ON SLATE TUESDAY 080718
(2-0) Wellington Heat vs (0-2) Clarinda, IA A's
(1-1) Dodge City A's vs (0-2) Lonestar Baseball
(1-1) Santa Barbara Foresters vs (1-1) Seattle Studs
(1-1) Hays Larks vs (1-1) San Diego Stars
ON SLATE WEDNESDAY 080818
(0-2) Colorado Black Bears vs (2-0) San Diego Waves
(2-0) San Antonio Angels vs (1-1*) San Diego Stars
(1-1) Cheney Diamond Dawgs vs (1-1) Colorado Cyclones
(1-1) Everett Merchants vs (1-1) NJCAA National Team
*Doesn't include TUES outcome
MONDAY OUTCOMES 080618
(0-2) San Diego Force 2 (1-1) Everett Merchants 7
(1-1) Cheney Diamond Dawgs 9 (0-2) Colorado Black Bears 3
(1-1) NJCAA National Team 3 (2-0) San Antonio Angels 6
(1-1) Colorado Cyclones 7 (2-0) San Diego Waves 9
The (1-0) WELLINGTON HEAT were the nightcap attraction Sunday vs the (1-0) Hays Larks, at the NBC Baseball World Series at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The only game that started on time Sunday would be the opener at 11:00am, featuring the (0-1) San Diego Stars vs (0-1) Clarinda, IA A’s. Clarinda came up short, losing 16-8 in 8 innings.
Game #2 on Sunday, featured two more “1 loss” teams, the Seattle Studs and Lonestar Baseball. The Studs won 7-1. Game #3, featuring Santa Barbara and Dodge City, started late, and lengthened their game (in an exciting way) by setting an NBC Tournament record for the most combined runs (32) and most combined hits (38) in a tournament game. That kind of record takes time to set. Final after 8 innings in the record setting game, Santa Barbara 20 Dodge City 12. Santa Barbara moves to 2-0, Dodge falls to 1-1.
Long games all day, giving the fans a great day of baseball, and then the planned HOME RUN DERBY activity prior to the nightcap, resulted in the 7:00pm scheduled start time for the HEAT vs LARKS event, getting moved back to 9:18pm…and then the game began!
Hays pitcher Michael Wong, did everything right in the 1st inning, striking out 3 HEAT batters, Burtz, Lyon and Amaro with his effective fast ball. In the HOME half of the 1st with Brett Clark on the mound for the HEAT, Clark allowed just 1 Lark to reach base on a walk, 2 ground outs and a fly to deep left, reigned in by Connolly, took care of the rest. After 1, HEAT 0 LARKS 0
Wong’s effectiveness on the mound continued in the 2nd inning…struck out Rankin, then Connolly. Koch did draw a base on balls, breaking Wong’s SO streak at 5, and stole 2nd before Curtis would record the 3rd SO for the inning, 6th for Wong. Clark, like in the first, allowed just 1 base runner, a ground out, a pop-up in foul territory and a strike out retired the side for the Larks. After 2, HEAT 0 LARKS 0
Some of the WONG magic faded a bit in the 3rd, after a pop fly to center by Dubler and 1 out, Robinson and Burtz both smacked SINGLES, and Lyon drew a base on balls to load the bases. Amaro, steps up and blasts a shot down the right field line (DBL), scoring 2, with 2 remaining on. Rankin gets a ground out but scores Lyon for the 3rd run of the game. With 2 down and Amaro at 3rd, Wong strikes out Connelly to retire the side. In the bottom of the 3rd, with Clark still on the mound and a 3 run lead, he gets the Larks 1st batter to fly out to left, the next would draw a base on balls though, 3rd time in as many innings the Larks would have a base runner. A pop up to center would follow for out #2 and another foul pop-up down the left field line ended the 3rd for the Larks. After 3, HEAT 3 LARKS 0
