Web Gems, Timely Hits Propel Monarchs To Thrilling Win

By Cal Friedman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Frankie Tostado has been a well-respected first baseman throughout his professional career. From AA Richmond to AAA Rochester, he’s made splits, squeezes, and stretches look easy.

It was his defense, and bat, that propelled Kansas City from behind.

Tostado’s game-winning two-run double in the seventh and sparking a 3-5-4 double play in the eighth led the Kansas City Monarchs past the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 5-3, at Legends Field. 

The double play saw Tostado snap in front of reliever Zack Leban on a bunt attempt, launch a seed over to third baseman Cameron Cannon, who bulleted across the diamond to Channy Ortiz at first base.

“I had never done that before,” Tostado said. “I was just full-go, try to get that out at third.”

Tostado’s crucial bases-loaded knock down the first base line sent the Monarchs’ faithful into a frenzy.

The 26-year-old finished two-for-four with the two runs batted in in the win. Tostado is up to three doubles in two games against Winnipeg.

“I was looking for something up,” Tostado said. “I was able to see that ball up and hook it there.”

The Monarchs hung a crooked number in the first inning yet again Saturday night. Ross Adolph jumpstarted Kansas City with a sharply-hit triple down the first base line for his fourth extra-base hit this season.

Josh Bissonette and Blake Rutherford each recorded RBI singles to make it 2-0 Monarchs after one.

Starting pitcher Jackson Goddard got some brilliant help from his Monarchs’ teammates. Adolph and Cameron Cannon both made lunging plays in the top of the third, part of many web gems made by the Monarchs.

Winnipeg fought back for a second straight night and took the lead in the fifth. Miles Simington drilled a single to the outfield to score Max Murphy, making it 3-2 Goldeyes.

Kansas City showed its grit one half-inning later. Tucker Bradley scorched a second triple of the night to score Blake Rutherford from first base, tying the ballgame at three. 

Tostado clinched it for Kansas City two innings later, moving the Monarchs up two games to one in the series.

The Monarchs close their series with the Goldeyes tomorrow at 1:05 PM. The team will debut its new “Los Monarchs” uniforms, tickets are available at monarchsbaseball.com.

Big Sixth Inning The Difference As Monarchs Fall To Winnipeg

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Skydivers dropped from thousands of feet above before the game. Fireworks illuminated the night sky after the game, but a big sixth inning gave the Winnipeg Goldeyes the win over the Kansas City Monarchs at Legends Field. 

The Monarchs dropped the second game of their four-game set with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, 6-4, at Legends Field. All six Winnipeg runs came in the top of the sixth off three different Monarchs pitchers.

Former major leaguer Yefry Ramirez had his best stuff going early on for Kansas City. The right-hander struck out the side in the second inning and induced two inning-ending double plays in his first four frames.

Ramirez found cruise control his second time through the order, striking out a pair in the fifth inning. The 30-year-old closed with a season-high six strikeouts Friday night.

Monarchs (4-3) starters have now combined to throw 10-plus innings in this series, allowing just three earned runs.

Cameron Cannon picked up Ramirez’ solid start early, destroying a three-run home run over the left field wall in the first inning. Ross Adolph tacked on another run with a seeing-eye single in the fourth.

Cannon’s home run was his first for the club. The third baseman is up to four RBI in this series.

Winnipeg got all they needed in one frame, plating six runs off just two hits. Dayson Croes’ two-run single gave the Goldeyes (2-5) just their fourth win at Legends Field in two years.

The KC bullpen did their best to hold it down. Relievers Julian Garcia (1-1) and Connor Curlis combined for seven strikeouts over the final ten outs, but the Monarchs recorded just one base hit in the final four innings.

The Monarchs look for their fifth win of the season tomorrow at 6:35 PM. Tickets are available for Saturday’s home contest at monarchsbaseball.com.

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