Lark spikers

sweep opener

HESSTON — The Hesston College volleyball team opened the season with a pair of wins Saturday at Yost Center.

Hesston downed the Friends University junior varsity in four sets, 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 25-13; and sister school Bethel College JV in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-11.

Stats for the meet were not reported.

Hesston hosts the Bethany JV at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Yost Center.

HC men's soccer

team falls

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Hesston College men's soccer team opened the season with an 11-1 loss to Crowder College Sunday in Neosho.

Crowder, 2-0, led 8-0 at the half.

Scoring details were not reported.

Hesston hosts Region VI rival Allen Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the HC soccer field.

Royals fall

to Yankees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jacoby Ellsbury went three for five hitting with a home run and three RBIs to lead the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Kansas City Royals Monday in a make-up of an earlier rain out.

The Yankees jumped out to a 2-1 lead through four innings, then put things away with four runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth.

Ichiro Suzuki led off the top of the third with a single, went to second on an error, went to third on a ground out and scored on a ground out. Kansas City tied the game in the bottom of the third with a lead off home run by Mike Moustakas.

Stephen Drew put the Yankees on top for good with a solo home run with one out in the fourth inning. Martin Prado led off the seventh inning with a home run. Ellsbury added an RBI single, followed by an RBI single for Derek Jeeter. Brian McCann added a sacrifice fly.

Ellsbury finished things off with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.

Prado and Suzuki each finished two for four hitting. Jeter finished with two RBIs. Jarrod Dyson went two for four hitting for the Royals.

Michael Pineda (3-2) threw 6 1-3 innings for the win, allowing a run on five hits with five strikeouts. David Huff finished the game, allowing two hits with a strikeout.

James Shields (12-7) took the loss for the Royals, allowing six runs on 10 hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. Francisley Bueno and Bruce Chen finished the game.

The Yankees are 68-61, while Kansas City is 72-58. The Royals are 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. The Yankees are six games behind Baltimore in the AL East, but three games out of a wild card berth.

The Royals open a three-game homestand with Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. today.

NY Yankees 001 100 402 —8 13 0

Kan.City 001 000 000 —1 7 1

Pineda (W, 3-2), Huff 7 and McCann; Shields (L, 12-7), Bueno 7, Chen 9 and Perez. HR — NYY: Drew (6), Prado (9). Ellsbury (11). KC: Moustakas (15). Time — 3:02. Attendance — 31,758.

Wingnuts sweep

Grand Prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Wichita Wingnuts claimed a pair of wins over the Grand Prairie AirHogs Monday in American Association play at QuickTrip Park.

Wichita won the first game 10-2 and the nightcap 1-0. The first game was a make-up of an earlier rain out.

In the first game, Ryan Khoury, Victor Diaz, Carlo Testa and Chris McClendon each drove in two runs. Testa was four for four hitting. McClendon went two for four hitting. Chris McMurray added an RBI. Jake Luce hit a solo home run.

Brian Peterson hit a solo home run for the AirHogs. Matthew Burns added an RBI. Brian Myrow went two for three hitting.

Anthony Capra (6-2) pitched six innings for Wichita, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Daniel Bennett finished the game, giving up two hits.

Jason Jarvis (6-5) threw five innings for the loss, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Tobin Mateychick struck out two. Trevor Harden finished the game.

In the second game, Khoury led off the sixth inning with a single, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Diaz single.

David Espinosa went two for three hitting for Wichita. Ryan Gasporra went two for three for Grand Prairie.

Wichita starter Matthew Robertson (1-0) went four innings, allowing three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Chris Peacock threw the fifth for the win. Chase Johnson threw the sixth inning. Dan Sattler threw the seventh, allowing a hit, two walks and two strikeouts for his first save of the season.

Jared Gaynor went 5 1-3 innings for Grand Prairie in the loss, allowing a run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Alex Hinshaw allowed a hit and struck out two to finish the sixth inning. Brett Wallach pitched the seventh. Hinshaw started the season with Wichita.

The Wingnuts improve to 67-27, while Grand Prairie falls to 56-37. Wichita clinches the overall best record in the AA, leading Winnipeg by 7 1/2 games with six games remaining.

Wichita and Grand Prairie meet again at 7:05 p.m. today.

ANOTHER PLAYER PROMOTED — Wichita pitcher Jon Link was purchased by the Miami Marlins Friday just hours before a scheduled start. Link was 11-2 this season with 100 strikeouts and a 3.26 earned-run-average. Link pitched in 127 innings over 20 games. Link was tied for the lead in the AA in wins. He was assigned to Class AA Jacksonville in the Southern League, where he won his first start Sunday.

Link is a 10-year pro who played nine games with the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2010. He spent part of last season with the Wingnuts, as well as with the Class AA and AAA teams in the Detroit system.

Link is the third player for the Wingnuts sold to an MLB organization this year and 22nd all time.

First game

Wichita 101 041 3 —10 12 0

Gr.Prair. 010 001 0 —2 6 2

Capra (W, 6-2), Bennett 7 and McMurray; Jarvis (L, 6-5), Mateychick 6, Harden 7 and Peterson. HR — W: Luce (2). GP: Peterson (3). Time — 2:22. Attendance — 450.

Second game

Wichita 000 001 0 —1 6 0

Gr.Prair. 000 000 0 —0 4 2

Robertson, Peacock (W, 1-0) 5, Johnson 6, Sattler (S, 1) 7 and Dean; Gaynor (L, 0-1), Hinshaw 6, Wallach 7 and Gasporra. Time — 2:17. Attendance — 450.

American Association

North W L Pct. GB

x-Winnipeg 59 34 .634 —

St. Paul 47 45 .511 11.5

Fargo-M. 39 53 .424 19.5

Sioux Falls 31 62 .333 28

Central W L Pct. GB

Gary SS. 50 43 .538 —

Lincoln 49 44 .527 1

Sioux City 44 49 .473 6

Kansas City 41 51 .446 8.5

South W L Pct. GB

x-Wichita 67 27 .713 —

Laredo 56 37 .602 10.5

Grand Prairie 40 54 .426 27

Amarillo 32 60 .348 34

x-clinched division title