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  • Published Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 11:21 p.m.

Broncos stay perfect

El Dorado improved to 3-0 on the tournament and advanced to the semifinals by turning the tables on Seattle with a 1-0 win Saturday night. Seattle had shut out its first two opponents but couldn’t muster a run against Emporia State right-hander Brandon Faulkner.

In a complete game, Faulkner struck out 11 and allowed three hits. With the tying run on second, Faulkner struck out Connor Savage looking for the final out. El Dorado allowed two runs in its first game of the tournament and one in its second before Saturday’s shutout.

Since a 14-2 opening-round victory over Katy (Texas), the Broncos’ offense has done just enough to win. Saturday, the only run they needed came in the first inning, when Arturo Corona scored after a leadoff walk. Daniel Baptista drove him in with a single after a nine-pitch at-bat and four straight foul balls.

The Broncos next play Tuesday in the semifinals against St. Joseph, which had a narrow victory of its own. The Mustangs defeated Dodge City 2-1 with two runs in the ninth.

Pitching heavy

Through Friday’s games, 20 teams in the tournament had collective ERAs below 3.00. But those gaudy stats didn’t necessarily equate to success, since almost all teams have impressive pitching numbers and separation is difficult.

Seattle’s two-game shutout streak ended in the first inning of Saturday night’s feature game against El Dorado, but the Studs’ perfect ERA only managed to put them in a tie for first. They shared that spot with Topeka, which lost one game without allowing an earned run and was eliminated by a 3-2 loss to Casa Grande on Saturday.

The Colorado Sox also didn’t make it longer than three games, being eliminated despite a 0.63 ERA. The Dodge City A’s moved to the losers bracket with a 2-1 loss to St. Joseph on Saturday, but both runs were unearned and the A’s ERA dropped to 0.32.

Greeley (Colo.) and Santa Barbara moved to the quarterfinals with ERAs below 1.00, and El Dorado had a 1.59 team ERA before Saturday night’s game against the Studs. The tournament ERA through Friday was 2.64, and teams collected 524 hits in 638 innings.

With inflated pitching stats, offensive numbers are meager as expected. The Kansas Cannons lead the field with a .319 average, but they’ve turned that into a first-round loss and a 1-1 record.

Around the Clock update

NBC officials said 177 people signed up for the annual Baseball Around the Clock, which the NBC advertises as 56 games in 14 hours. By the afternoon check-in on Saturday, about 30 had dropped out, but no official number was given.

The campers were at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium later than expected on Friday night and into Saturday morning. The Hays-Newton game scheduled for midnight began at 2:34 and didn’t end until 4:35. Those participating in Around the Clock had to be back at the Stadium for Saturday’s 8 a.m. game between Omaha and Nevada.

Saturday’s Games

Nevada (Mo.) Griffons 5, Omaha Strike Zone 4, Omaha eliminated

Tulsa Braves 7, Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 4, Valley Center eliminated

Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings 3, Topeka Golden Giants 2, Topeka eliminated

St. Joseph (Mo.) Mustangs 2, Dodge City A’s 1

El Dorado Broncos 1, Seattle Studs 0

Kansas Cannons vs. North County Waves

San Luis Obispo (Calif.) vs. Impact Sports (Colo.)

Sunday’s Games

Baseball ’Round the Clock

San Diego Force vs. Nevada (Mo.) Griffons, 8 a.m.

Hays Larks vs. Tulsa Braves, 10:30

Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings vs. Liberal Bee Jays, 1 p.m.

San Luis Obispo-Impact winner vs. Kansas-North County winner, 5

Santa Barbara (Calif.) Forresters vs. Hutchinson Monarchs, 7:30

Greeley (Colo.) Grays vs. Haysville Heat, 10

Monday’s Games

$1 GA ticket vouchers at Kwik Shops

Three games beginning at 5 p.m.

Nevada 5, Omaha 4

Omaha0020001014 12 4
Nevada, Mo.10112000x5 8 2

W — Collins 1-0. L — Valdez 0-1. S — Lytle (2).

Tulsa 7, Valley Center 4

Tulsa Braves2000012027 12 1
Valley Center0010102004 9 1

W — Fisher 1-0. L — Lambert 0-1. S — Gunter (1).

