All three local schools had big games on Saturday, and they all won. Saturday was billed more as big games for Missouri and Kansas, but it turned out that Kansas State decided that they too had a big game.
All three not only faced big tests, but they all won. Those wins were important in different ways.
Kansas had recently worked on their defense and showed some improvement in their four wins before Saturday’s game. But with those being against weaker opponents, Saturday’s game against Texas Tech provided more of a challenge. Kansas’ win on Saturday was a nice way to back up their recent success. Tuesday they play Texas. That’s another step up in competition to test Kansas’ improvement.
Missouri had its own challenge. They had lost three consecutive games. Two of those games were without Jeremiah Tilmon. With Tilmon back on Saturday, the question was would he help turn around the team, or would the team continue to spiral downward. He not only helped the Tigers, but he was perfect from the field. Like Kansas, Missouri will need to continue this for us to believe it is for real.
And yes, even Kansas State had a chance to help their season on Saturday. The Wildcats had not won at all in 2021. They had played better in the past couple of weeks. They showed fight for their coach. But it had not resulted in a win. Saturday they finally turned their hard work into a win. They did what few losing teams do. In a close game, down the stretch, Kansas State stepped up and made the plays necessary to win.
Mike Matheny said that Ervin Santana is ahead of others because he has been pitching in winter ball. Matheny said Santana has to be considered for a spot in the rotation at this point.
Sporting KC player Roberto Puncec will no longer occupy an international roster spot on the roster. He recently obtained his green card.
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