Monarchs Delight Home Crowd With 6-1 Win

By Cal Friedman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – You only get one chance at a first impression. The Kansas City Monarchs brought their best to the diamond on Thursday night, producing a great team performance.

The Kansas City faithful did the rest, willing their Monarchs to a first home win at Legends Field.

Kansas City came alive late Thursday night, scoring six unanswered runs to defeat the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-1, from Legends Field. 

Three straight doubles in the sixth inning brought the near-3000 crowd to its feet. Ross Adolph, Josh Bissonette, and Travis Swaggerty all tagged two-baggers to score three consecutive runs.

“It was a blast, just cool to look out and see all the fans,” Bissonette said. “It was loud. I’m hoping that can continue the rest of the season.”

Bissonette finished 2-for-4 in the win, coming around to score the eventual game-winning run. The double was the 26-year-old’s first RBI of the season.

“I feel like I’ve been having good at-bats, putting the ball in play,” Bissonette said. “That’s how baseball works, sometimes. You do the right things, sometimes the game will reward you.”

The Monarchs’ faithful collectively tensed in the Winnipeg (2-5) seventh inning, and collectively roaded its loudest cheer of the night moments later. Zack Leban emerged from the bullpen to collect an eight-pitch strikeout to leave three Goldeyes on, preserving the Monarchs’ lead.

Leban gave a great first look for the Kansas City (4-2) crowd, striking out all four batters he faced.

J.C. Keys (2-0), Leban, and Jackson McClelland combined to throw four shutout innings, posting seven strikeouts.

The Kansas City pitchers, who gave up just one run on four hits, were helped out by some outstanding defense. Bissonette was at the heart throughout the night, making some web gems at shortstop. 

The former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect ranged into shallow left field, lunging his left arm out to take a base hit away from Gio Brusa.

“It wasn’t hit very hard, so I thought I had a play at it,” Bissonette said. “I just kept running and stuck my glove out there, and got lucky.”

One more big hurrah sealed a first home win of the year. Blake Rutherford demolished a 414-foot home run to right field to plate three more runs for KC.

Rutherford now leads the Western Division with nine RBI this season.

The Monarchs continue its 10-game home stand tomorrow at 6:35 PM. Tickets are available at monarchsbaseball.com.

SIGNED: Hometown Monarch Moats Heading To Cubs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A hometown Kansas City Monarch is taking the next step in his career. 

Dalton Moats, a Kansas City, Missouri native and Park Hill High School graduate, has signed with the Chicago Cubs organization. He’ll report to Double-A Tennessee. 

“Excited to announce I’ll be joining the Cubs organization this year and continuing the chase of the dream!” Moats said. “I want to thank the Monarchs for letting me hone my skills this past year and some change. I’ll be forever grateful to have played for my hometown team.”

Moats is the first Monarch to have his contract transferred to an MLB organization in 2024. Since manager Joe Calfapietra arrived in 2017, the Monarchs have sent more players to affiliated baseball than any other team in the American Association. 

The Monarchs’ home opener is Thursday at 6:35 p.m. from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.  

“There’s no doubt Dalton is deserving of this opportunity,” Calfapietra said. “I really feel by watching him that he could move up the ladder, not just in a situational role, but in that middle role as a left-hander, he could really be effective, and truly have an opportunity to make some headway.”

Calfapietra made it clear the Monarchs’ ability to get players signed does not stop with Moats. 

“This is not going to be the only player,” Calfapietra said. “We feel that we have a number of players on our roster that are going to get other opportunities, whether that’s with MLB organizations or in foreign leagues.”

Moats was a mainstay of the Monarchs rotation in 2023, allowing two runs or fewer in nine of those 14 outings.

The lefty was outstanding in his only start of 2024, tossing five two-hit innings to earn the win on Sunday at Sioux City. 

A 15th-round draft pick by Tampa Bay in 2016, Moats owns a career 3.57 ERA and walked just 2.7 batters per nine innings over six years of affiliated baseball. He spent 2022 at Triple-A Durham in the Rays organization. 

The Monarchs kick off a 10-game, 11-day homestand on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Fans can find tickets and more information at MonarchsBaseball.com or by calling 913-328-5618.

