams played


C-Flight…………….5th—Smith/Smith—Hutchinson, KS


















Championship  5th—Chowning/Pruett—MV





(Willow Springs) – The Willow Springs 11 and 12 year old girls fast pitch softball team went 10-0 and won the league championship Saturday.

Willow Springs 13-16 year olds girls fast pitch team went 5-1 on the year.

Willow Springs 9-10 year olds went 6-4 and took 3rd place in the league tournament, beating Cabool 6-5 and losing to Houston 6-5 Saturday.

Mountain View 13-16 year old girls fast pitch team went 6-0 this year.

Michael Blazek became the eighth Cardinals rookie pitcher on Saturday night to make his major-league debut. Blazek struck out two of the three men he faced in a perfect ninth inning.

But, given what his predecessors had done, this hardly should have been surprising.

None of the five Cardinals pitchers who made their big-league debuts out of the bullpen this year were scored on in their first outings and that covers Blazek, Keith Butler, Seth Maness, Carlos Martinez and Kevin Siegrist, who may never be scored on.

Lefthander Siegrist, pitching ahead of Blazek Saturday in the Cardinals’ 4-2 loss to Texas, knocked off his eighth consecutive scoreless outing, covering 8 2/3 innings. Siegrist is here, in large part, because he can get lefthanded hitters out and, indeed, lefthanded hitters are two for 15 against him. But righthanded hitters are nothing for 13.

Righthander Butler has been scored on in just one of nine outings and Maness threw his eighth double-play ball on Saturday. He has worked just 23 innings.

The rookie starters should be included, too. Tyler Lyons pitched six spotless innings in his first start before being scored on and John Gast and Michael Wacha had five and four, respectively, before allowing a run.

Staff ace Adam Wainwright has witnessed this and, understandably, is amazed. “When I was coming up, everyone was giving up three (runs) in the first inning they ever pitched, including me,” Wainwright.

“Brad Thompson. Randy Flores. All of us gave up three in the first inning. Victor Diaz of the Mets hit a three-run homer off me. I faced him 100 times in the minor leagues and he never hit a home run off me.”

The conclusion Wainwright has drawn about this crop of rookies is, “They don’t scare. Blazek looked like a 10-year vet today. Siegrist, too. He’s been great.”

Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said, “We’ve got a lot of exciting pitching. They’re getting groomed the right way. You plug them in and see what we’ve got.”

Other than Shelby Miller’s one-hit shutout on May 10, Saturday’s game marked the first Cardinals game pitched entirely by rookie pitchers this season (Miller and Trevor Rosenthal are holdovers but still rookies).

Blazek didn’t get to make his debut the first time around as he warmed up a couple of times but didn’t pitch in a tenure from May 26-29 before he was sent back to the minors.

But with Rosenthal getting a night off after working two innings on Friday, Blazek got the call when the game still was in doubt.

The Las Vegas native said he felt nervous coming in from the bullpen, “but once you threw your first pitch, it kind of went away.”

Addressing how he and his fellow rookies have performed, Blazek, seemingly a steal as the 1,068th player taken in the 2007 draft, said, “I think it just kind of shows you what we have in our organization and the lower-level players we’re developing.”

Counting Maness, Siegrist and Blazek, only 10 Rangers, the minimum, batted over the final 3 1/3 innings. Maness, who got out of a bases-loaded spot in the sixth, erased a seventh-inning single by Nelson Cruz with a double-play ball to Adrian Beltre.

Siegrist didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in the eighth, striking out one. The ball never got to the grass in the ninth either as Blazek added a routine grounder to first to his two strikeouts.

Manager Mike Matheny, summarizing the trio, said, “Pretty impressive. Seth gets out of a big situation. He’s been able to do that on a pretty consistent basis. I thought that was Siegrist’s best breaking ball yet. That’s something that he, Derek and Yadi (Molina) have been working on pretty deliberately.

“And … what more could you ask for from Blazek? That was a good first day out and, hopefully, what we’re gong to continue to see.”

