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NBC World Series notebook

  • Published Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 11:44 p.m.

Tough first-round win

Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters manager Bill Pintard knows he can count on a tough first-round game in the NBC World Series. He got it again as the Foresters defeated the Austin Gold Sox 2-1 in 10 innings.

“The first game of the NBC is toughest,” Pintard said. “Last year we won 4-3 and they scored three runs without getting the ball out of the infield. We got (this win) under our belt, just like last year.

“We went 10 innings. We were fortunate. We have a target on our back. We’ve had a little success in this tournament before, so we know we’re going to see everyone’s No. 1. We’re glad this one’s behind us.”

The Foresters’ pitchers were stellar, which was key because Santa Barbara had three errors. Starter Nick Palewicz threw eight innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out four.

Wichita State’s TJ McGreevy threw the ninth, setting Austin down in order. Then Hunter Lemke did the same in the 10th.

“McGreevy, he came in and threw four pitches and he pounded the zone,” Pintard said. “… My pitching staff is the best part of my ballclub.”

Austin starter Jordan Stewart went eight innings , throwing well. In the top of the 10th, against Austin reliever Jason Zgardowski, Santa Barbara was able to get the winning run across.

“We had to grind it out,” Pintard said. “We got ’em on, got ’em over, got ’em in.”

Hugs for Cubs

Santa Barbara has today off and will visit Via Christi St. Francis and give out teddy bears, dressed in Foresters’ uniforms, to young patients. It’s an annual visit for the Foresters.

“It’s our ‘Hugs for Cubs’ program,” Pintard said. “… It means a lot to us. It was founded by my son (Eric), who passed away from cancer. He was named the Most Inspirational Player in 1995.”

Earning respect

Hutchinson’s win over Liberal was more than just a good win for the Monarchs’ organization.

“It’s good for the Walter Johnson League,” manager Deron McCue said. “A lot of people don’t talk about the Walter Johnson League. We have five teams in this tournament. Obviously we have to be doing something right. I know the Jayhawk League is considered the strong league, but I’ll take our league any day.”

Winning to be cool

One of the positives of staying on the winner’s side of the bracket is the time of day teams play.

Playing in the heat of the day is wearing, but once the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium field gets some shade on it, it cools down for the players.

“This puts us in a great situation, and the winner’s bracket,” Hutchinson right fielder Scott Splett said. “It’s definitely nice. It’s especially nice to play those night games.”

Asked how hot it is in the field, Splett simply said, “Extremely.”

Pintard especially likes those night games.

“We really love it because we’re from California and we’re a bunch of sissies,” he said. “We get out in this heat, and it doesn’t work. We’re used to playing in 75-degree temperature. We get out here and we wilt.”

Wednesday’s Results

Hays Larks 3, Wichita Prospects 2 (Prospects eliminated)

North County (Calif.) Waves 3, Crestwood (Ill.) Panthers 2

Hutchinson Monarchs 4, Liberal BeeJays 3

Austin Gold Sox vs. Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters

Conejo (Calif.) Oaks vs. Seattle Studs

Thursday’s Games

Free tickets at Warren Theatres, Papa John’s and QuikTrip

Austin-Santa Barbara loser vs. San Diego Force, 10:30 a.m.

Colorado Sox vs. Conejo-Seattle loser, 1 p.m.

Greeley (Colo.) Grays vs. San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues, 5 p.m.

Newton Rebels vs. Dodge City A’s, 7:30 p.m.

Plaza Tire (Mo.) Capahas vs. El Dorado Broncos, 10 p.m.

Friday’s Games

Baseball ’Round the Clock

Schedule TBA, games begin at 8 a.m.