Series Finale In Fargo Rained Out

Monarchs return to Kansas City for home opener Thursday

FARGO, N.D. — The Kansas City Monarchs’ game with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday, May 15 has been rained out.

In accordance with league rules, the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, July 19, the Monarchs’ next scheduled game in Fargo.

Kansas City’s next game is their home opener on Thursday from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. First pitch of the game is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free Monarchs cap, courtesy of the Rotary Youth Camp.

Monarchs Partner with Security Bank of Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City Monarchs have announced a new partnership with Security Bank of Kansas City, bringing together two of Kansas City, Kansas’ premier institutions.

The reigning American Association champions are joining forces with the Boldly Local Bank, a top performing financial institution and customer favorite with 35 metro locations.

“The Monarchs and Security Bank are proud to call KCK home, and we’re looking forward to a fruitful partnership in 2024 and beyond,” Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer said.

“Security Bank has been a part of the Kansas City, Kansas community for over 90 years. We have a rich history of service and commitment to the neighborhoods that make this a wonderful place to work and play. We look forward to a winning partnership!” added James Lewis, SBKC’s President and CEO.

The Monarchs’ 2024 home opener is Thursday, May 16 from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

About Security Bank of Kansas City

Security Bank of Kansas City is a locally and privately-owned, state-chartered community bank. We are proud to be HOME GROWN serving the Greater Kansas City area as well as Lee’s Summit, Smithville, and Paola. Security Bank of Kansas City is born from a single idea – a local bank serving the community’s needs. We offer a variety of accounts, loans, personal and business services, and digital banking solutions to fit the needs of our customers.

Monarchs’ Late Rally Comes Up Short

The Kansas City Monarchs brought the tying run to third base in the ninth, but fell just short in a 5-4 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Tuesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

The RedHawks scored four runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-1 Monarchs lead, taking the second game of the three-game set.

Ross Adolph’s double off the left-field wall put runners on second and third with Kansas City trailing 5-3 in the ninth inning. A Bryan Aguilar ground ball scored a run and allowed Adolph to take third. Travis Swaggerty popped out to end the game.

Blake Rutherford went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Kansas City (3-2). Parkville native Grant Gavin threw the final 4.2 innings for the Monarchs, retiring the last 13 batters he faced in order.

Rutherford’s two-run single put the Monarchs on top in the first inning. The RedHawks cut the lead in half on an automatic double from Nick Novak, scoring Peter Brookshaw to make it 2-1.

Swaggerty made it a 3-1 game with an RBI single in the third.

Monarchs starter Will McAffer ran into trouble in the fourth. The RedHawks set the table with back-to-back singles, and Kona Quiggle delivered a two-run double to tie the game.

Grant Gavin relieved McAffer and stuck out Evan Alexander for the second out of the inning. But three straight singles gave Fargo-Moorhead the lead, including RBI knocks from Juan Fernandez and Ismael Alcantara.

McAffer threw 3.1 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out three.

UP NEXT

The finale of the three-game series is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:02 p.m. Ashton Goudeau will get the ball for Kansas City after throwing five shutout innings in the season opener. Davis Feldman will start for Fargo-Moorhead. It’s the last game for Kansas City before the Monarchs’ home opener on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m.

Monarchs Partner With Betty Rae’s Ice Cream

Legendary Kansas City brand to serve helmet sundaes at Legends Field

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Betty Rae’s legendary ice cream is coming to the home of the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Monarchs will serve ice cream from the beloved local chain at Legends Field during the 2024 baseball season as part of a new partnership between the two organizations. The offerings include a brand-new helmet sundae as the exclusive ice cream partner of the Monarchs team.

“We’re excited to offer Betty Rae’s Ice Cream at Legends Field this season,” Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer said. “Between our family fun at the ballpark and Betty Rae’s delicious ice cream, this will be an extra-sweet combination!”

“Betty Rae’s is thrilled to be a part of the Monarchs team!” Betty Rae’s owner Matt Shatto said. “Bringing two hometown brands together for America’s favorite sport is sure to be a home run!”

The partnership is part of the continued growth of Betty Rae’s. The shop has three locations, in Kansas City’s Waldo and River Market neighborhoods, as well as a store in Olathe. The local company plans to add two additional stores within the next 60 days the first of which is in Merriam and will contain their new test kitchen.

