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The NCA awards banquet is coming up Sunday. The NCA All-Star basketball games are Monday, Volleyball is set for Tuesday. All-Star Softball will be Wednesday (7/25) in Lincoln. Executive Director Darin Boysen discusses the events. 

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Darin Boysen

Hastings is tied for second in the Clark Division of the Expedition League after a 12-1 loss at Western Nebraska. The Sodbusters host Hub City for a two-game series beginning at 6:35 tonight. 

Coach/GM Bryan Frew

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas missed a chance to win the College World Series when a foul pop dropped between three infielders. Oregon State made the Razorbacks pay for it behind one of the best pitching performances in a title game.

Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth victory in the CWS, and Oregon State — a night after escaping on the ninth-inning, two-out foul ball fiasco, beat Arkansas 5-0 on Thursday night for its third title.

Abel was the fourth pitcher in the CWS' 71-year history to throw a shutout in a title game, and the first to do it allowing so few hits.

"Kept making pitches, kept getting outs," Abel said. "I felt better as the game went on and just rode it out. I was going to give it everything I had. I really appreciate they let me go out there. It was a lot of fun."

He retired the last 20 batters, catching Luke Bonfield looking at strike three on a 3-2 pitch to end it.

Oregon State (55-12-1) capped a two-year run in which it won 111 of 130 games.

"As soon as the last play was made, I just got goose bumps," Trevor Larnach said. "Came in and ran probably jumped the highest I've ever jumped. But that was a jump of joy. Last year left a salty taste in our mouth, and every single person on the team probably remembers that. Ever since then, we were out to finish the job. We sure did finish."

On Wednesday, Arkansas failed to catch a two-out pop foul in the ninth inning that would have secured its first national title. The Beavers, down to their last strike, rallied to force the winner-take-all Game 3.

"There was probably still that 'What if?' and disappointment. It's human nature," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said about the emotional hangover. "We had a good hitters' meeting, we let them sleep in, pregame was good. Seemed like they were locked in. But we never got that hit. We never got anything going. Who's to say? I don't think we'll ever know. If Abel hadn't thrown so well, maybe it's a little different story, but he didn't give us a chance."

Oregon State, which came from behind for three of its six CWS wins, was in control all the way in the winner-take-all Game 3. Arkansas (48-21) was shut out for the first time in 100 games.

Abel (8-1) ran into trouble in the third when Arkansas loaded the bases with one out. He struck out Heston Kjerstad and got Bonfield to fly out to end the inning, and the Razorbacks had no base runners the rest of the night. Abel struck out 10 and walked two in a 129-pitch outing.

Adley Rutschman, who set a CWS record with 17 hits, went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs. He was 17 for 30 (.567) with 13 RBIs in eight games and was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Rutschman singled his first three times at bat and drove in a run in the first against Isaiah Campbell (5-7) and another in the third for a 3-0 lead.

Abel had been used as a starter and reliever this season, and his versatility and durability were important for the depleted pitching staff.

"My goodness, that man. Unbelievable," said Rutschman, the Beavers' catcher. "Just the progression he made. No one would have thought that he'd do that coming in. He was getting pulled from starts. He comes out and throws a complete game in the most important game of the year. Pretty special to me. He's going to do big things."

Abel pitched an inning of relief to earn the win Wednesday. That was four days after he started and allowed three hits and a run in seven innings against Mississippi State. On June 18 he pitched four innings of one-hit, one-run relief against Washington.

Abel mixed a low-90s fastball with a changeup and picked his spots with his curveball. The only hits he allowed were Grant Koch's double down the left-field line and Casey Martin's swinging bunt, both in the third inning.

"You couldn't predict what he was going to do," Carson Shaddy said. "He had command of all three pitches. He pitched lights out. He was just on."

The Beavers, also the winners in 2006 and 2007, were by far the most dominant team in the nation through the 2017 regular season and brought a 54-4 record to Omaha. But after winning their first two games here, they made a stunningly meek exit with two straight losses to LSU.

They brought back almost everybody in the everyday lineup along with ace Luke Heimlich.

Oregon State was the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and swept its regional and super regional to return to the CWS. In Omaha, the Beavers took a circuitous route to the championship. They lost their opening game and came from behind in two of the four elimination games they had to win to reach the finals.

"Having the season we had last year was phenomenal, but to come up short, there's that missing piece at the end that you can never get back and you don't know if you're ever going to make it back to Omaha.

"To be able to come through the losers' bracket, play eight games, and having everyone step up at the right time when we needed them to, it just makes everything so much better."

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State hadn't been able to catch a break in the College World Series finals. And then the ninth inning happened Wednesday night.

Three Arkansas fielders watched a foul ball drop between them with two outs. If one of them catches the ball, the Razorbacks would have locked up the national championship.

No one did.