North County 3, Crestwood 2

Greer cf3011Balkan ss4100
Bumpers ss4011Daris cf3120
Waters lf3010Leal lf4001
Storrs 1b4000Maxwell dh3121
Ijames 3b4000Avery rf3020
Barry dh4000Tharp rf1000
Hoyt rf3110Machbitz 1b4011
Pellack rf0000Shul c3000
Murphy c3000Griffin 3b3010
Storrs 2b2100Johnson 2b3000
Totals 30242Totals 31383


E— Panthers 2. LOB— Panthers 4, Waves 6. DP— Panthers 2. SF — Maxwell. SB — Waters 2, Daris.

Prance L783102

Neptune W7 2/332239
Cummins S1 1/310002

Umpires — home, Tiny Vincent; first, Russ Kessler; second, Travis Olson. T — 1:55.

Hutchinson 4, Liberal 3

Bee JaysMonarchs
Miller lf4110Splett rf4021
Rainey cf5110Acosta 3b3001
Parker ss4010Detmer cf3120
Baker 3b4011Kolakowski lf4120
Bernardi rf4020Pearson dh4012
Delso dh4110Schultz c3000
Gandy 1b3020Gaul ph1000
Barrios 2b4011Lee 1b3100
Stoup c4030Brown 2b3110
Flax ss3000
Leighton ph0000
Totals 363132Totals31484

Bee Jays0001200003

LOB— Bee Jays 8, Monarchs 9. DP— Monarchs 1 . 2B— Baker, Gandy, Barrios; Kolakowski, Pearson. S — Acosta. SB — Miller, Detmer. CS — Gandy.

Branum L1/312220

Roper4 1/3103301
White2 2/310011
Mustain W220010

HBP — by Brannum (Lee). WP — Crabaugh, Roper,. RP — Stoup. Umpires — home, Tony D’Aquano; first, Conan Strobel; second, Josh Schepis.. T — 2:10.

Santa Barbara 2, Austin 1

Santa BarbaraAustin
Fields lf4012Stark cf5010
Pedroza ss4000Etier ss4000
Sanguinetti cf3010Pope lf4110
O’Hearn 1b4000Boothe rf4010
Felts c2000Warren 1b3000
Davidson 2b4010Litterer 3b3001
Fish dh3000Shaw dh3000
Vickers ph0000Guerrero 2b3000
Hall dh0100Goldstrom ph1000
Hoelscher 3b2100Bormann c3000
Stell rf3000Castilleja ph1000
Melino ph1000
Vogelsang rf0000
Totals 30232Totals34131

Santa Barbara00000100012

E— Santa Barbara 3. LOB— Santa Barbara 6, Austin 6. SF — Fields. S — Hoelscher, Warren, Litterer. SB — Sanguinetti 2, Hall, Hoelscher, Wattern, Litterer. CS — Pedroza.

McGreevy W100000
Lemke S100001

Zgardowski L111111

HBP — by Stewart (Sanguinetti). Umpires — home, Don Rolfe; first, Terry Harrison; second, Bob Holmolka. T — 2:01.

Hays Larks 3, Wichita Prospects 2

Prospects0110000002 3 0
Larks00021000x3 5 3

W — Begel. L — Holman.

Late Tuesday

Nevada Griffons 1, Colorado Sox 0

Burns ss3010Terry lf4000
Sousanes 2b4000Hastings ss4010
Kregelohg lf4000Gibbons cf4010
Hepworth dh4110McKnight rf4000
Krist 1b3000Hill dh4010
Ewing 3b4000Loseke 2b3000
Solar rf3021Griffith 3b1000
Wilson cf3010Van Hoon 3b1000
McDaniel c3000Carrel 1b2000
Flanagan c2010
Williams c1000
Totals 31151Totals 30040


E— Colorado 1. LOB— Nevada 5, Colorado 5. DP— Nevada 1, Colorado 1. SB — Solar, Hill.

Bush W840017
Lytle S100002

Ham L951111

HBP — by Bush (Griffith). Umpires — home, Scott Freund; first, Doug McClure; second, Mike Lentz. T — 1:43.

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