=== FRIDAY (The following games have time changes due to the Excessive Heat Warning)
– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, kribam.com — 3A district baseball at Waverly — Clear Lake vs. Charles City — 6:00 first pitch
– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 4A substate baseball — Mason City High vs. Des Moines Lincoln — 8:00 first pitch
– AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — 1A district baseball — Newman vs. West Fork — 7:00 first pitch
MASON CITY — 10th-ranked Mason City opens up substate baseball tournament play at home against Des Moines Lincoln tonight. Mason City is 24-14 on the season, having won six of their last nine contests, including splitting a doubleheader earlier this week with 4th-ranked Ankeny Centennial and blowing out Clear Lake. Lincoln comes in with a record of 15-23. You can hear the Mason City-Des Moines Lincoln game tonight on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com — the start time has been changed due to the excessive heat warning. First pitch at Roosevelt Field is now scheduled for 8 o’clock. In the other games in Class 4A Substate 2, 7th-ranked Des Moines Roosevelt hosts Des Moines Hoover while Fort Dodge is at Ankeny.
WAVERLY — Class 3A baseball teams have district semifinals tonight. In Waverly, Clear Lake will face Charles City in the first of two games, followed by Waverly-Shell Rock hosting Hampton-Dumont-CAL. Clear Lake is 15-14 on the season, beating Charles City in the season opener 14-4. Charles City is 16-16, having finished third in the Northeast Iowa Conference. You can hear the Clear Lake-Charles City game on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and kribam.com — the start time has been changed due to the excessive heat warning. This game will now start at 6 o’clock. The Waverly-Shell Rock and Hampton-Dumont-CAL game is now scheduled for an 8 o’clock first pitch. The winners will face each other in the district final in Waverly on Monday.
MASON CITY — District championship games will take place in Classes 1A and 2A tomorrow night:
== In Class 1A District 4, top-ranked Newman hosts West Fork. The Knights are 33-3 on the season after beating Central Springs 12-2 in the district semifinal on Tuesday. West Fork advanced to the district championship with a 10-2 win over North Iowa. Newman beat West Fork 12-2 back on July 10th. You can hear the Newman-West Fork game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting at about 7 o’clock. The winner will face either Sioux Central or Newell-Fonda in the substate final in Algona on Tuesday.
== In Class 1A District 5, St. Ansgar hosts North Butler. The Saints are 24-9 after downing Rockford in the district semifinals on Tuesday, while the Bearcats are 13-9 after slipping past Janesville 6-5 in the other district semifinal. St. Ansgar took a 9-0 victory from North Butler back on May 28th. The winner will face either Wapsie Valley or South Winneshiek in the substate championship game in Decorah on Tuesday.
== In Class 2A District 3, Osage travels to 7th-ranked New Hampton. The Green Devils are 18-6 after beating Forest City 8-5 in the district semifinals on Tuesday. New Hampton comes in at 26-9 after a 3-0 win over Lake Mills in the district semifinals. The winner will face either Cascade or Oelwein in the substate championship game in Waverly on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Eddie Rosario drove a go-ahead, three-run homer on the first pitch from reliever Yusmeiro Petit in the seventh inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3. With one powerful swing, Rosario produced the first pinch-hit homer of the year for the Twins and helped snap their season-high three-game losing streak. Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron each went deep in the eighth to pad the lead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed rookie center Naz Reid to a multiyear contract. This upgrades the two-way deal they initially gave him before a strong performance for the team’s entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The new contract all but ensures that Reid will be on the regular-season roster after going undrafted out of LSU. The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Reid averaged 11.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.6 minutes over seven Summer League games.
NEWTON — The Indy cars return to the Iowa Speedway this weekend and officials are still looking for a sponsor for the race in the future. Sponsored by Iowa Corn since the first race back in 2007 Saturday night’s event will be called the Iowa 300.
That’s Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt who says replacing a long-time sponsor is difficult.
Hyatt says there are some prospects for sponsorship down the road.
The weekend of action begins Friday night with an ARCA Menards Series race.