Sports Update with Randy Adams, Thursday 4/11/19 -Blazers Win, Mariners Win, Local Games Report

Randy Adams has been covering local Klamath Basin sports for 40 years and is the voice of the Henley Hornets and Mazama Vikings on radio at 106.5 / 1240AM The Winner CBS Sports Radio and 102.5 / 1450AM KFLS. Hear his daily morning show on Sunny 107!

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Blazers win final game of season over Kings.

When the Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts decided to start rookies Anfernee Simons and Gary Trent Jr. along with Jake Layman, Skal Labissiere and Meyers Leonard, the assumption was that they would rather lose, setting up a first-round matchup with the Utah Jazz, than win and face the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team that swept Portland this season. And when Portland trailed 87-62 at the halftime intermission, that assumption looked correct.

But you know what they say about assumptions.

Despite relying entirely on the deep bench and playing just six players, the Trail Blazers outscored the Kings 74-44 in the second half to come away with the 136-131 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 19,814 in the final regular season game of the year.

With the win, the Trail Blazers take the three-seed in the Western Conference and will face the six-seed Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs. Game One is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Radio The Winner, 106.5FM and 1240 AM.

Mariners over Royals.

It took a little longer this time, but the Seattle  Mariners continued making history — and hitting home runs — with Mitch Haniger delivering the dramatic blow in a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Haniger waited until two out in the ninth inning to launch his opposite-field homer off reliever Brad Boxberger, lifting Seattle to its fifth straight win and a franchise-best 12-2 start to the season. It also extended the club’s streak of 14 straight games with a home run to open the season, tying the 2002 Indians for the MLB record.

Last year’s World Series champion Red Sox and the 2012 Rangers are the only other American League teams to open a season at 12-2 since 1990.

Henley opened up the Skyline Conference baseball season by handing the KU Pelicans their worst defeat in school history in baseball, winning by the tally of 33-0 at Kiger Stadium in a game ended by the mercy rule. 

Mazama dropped an 8-4 decision to Hidden Valley at Mazama High.  In softball, Henley blanked KU 7-0 and Mazama edged Hidden Valley, 5-4 in 9 innings.

Sports Schedules!

Thursday, April 11

Mariners: Seattle at Kansas City, 10:15 a.m.

Friday, April 12

Mariners: Houston at Seattle, 7 p.m.

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