Sports briefs

The Kansan


Wedgewood Senior Men

1. Sam Farmer, Ed Hodge, Narci Larez, Leo Griffith -5.

2. Doug Phillips, Tim McReedy, Paul Flores, Dick Huska -4.

3. John Wilson, Phil Considine, Dennis Carter, Ed Graf -3.

CLOSET TO PIN — John Wilson. LONGEST PUTT — Dick Huska.

Next play — July 13.

Zach Shima

Bethel’s Shima takes award

Bethel College tennis player Zach Shima was named to the College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 2020-21 Academic All-District At-Large team.

According to the release, athletes “are nominated and voted on by CoSIDA members, and recognize student-athletes for their achievements both athletically and academically. The NAIA At-Large division has a total of four geographically split district teams selected, with each team fielding student-athletes from numerous sports.”

Shima is the sixth Bethel men’s tennis player to be named to the team, including his older brother Tyler. They are the first siblings from Bethel named to the team.

A senior, Zach Shima helped lead the Threshers to the KCAC post-season tournament, reaching the semifinals for the first time since 2014.

He is a three-time KCAC Scholar-Athlete and was named received the KCAC Men's Tennis Sportsmanship Award in the spring.

He is eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-American team, which will be named Aug. 3. 

Wind Surge falls to Naturals

WICHITA — For the third straight night, the Wichita Wind Surge fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Thursday, the Naturals used a six-run first inning to get by the Wind Surge 10-1 in Double-A Central League play at Riverfront Stadium.

The Naturals used a five-run fifth inning to claim an 8-5 win Wednesday.

In Thursday’s game, the Naturals scored six runs in the top of the first inning. Dairon Blanco and Freddy Fermin each drove in two runs for the Naturals. M.J. Melendez and Clay Dungan each added an RBI.

Wichita scored in the bottom of the fourth on an Aaron Whitefield RBI double.

Melendez hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh. Blanco hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth, followed by a two-run shot for Brhet Bewley.

Wichita was held to two hits in the game.

Northwest Arkansas starter Jon Heasley went 4.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Derrick Adams pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing a walk and a strikeout. Josh Dye (2-0) went two innings and was credited for the win, allowing a walk with four strikeouts.

Austin Schulfer (2-5) took the loss for Wichitam lasting just one inning.

The Naturals opened scoring Wednesday with a Brewer Hicklen solo home run in the second inning. Wichita tied the game on a Leobaldo Cabrera RBI single in the third inning.

Ferman hit a two-run double for Northwest Arkansas in the top of the fourth. Ray Morales hit an RBI single for Wichita in the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the fifth, Nick Pratto hit a two-run triple, Melendez hit an RBI double, a run scored on a double play ball. Fermin hit a solo home run.

Yefri Del Rosario and Stephen Woods Jr. each struck out four for the Naturals. Woods Jr. (4-6) claimed the win. Collin Snider pitched the final 1.2 innings for the save.

Chris Vallimont (2-4) pitched four innings in the loss, striking out six. Jordan Milbrath also struck out six.

The series continues through Sunday.

Wednesday’s game

NW Arkansas;010;250;000;—;8;8;0


Del Rosario, Woods Jr. (W, 4-6) 4, Watson 6, Snider (S, 2) 8 and Femin; Vallimont (L, 2-4), Phillips 5, Milbrath 7, Lau 9 and Morales. HR — NW: Hicklen (4), Fermin (4). Time — 3:40. Attendance — 4,205.

Thursday’s game

NW Arkansas;600;000;103;—;10;15;0


Heasley, Adams 5, Dye (W, 2-0) 8 and Melendez; Schulfer (L, 2-5), Moran 2, Mason 5, Salinas 7, Morales 9 and C.Hamilton. HR — NW: Melendez (16), Blanco (6), Bewley (4). Time — 3:01. Attendance — 5,013.