Cadyn Grenier singled in the tying run, and Trevor Larnach followed with a two-run homer into the right-field bullpen to give the Beavers the lead in a 5-3 win that forced a third and deciding third game on Thursday night.

"As soon as you see the ball drop, you know you have another life," Grenier said. "I needed to refocus and make the most of that extra life we got. That's a gift."

Arkansas (48-20) turned back the Beavers (54-12-1) when they threatened in the sixth and eighth innings, and they were in position to do the same in the ninth if not for the bungled foul ball.

Zach Clayton, who pinch ran for Zak Taylor after a walk leading off the ninth, was on third when Grenier came up to bat with the entire stadium on its feet.

On a 1-1 pitch from Matt Cronin (2-2), Grenier popped the ball high behind first base and toward the stands. There was plenty of room to make the catch, and second baseman Carson Shaddy, first baseman Jared Gates and right fielder Eric Cole converged. No one took charge and the ball hit the ground.

"I was running and didn't hear anybody call it, and I overran it," Shaddy said.

While the ball was in the air, Grenier said, he hoped it would flare off into the stands.

"I knew I hit it decently deep so it wasn't going to be a routine pop foul catch," he said. "It wasn't. It landed in a spot between three guys, and it worked to our advantage."

Cronin took a moment to compose himself, wiping his brow and adjusting his hat. His next pitch was way high and, after a foul ball, Grenier sent a drive into left field to score Clayton. Grenier pumped his fist as he ran to first and punched the air twice more when he rounded the base.

Larnach's 19th homer of the season ramped up the celebration in the Beavers' dugout. Kevin Abel (7-1), who pitched the eighth, gave way to closer Jake Mulholland in the ninth. The game ended when Mulholland fielded Casey Martin's comebacker and threw to second to start a double play.

"You've got to move on," said Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn, whose team had been 44-0 when leading after eight innings. "You can't take it back. It's over. Get your head up and start getting your mind right because it's going to be tomorrow before you know it and we need to come out here and give ourselves a chance."

The Beavers have been the hottest hitting team throughout the CWS but struggled to convert chances in the finals until they caught their huge break in the ninth inning.

They had runners on first and third with none out in the sixth when Kyle Nobach popped up a bunt that pitcher Kole Ramage caught. Ramage then threw back to third to double off Grenier, and a groundout ended the inning.

Adley Rutschman, who homered in the fourth, singled leading off the Oregon State eighth and was on third after a passed ball. Cronin came on, struck out Tyler Malone and got pinch hitter Steven Kwan to fly out.

"We were looking for something good to happen, and needed something good to happen" OSU coach Pat Casey said. "Our guys never gave in. So I think that that's what created that opportunity for us to have something good happen."


Arkansas will send Isaiah Campbell to the mound for Game 3. Casey did not name his starter. The Oregon State said his pitching staff is spent and that whoever starts probably won't go more than five innings.

Campbell (5-6) was outstanding against Florida on Friday, matching his career high with eight strikeouts.


Oregon State's bullpen has worked 37 innings over seven games and allowed just seven earned runs. Relievers have combined for 38 strikeouts and 14 walks.

"They've kept us in the game," said catcher Rutschman. "We've had to use a lot of pitching. We've played a lot of games here. They are playing a huge part in our success. Hopefully we can keep that up for one more game."


Grenier finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs. Before driving in the tying run in the ninth, he gave the Beavers a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he put down a perfect suicide-squeeze bunt on the third-base line with bases loaded to score Taylor.

"Yeah, that was my call, and it felt great," Grenier said. "It worked perfectly. All I can say about that is learn to bunt, kids. It's important."


Game 3 on Thursday night.

