Joe's Morning Sports-Monday, June 10, 2019

The Boston Red Sox say they've been notified by the family of David Ortiz that the former slugger sustained a gunshot wound to his "lower back/abdominal region" and that he is recovering after surgery.  Authorities say the 43-year-old Ortiz was shot at close range in an ambush at a bar in Santo Domingo last night.  Ortiz's father says his son is out of danger and that the bullet did not hit any major organ.  Officials say the alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar.

Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins whipped the St. Louis Blues, 5-1 to force a Game Seven of the Stanley Cup final.  Marchand scored during a two-man advantage in the opening period, and it remained a one-goal game until the Bruins scored four times in the third.  Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for Boston, which will host Game Seven on Wednesday.

The 2019 College World Series in Omaha is less than a week away and six teams have secured their spots with Super Regional wins.  Florida State qualified after beating LSU, Louisville topped East Carolina, Michigan surprised UCLA, Mississippi State defeated Stanford, Texas Tech dumped Oklahoma State, and Vanderbilt knocked off Duke.  In deciding games today, Auburn takes on North Carolina and Mississippi meets Arkansas.

Former Fremont standout and rookie forward Jessica Shepard will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee, the Minnesota Lynx announced yesterday.  Shepard's injury was confirmed by an MRI taken at the Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that she will have surgery at a date to be determined.  Shepard injured her knee during Saturday's 89-85 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.  She was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame.  In her first WNBA season, the 6’3 Shepard averaged 4.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in six games with the Lynx.  She tore the ACL in her left knee during her senior season at Fremont.  Shepard bounced back and was named Big Ten freshman of the year in her first season at Nebraska.

The Kelly’s 18’s softball team finished 2-2 at the Lowell Rang Memorial Tournament in Mitchell, South Dakota over the weekend.  They lost an 8-0 game yesterday to Rapid City.  The Kelly’s are now 11-7 on the season.  Also, the Golden Girls 18’s won their own tournament yesterday.

The 52nd Nebraska Match Play kicks off this morning at The Players Club in Omaha, and a wide-open race will ensue for 99 of the best players in the state, including four past champions.  The championship begins with 36 holes of Stroke Play Qualifying today and tomorrow, after which the field will be cut to 32 players and seeded into a match play bracket.  Match play begins Wednesday, with the Rounds of 32 and 16, followed by the Quarterfinals and Semifinals on Thursday, and the 36-hole Championship Final on Friday.  Though four past champions are competing, the defending champion is missing from the field.  After capturing his first Nebraska Match Play title last year, Omaha’s Alex Schaake will instead be playing in the Sunnehanna Amateur, a high-level, national event in Pennsylvania.  John Sajevic of Fremont is one of the four past champions that will be competing this year.  Sajevic is just coming off a win at the 2019 Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship last week, his record fourth, and will look to keep that momentum going.  Other golfers participating include Norfolk’s Kellen Rossman; Plainview’s Tucker Knaak; Fordyce’ Matthew Schaefer; Columbus’ Bryce VunCannon & Sam Morse; & Atkinson’s Mason Hale.

The ‘White’ held off the ‘Red’ 20-13 in the Seventh annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic at Norfolk’s Veterans Memorial Field on Saturday.  The ‘White’ led 20-0 after three quarters but saw their lead dwindle to seven points after a 46 yard field goal by Pierce’ Devan Roth with :05 remaining.  The ‘Red’ then recovered an onside kick and converted a hook and ladder trick play with Randolph’s Noah Scott being tackled at the ‘White’ ten yard line by Oakland/Craig’s Robby Mayberry as time expired.  The ‘White’ scoring came courtesy of Battle Creek’s Ty Heimes 72 yard touchdown pass to West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic’s Jadyn Smear, a 49 yard interception return by Riverside’s Ty Martinson, and two Norfolk High Connor Clayton field goals of 27 & 30 yards.  The ‘Red’ scored on Ponca’s Evan Anderson nine yard touchdown run and two Roth field goals of 27 & 46 yards.  Martinsen led the ‘White’ defensively with nine tackles and the interception return for a score.  Clayton also had nine stops and an interception.  Three players had five tackles defensively for the ‘Red’.  The ‘White’ Defensive MVP was Martinsen and West Point-Beemer’s Ben Vander Griend was the Offensive MVP.  Vander Griend caught five balls for 43 yards.  The ‘Red’ Defensive MVP was Allen’s Kyle Smith, who had five tackles.  Their Offensive MVP was Randolph’s Noah Scott, who had 33 carries for 154 yards and two catches for 31 yards.  Scott broke the Classic record for carries and yardage.  The ‘White’, who led at halftime 17-0, now leads the series 4-3.

The ‘Light’ swept the ‘Dark’ in three sets at the 22nd annual Northeast Nebraska All-Star Volleyball Game on Saturday at Northeast Community College.  The ‘Light’ won by scores of 25-18, 25-21, & 25-14.  The ‘Dark’ won an extra gratuity set 27-25.  The ‘Light’s’ Jessie Brandl of Stanton & the ‘Dark’ squad’s Brianna Bauer of O’Neill were named the MVPs of the match.  Brandl had nine kills and two blocks for the ‘Light’.  Teammate Maggie Brahmer of Pierce recorded eleven kills and two blocks.  Bree Burtwistle of Stanton had seven kills, two blocks, and two digs and Erin Prusa of Howells/Dodge added six kills and two blocks in the win.  Bauer recorded nine kills for the ‘Dark’.  

Local Schedule:  El Paso at Omaha Storm Chasers (Bsbl-12:05).

Local Scores:  El Paso 6 Omaha Storm Chasers 3 (Bsbl).

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      INTERLEAGUE

    

      Final    Arizona      8    Toronto      2

    

    

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          AMERICAN  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Tampa  Bay              6    Boston                1

      Final    Minnesota            12    Detroit              2

      Final    N-Y  Yankees          7    Cleveland          6,  10  Innings

      Final    Houston                  4    Baltimore          0

      Final    Chi  White  Sox      5    Kansas  City      2

      Final    Oakland                  9    Texas                  8

      Final    Seattle                  9    L-A  Angels        3

    

    

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          NATIONAL  LEAGUE

    

      Final    Cincinnati        4    Philadelphia        3

      Final    N-Y  Mets            6    Colorado                1

      Final    Atlanta              7    Miami                      6,  12  Innings

      Final    Milwaukee          5    Pittsburgh            2

      Final    L-A  Dodgers      1    San  Francisco      0

      Final    Washington        5    San  Diego              2

      Final    Chi  Cubs            5    St.  Louis              1

    

    

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          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Boston      5    St.  Louis      1

    

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          WOMEN'S  NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION  PLAYOFFS

    

      Final    Connecticut      65    Atlanta          59

      Final    N-Y  Liberty      88    Las  Vegas      78

      Final    Washington        86    Dallas            62

      Final    Phoenix              94    Indiana          87

      Final    Chicago              78    Seattle          71

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