The Sideline – July 12

Gibson, Twins struggle against Rangers

The Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak to the Minnesota Twins by rallying for a 6-5 victory Friday in Arlington.

Greenfield native Kyle Gibson earned a no-decision after winning his past two consecutive starts for the Twins.

The Rangers pulled ahead with a two-run sixth inning. Rangers starter Cole Hamels lasted just 4 1/3 innings, but Tony Barnette picked him up with 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the victory before Matt Bush and closer Sam Dyson closed it out.

Gibson went five innings and left with a 5-4 lead on a three-run home run by Miguel Sano in the top of the fifth. But the Rangers scored two off reliever Ryan Pressly in the bottom of the inning. The Rangers have 26 comeback wins this season.

“It was a winnable game,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “We kind of beat ourselves the second half of the game. Gibby had to fight. He relied on his offspeed stuff, and they were sitting on it from time-to-time. But we made Hamels work.”

Gibson struck out six and walked three in the game. He finishes the first half of the season with a 5.02 ERA and 2-5 record.


Mt. Vernon football camp slated this month

The 2016 Mt. Vernon Youth Football Camp will be conducted July 18 through 21. The camp is designed for players ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.

Times will be divided by age group with those in kindergarten through second grade practicing from 5:15 to 6 p.m. Those participants in third through sixth grades will train from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place on the Mt. Vernon High School practice fields. Campers will learn football fundamentals, participate in season-building skills and meet the high school coaching staff and players.

Those in kindergarten through second grade will be part of the MYFL Flag division, which requires T-shirt, shorts, cleats and a mouthpiece.

The camp is full pads for those in third through eighth grades. Campers will be required to wear a helmet, shoulder pads, football pants, cleats and a mouthpiece. Middle school players should wear their pads issued this summer.

Cost for the camp is $20 per person and includes a shirt. Make checks payable to Mt Vernon Football.



Learn the game of pickleball at clinics

Pickleball clinics will be conducted through July from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings and 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday mornings at Riley Park. Classes will be taught by Bill and Janet Smith from Cumberland.

Open play is available to the public, and paddles and balls can be rented from the Parks Department office in the Pat Elmore Senior Center.


Annual memorial golf outing scheduled

The 14th Annual David Borgmann Memorial Golf Outing will be conduced July 15 at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with complimentary range balls, as well.

The cost is $75 per player. Individuals and pairs are welcome. There will be a hole-in-one contest and prizes for longest putt, closest to the pin (men and women) and closest second shot.