Betty Rae’s donates 10% of its profits every year to local, national, and international organizations, charities, and individuals seeking to advance and serve their communities.

The Monarchs are the reigning champions of the American Association of Professional Baseball. Their 2024 home opener is Thursday, May 16, from Legends Field in Kansas City Kansas.

About the Kansas City Monarchs

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. 2024 will be their 21st season at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965. This year, the Monarchs and the museum are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first Negro League World Series, won by the Monarchs in 1924.

Monarchs Take First Loss In Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — The Kansas City Monarchs took their first loss of the season in Fargo Monday night, falling to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 5-0 from Newman Outdoor Field.

The shutout defeat is the first loss of the 2024 season for the Monarchs (3-1) who swept fellow division rival Sioux City over the weekend.

RedHawks starter Brenden Heiss threw seven shutout innings. Frankie Tostado was a bright spot at the plate for Kansas City, going 3-for-3 with a double.

Kansas City has a quick turnaround; the teams meet again at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday for the middle game of the three-game series.

Fargo-Moorhead took control early, plating three two-out runs off Kansas City starter Jackson Goddard. The former Kansas Jayhawk settled down after that, retiring the next eight batters he faced.

Goddard tossed four innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out seven while walking three.

The RedHawks added two more runs in the fifth off Monarchs reliever Connor Curlis. Nate Tellier threw a scoreless sixth and seventh in his Monarchs debut, and Jacob Cantleberry tossed a 1-2-3 eighth.

The Monarchs lined out to RedHawks infielders four times in the game, including two line-drive double plays.

UP NEXT

Will McAffer will make his first start of the year for Kansas City in Wednesday morning’s game. Right-hander Orlando Rodriguez will get the ball for Fargo-Moorhead.

Monarchs Games Are Back On 38 The Spot!

Kansas City, MO – As the official broadcast partner of the Kansas City Monarchs, KSHB 41 and 38 The Spot are proud to announce a new broadcast schedule that includes a more robust lineup for the 2024 season.

“We are thrilled to have the Kansas City Monarchs back on 38 The Spot for 2024,” said Kathleen Choal, regional vice-president and general manager of KSHB and KMCI. “The feedback we received from fans following the 2023 season really showed to us that Kansas City loves the Monarchs and the audience enjoyed watching many of the games live on KMCI throughout the Monarchs’ championship season,” added Choal.

The Kansas City Monarchs’ broadcast schedule kicks off on 38 The Spot, Friday, May 17, 2024 as the team takes on the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas. Coverage time begins at 6:30pm, CT.

The full broadcast schedule is featured below.

“We’re proud to partner with 38 The Spot for another season of Monarchs baseball,” said Mark Brandmeyer,
owner of the Kansas City Monarchs. “Our games last season were a huge hit, thanks in large part to the outstanding team at KSHB and KMCI. We’re looking forward to bringing exciting, championship-caliber baseball to fans all over Kansas City,” added Brandmeyer.

The Kansas City Monarchs are a professional baseball team in the American Association, an MLB Partner League. In 2020, the team partnered with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and changed their name from the T-Bones to the Monarchs in honor of the legendary Negro League franchise that played from 1920 to 1965.

“It’s no secret Kansas City loves baseball, and for us to be able to offer several games on 38 The Spot through
the 2024 season, that are free and over-the-air, provides a great opportunity for our audience to capture every amazing moment,” said Matthew Waggoner, station manager of KSHB and KMCI. “In addition, we are excited to be able to offer extended and exclusive coverage on KSHB 41 across all platforms. This partnership solidifies our commitment to be the best spot for sports in our community and for the team.”

The modern-day Monarchs will contend for their fifth straight division title in 2024 after winning the 2023 American Association Championship title. The club has won three American Association titles, in 2018, 2021 & 2023.