Good fortune continued for the HEAT in the 4th, resulting in an eventual pitching change for the Larks. The HEAT’s first two batters popped out and grounded out, but with 2 outs and no one on, Dubler drew a base on balls, Robinson got a single, advancing Dubler to 2nd, and then Burtz blasted a ground rule double to right, scoring Dubler and advancing Robinson to 3rd. Wong was retired, a new Lark pitcher was now on the mound. (Austin Thomason) Lyon steps up, blasts a 2 RBI single to right, scoring Robinson and Burtz, and extending the HEAT lead to 6! With Lyon now on 2nd, and Amaro at the plate, Lyon gets caught off 2nd and is thrown out (in a close call) at 3rd, to end the inning for the HEAT. In the bottom of the 4th, 3 up, 3 down for Clark – the HEAT continued to shine! After 4, HEAT 6 LARKS 0
After scoring 3 in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th, the HEAT went scoreless in the top of the 5th, Rankin did reach base on a walk, but Amaro and Connolly struck out and Koch was putout at first. The lull, must have fired up the Larks. After a lead off single, the Larks’ Gaddis, smacked a 2 run HR to pull within 4. Clark would eventually retire the side. After 5, HEAT 6 LARKS 2
Hays’ Thomason had an easy go of it in the 6th, 3 Heat batters up, 3 Heat batters down. Curtis has a SO and Dubler and Robinson popped up and out. For the 2nd inning in a row, the Larks lead off batter got on base with a single. Then, an error on Lyon, allowed Hays runners at 1st and 2nd and both advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball by Dubler at the plate. Raspberry smacks sacrifice fly to left, scoring the Larks lead runner from 3rd. No more Larks would cross the plate, after 6, HEAT 6 LARKS 3
New pitcher on the mound (Rustin Hays) for the Larks in the 7th. Burtz lead off in the top of the inning with a bouncing bunt over the pitcher’s mound, Hays would then hit Wellington’s Lyon, advancing Burtz to 2nd. With 2 on and no outs, Wellington’s Amaro bunts but the Larks throw out the Heat lead runner Burtz at 3rd. With runners at 1st and 2nd, Rankin popped out to right, Lyon advanced to 3rd. Connolly hits into a force out at 2nd for runner Amaro, the 3rd out. Larks coming up to bat and it was a quick, 1, 2, and 3 for Heat pitcher Brett Clark who retired the side…after 7, HEAT 6 LARKS 3
Quick outs continued in the 8th, Hays’ Hays, retired the Heat’s 3 batters with a couple ground outs and pop-up. (Koch, Curtis & Dubler) With just 6 outs to go for the Larks, a couple of doubles for Hays added a run with 2 down and 1 on. An RBI single by Raspberry scores the Lark’s 5th run. Brett Clark, after a complete 8 innings on the mound, strikes out Gaddis (who had hit a 2 run HR earlier), to retire the side…after 8, HEAT 6 LARKS 5
The HEAT hasn’t had much offense since innings 3 and 4. The top of the 9th was no different. 3 up and 3 down by the HEAT, and up by just 1, the HEAT must hold in the bottom to secure the win. With Woolsey now on the mound, a diving catch and bag tag by Amaro at 1st, got the first out. The next Hays batter grounded out to 2nd. One out away from a HEAT victory, a line drive by Hays puts a runner at first with 2 down. Another hot shot to center, Hays would now have runners at 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. A line drive to short, a toss to 2nd, game over – HEAT WINS 6-5 and goes to 2-0 in tournament play! Brett Clark nearly goes the distance, throwing for 8 innings!! 3 Kansas Teams played today – only WELLINGTON came through with a “W”! The (2-0) HEAT will be in action again on TUESDAY - at 1:00PM vs (0-2) Clarinda IA A's.
SUNDAY OUTCOMES 080518 (RECAP)
11:00AM (1-1) San Diego Stars 16 (0-2) Clarinda IA A's 8
1:30PM (1-1) Seattle Studs 7 (0-2) Lonestar Baseball 1
(Started 43 mins behind schedule)
4:00PM (2-0) Santa Barbara Foresters 20 (1-1) Dodge City A's 12
(7 innings-Run Rule)(Started 50 mins behind schedule)
7:00PM (1-1) Hays Larks 5 (2-0) WELLINGTON HEAT 6
(Started 2 hrs. 18 mins behind schedule)
GO WELLINGTON HEAT!!