K-Heart Sports – 06/27/23


MINOT, ND – The Dakota Dustup rivalry between the Minot Hot Tots and Bismarck Larks resumed last night in Bismarck. The Larks scored one in the third inning, added four in the fourth, and one more in the sixth as they won 6-1. The Hot Tots only run came in the seventh inning. Bismarck scored their six runs on 12 hits. Minot tallied 6 hits. Rawley Hector takes the loss pitchinig 4 innings and giving up 5 runs (all earned) on 8 hits, walking none and striking out 7. Jonny Lowe gets the win for Bismarck as he goes 6 innings giving up no runs on 4 hits, walked 5 and struck out 8. The Larks improve to 12-15 on the year while the Hot Tots fall to 5-20. The two teams play again tonight moving to Corbett Field here in Minot. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 pm. Bismarck has won all three meetings with the Hot Tots this year.
MINOT, ND – Legion baseball scores:
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
Mandan Chiefs def. Dickinson Roughriders, 8-5
Mandan Chiefs def. Dickinson Roughriders, 7-3
Class A
Minot Metros def. Crosby (Class B), 7-6
Mandan A’s def. Williston Oilers, 11-7
Williston Oilers def. Mandan A’s, 16-7
Class B
Burlington def. Surrey, 2-1
Washburn def. Crosby, 15-1
MINOT, N.D. (MSU) – Minot State first baseman Gunnar Kozlowitz has earned his second award for his defensive efforts. The junior from Littleton, Colorado was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Central Region All-Defensive Team, after putting up an outstanding .996 field percentage this past season for the Beavers. Kozlowitz also was named to the NSIC All-Defensive Team this spring as he had 244 putouts at first base with 13 assists and just one error all season for that .996 fielding percentage. The Beavers first baseman also earned First Team All-NSIC honors and was named to the ABCA Central Region Second Team this season. Kozlowitz led Minot State with a .410 batting average this spring, and his 16 home runs and 16 doubles also were team highs. Playing in 46 of the Beavers’ 48 games, he also was second on the team with 53 RBIs.
MINOT, ND – Kenmare-native Jacob Rodin has been honored again by the Summit League. Rodin has been honored as the Summit League Men’s Track Athlete of the Year. He is the first NDSU Bison to take home the honor outdoors since the creation of the award in 2010. Rodin’s accomplishments in his senior season include breaking a 36-year-old meet record in the 800m (1:47.58) to win the league outdoor title. He also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay that clocked a 3:10.80 to take home NDSU’s third-consecutive league title. Rodin qualified for his second consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships and took the final qualifying spot after he finished third in his quarterfinal heat at the West Prelims. Rodin finished 17th in the 800m for honorable mention All-America at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – Incoming freshman defenseman Jake Livanavage has been named to the World Junior Summer Showcase roster, as announced by USA Hockey on Thursday. The World Junior Summer Showcase, which will also include players from Finland and Sweden, serves as an evaluation for athletes seeking to make their respective national teams for the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held Dec. 26, 2023, through Jan. 5, 2024, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Livanavage will come to North Dakota following three seasons with Chicago (USHL), starring along the blue line. The Phoenix, Ariz., native tallied 90 points in 152 career games in a Steel uniform while finishing with a +42 rating and reaching the postseason in all three years.
ATLANTA (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit the go-ahead homer off Sonny Gray in the seventh, Spencer Strider allowed three hits in seven innings while striking out 10 and the Atlanta Braves beat the Minnesota 4-1 in the Twins’ first visit to Atlanta in seven years. Ronald Acuña Jr. added a two-run homer in a three-run seventh. Joey Gallo’s 13th homer gave the Twins a 1-0 lead in the second. Strider (9-2) won his fifth consecutive decision, reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 11th time in 36 starts, including five this season. He has allowed one run in each of his last two starts after giving up a combined 13 runs in back-to-back games.
Braves RHP Bryce Elder (5-1, 2.40) starts tonight against Twins RHP Joe Ryan (8-4, 2.98).
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – RHP José De León will need a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. De León was placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday after hurting his elbow while warming up a day earlier. Minnesota recalled RHP Josh Winder from Triple-A St. Paul. … 2B Jorge Polanco (left knee inflammation) has started baseball activities, including taking grounders and hitting in a cage.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have kept center Naz Reid off the market by agreeing to terms on a three-year, $42 million contract that comes with a player option after two seasons. The deal, which was struck Sunday night, was confirmed Monday by Reid’s agents, Sean Kennedy and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management. Reid was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this weekend following a breakout year on both ends of the court for the Timberwolves, who already have made major investments in big men Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns yet still valued Reid’s upside enough to make him a well-paid backup.
Undrafted out of LSU in 2019, the 6-foot-9 Reid has become one of the most popular players inside and outside the team for his steady development, even-keeled demeanor and ferocious dunks. He averaged 11.5 points and shot 53.7% from the floor in 68 games in 2022-23, both career bests. When Towns missed 52 games with a strained calf, Reid proved his value while his status in the rotation was elevated. In four games when his playing time topped 30 minutes, Reid averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds. After he suffered a broken left wrist during the final week of the regular season, Reid was clearly missed in Minnesota’s first-round playoff series loss to eventual NBA champion Denver. The Timberwolves had his Bird Rights and thus were able to pay him more than any other team could have offered in free agency when the NBA’s negotiating period opens on Friday night, but consistent playing time was Reid’s highest priority.

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