West Plains Municipal Golf Course
American Red Cross 3 Person Scramble
June 22nd, 2013
Payne Hole # 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Gross
Fredrick/Fredrick/Collins 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 31 3 3 4 3 3 2 5 3 3 29 60 1st
Hawkins/Hawkins/Williams 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 34 3 4 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 27 61 2nd
Parks/Hammond/Middleton 3 4 5 2 3 3 5 3 3 31 3 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 31 62 3rd
Drumright/Fields/Prewitt 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 4 30 5 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 32 62
Miley/Grendell/Bunch 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 33 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 29 62
Simms/Komm/Underwood 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 31 4 3 3 3 4 3 5 3 4 32 63
Hawkins/Medwed/Jackson 3 4 5 3 3 4 4 2 4 32 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 32 64
Davis/Trone/Fierce 3 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 34 4 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 4 31 65
Uphaus/Stone/Eakin 3 3 5 2 4 5 4 3 3 32 4 4 4 3 3 3 5 3 4 33 65
A – Flight
Harris/Lockman/Cates 3 4 5 2 3 3 4 3 4 31 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 35 66 1st
Jackson/Tuper/Stephens 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 32 5 3 3 3 4 4 5 3 4 34 66 2nd
T&C Marcak/Hoggan 2 3 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 32 4 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 4 34 66 3rd
Womack/Butler/Whithead 2 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 3 32 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 34 66
York/Kirk/York 3 4 5 3 4 3 3 3 4 32 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 4 35 67
Stone/Day/Whitmire 3 2 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 34 5 4 4 3 4 3 5 2 4 34 68
Marcak/Marcak/Osborn 3 4 6 3 4 4 4 3 4 35 5 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 71
Kight/Stowers/Collins 3 4 5 3 5 5 4 4 4 37 4 4 4 3 3 4 5 3 4 34 71
Franks/Gleghorn/Johnson 4 3 6 3 5 4 4 3 4 36 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 4 4 38 74

Par for the Course
Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA
Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course

So much news to share with you, it is hard to figure out what to lead off with.

4 Generations of Golfers and An Ace

You know the MasterCard ad…a foursome of golf at Willow Springs… $90; lunch and snacks with Andrew at the pro shop… $9; 4 generations of golfers and a hole in one…priceless.  That is what we had last weekend at our course.  Longtime member Dean Lamb was celebrating his 80th birthday and Father’s Day with his daughter, grandson and great grand daughter.  What a sight to see 4 generations playing golf together.  This reminded me of so many rounds of golf with my mom and dad and the special memories they created.  If you think Jim Furyk has a loop in his swing, he must have learned it from my mom and tempered it down a bit.  To top off the Lamb golf outing, grandson Steven Rohleder scored a hole-in-one on our 4th hole using a pitching wedge.  If 4 generations together wasn’t enough, this put it over the top.  This was Steven’s first ace and the first of the year at WS.  We average 3-5 a year so step up and get yours.

Club Championship

Our club championship is nearing completion and you could not have asked for more competitive matches.  In the first round 3 of the 4 came down to the last hole and the winners were Danny Bradley, Rick Scarbrough, Cole Johnson and Howard Carter.  In the semis Scarbrough topped Johnson with a birdie on the 18th hole to win 1-up.  At press time, Carter and Bradley had not played.  Rick Scarbrough will await the winner for all the marbles.  This year’s winner will be a first time champion and that makes it even better.

Howl Day Night Results

Ten teams came out to play in our first Howl tournament of the year.  Michael McDaniel and Bill Green were the winners with a solid 33-34 for a 67.  Second place went to Dylan Gale and Dalton Woodley who shot an outstanding 32 in the dark to finish with a 69.  In the A flight it was a grave affair as Buster and Ethan Graves put together a 79 for first place.  Second polace went to a pair from Houston, Glen Abney and Dustin Kirkman who shot 6 strokes better in the dark for an 80.


In the Casual League a 3 under took first with the team of Matthew Coatney, Kyle Wake, Buster Graves and Barb Tate shooting a 32.  Closest to the pin this week was Kyle and last week was Paul Davis.

The Cat and Dog League money winners were Buster Graves and Barb Tate while to score winners were Michael and Michele McDaniel who shot a 33.  Michael was closest to the pin.

Men’s League played a 3-person scramble starting from the shortest tees.  A birdie moves you back a tee until you reach the tips (blue) then you play Junior tees to finish.  First place  with a 6 under 29 went to Rick Scarbrough, Kyle Wake and Lee Brook.  2nd place money went to Bill Green, Jerry Gibbons and Steve Coatney.  3rd place was won by Short Tupper, Danny Bradley and Ron Cox.

Next Tournament

Our next tournament will be this Saturday June 29.  It will be an All Ages Cat and Dog beginning at 10 AM.  Cost is $40 a person and will include mulligans.  Cash payouts and hole prizes will be featured.  Call 469-1214 and leave a message to sign up.