Kearney, NE. – Tri-City Storm forward Tyler Madden was selected 68th Overall in the 3rd Round of Saturday’s NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas by the Vancouver Canucks. With Vancouver’s selection, Madden became the 34th player in Storm history to be selected in the NHL Draft. Madden led Tri-City with 15 goals during the 2017-2018 season, and was named MVP for Team East in the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kearney on January 9th.
Madden, 18, of Deerfield Beach, FL, finished his rookie season in the USHL with the Storm after being acquired in a trade with Central Illinois on December 11th. Madden impressed amateur scouts during the 2017-2018 season, and finished the year as the 39th ranked North American forward in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings. In addition to Central Scouting, Madden was highly touted by TSN draft expert Bob McKenzie, who listed him as the 62nd best player available prior to the draft. Last month, Madden was one of 104 players invited to the 2018 NHL Combine in Buffalo, NY. He was one of 25 USHL player’s to participate in the event and was Tri-City’s lone representative. Madden recorded high marks in several of the combine’s various tests. He reached 13 mph in the “Pro Agility- Right Max Speed” test, recording the 2nd highest score of any prospect. Madden’s slightly lower 12.9 mph result in the “Pro Agility- Left Max Speed” test gave him the 6th best score in the event. He also recorded the 2nd lowest fatigue index and 2nd lowest body fat percentage of any prospect at the combine. His fatigue index score was 14.0 and his body fat percentage was measured at 7.28%.
Madden finished the season as the Storm’s leading scorer with 15 goals on the year. His 5 game winning goals also led the team, and tied for the most among USHL rookies. He recorded the 3rd most shots on goal of any USHL rookie with 141, and also finished Top 10 in rookie scoring with 34 points. On April 15th, Madden was named to the 2017-2018 USHL All Rookie 2nd Team for his efforts this season. Madden was the story of the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in January, leading Team East to a 4-3 victory on the Storm’s home ice at the Viaero Center in Kearney. Madden was named MVP of Team East, recording two goals, including the game winning goal late in the 3rd period. In November, Madden was named to the U.S Junior Select team for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia. Madden led Team USA with 3 goals and 5 points during the tournament. The U.S team won a silver medal in the event.
“Being drafted by Vancouver was an amazing feeling for me. It was great to have my whole family there with me on draft day. Leading up to the draft I was a little nervous, but when I finally heard my name called it was a sigh of relief. The whole experience was amazing and hard to sum up into words. I had a great year this season in the USHL, playing against the great competition in the league I was able to show people what I can do. From the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia to the Top Prospects Game in Kearney it was a great year. I hope to build strength, get bigger and faster, and improve my skating this summer before my freshman season at Northeastern.” – Forward Tyler Madden
“I was first introduced to Tyler working with Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. He is an offensive catalyst, he showed up in the big games, and also showed us how relentless he is. He’s determined to be involved in the game, no matter how physical other teams played against him, there was nothing that stopped him. Tyler has an elite hockey sense and we feel as a staff he’s going to be a great college player and will be fun to watch next season at Northeastern. That’s what it’s all about for us, watching a player from our program move on and have success at a higher level. Saturday was a great day for Tyler and a great day for the Tri-City Storm” – Head Coach/GM Anthony Noreen
Prior to his time in the USHL, Madden skated for the Avon Old Farms School in Avon, CT. Madden captained the team during the 2016-2017 season and was named 1st Team All-New England High School Hockey following the season. NHL Alumni of the Avon Old Farms Winged Beavers hockey program include; Jonathan Quick, Cam Atkinson, Nick Bonino, and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch. 
Madden previously announced a commitment to play college hockey at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is set to begin his freshman season with the Huskies in the fall.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Arkansas didn't hit much against Luke Heimlich and Christian Chamberlain in Game 1 of the College World Series finals. In fact, the Razorbacks struck out 16 times.
Somehow, some way, they sit on the cusp of their first national championship in baseball after beating Oregon State 4-1 Tuesday night.
They capitalized against a faltering Heimlich in a four-run fifth inning, got a strong start from Blaine Knight with shutdown relief pitching and mixed in a few big defensive plays. That enabled the Razorbacks to win on a night when they mustered just five hits.
"I feel fortunate to win the game," Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said. "Baseball is a little different game sometimes, and you have eight innings where you don't do much and you put together one inning. You pitch good enough and play defense, you can win. That's kind of what went on tonight."
The finals opener, delayed a day because of rain, seemed to have a little bit of everything — a fly ball lost in the sun that went for a ground-rule double, a runner interference call against Oregon State and an overturned foul call on a ball hit down the right-field line.
Nothing turned the game more than the sudden collapse of Heimlich.
"He started to lose it," OSU coach Pat Casey said. "He didn't throw the ball where he needed to. He'd been real good all year long, and certainly really struggled in that inning."
After failing to get out of the third inning in both of his previous CWS starts, the Beavers' ace was in full command while striking out five and limiting the Razorbacks (48-19) to one hit through four innings.
In the fifth, though, the senior left-hander issued a walk and hit two batters.
"He lost command of his fastball a little bit and was out of the zone, so as hitters we're all just trying to be patient, see him in the zone, and he ended up also missing his spots a few times," Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad said. "That equaled a few more runs for us."
Arkansas starter Blaine Knight (14-0) went back to the mound with a 4-1 lead, pitched another inning and left having allowed seven hits with six strikeouts. Barrett Loseke and Matt Cronin combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.
Michael Gretler's base hit in the second put Oregon State (53-12-1) up 1-0. The Beavers looked ready to add to the lead when Kjerstad lost Trevor Larnach's fly in the sun and it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.
Adley Rutschman was on first and Larnach on third when Tyler Malone grounded to first and Jared Gates threw to second to start a double-play attempt. Rutschman ducked as he approached the bag — rather than sliding or peeling off away from the play — and was called for interfering with shortstop Jax Biggers. It was ruled a double play, Larnach was ordered back to third base, and Knight struck out Gretler to end the inning.
"It appeared Rutsch was doing everything he could to get out of the way," Casey said. "The ball left the guy's hand. They weren't near one another, so I don't agree with the call. We had that run taken off the board right there, so that makes it tough."
The play seemed to swing the momentum Arkansas' way.
Heimlich (16-3) issued a walk and gave up back-to-back singles for the Razorbacks' first run in the fifth. Heimlich then hit two straight batters to bring home another run. Arkansas extended its lead to 3-1 after second baseman Nick Madrigal's bobble trying to throw to second on a grounder.
Christian Chamberlain replaced Heimlich and walked the first batter he faced, making it 4-1. Chamberlain struck out 11 in 4 2/3 innings but also walked five.
Oregon State is in the same position it was in back in 2006 when it won its first title. The Beavers lost their CWS opener and lost Game 1 of the finals against North Carolina before winning the last two. They also are the first team since 2010 to make the finals after losing their first game in Omaha.
"We have to come out tomorrow with more of an edge," Rutschman said. "There's something about facing elimination that you can't really explain. I hope we come with fire and energy tomorrow."
Heimlich's first two appearances in Omaha didn't draw much reaction from the crowd other than cheers from Oregon State supporters. That was mostly the case again Tuesday, though there were scattered boos when he was introduced before the game and a woman behind the Arkansas dugout stood and gave a thumbs-down with her right hand.
Last year, Heimlich left the team before the CWS when it was revealed he had pleaded guilty to molesting a young relative when he was 15. The university allowed him to return to the team this year. He served two years of probation and went through a treatment program but denied wrongdoing in recent interviews with Sports Illustrated and The New York Times.
Game 2 is Wednesday. The winner of Game 1 has won 11 of the 15 finals since the best-of-three format began in 2003.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned. Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.

