Clark and Umscheid compete for Team USA

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Travis Clark and Mike Umscheid have celebrated countless victories as teammates over the years in a variety of sports.

Saturday may have been the topper.

With both decked out in Team USA uniforms, the Kenosha softball players and longtime friends shared the field when the final out was made in an 18-9 victory over Team Canada on Saturday to close out the Home Run Sports Border Battle VI at Peter Hallman Ballyard in Kitchener, Ontario.

BRIEFS: Johnson scores 46 for Australian team

Former Christian Life basketball standout Grant Johnson wrapped up the regular season on a high note for the Sherbrooke Suns in the Australian Big V League on Saturday.

The 6-foot-5 Johnson poured in a season high 46 points on 19-of-30 shooting in a 105-100 victory over the Bulleen Boomers at East Doncaster Secondary College. Johnson, who also grabbed seven rebounds, was 8-of-12 from 3-point range.

Kings walk-off with a split

While they didn’t clinch the title, the Kenosha Kings were able to close out Wisconsin State League play with a celebratory scene on Sunday.

After losing the first game of their doubleheader to the Eau Claire Cavaliers, 15-7, the Kings rallied for a 4-3 walk-off victory in the second game at Simmons Field.

Simons ends drought at Wilmot Raceway

Nick Simons of Genoa City snapped a four-year drought by scoring a wire-to-wire victory in the 20-lap modified feature on Saturday night at the Wilmot Raceway.

Simons shot into the lead after several aborted attempts to get the feature underway for a series of false starts. Once the green flag came out to stay, Simons settled into a groove, pulling away to win by nearly a straightaway.

All-County baseball second team a strong unit

How talented is the ninth annual Kenosha News All-County Baseball Team?

Eight of the 10 players on the second team received first-team honors on their respective all-conference teams and are certainly worthy of being named first-team All-County.

Kings split a doubleheader with Eau Claire

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Kings pounded out 18 hits in the nightcap Saturday to salvage a doubleheader split against the Eau Claire Cavaliers in Wisconsin State League action at Simmons Field.

The Kings won the second game 13-5 after dropping the opener 6-0. Kenosha (29-13, 14-9 WSL) scored seven runs in the second inning of Game 2, capped by Jason Dennis’ three-run home run to left-center field.

Kingfish win streak reaches six

Make that six in a row for the Kenosha Kingfish.

Burlington Catholic Central product Rex Morrow delivered 61/3 strong innings and the Kingfish bats came to life with four runs in the top of the eighth to win their sixth straight, 4-2, Saturday in a Northwoods League game over the Kalamazoo Growlers at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Local briefs: Junior City Open still accepting entrants

The Junior City Open golf tournament for boys and girls is Friday and Saturday at Washington Park “Muni” Golf Course.

The entry deadline is Tuesday.

Local baseball: Kings top seed in Langsdorf playoffs

The Kenosha Kings lost their game Thursday night but managed to get a much bigger-picture victory.

The Kings dropped a 6-2 Langsdorf League game to the West Allis Nationals at McCarty Park but still secured the No. 1 seed for the Langsdorf playoffs. As the top seed, Kenosha (28-12 overall, 15-5 Langsdorf) is assured a spot in the best-of-3 championship series, which will be played on Aug. 5, 6 and 9.

Kingfish shut out Rafters, 2-0

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KENOSHA — After scoring a total of 41 runs last weekend while winning their final three games before the Northwoods League All-Star break, the Kenosha Kingfish returned to action Thursday night and their pitchers stole the show in a 2-0 victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters before 2,420 fans at Simmons Field.

Kingfish ace and Hawaii Pacific University junior-to-be Rico Garcia allowed five hits and struck out five while tossing six shutout innings to improve to 4-2 and lower his ERA to 2.18.

Egnarski finishes 47th in State Am golf

Tyler Egnarski, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be, finished tied for 47th at 27-over-par 307 in the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon.

Egnarski matched his third-round score with a final-round 8-over 78 Thursday on the par-70 course. He shot rounds of 74, 77, 78 and 78 and joined four others with the 307 total.

Local briefs: Wisconsin Wave holding fall league

Extending on the success of their spring camp, the Wisconsin Wave baseball program will be holding a fall league for ages 5-8.

Players will have three one-hour camp sessions and one evaluation day on Aug. 18, 20, 25 and 27. That will be followed by eight-game seasons on Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 3 through Sept. 29.

Rake down Merchants in American Legion regional playoff game

KENOSHA — The Kenosha Rake used a four-run sixth inning to take the lead, then held on for a 5-2, nine-inning victory over the Kenosha Legion Post 21 Merchants in a Wisconsin American Legion Region 7 first-round playoff game Wednesday at Bradford High School’s Wavro Field.

The Rake, who won a coin flip to be the “home” team, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Washburn singled and scored on a double steal of home, with Pete Del Fava swiping second on the play.

Egnarski in 45th place in State Am golf

University of Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore-to-be Tyler Egnarski is tied for 45th entering Thursday’s final round of the 113th State Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon

Egnarski, a 20-year-old from Watertown, carded a 78 on the par-70 track in Wednesday’s third round. He’s tied with four others at 19-over 229. Egnarski shot a 74 in the first round and a 77 in the second to be the only one of nine golfers with Kenosha County connections to make the cut.

Briefs: Parkside’s Watychowicz earns another award

UW-Parkside distance runner Jessica Watychowicz received United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association All-Academic honors for the 2013-14 NCAA Division II track season on Wednesday.

Watchowicz was one of 422 women from 99 schools to qualify for the award, which required student-athletes to compile a cumulative grad-point average of 3.25 and reach a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor track seasons.

Kings get past Barons in ninth

The Kenosha Kings continue toward the top seed for the Langsdorf League postseason.

The Kings got a go-ahead RBI single from Joe Ferro in the top of the ninth inning on Tuesday night en route to a 4-2 victory over the Burlington Barons in Langsdorf action at Beaumont Park in Burlington.

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