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(Boston) (AP) – It didn’t take long before there was a controversial call at the World Series.

Umpires reversed a bad call at second base in the first inning of Wednesday night’s opener between Boston and St. Louis, opening the way for Mike Napoli’s three-run double to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.

With Dustin Pedroia on first, Jacoby Ellsbury on second and one out, David Ortiz hit a slow bouncer to second baseman Matt Carpenter that had an outside chance of being turned into an inning-ending double play.

Carpenter made a backhand flip to shortstop Pete Kozma, who while coming back to the base allowed the ball to bounce off the edge of his glove’s webbing and fall to the ground.

Second base umpire Dana DeMuth called Pedroia out on a force, indicating the ball was dropped by Kozma while he was making the transfer to his throwing hand. Red Sox manager John Farrell came out to argue.

All six umpires huddled near shortstop to discuss the play, and crew chief John Hirschbeck walked toward the Cardinals dugout and told manager Mike Matheny that Pedroia was being called safe. Matheny then argued to no avail.

FOX played audio of Hirschbeck, who was wearing a microphone, explaining the ruling to Matheny on the field:

“There’s five of us out here, OK? And all five of us agreed 100 percent that it wasn’t a catch,” Hirschbeck said. “Our job is to get it right.”

Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre said in an interview on TV that it’s common for the umpires to meet on the field when they have something to say.

“When they huddle, you’ve got more eyes on the play,” he said.

Three pitches later, Napoli lined a double to the gap in left-center.

Under rules changes contemplated for next season, calls such as this would be subject to video review.

(Boston) (AP) – Carlos Beltran left Game 1 of the World Series with bruised ribs Wednesday night after the St. Louis Cardinals’ right fielder banged into the bullpen fence to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam in the second inning.

Beltran was taken to the hospital for X-rays, leaving the Cardinals without one of their best players for most of the game.

He went back against the low wall, which measures nearly 5 1/2 feet, and caught Ortiz’s drive with the bases loaded for the second out in the second inning. David Ross scored on the sacrifice fly to make it 5-0.

Beltran was holding his side and pressing his chest in the outfield before the inning ended. His was due up fourth in the top of the third, and Jon Jay was waiting in the on-deck circle when the half-inning ended. Jay went to center field, and Shane Robinson shifted from center to right.

One of the game’s greatest playoff performers, Beltran is in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career. The eight-time All-Star batted .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in the regular season.

He entered hitting .337 with 16 homers and 37 RBIs in 45 career postseason games. He also had scored 44 runs, stolen 11 bases and compiled a .724 slugging percentage.

Beltran had 12 RBIs in the NL playoffs this year. He struck out in his only at-bat Wednesday night.

(Boston) (AP) – Weather permitting, the World Series is set to start Wednesday night at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both teams have come a long way since they met on a sunny Florida field in February, when Jon Lester pitched Boston to a win in spring training.

Lester and the Red Sox rebounded from an awful season and wound up tied with St. Louis for the most victories in the majors. The Cardinals put aside a flop in last year’s playoffs and excelled with young talent.

Lester is ready to face Adam Wainwright in the opener, though rain is in the forecast and temperatures are supposed to be in the low 40s.

The Cardinals are trying to win their third championship in eight years. The Red Sox are aiming to take their third title in 10 seasons.

“Two historic franchises with a lot of history and a lot of success,” St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. “We take a lot of pride in what has been able to kind of define the Cardinal way and how we go about our business.”

“But realizing, too, you give credit. You give credit where it’s due, and this team in Boston has done some amazing things to make this happen this year and in the past,” he said.

Here are five things to watch when the Cardinals and Red Sox play ball:

FUNNY FENWAY: Baseball’s oldest park opened in 1912, about a week after the Titanic sunk. It’s full of quirky angles and odd dimensions, plus the 37-foot wall in left field, a.k.a. the Green Monster. To fans, it’s a jewel. To the Red Sox, it’s a beloved home. To visiting teams, well, it’s tricky. Hits can take strange bounces at any time, and for clubs like the Cardinals, who haven’t visited Boston since 2008, that could cost them the game in a hurry.

A HAIRY MATCHUP: Nasty or neat, most everyone in this Series seems to be growing a beard. The Red Sox sport the most serious ones, so much so that theirs have names – Mike Napoli’s clump is called “The Siesta.” The Cardinals got into the spirit later in the season and definitely trail in this department. Maybe for good reason, too. “I have a wife that doesn’t enjoy it too much,” outfielder Shane Robinson said.

