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Former Lady Cards stand out in volleyball

September 04, 2019 - 00:00
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    Courtesy Victoria College freshman Ryndee Weishuhn, right, hits the ball against Wharton County Junior College sophomore Jada Johnson.

Tampa Bay Rays’ minor-league pitcher Blake Pflughaupt has not pitched lately.

The Columbus High School graduate said Aug. 25 that he had been dealing with shoulder discomfort.

This season Pflughaupt returned from last year’s Tommy John surgery for an elbow injury. Entering Thursday, the left-hander did not pitch in a game for the Class A Short Season Hudson Valley affiliate since Aug. 5.

During that time he was shut down from throwing for a week, he said, though most of the guys he went through rehab with also were shut down at some point.

“I just started tossing again,” Pflughaupt said, noting that he didn’t know whether the shoulder discomfort was related to the elbow injury. “Everything feels fine now.”

He had a 0-1 record and 18.00 earned run average in four appearances after going 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three outings for the Rookie club.

“They’re going to build me back up,” he said. “Maybe I’ll get an inning or two in. It all depends.”

Men’s rodeo

Trey Benton III tied for fourth in bull riding at the Kitsap Stampede. The Rice Consolidated product earned $1,176. As of Thursday, he ranked eighth in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association RAM World bull riding standings with $102,893.66 in earnings. The Rock Island resident ranked second in the Xtreme Bulls standings with $53,302.19.

Women’s volleyball

Weimar High graduate Kamie Klesel led Wharton County Junior College with 25 set assists against Blinn. She had four digs.

Previously at Rice, right side hitter Jada Johnson had 12 digs and seven kills for Wharton County against Blinn. The sophomore added two block assists and one solo block.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com .