K-Heart Sports – 08/04/23

MINOT, ND – The Williston Keybirds saw their season come to end in a Loser Out game on day two of the Central Plains Legion Baseball Tournament in Rapid City. The Keybirds lost to Harrisburg, South Dakota 1-0. Meanwhile, Fargo Post 2 defeated Rapid City, South Dakota 2-1 in the second round winners bracket. Post 2 scored a run in each of the first two innings and then held on. Charlie Kalbrener gets the win pitching all 7 innings and giving up only one earned run on 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks. Fargo Post 2 will play Lincoln, Nebraska today.
MINOT, ND – The Minot Hot Tots began a 4-game home series against the Mankato MoonDogs last night at Corbett Field. Minot trailed 5-0 entering the bottom of the 8th inning when Jake Schulz hit a grand slam. That would be all the runs scored by the Hot Tots who lose 5-4. The second game of the series is tonight at 7:05 pm.
FARGO, N.D. (NDSU) – North Dakota State defensive tackle Eli Mostaert was one of 35 players in the Football Championship Subdivision named to the preseason watch list for the 2023 Buck Buchanan Award, presented by FedEx Ground and given annually to the national defensive player of the year in Division I FCS college football. Mostaert, a senior from Lakeville, Minn., returns to the Bison lineup this year after missing 12 games during the 2022 season with a leg injury, and he has an additional year of eligibility available in 2024. He has 83 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 13.0 sacks and three pass breakups in 30 career games. More players can join the watch list during the regular season before a national media panel selects the winner from a group of finalists. First awarded in 1995, the Buchanan includes past recipients such as Dexter Coakley, Rashean Mathis, Jared Allen, Arthur Moats, and NDSU’s Kyle Emanuel. North Dakota State opens the season against Eastern Washington at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Sept. 2.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michael A. Taylor and Ryan Jeffers each hit a two-run homer, and the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 on Thursday night. The Twins took two of three from the Cardinals and increased their division lead to 2 1/2 games over idle Cleveland. Minnesota has won just twice in its last eight games. Sonny Gray (5-4) picked up the win, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings. In getting his first win since April 30, Gray snapped a four-game losing streak over a span of 15 starts.
RHP Bailey Ober (6-5, 3.19) will face Arizona RHP Merrill Kelly (9-5, 3.23) as the team begin a three-game series at Target Field in Minneapolis.
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has yet to throw a pass in a game for the New York Jets. He’s already responsible for a long completion. Zach Wilson showed he can move New York’s offense as a backup quarterback, but the Jets kicked off the Rodgers Era with a 21-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in the Hall of Fame game. Wilson, whose struggles as a starter the past two seasons sent the Jets on a QB quest that eventually got them Rodgers via trade from Green Bay in April, had some positive moments during his three series. On his 24th birthday, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft was 3 of 5 passing for 65 yards. Wilson set up the game’s first score with a 57-yard completion to wide receiver Malik Taylor — on a play suggested by Rodgers. It was a battle of rookies and reserves as both teams rested their starters in the NFL’s inaugural game of 2023. Browns rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson rallied the Browns with a pair of second-half touchdowns. Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-round pick, threw a 22-yard TD pass to Austin Watkins Jr. with 9:33 left to put Cleveland ahead. Thompson-Robinson also threw a block that sprung Demetric Felton, his former UCLA teammate, for a 10-yard TD run. Greg Zuerlein kicked field goals of 54, 44 and 53 yards and Israel Abanikanda had a 10-yard touchdown run for the Jets.

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