ANOTHER LOOK: This is likely to be the last World Series where instant replay isn’t available to review most every call. Next year, Major League Baseball intends to make everything except balls-and-strikes subject to review. We’ve already seen a couple of rulings this postseason that umpires might’ve reversed with another look. There are bound to be a few more close ones that get fans buzzing.

YOUNG AND YOUNGER: Both teams are getting major contributions from rookies who spent most of the season in the minors. At 22, Michael Wacha has become an October ace for the Cardinals. Listen for people to cackle “Wacha! Wacha! Wacha!” – like the old Pac-Man sound – when he pitches. Xander Bogaerts is even younger. At 21, the Boston third baseman from Aruba has blossomed into one of the game’s top fresh talents.

TUNED IN: OK, are you going to watch the game tonight? Or maybe “Modern Family” or a “Law & Order” instead? What about this weekend – baseball or football? Last year’s World Series drew the lowest television ratings ever when the Giants swept the Tigers. The numbers have been dropping for years. One of the few exceptions in the last decade: When David Ortiz and the Red Sox reach the Series, viewership spikes. Even if the games drag on well past midnight.

Top row from left to right Jaden Bowles #7, Marisa Butler #2, Taylor Quarti #11, Abby Harris #13 Middle row: Sidney Van Alst #8, Kaitlin Portincaso #12, Bottom Row: Courtney Lashley #3, Skye Ahrenkiel #5, Marley Davis #4, Sidney Burgess #10, Meagan Frazier #6, and Caroline Beykirch #1 (Provided)

Top row from left to right Jaden Bowles #7, Marisa Butler #2, Taylor Quarti #11, Abby Harris #13 Middle row: Sidney Van Alst #8, Kaitlin Portincaso #12, Bottom Row: Courtney Lashley #3, Skye Ahrenkiel #5, Marley Davis #4, Sidney Burgess #10, Meagan Frazier #6, and Caroline Beykirch #1 (Provided)

(West Plains) – The West Plains Middle School 8th grade volleyball team recently finished its season with a winning record of 10 wins and 1 loss.

School officials say that over the last two years, the team played a total of 22 games and had a record of 20 wins and 2 losses.

Congratulations to the West Plains Middle School 8th grade volleyball team!

Varsity Scores: Willow Springs 25, 21, 21; Fordland 11, 25, 25

 Here is a breakdown of the evening’s plays.

Alyssa Tooley- 3 blocks, 2 kills;

Cassidy Crewse 13 digs;

Nichole McGrath- 10 kills, 7 digs, 1 block;

Kyla Hutsell- 1 assist;

Kendra Aldridge- 14 assist, 1 ace;

Shilo Letterman- 8 kills, 15 digs, 3 blocks, 2 aces;

Alexis Brooks- 7 kills;

Madi Hines- 2 assist, kill;

Kelsey Stolba- 9 assist.

It was a great day at Faurot Field, as the Tigers improved to 7-0 with a victory over the Florida Gators.  QB Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards, to lead them to a 36-17 win.

Here is a montage of some of the big plays:

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QB - Ashton Glaser

QB – Ashton Glaser

Fourth-place Missouri State looks for fifth straight win over Leathernecks

Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2) at Western Illinois (3-5, 1-3)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Macomb, Ill.
Site: Hanson Field (16,368)
Series: Missouri State leads 16-15-1 (9-7 in Macomb)
TV: none
Radio: KWTO 98.7 FM (Art Hains, Rob Bolks) and MSU Bears Radio Network
Live Stats: Live Stats
Live Video: WIU Streaming
Listen Live: RadioSpringfield.com  |  MVFC Coaches Teleconference Audio(updated Tuesday)
Tickets: Game 9 Tickets

