Wright Powers USA Past Puerto Rico

David Wright drove in five runs to power Team USA to a 7-1 win over Puerto Rico in their first game of their second round World Baseball Classic pool in Miami. Wright had an RBI fielder's choice in the third and an RBI single in the fifth, followed by a three-run double in the eighth. Joe Mauer and Adam Jones also drove in runs while Gio Gonzalez turned in a stellar outing on the mound. Gonzalez tossed five innings of three-hit ball while striking out five for the Americans. Team USA earns a day off with the victory and will meet the Dominican Republic on Thursday. Puerto Rico goes into the loser's bracket and will play an elimination game against Italy on Wednesday.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

2 days 45 min ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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SPORTS CORNER

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2015 marks the first time in the history of Washington Post 218 American Legion Baseball that all three teams in the program have qualified for state tournament play. The Freshmen team played in the state tournament in Springfield earlier this month. The Juniors won state in Blue Springs last weekend and the Seniors are going to the state tournament in Sedalia this week.