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.
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 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.
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.
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
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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.
HBP — Martinez 2, Douglas. Umpires—Home, Ben Harlow; first, Greg Mudd; third, Bob Homolka.
Braves 4, Goldsox 3
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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.
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WP — McClellan 2, Stewart 1, Robershaw 1. Umpires—Home, Jamie Williams; first, Bill Humphry; second, Tony D’Aquano.
Waves 10, Rebels 2
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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.
Umpires—Home, Kevin Raine; first, Todd Sigwig; second, Russell Kessler.
Broncos 10, Reds 0
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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.
WP — McGowan. Umpires—Home, Charlie Clemons; first, Mark Wagers; third, Chan Glidewell.