softball http://kcur.org en Mizzou Softball Eliminated In Regional Title Game http://kcur.org/post/mizzou-softball-eliminated-regional-title-game <p>This year marks 50 years since a sports team at the University of Missouri finished runner-up for a national championship.</p><p>The Tiger baseball team finished second at the College World Series. In recent years, the Mizzou softball team has come the closest, but saw its season come to an end Sunday.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 11:46:48 +0000 Greg Echlin 55954 at http://kcur.org Mizzou Softball Eliminated In Regional Title Game Possible Missouri-Kansas Softball Showdown Shaping Up http://kcur.org/post/possible-missouri-kansas-softball-showdown-shaping <p>It isn’t the magnitude of a football game at Arrowhead Stadium, but Kansas Jayhawk and Missouri Tiger fans are keenly aware of possibly squaring off over the weekend.</p><p>Both schools are the NCAA softball regional in Columbia, Mo. For a University of Kansas-University of Missouri showdown to take place Saturday, both schools would need to either win Friday or lose Friday in the double-elimination regional.</p><p>It would mean that Kelsey Kessler, a native of Blue Springs, Mo., and sophomore pitcher at KU, would face the Tigers, which concerns Tigers Coach Ehren Earleywine.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:35:05 +0000 Greg Echlin 55847 at http://kcur.org How Mexican-Americans In Kansas Built A Community Around Softball http://kcur.org/post/how-mexican-americans-kansas-built-community-around-softball <p>Mexican-American fast-pitch softball is a tradition that runs deep in Kansas and Missouri. For decades, families have passed on the tradition of playing baseball or softball, but the legacy has been poorly documented.</p><p>The game was originally introduced to Mexican immigrants in Kansas and Missouri in an attempt to shed them of their cultural identity.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, that didn’t happen. The sport did nothing but help define and unite a new community.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>The experience </strong></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 17:22:34 +0000 Zack Lewandowski 39848 at http://kcur.org How Mexican-Americans In Kansas Built A Community Around Softball