FIRST AND TEN

  • The Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2 MVFC) head to Macomb for a 6 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 26) contest against the Western Illinois Leathernecks (3-5, 1-3 MVFC) in search of their fifth consecutive win over WIU.
  • Over the course of their four-game win streak vs. WIU, the Bears have averaged 30.3 points, while limiting the Leathernecks to averages of 16.0 points and 327.3 yards of total offense per contest.
  • The Bears are coming off their second-straight home win over a ranked opponent with last Saturday’s 35-21 Homecoming victory against No. 15 South Dakota State.
  • Head coach Terry Allen notched is 125th career victory last weekend, as well as his 30th as MSU’s sideline boss.
  • MSU will be shooting for its third 3-2 MVFC start under Allen and its first since the 2010 season.
  • MVFC Defensive Player of the Week Caleb SchaffitzelClick here to hear it leads the conference in interceptions (3) and ranks second in passes defended per game (1.3), trailing only fellow Bear Howard ScarboroughClick here to hear it (1.4) in that category. Schaffitzel was announced late Monday as The Sports Network FCS National Co-Player of the Week.
  • Scarborough broke up four SDSU passes in last Saturday’s victory to move up to fifth on the Bears’ career chart; with 27 PBUs over his four-year career, the senior cornerback trails Tim Ries (28), Craig Phillips (30), Willie Parks (34) and all-time leader Adrion Smith (37) on MSU’s list.
  • Senior linebacker Nick CanavanClick here to hear it turned in career highs of 2.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for losses in the win over SDSU, marking the first multi-sack game for a Bear defender since Anthony Gradyrecorded 3.0 sacks against South Dakota last October.
  • Ryan HeastonClick here to hear it rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries, while Mikael Cooper-FallsClick here to hear it carried 10 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns last Saturday, giving MSU its first 100-yard rushing duo sinceChris Douglas (165) and Stephen Johnston (130) accomplished the feat on Oct. 23, 2010 vs. Western Illinois. It was Heaston’s first appearance since Aug. 29.
  • Missouri State leads The Valley and ranks fourth nationally in red zone defense (.643), while the Bears’ offense has scored in 11 of its 13 trips inside the opposition’s 20-yard line in league play.

THE SERIES

The Bears are 16-15-1 all-time against Western Illinois, including a 9-7 mark in Macomb. Missouri State has won four straight in the series, including wins at Hanson Field in 2009 and 2011. Terry Allen is 12-3 all-time against the Leathernecks (5-2 at MSU).

THIS WEEK

The Missouri State Bears (2-6, 2-2 MVFC) return to the road for the third time in four weeks Saturday (Oct. 26) when they meet the Western Illinois Leathernecks (3-5, 1-3 MVFC) in a 6 p.m. game at Hanson Field in Macomb, Ill. Missouri State will be seeking its fifth straight win in the series, as well as its first 3-2 Valley start in three years.

MSU is coming off a 35-21 victory over No. 15 South Dakota State, in which the Bears raced out to a 20-0 halftime lead before withstanding a fourth-quarter rally by the Jackrabbits. In his first start of the season, Ashton Glaser threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another, a 69-yard scamper with 4:30 remaining that gave the Bears some much-needed breathing room after SDSU had pulled to within 27-21.Caleb Schaffitzel led MSU’s defensive attack with a season-high 14 tackles, four passes broken up and an interception, and Nick Canavan came through with a career-high two sacks.

Western Illinois suffered a 24-14 road setback to No. 16 Youngstown State last Saturday, despite holding the Valley’s top scoring offense in check throughout the day. The Leathernecks’ defense, which enters this week’s game third overall in the MVFC, held the Penguins to their lowest scoring total of the season before 10 unansered fourth-quarter points snapped a 14-14 tie and sealed the outcome. J.C. Baker rushed for a season-high 148 yards on 28 attempts to lead the WIU rushing attack.

Saturday’s contest will feature two of the top defenses in the Valley, with WIU ranking second overall in pass defense (167.2 ypg) and MSU boasting the league’s third-best rush defense (178.0 ypg).

COACH Terry Allen

Missouri State head coach Terry Allen recorded his 60th career MVFC victory with MSU’s 37-10 win over Illinois State on Sept. 28. With a 61-41 record in 16 seasons as a head coach at UNI (1989-96) and Missouri State (2006-present) in league play, Allen trails only current UNI sideline boss Mark Farley (64 wins) in all-time conference victories.

Allen entered the 2013 season 14th in victories among active FCS head coaches and 32nd on the NCAA’s all-time FCS victories list. Additionally, Allen sits in third on Missouri State’s all-time conference wins list, trailing only Jesse Branch (31 wins) and Rich Johanningmeier (27). Overall, Allen is 125-114 (.523) in his 21st year as a head coach and 30-55 (.353) in his eighth year at Missouri State. The 1979 Northern Iowa graduate is 12-3 vs. Western Illinois (5-2 at MSU) and has an 41-74 overall road record (10-34 at MSU) for his coaching career. Allen is a five-time MVFC Coach of the Year and has previous head coaching stints at UNI (1989-96) and Kansas (1997-2001).

