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TOPEKA — Kansas State High School Activities Association assistant executive director Jeremy Holaday was named to the National Federation of State High School Associations Baseball Rules Committee for a five-year term that began at the start of the month.
The rules committee meets annually to review current rules, participation data, injury data and other information.
Holaday will represent NFHS Section 5 (Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Minnesota).
“The high school baseball world has gone through some major changes with the pitch count rule and I think Kansas stands where it needs to at this time, in large part to the work of our coaches in this state,” Holaday said. “I will cherish my time on the baseball rules committee and look forward to helping the game of baseball in anyway I can.”
Holaday joins Lawrence Free State coach Mike Hill, who represents the Natonal Federation Coaches Association on the committee. Hill’s term ends in 2018.
CLEBURNE, Texas — The Wichita Wingnuts extended its franchise losing streak to eight games with a 5-4 loss to the Cleburne Railroaders Wednesday in American Association play at The Depot at Cleburne Station.
An error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth allowed Cleburne to score the winning run.
Cleburne starter Alberto Rodriguez went 5 1-3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts. Bryce Beeler and Courtland Cox set up Casey Upperman (1-2), who pitched the ninth inning and claimed the win.
Wichita starter Tim Brown went six innings, allowing four runs, eight hits and four strikeouts. After a scoreless inning each from Mike Devine and James Campbell, Austin Boyle (1-1) gave up an unearned run in the ninth for the loss.
Wichita scored in the first inning on a passed ball. In the bottom of the second inning, K.C. Huth hit a sacrifice fly and Ermindo Escobar hit a solo home run.
Matt Chavez hit an RBI single for Wichita in the top of the third inning. Geraldo Valentin hit a two-run double for Cleburne in the bottom of the third. Christian Stringer tied the game with a two-run single with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
Valentin finished three for five hitting with three RBIs for Cleburne. Alex Polston was three for four.
Cleburne is 27-37, while Wichita is 38-24. Wichita still holds a 12 game lead over the Railroaders with 38 games remaining. The second game of the three-game series is 7:06 p.m. today.
WINGNUT MOVES — Before the game, Wichita signed infielder Wes Phillips, acquired outfielder Tyler Sullivan from the Gary SouthShore RailCats for future considerations, placed pitcher Chad Nading on the inactive list retroactive to July 19 and released outfielder Harrison Kain.
Phillips is a two-time all-state shortstop from Maize South High School, who played a season at Wichita State, a season at Cisco Junior College and two seasons at East Carolina. As a senior, he hit .267 in 41 games.
Sullivan is a third-year professional. He started his career in the Chicago White Sox organization, reaching as high as the Advanced A level.
This season, he played two games with Winston-Salem of the Carolina League, posting a hit with two RBIs in eight games. He played 45 games with Kannapolis of the South Atlantic League, hitting .237 with 13 RBIs. After his release from the White Sox, Sullivan signed with Gary, hitting .275 in 10 games with three RBIs.
Nading was 0-1 for Wichita in two games with a 20.25 earned-run-average. He started the season in the Padres organization with San Antonio, going 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 21 games with five saves.
Kain, a seven-year pro, hit .307 in 54 games with Wichita, hitting three home runs with 31 RBIs. He recently played in the American Association—Can-Am League All-Star Game.
Brown, Devine 7, Campbell 8, Boyle (L, 1-1) 9 and Fisher; Rodriguez, Beeler 6, Cox 7, Upperman (W, 1-2) 9 and Escobar. HR — C: Escobar (1). Time — 3:00. Attendance — 1,752.
WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder re-signed forward Louick Marcotte for the 2017-18 season.
A third-year professional, Marcotte played with the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL in 2015-16, scoring 16 goals with 13 assists in 57 games. He also played in three playoff games.
Last season with Wichita, he scored 18 goals with 20 assists in 62 games.
"Louick is a big body winger with a quick and accurate release," Wichita coach Malcolm Cameron said. "I believe he has the capability of scoring 25-30 goals and he would have done so if he didn't have to fight some nagging injuries last season. He can score a variety of ways and we look forward to him building on his numbers from last season."
"Last year was more of a learning year, but I am very happy to be back in Wichita," Marcotte said. "Our fans deserve a great year of hockey and I will do everything in my power to do so. I can't wait to get things started."
Marcotte is the eighth player signed for the upcoming season.
Wichita starts the season Oct. 13.
THUNDER OPEN SLATED — The Wichita Thunder Open golf tournament is 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Willowbend Golf Course in Wichita.
More information is available at http://www.wichitathunder.com/2017-thunder-open.