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NBC notes: Change of plans

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 26, 2013, at 10:53 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

Change of plans

When the invitation to play in the National Baseball Congress World Series came at 9 p.m. Thursday night, the initial emotion was a bit of panic because there were players to track down and let them know about Friday’s 4 p.m. game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

After the team was reassembled with a few new players, though, it was excitement.

“Our guys want to come here and play, that’s what they’re here for during the summer,” said Newton manager Brad Salsman, whose team lost 10-2 to the San Diego Waves.

Most of the Rebels players had stuck around through mid-afternoon Thursday, waiting to see if they’d earn a bid to the NBC. But when the prospects dimmed as the day went on, some started heading home, including shortstop Andrew Quiles.

“We caught (Quiles) about an hour-and-a-half out of St. Louis at 9 last night,” Salsman said. “He hopped on a flight at 7 this morning, went to Dallas and arrived here at 11 today.”

But the Rebels had to get a new catcher in Jack Daru, while pitchers Cyrus Wimberly (first base) and Storm Marlar (left field) were moved to new positions because other players weren’t able to make it back

The hole that Newton filled in the NBC schedule resulted because Conejo Oaks and Santa Paula Angels, both California teams, didn’t fulfill their commitment that one of them would come.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, NBC tournament director Casey Walkup found out neither team was making the trip. In addition to Newton, the revised schedule now has Hutchinson playing in the championship week.

Having to make such a late change, especially in reference to a championship week team, was frustrating for Walkup.

“The reason we made this change (to the NBC schedule) was to get our better teams into championship week and have the 16 best teams we can offer in that championship week,” Walkup said.

Moving Hutchinson to next week and inviting Newton was because the Walter Johnson League was the next league to receive an automatic championship week berth due to their finishes over the last 10 years.

Newton’s mistakes

While five of Newton’s first seven batters struck out, the Rebels’ mistakes were more of a concern for Salsman.

In the first two innings, San Diego scored four runs and Newton had two errors. Newton also had a base-running mistake in the fourth that likely cost the Rebels a run.

“Take away the errors and the base-running mistake and it’s 2-2 going into the sixth, a totally different ballgame,” Salsman said.

Kansas fans

Kansas Varner, a right fielder from the Jasper (Indiana) Reds, got a few scattered cheers when his name was announced in Friday’s lineup.

“It was awesome,” Varner said with a grin. “It’s our first time playing out here, and we were all nervous out there.”

According to Varner, his parents are avid Purdue basketball fans, so with Kansas about to face Indiana in the 1993 NCAA Tournament, they named him … Kansas.

“I love the Jayhawks,” Varner said.

Worth noting

Tulsa’s Bryan McClellan threw seven innings in a 4-3 win over Tulsa Goldsox. He struck out 8, giving up four runs.… The NBC is asking all World Series alums to come out Saturday. They’ll give free tickets to former players and discounted tickets to their family and friends.


Friday’s results

Houston Tuzos 4, Denver Cougars 3

Tulsa Braves 4, Austin Goldsox 3

San Diego Waves 10, Newton Rebels 2

El Dorado Broncos 10, Jasper Reds 0

Albuquerque Diablos vs. Ozark Generals

Tuzos 4, Cougars 3

Arrington ss4023Valdez lf2111
Splichal 3b4000Purcell cf3120
Cerullo c3000Krikstan dh4100
Germaine rf4010Lujan 1b3012
Bglion ph-rf0000Ke. Cross c4021
Vincent 1b4020Garcia 2b3000
Messinger dh4000Zazagosa rf2010
Nicolosi lf4110Dougls ph-rf1000
Martinez 2b2200Coronado ss4110
Brown cf3010Munoz 3b3000


E— Vincent, Brown, Tribet. DP— Denver 1, Houston 1. LOB— Denver 6, Houston 11. 2B— Arrington, Coronado. SH — Brown, Purcell. SB — Buglione, Valdez, Purell. CS — Arrington.

Mayo L684464

Houston IP H R ER BB SO
Ky. Cross553313
Tribet W420005

HBP — Martinez 2, Douglas. Umpires—Home, Ben Harlow; first, Greg Mudd; third, Bob Homolka.

T— 2:15.

Braves 4, Goldsox 3

Davis ss5011Collazo rf2100
Alspaugh cf4010Smith 2b4110
Rolland rf4100Litterer 3b4111
Schaede 3b4100Beasley lf3020
Hoffman lf5010Bludau dh3001
White 2b4110Easy pr0000
Nevil 1b2100Taute 1b4000
Graham dh2000Hall cf4000
Shannon ph1000Lucas ss2000
Reibnspies c3011Wilson ph-ss1000
Pennell c2000
Robins ph1000


E— Strother 1, Litterer 2, Lucas. DP— Tulsa 1. LOB— Tulsa 10, Austin 6. 2B— Davis, Alspaugh. SB — Smith. CS — Davis, Rolland, Graham. HP — Rolland.

McClellan W743328
Strother1 2/300040
Smith S1/300000

Austin IP H R ER BB SO
Stewart L6 2/344033
Robertshaw2 1/310022

WP — McClellan 2, Stewart 1, Robershaw 1. Umpires—Home, Jamie Williams; first, Bill Humphry; second, Tony D’Aquano.

T— 2:27.

Waves 10, Rebels 2

San DiegoNewton
Kildow cf4110Harris cf5110
Daris lf5321Quiles ss2000
Medina rf5042Cornejo 2b3000
Sankey 1b4014Langley dh4010
Varga 3b4000Pinne rf2101
Savage 2b3210Marlar lf3010
Ortiz dh4110Daru c4011
Fish c3111Wimberly 1b4030
Johnson ss4221Brisboe 3b4020

San Diego1300100510

E— Varga 1, Clemen 1, Quiles 2. DP— San Diego 1, Newton 1. LOB— San Diego 7, Newton 11. 2B— Kildow 1, Sankey 1. SB — Daris 2, Medina 1, Savage 1, Pinne 1. SF — Sankey 1, Pinne 1.

Schulz W661138

Newton IP H R ER BB SO
Markel L675212
Briar1 1/355522

Umpires—Home, Kevin Raine; first, Todd Sigwig; second, Russell Kessler.

T— 2:12.

Broncos 10, Reds 0

JasperEl Dorado
Willinghm ss2000Cox rf4220
Christy ph1000Clay dh3221
Daves ss0000Ware cf2101
Deutsch cf2020Taylor 3b3212
Riecker lf2000Parrett c3310
Karl 3b2000Stramp 1b2020
Schneider 1b2000McMurray 2b1002
Varner rf2000Mucha lf4022
Hettinger c2000Coen ss3000
Ricker 2b2000
Hunnicutt 2b0000
Hall dh2000

El Dorado41040110

E— Willingham 1, Karl 1, Ricker 1. DP— El Dorado 1. LOB— Jasper 1, El Dorado 9. 2B— Deutsch 1, Taylor 1. SB — Cox 1, Clay 3. SF — Ware 1, McMurray 1.

Nixon L165520
Hunnicutt2 1/331012

McGowan W620006

WP — McGowan. Umpires—Home, Charlie Clemons; first, Mark Wagers; third, Chan Glidewell.

T— 1:27.

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