LAST WEEK

Missouri State built a 20-point halftime advantage over No. 15 South Dakota State, then withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Jackrabbits to claim a 35-21 Homecoming victory at Plaster Field.
In his first start of the season, senior quarterback Ashton Glaser threw for a pair of touchdowns and sealed the win with a 69-yard scoring run with 4:30 remaining in the game and the Bears clinging to a six-point lead. Ryan Heaston rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries, while Mikael Cooper-Falls carried 10 times for 104 yards and two touchdowns, giving MSU its first 100-yard rushing duo in nearly three years.
Missouri State, which defeated No. 24 Illinois State in its last home game on Sept. 28, turned in a dominant first-half effort, rolling up 310 yards of total offense — including 222 on the ground — to build a 20-0 halftime edge. However, the Jackrabbits got on the board early in the third period on an Austin Sumer-to-Brandon Hubert nine-yard scoring pass, then added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to trim the MSU lead to 27-21 with just over six minutes to play.
But on the Bears’ ensuing drive, Glaser called his own number on a 3rd-and-4 play at the MSU 32, breaking free at the line of scrimmage and out-racing a pair of SDSU defenders to the goal line to squash the Jackrabbits’ comeback bid.
MSU rushed for 352 yards — its fifth-highest total in the last 10 years — and racked up 478 yards of total offense. The Bears used a series of big plays to break on top early in the game. The Bears wasted little time in setting the tempo, as Glaser completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Julian Burton on the Bears’ first offensive possession of the day, before big runs by Heaston and Cooper-Falls set up two more first-half scores.
Given its largest first-half lead of the season, MSU’s defense followed suit by limiting the high-powered SDSU offense to just 170 yards on 40 plays in the opening half.
South Dakota State got on the board with Sumner’s first touchdown pass to Hubert that capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive and cut the Jacks’ deficit to 20-7 with 7:52 to go in the third quarter.
The Bears responded with a nine-play drive covering 70 yards that ended with Glaser’s second touchdown pass of the day, this one to tight end Gannon Sinclair from 10 yards out to make it a 27-7 contest.
Zach Zenner’s two-yard run just two plays into the fourth pulled the Jacks to within 13 points, and a Bears’ fumble led to another Sumner TD pass, as the junior hit Jason Schneider for a five-yard score to draw SDSU to within 27-21 with 6:04 left on the clock.
Heaston carried twice for a total of six yards to set up Glaser’s game-clinching touchdown run, the longest of his MSU career. The Bears put the clamps on the Jacks from there, coming up with a fourth-down stop on South Dakota State’s next possession, before Caleb Schaffitzel picked off Sumner for his eighth career interception with 1:48 to go to put the finishing touches on the Bears’ first-ever win over SDSU.

(Hillsboro) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team upped its season record to 17-12 with key road wins last week against Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., and Region 16 arch rival Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.

The Grizzlies defeated Redlands 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 Thursday, Oct. 17, and Jefferson’s Vikings 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 Saturday, Oct. 19.

“The things we’ve been working on are really starting to pay off,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said. “We’re doing the things we need to do to get better. We’ve dug 20-plus balls per game over the past two matches, and we hit over .300 in each contest. Our ability to dig the ball and stay in position to make a point is getting better and better, plus we’re getting good swings and making quality kills without so many errors, and that’s what we want to see right now. The better we are defensively, the more opportunities we have offensively.”

Although the Grizzlies dropped their first set against Redlands, they kept digging the ball and made the appropriate adjustments to come back and win the next three. “Once we settled in and turned our defense into offense, things started turning around,” the coach said. “We had seven hitting errors in the first set and seven hitting errors total for the next three sets.”

The return of Redlands’ top middle attacker, who had set out several games due to injury, also played a role in the Grizzlies’ slow start. “It took us a while to adjust to the way they were running their offense with the return of their middle. They have some kids who can do some good things. This was a good test for us,” Wiedemann said.

Against Jefferson, the Grizzlies’ attack fired on all cylinders. “We did all aspects of the game well. We served well, and we dug 22 balls per game. Not only does that lead to good offense for us, it also frustrates our opponent and causes them to try to do too much, which creates errors,” Wiedemann said.

“If we can continue to improve and maintain our ability to dig and turn it into offense, good things are going to happen, especially with the way we’re taking care of the ball on offense,” she added.

Statistically, the Grizzlies were led by sophomore middle/outside attacker Nella Ioramo, who recorded 15 kills against Redlands and 17 kills against Jefferson; sophomore middle attacker Torika Baleilekutu, who hit .600 in both games; freshman libero Alyssa Aldag, who had 20 digs against Redlands and 19 against Jefferson; and freshman setter Brianna Zebert, who had 50 assists against Redlands and 33 assists against Jefferson. Full game statistics can be found at http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/wvball/2013-14/div1/teams/MissouriStateUniversityWestPlains.