Casa Grande 3, Topeka 2 (10)

Casa Grande00101000013 11 1
Topeka 00000002002 4 2

W — Adams 1-0. L — Geary 0-1. S — Hejny (1).

St. Joseph 2, Dodge City 1

St. Joseph, Mo. MustangsDodge City A’s
Saxon cf4121Conley cf4010
Simpson 2b4000Burleson 2b4110
Robinette 3b4020Anderson ss4000
Koerper 1b4011Corwin rf4021
Richards pr0000Drake 3b3000
Slagle 1b0000Sigala 3b0000
Lubach c4000Yoder 1b3000
Dailey dh3000Diaz dh3000
Kretzer lf3000Gautreaux ph1000
Rolases ss2000Davis c4010
Tolleson ph/ss1100Chadd pr0000
Burkhart rf2000Youngblood lf3000
Totals 31252Totals33151

St. Joseph0000000022 5 4
Dodge City1000000001 5 1

E — Robinette (1), Lubach (1), Kretzer (1), Cunningham (1), Sigala (2). DP — Dodge City 2. LOB— St. Joseph 3, Dodge City 9. S — Burkhart, Drake, Youngblood. SB — Saxon (1), Youngblood (1).

Cunningham W,2-0841128
Wellander S (1)110000

Wright L, 1-18 1/332000

Umpires — home, Ben Harlow; first, Ron Rodriguez; third, Mark Wagers. T — 1:57.

El Dorado 1, Seattle 0

Seattle StudsEl Dorado Broncos
Brown lf4000Corona 2b2120
Tannehill 3b3010Clay lf4010
Steiger dh4010Godinez dh4000
Peterson 1b4010Baptista 1b3031
Boe rf1000Harris rf3000
Hart cf3000Lawrence rf0000
Jennings ss4000Coughnour 3b2000
Breda c2000Duarte ss1000
Savage c/ph1000Williams c3000
Corliss 2b2000Colley cf3000

Seattle0000000000 3 1
El Dorado10000000x1 6 0

E— Peterson (1). LOB— Seattle 8, El Dorado 5. HBP — Boe 2 (2) by Faulkner, Coughenour (2) by Miles, Duarte 2 (2) by Miles. S — Hart. SB — Coughenour (3). CS — Boe (1), Corona (1), Clay (1), Duarte (1).

Miles L, 0-1541123

Faualkner W, 1-09300411

HBP — Boe by Faulkner 2 (2), Coughenour by Miles (1), Duarte by Miles 2 (2).

Umpires — home, Greg Harmon; first, Charlie Clemons; third, Bob Homolka. T — 2:02.

Late Friday

Santa Barbara 4, Casa Grande 2

Santa Barbara ForestersCasa Grande Cotton Kings
Fields lf4220Carr cf4111
Pedroza ss4011Dawson 2b4000
Sanguinetti cf4110McCoy ss4021
OHearn 1b3011Still 3b3000
Davidson 2b3000Mark 1b3010
Cuomo 2b1000Schillinger c4000
Vickers dh2010DeRigis lf4010
Pearson c3001Gutierrez dh4000
Hoelscher 3b3110Enriquez rf3110
Totals 31483Totals33262

Santa Barbara0000002024 8 2
Casa Grande0000002002 6 1

E— Davidson (1), Pearson (1), Enriquez (1). LOB— Santa Barbara 13, Casa Grande 9. 2B— Hoelscher (1), Carr (1). HBP — Pearson (1) by Graham, Dawson (1) by Dickson, Mark (2) by Dickson. SF — Pedroza (1). S — Vickers, Pearson. SB — Sanguinetti 2 (4), OHearn (1), Hoelscher (2), Enriquez (1). CS — Fields (1), Carr (1).

Dickson6 2/3420311
Minnis W, 1-0110002
Lemke S (2)100001

Graham L, 0-11 2/322231

HB — Pearson by Graham (3), Dawson by Dickson (1), Mark by Dickson (2).

Umpires — home, Ron Rodriquez; first, Joe Brown; third, Ben Harlow. T — 2:17.

Hays 3, Newton 2

Newton Rebels2000000002 7 2
Hays Larks10001100x3 10 1

W — Lewick 1-0. L — Berthusen. S — Reavis.

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