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NBC World Series notebook: Old-school matchup

  • Published Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 7:19 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

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Old-school matchup

The 10 a.m. game of the National Baseball Congress World Series featured an old-school pitching duel, with a disappointing end in that neither was involved in the decision.

The Plaza Tire Capahas, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., outlasted the Kansas Cannons 1-0 in 14 innings. Capahas starter Tyler Thompson pitched 12 innings and struck out 16. He was saddled with a no-decision, just like Derek Martinez from the Cannons.

Martinez went 13 innings, striking out eight. He threw 143 pitches, five fewer than Thompson’s 148. Those are totals not usually reached by present-day pitchers with coaches constantly guarding their health, but both pitchers were so effective that it became difficult to take them out.

The Capahas finally won with two outs in the 14th when an Adam Connor single off new Cannons pitcher Adam Connor scored Kenton Parmley. Plaza Tire went to 2-0 in the tournament after beating the Kansas Alumni in 13 innings Saturday night.

Powering up

Monday, the tournament’s fourth day, saw the first home runs. In a game contrasted from the low-scoring affair before it, Ozark (Mo.) beat Denver 9-8 as the teams combined for 27 hits.

Generals No. 9 hitter Alex Heideman provided the first homer, a solo shot in the top of the sixth followed by a Bill Germaine homer for Denver in the bottom of the seventh.

The novelty of those home runs had nothing on that of Liberal outfielder Jason Dahl. His line drive to center in the second inning of the 4 p.m. game earned a diving attempt from Houston’s Anthony Purcell. He missed, and the ball rolled to the wall to allow Dahl to hustle home.

“Off the bat, I knew I hit it well but I thought it was right at him,” Dahl said. “I was kind of hoping he’d dive for it and give me a chance. He ended up diving and it got by him, so I just ran as fast as I can.”

In the fifth inning of Liberal’s 4-2 losers-bracket win, Dahl hit another ball to the wall but had to settle for a triple. Liberal had 12 hits, and Dahl had two of the Bee Jays’ extra-base hits.

In their league

The first-week teams from the Jayhawk League, Liberal and El Dorado, are a combined 4-1 and a pitch from being undefeated as Liberal lost its Saturday opener in extra innings.

The Bee Jays reached the tournament only after another team dropped out just before it started, and El Dorado reached the opening week automatically by finishing third in the league. Hays and Wellington earned automatic bids to championship week, starting Friday, as the top two Jayhawk finishers.

Some coaches and general managers were upset that the new format only allowed for three or four teams from the Jayhawk five of the league’s six teams made the field in 2012. Liberal and El Dorado are backing up that bluster.

“The league is one of the top five leagues in the country,” Liberal coach Brandon Kitch said. “The pitching we see on a day-to-day basis is really good. We’re right there with everyone else. …We’re lucky we got in, but I think we’ve got a team that can make some noise in this tournament.”

Monday’s results

Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Capahas 1, Kansas Cannons 0, 14 innings

El Dorado Broncos 9, Tulas Braves 3

San Diego Waves 4, Houston Tuzos 1

Kansas Alumni 11, Tulsa Braves 1

Liberal Bee Jays 4, Houston Tuzos 2

Ozark (Mo.) Generals 9, Denver Cougars 8

Kansas Alumni 6, Colorado Cardinals 3

Monday’s box scores

El Dorado Broncos 9, Tulsa Braves 3

TulsaEl Dorado
abrhbiabrhbi
Davis 2b5000Cox rf3110
Petrino ss4120Clay lf4011
Rolland rf4000Ware cf3000
Schaede 3b4220Taylor 3b5132
Cuddy 1b2000Parrett c4111
Hoffman lf4011Stramp 1b4110
Alspaugh cf4021McMurray 2b3212
Shannon dh2000Roming 2b1000
White ph2000Esposito dh3121
Reibenspies c3020Coen ss3230
Totals34392Totals339137

Tulsa2000000103 9 1
El Dorado00071010x9 13 0

LOB— Braves 10, Broncos 10. 2B— Petrino (1), Alspaugh (2). 3B — Schaede (1), Clay (1), Taylor (1), McMurray (1). HP — Cuddy (1), Cox (1). SB — Petrino 2 (2). CS — Cox.

TulsaIPHRERBBSO
Gunter (L, 0-1)3 1/376610
Copeland2/311130
Williams111100
Shambaugh241101
Nevil100000

El DoradoIP H R ER BB SO
Busch (W, 1-0)552226
Higgins220000
Smidt121111
Autrey100021

WP — Gunter (1), Shambaugh 2 (2), Busch (10, Autrey (1). Umpires—Home, Tony D’Aquano; first, Bob Holmolka; second, Charlie Clemons.

T— 2:30.

Cape Girardeau Capahas 1, Kansas Cannons 0

KansasCape
abrhbiabrhbi
Johnson rf3010Kimball 2b6000
Sturgeon 2b6010Caveness cf4020
Schroeder ss6010Parmley ss4110
Johnston lf 6010Campbell 1b3000
Landanger cf5000Hagedorn dh5000
Bunch 3b5010Connor 3b6010
Burba dh5000Bennett c5000
Tracy 1b0000Blum rf5010
Branum 1b, p5000Fieldhouse lf4000
Redington c5020
Totals46070Totals42150

Kansas00000000000000 7 0
Cape00000000000011 5 0

LOB— Kansas 7, Cape 9. 2B— Parmley. HP — Johnson, Parmley.

KansasIPHRERBBSO
Martinez1330058
Branum2/321110
Total 13 2/3 5 1 1 6 8

Cape IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson12500116
Spangler220001
Total14700117

WP — Spangler. Umpires—Home, Greg Mudd; first, Ben Harlow; second, Ryan Stork.

San Diego Waves 4, Houston Tuzos 1

San Diego0002101004 11 3
Houston0001000001 4 2

W—Kraft. L — Tafoya. S—Johnson.

Kansas Alumni 6, Colorado Cardinals 3

Kansas0030000126 13 0
Colorado0010020003 9 1

W—Womack. L—Bailey. S—Simon.

Okark Generals 9, Denver Cougars 8

Ozark0211210209 15 2
Denver0021032008 12 2

W—Smith. L—Roth. S—Colbert.

Liberal Bee Jays 4, Houston Tuzos 2

Houston0000000202 5 1
Liberal02011000x4 12 1

W—Tillotson. L—Lujan. S—Endacott.

Kansas Alumni 11, Tulas Braves 1

Tulsa0100001 4 3
Kansas30012511 10 2

W—Kerbs. L—Cantwell.

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