2024 38 THE SPOT BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Friday, May 17, 6:35pm vs Winnipeg

Friday, May 24, 6:35pm vs Lincoln

Saturday, June 8, 6:35pm vs Fargo-Moorhead

Saturday, June 29, 6:35pm vs Cleburne

Friday, July 5, 6:35pm vs Gary SouthShore

Tuesday, July 23, American Association All-Star Game, 6:30pm

Saturday, July 27, 6:35pm vs Lake Country

Saturday, August 10, 6:35pm vs Lincoln

Saturday, August 17, 6:35pm vs Milwaukee

Monarchs Blast Four Homers, Sweep Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — It only took one pitch for the Kansas City Monarchs to take control.

Ross Adolph homered on the first pitch of the game, one of four Monarchs home runs, as Kansas City defeated the Sioux City Explorers 8-1 to complete a season-opening three-game sweep.

Adolph, Blake Rutherford, Tucker Bradley and Frankie Tostado all went yard for the Monarchs. Kansas City native Dalton Moats got the win, throwing five two-hit innings of one-run baseball.

The Monarchs (3-0) head to Fargo next for a three-game series with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks starting Monday night at 7:02 p.m.

Kansas City jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning Sunday behind three home runs. Rutherford and Bradley both hit two-run blasts in the inning, the most runs Kansas City has scored in one inning on the young season.

That was more than enough for Moats, who struck out four and only walked one in his first start of the season.

Julian Garcia relieved Moats, throwing three hitless innings in his season debut. He struck out five, including the first three batters he faced, while walking two.

Nicolo Pinazzi got the last three outs for Kansas City, facing the minimum and striking out two.

UP NEXT

Kansas City begins a three-game series with Fargo-Moorhead Monday night. Former Kansas Jayhawk Jackson Goddard will start the series opener for the Monarchs. The Monarchs’ home opener is Thursday, May 16 from Legends Field in Kansas City, Kansas.

Monarchs Offense Explodes Late To Top Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The second game of the Kansas City Monarchs’ season followed a much different script than the first. The result was the same: a four-run win.

The Monarchs came from behind to beat the Sioux City Explorers 9-5 Saturday night from Lewis and Clark Park, improving to 2-0 on the young season.

Kansas City erased an early 3-0 deficit, plating seven unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Channy Ortiz drove in three runs and Travis Swaggerty went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Monarchs.

“Their starting pitcher got us off balance. We had a game plan, just talking to the guys, seeing what he was throwing, we made adjustments,” Ortiz said. “I think those mid-game adjustments are what turned around that game for us.”

The reigning American Association champions will go for a sweep Sunday at 4:05 p.m., with Kansas City, Missouri native Dalton Moats on the mound for the Monarchs.

Sioux City plated a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings against Monarchs starter Yefry Ramirez, including a Jake Ortega home run in the third.

The Explorers threatened again in the fifth, putting two on with one out, prompting Monarchs manager Joe Calfapietra to go to the bullpen. JC Keys (1-0) induced a double-play ground ball to end the inning.

“I think that turned the momentum on the right side, to get the bats going, and figure things out the third time around,” Ortiz said.

Ramirez tossed 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out two.

The Monarchs turned the tables in the sixth inning. After Travis Swaggerty hit a one-out double to put men on second and third, Blake Rutherford cut the X’s lead to one with a two-run double. Cameron Cannon drew a walk, chasing Sioux Sity starter Antonio Valez from the game.

Tucker Bradley drew a walk to load the bases, and Frankie Tostado hit a ground ball to first, leading to a force at home. That brought up Ortiz with two out. The Monarchs second baseman put his team ahead with a two-run single.

“I was just looking for something out over the plate, just trying to shoot something to the right side,” Ortiz said.

Kansas City added three in the seventh, including RBI singles from Tucker Bradley and Frankie Tostado. The Exlporers responded with two in the bottom of the frame, making it a 7-5 ballgame.

That was as close as they would get. Swaggerty hit an RBI single to make it 8-5 in the eighth, and another RBI knock from Ortiz gave Kansas City a 9-5 lead.

Zach Leban got a six-out save for the Monarchs, striking out the side in order in the eighth and tossing a one-hit ninth to close the door.

UP NEXT

The Monarchs go for a season-opening sweep Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Moats will start for Kansas City against Sioux City’s John Sheaks. Fans can hear the game on ESPN Kansas City 1510 AM / 94.5 FM and watch live for free at AABaseball.tv.