Wiedemann praised Baleilekutu for “lighting it up” for the Grizzlies. “She had 20 kills and only two errors on 30 swings in the past two games. That’s phenomenal,” the coach said. Wiedemann also gave kudos to Ioramo for her consistent production on the floor. “She started moving better against Jefferson, and she continues to get a lot of digs for us, too, in six rotations,” the coach said.

Wiedemann also praised sophomore outside attacker Helena Peric and freshman middle attacker Leondra Barrett. “Helen had spurts where she was just unstoppable. She had a string of eight kills on 11 swings against Redlands. We need that consistency from her more often,” the coach said. “Lee Lee (Leondra) played very well against Redlands and extremely well against Jefferson. She was in on transition all the time, and her blocking has made us much more effective on defense. She played an excellent game, even though statistically it doesn’t show as much.”

The Grizzlies will return to the road later this week to meet Region 16 rival Mineral Area College at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Park Hills, Mo. They will make another stop at Hillsboro Friday, Oct. 25, to play in the Jefferson College Halloween Classic, where they will meet Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College at noon and Illinois Central College, East Peoria, at 4 p.m. Illinois Central is ranked sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll.

“Mineral Area is a big match for us,” Wiedemann said. “It can set us up for the top seed in the region tournament. We want to feel really good about what we’re doing here at the end of the season, so we need to win this match.

“Hutchinson also will be an important game for us. They will be looking for some revenge since we beat them in our Grizzly Invitational Tournament, so we will have to be on our toes and take care of business,” the coach continued. “Illinois Central is extremely well coached and used to winning. We’re going to have to play the game the right way and take care of the ball.”

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.

MOUNTAIN-VIEW LIBERTY JV VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Pool Play Rounds

Cabool 20, 17; Willow Springs 25, 25

Grace Bailey- 7 kills, 4 service points (ace), 2 blocks, 4 digs; Cassidy Crewse- 7 kills, 4 digs, 4 service points; Alyssa Tooley- 8 kills, assist, 4 digs, 5 service points; Mikeala Deeds- 3 digs, kill, 8 service points (ace); Kendra Aldridge- 2 kills, 20 assist, 3 service points (2 aces), block.

Ellington 25, 19; Willow Springs 25, 25

Grace Bailey- 4 digs, 4 kills, 7 service points (2 aces); Cassidy Crewse- 6 kills, 2 service points (2 aces), 1 dig; Jaci Story- 4 service points (ace), 1 assist; Alyssa Tooley- 4 kills, 2 digs, 4 service points (2 aces); Mikeala Deeds- 6 service points, 3 digs, 1 kill; Kendra Aldridge- 13 assist, 1 kill, 5 service points, 4 digs.

Semi-Final Round:

Ava 16, 21; Willow Springs 25, 25

Grace Bailey- 7 digs, 7 kills, 1 block; Cassidy Crewse- 9 service points (ace), 3 kills; Jaci Story- 2 kills, 1 assist, 3 service points (2 aces), 1 dig; Alyssa Tooley- 7 service points, 3 kills, 2 assist; Mikeala Deeds- 3 digs, 2 service points, 1 kill; Kendra Aldridge- 9 assist, 5 kills, 3 digs, 1 block, 5 service points (ace).

Mountain-view Liberty 23, 22; Willow Springs 25, 25

Cassidy Crewse- 3 kills, 3 digs, 4 service points (2 aces); Jaci Story- 10 service points, 3 digs, 1 kill, 1 assist; Alyssa Tooley- 6 kills, 4 digs, 3 service points (ace), 1 block; Mikeala Deeds- 1 dig, 3 service points, 4 kills; Kendra Aldridge- 14 assist, 1 kill, 1dig, 1 assisted block; Grace Bailey-1block-1 assisted block, 4 service points, 3 kills.

“We started from behind in every set, but rallied to win after the slow starts. Won every match in straight sets. The girls had a lot of fun, they hustled and played hard. They were very deserving of this championship win. Playing/beating/meeting mountain view in the championship match was especially sweet because they are responsible for our only two loses. ”

Thursday, October 17
Grizzly Volleyball defeated Redlands OK 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23
 
Saturday, October 19
Grizzly Volleyball defeated Jefferson MO 25-18, 25-17, 25-16
 
Sunday, October 20
Grizzly Basketball Scrimmage Games

-        Defeated Brown-Mackie KS 58-51

-        Lost to Seward County KS 27-38

-        Defeated Butler County KS 51-45