Halstead drops?two games

HALSTEAD — The Halstead High School baseball team opened the season with a pair of losses to Larned Thursday at Riverside Park.?Larned won the first game 11-7 and the second game 13-9.?In the first game, Halstead allowed just five earned runs. Shane VanSteenburg took the loss in releif. VanSteenburg went two for three hitting with three runs scored. Joseph Stovall went two for three hitting with an RBI. Freshman Zach Wright drove in two runs, Coby Jerrell went two for four hitting.?In the second game, Timothy Glassco went three for four hitting with two runs scored and an RBI. Jarrell went two for three with three RBIs. VanSteenburg went two for four with an RBI. Sean Boston went two for four with an RBI. Blake Beckett went two for five.?Halstead plays Tuesday at Wichita Independent.

First game

Larned 101 201 13 —11 12 3?Halstead 002 030 00 —7 8 2

Keith, Palmer (W) 5, Warrick (S) 8 and n/a; Stovall, Wright 5, VanSteenburg (L) 6 and n/a.?Second game

Larned 001 105 2 —13 17 1?Halstead 300 400 0 —9 15 1

Perez, Erway 4, Bryant (W) 4, Palmer (S) 6 and n/a; Jarrell (L), Boston 6 and n/a.

Newton JV?golfers fifth

WINFIELD — The Newton High School junior varsity boys’ golf team opened the season with a fifth-place finished Thursday at the 10-team Winfield Invitational.?Winfield won the meet with a team score of 192, one stroke better than Derby. Hutchinson was third at 203, followed by Campus at 205 and Newton at 208.?Jared Gihring shot a 47 for the Railers to tie for third. D.J. Anderson shot a 52, followed by Conner Mitchell at 54, Jonathan Graham at 55, Jordyn Stevenson at 58 and Hunter Kerr at 70.?Newton competes at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Salina Municipal Golf Course.

Winfield Inv.?Team scores — Winfield 192, Derby 193, Hutchinson 203, Campus 205, Newton 208, Wichita Trinity Academy 215, Arkansas City 216, McPherson 222-62, El Dorado 222-63. Wellington no team score.?Newton scores — t3. Jared Gihring 47, D.J. Anderson 52, Conner Mitchell 54, Jonathan Graham 55, Jordyn Stevenson 58, Hunter Kerr 70.

Thunder wins?playoff opener

WICHITA — Matt Robinson scored 3:17 into overtime to lead the Wichita Thunder to a 4-3 win over the Arizona Sundogs Thursday in the Central Hockey League Miron Cup playoffs at Intrust Bank Arena.?Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Arizona scored two goals in the third. Matt McCready scored with 1:03 remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Arizona scored its final goal with its goaltender pulled off the ice for an extra attacker.?Greger Hansen and Matt Summers each finished with a goal and an assist for the Thunder. Les Reaney added a goal. Kevin Young had two assists. Jon Madden, Andrew Martens and Neil Trimm each had an assist.?McCready finished with a goal and an assist for the Sundogs. Chad Nehring and Mario Laroque each added a goal. Jeff Kyrzakos, Jason Morgan and Kirill Tulupov each had an assist.?Wichita goaltender Torrie Jung stopped 23 of 26 shots for the win. Former Thunder keeper Adan Russo stopped 24 of 28 shots.?Game two of the best-of-seven series is 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena.

Arizona 0 1 2 0 —3?Wichita 1 2 0 1 —4

FIRST PERIOD — Scoring: 1. W Summers (Hanson, Madden) 5:38. Penalties: W Hanson (boarding) 9:03, A Kyrzakos (high sticking) 10:09, W Hanson (interference) 18:18, W Flath (cross country) 19:13.?SECOND PERIOD — Scoring: 2. W Hanson (Martens) :24-sh, 3. A Larocque (Kyrzakos, McCready) 3:31, 4. W Reaney (Young, Trimm) 8:40. Penalties: A Purvis (tripping) 1:17, W Robinson (boarding) 4:16, W Reaney (goalie interference) 6:20, A LeBlanc (tripping) 13:19.?THIRD PERIOD — Scoring: 5. A Nehring (Tulupov) 4:33, 6. A McCready (Morgan) 18:57-ea. Penalties: none.?OVERTIME — Scoring: 6. W Robinson (Summers, Young) 3:17. Penalties: none.?Shots on goal — Ariz. 9-7-9-1—26, Wic. 11-10-6-1—28. Saves — Ariz.: Russso (L, 0-1, 63:13) 10-8-6-0—24. Wic.: Jung (W, 1-0, 63:17) 9-6-7-1—23.?Power plays — Ariz. 0 for 5, Wic. 0 for 3. Penalties-minutes — Ariz. 3-6, Wic. 5-10.?Referee — Blazic. Linesmen — Cassidy, Kehoe. Attendance — 2,166.

Royals top?Cincinnati

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A five-run third inning gave the Kansas City Royals a lead the team would not relinquish in an 8-3 spring exhibition win over the Cincinnati Reds Thursday in Goodyear.?Salvador Perez went two for three hitting with a three-run home run. Alex Gordon went two for three with a home run and an RBI. Paulo Orlando went two for two with an RBI. Eric Hosmer went three for five with two runs scored. Billy Buter went two for three with a run scored.?Ervin Santana (1-1) went four innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Four other Royals pitchers held the Reds to a run on three hits.?Mat Latos (0-2) took the loss for the Reds. Bryson Smith hit a solo home run for the Reds. Latos and Joey Votto each added an RBI. Shin-Soo Choo went two for three hitting with a run score.?Kansas City is 24-7 and ends the spring season at 2:05 p.m. today in Surprise, Ariz., against the Cleveland Indians.

Kan.C. 005 030 000 —8 16 0?Cinc. 110 000 001 —3 10 0

Santana (W, 1-1), Chen 5, Culver 7, Baumann 8, Wheeler 9 and Perez, Kottaras 5; Latos (L, 0-2), Parra 4, Ondrusek 6, Arredondo 7, Hoover 8 Van Mill 9 and Hanigan, Mesoraco 6. HR — Cin: Smith (1). Wic.: Gordon 7, Perez (2). Time — 3:05. Attendance — 3,023.