A news conference with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred was scheduled for Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park, the host site for the CWS. The move would be similar to the regular-season games played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series.


GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA - The Nebraska Danger and Arizona Rattlers have both clinched playoff spots, but both are looking to prove their winning attitude. The three-way tie for first place with Iowa and Sioux Falls leads the Rattlers to push for first place.


The Rattlers have yet to fall to the Danger this season. The Danger nearly caught Arizona in the latest match up in Phoenix, but fell short 45-40.

Even though the Danger have not seen a victory since March 30, Nebraska still has the opportunity to make a championship run. This is thanks to the efforts of Darian Monroe as the third leader for tackles in the league. Monroe will have his work cut out for him when facing the number one touchdown scorer of the league, Darrell Monroe of Arizona.


The final Danger home game of the 2018 season makes the perfect Father’s Day gift! Treat Dad to $1 hot dogs and $2 beers along with a night of hard-hitting football as the Danger attempt to take down the defending champs. Starting off the game will be the Cornhusker State Games torch on Relay for Life Night.

Kickoff for the Danger and Rattlers is set for 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at area Pump & Pantry Stores, the Heartland Events Center Box Office or via Ticketmaster. The game will be broadcast live on 2DayFM 103.1 or streamed live at with live video available at

An autograph party with players and coaches will take place after the game.


The Sodbusters and the community of Hastings will be hosting the inaugural Expedition League All-Star Game on July 2nd. The best players from across the league will come to Hastings, Nebraska to have fun with fans and compete with and against athletes from each of the 8 charter members of the league. The 2018 All-Star Game logo will be revealed on social media Thursday, June 14th.

Festivities will include a banquet for media, players, coaches and league officials at C3 Hotel & Suites. Then, everyone will head to the field for The Homerun Derby followed by The Expedition League’s version of the mid-summer classic.

The banquet will be held at 1 pm. Gates for the Homerun Derby and All-Star Game will open at 5:05, with the Homerun Derby starting at 6:05 with each team’s best power hitter launching balls attempting to conquer Duncan Field’s daunting dimensions. For a short break from wood bats, and to help slay the beast, players will be using metal bats for the derby. The All-Star Game is slotted to begin at 7:05 pm.

Along with the planned events, the All-Star Day will have additional fan and coach interaction, special side events, unique food options, plenty of fun activities for kids, and fireworks after the conclusion of the game.

Owner/GM Bryan Frew is honored to have Hastings chosen by the league for the 1st Expedition League All-Star Game. “Steve (Expedition League President) asked me if I would want to host the All-Star Game in Hastings. He loves the market in Hastings and obviously the beauty of Duncan Field. Of course, I said ‘yes’! The all-star games in summer leagues are huge. The talent is unreal and baseball’s all-star games have always been one of the reasons baseball is the best sport in the world in my mind. It’s such a fun way to mark the halfway point of a long season.”

Tickets will go on sale for the general public on Monday, June 18th. Sodbusters season ticket holders and fan club members will have an option to purchase early on June 14th. Tickets can be purchased at

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