Schedule set

for 10-year-olds

The schedule has been set for the Newton Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball team at the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the Wordon Park Complex in Wellington.

Newton won the district 4 title and will play Pittsburg at noon Thursday in the opening of pool play.

Newton plays Wellington at 4 p.m. Friday and the district 1 champion at noon Saturday.

The top two teams of each pool advance to the semifinals at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The finals are 6 p.m. Sunday.

Newton Prep

team advances

LARNED – The Newton Prep Babe Ruth Baseball team advanced to the state tournament a top-two finish in the District 4 tournament over the weekend in Larned.

After winning their first two games Thursday and Friday, Newton downed Lyons 9-8 in the semifinals. Trev Golubski was named Newton’s MVP in the game. Ian Akers won the WOW award. In the first game of the finals, Newton fell to Larned 22-10. Akers was named the MVP, while Malicia Coleman was the WOW award winner.

The results of Monday’s second championship game were not available at deadline.

Newton advances to the state tournament Friday through Monday in Frontenac. Newton plays Spring River at 5 p.m. Friday, Garden City at noon Saturday and Girard at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The semifinals are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, followed by the finals at 3 p.m.

Heat 18U teams

1-2 at tourney

AUGUSTA — The Heat 18U softball teams finished 1-2 at the Augusta Fastpitch Festival Saturday and Sunday.

The Heat 18U-Pittenger team finished first at 5-0, while the Heat 18U-Garcia team finished second at 2-1.

In pool play, the Heat-Pitteger downed the Augusta Impact 10, the Augusta Stars 5-4 and the Independence Diamonds 3-2.

The Heat-Garcia downed the Augusta Impact 7-6, the Augusta Stars 7-2 and fell to the Xtreme 10-2.

In the quarterfinals, the Heat-Garcia downed the Augusta Stars 11-10. In the semifinals, the Heat-Pittenger downed the Augusta Impact 3-2 and the Heat-Garcia downed the Xtreme 6-2. In the finals, the Heat-Pittenger downed the Heat-Garcia 6-0.

Heat 14U team

finishes 2-2-1

AUGUSTA — The Heat 14U-Henderson team finished 2-2-1 Saturday and Sunday in the 16U C division at the Augusta Fastpitch Festival.

In pool play, the Heat tied the Abilene Express 3-3, lost to the Wichita Mustangs Grey 8-1 and beat the Kansas Smoke 7-6.

In the quarterfinals, the Heat downed the Abilene Attack 11-5 and lost to the Kansas Smoke 11-10.

Heat team

2nd at tourney

AUGUSTA — The Heat 14U-Burns finished second in the 14C Division of the Augusta Fastpitch Festival Friday through Sunday.

In pool play, the Heat downed the Andover Sliders 6-0, lost to the Kansas Renegades Black 2-1 and beat the Lady Warriors 8-2.

Against the Sliders, Charlee Conroy threw a one-hitter, striking out five.

Against the Renegades, Abby Hartung took the loss despite throwing a one-hitter and striking out eight. Aspyn Conner and Alex Llamas each had two hits. Conner drove in a run.

Against the Warriors, Conroy struck out five for the win. Bri Caitlin had two hits and drove in three runs. Hartung had two hits and two RBIs. Abby Palacioz had two hits.

In the semifinals, the Heat downed the Kansas Renegades Black 6-1. Hartung pitched a three-hitter, striking out five. Llamas and Terbovich each had two hits.

In the finals, the Heat fell to the Haven Wildcats 7-3. Hartung took the loss, striking out two.

The Heat is 9-7 this summer.

ECHL realigns


PRINCETON, N.J. — The ECHL will realign its conferences for the 2016-17 season.

The Wichita Thunder will be placed in the Central Division with the Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye and Tulsa Oilers.

The league will have 27 teams in two conferences with two divisions each. The top four teams in each division will advance to the playoffs. According to the league release, the new format will allow for better travel arrangements in the post season with teams more likely to face rivals. The first two rounds will involve teams in the same division. The third round will be the conference finals. The final round will be the Kelly Cup Championships.

Wichita begins its 25th season of play this fall. Wichita begins its third season in the ECHL. Wichita opens the season Oct. 15 against Tulsa.

The league alignment is listed below:

Eastern Conference

North Division

Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Elmira Jackals, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers.

South Division

Atlanta Gladiators, Cincinnati Cyclones, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays.

Western Conference

Central Division

Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder.

Mountain Division

Alaska Aces, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Utah Grizzlies.