Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

T-Bones Baseball: An inside look at your hometown team

August 18, 2005

It was a dark and stormy night.

Two of them to be exact.

And when the clouds broke and the T-Bones were finally able to take the field again on Sunday afternoon, the St. Paul Saints bullied their way to a double header sweep.

Thus has been the second half of the season for the Kansas City T-Bones, a team that showed so much promise in the first half yet is currently stuck in the middle of one of the team's worst stretches since arriving in Kansas City three summers ago.

After stormy weather forced the cancellation of two games last weekend, the T-Bones returned to the field a bit rusty.

St. Paul picked up a pair of victories on Sunday, beating T-Bones' ace Greg Bicknell 5-1 in the opener. Seven Kansas City errors contributed mightily to the loss.

It was the second straight loss suffered by Bicknell, who fell to 12-5.

In Sunday's second game, rookie third baseman Brandon Jones smacked his 12th home run of the year in the bottom of the second, but that was all the run support the team would provide newcomer Joe Gannon.

Gannon, a knuckleballer who joined the team last week, pitched well, but gave up two runs in the fifth to set the final margin.

The losses not only knocked the T-Bones (10-18) into fourth place in the South Division -- three and a half games behind St. Paul -- but also dropped the team seven games behind first-place Lincoln.

It wasn't all bad news for the T-Bones last week, however, as the team was able to muster a few smiles during Friday's massive rain delay.

At one point during the downpour, T-Bones Greg Jacobs and Sean Flynn took the field in shorts and T-shirts and treated the infield tarp like a gigantic slip-n-slide.

In addition, the team was incredibly hospitable to the Kansas Plowboys, an 11-and-under baseball team based in McClouth, that was supposed to warm up on the field before the game.

The Plowboys, decked out in their orange and blue uniforms arrived at CommunityAmerica Ballpark expecting a night they'd never forget.

Although the rain spoiled the baseball part of it, the T-Bones delivered anyway.

While the teams waited for the official word about the rain delay, the Plowboys were welcomed into the T-Bones' locker room, where they received autographs and got to meet the players.

Ten-year-old Dakota Patterson emerged from the locker room in need of a new mit, as the one he brought with him was covered with ink from numerous T-Bones' signatures.

Plowboys coach, Kirk Patterson, said although the team was disappointed about the rain delay, the T-Bones still made the experience memorable.

"They were awfully good to our boys," Patterson said. "It was really neat of them to do that for us."

Kansas City opened a homestand with the Sioux City Explorers on Tuesday night. After the Explorers leave, Gary will come to town for a four-game set beginning Friday, Aug. 19.

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