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NBC notes: Mom’s health dominates thought of El Dorado infielder

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11:13 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

El Dorado second baseman Coby Roming is still playing baseball. That is welcome news for a very important non-baseball reason.

On Wednesday, doctors flew his mother from Amarillo, Texas, to the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix because of heart problems. Roming intended to play Friday’s game and then join her. The news from Phoenix is good and he now feels comfortable to stay for the rest of the tournament.

“She’s doing good and doesn’t have to have surgery,” Roming said. “She was wanting to me stay and I said ‘If you’re going to have surgery, I’m going to be there at the drop of a hat.’ I wish she could be out here to watch, but she’s in good hands in Arizona.”

Roming took over at second base for Jason McMurray, who left the team after Wednesday’s game. Roming went 2 for 5 and drove in two runs with a sixth-inning single, putting the Broncos up 7-3. Nevada brought in lefty reliever Cody Faulkner to face him with two outs in the sixth. Roming liked his chances against the side-armer.

“It’s ideal for you,” Roming said. “I knew he was going to throw away and I just took what he gave me and tried to go the other way with it.”

Rolling, rolling, rolling

This summer’s NBC World Series will add to the rust vs. rest debate.

With the new format, two teams will enter Championship Week with four or five games in Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The 14 teams that fill out the bracket are coming off a week or more of rest. On Friday, busy El Dorado defeated rested Nevada (Mo.) 9-4.

The Griffons tried to stay sharp by playing two scrimmage games. They last played a game on July 26. After Friday’s loss, they faced an 8 a.m. elimination game on Saturday.

“I think sitting idle is one thing that’s not going to help anybody,” Nevada manager Ryan Mansfield said.

The Broncos went 4-0 last week to advance out of that 16-team bracket. They survived sloppy defense with 15 hits and three pitchers who excelled at wriggling out of jams.

“We came in pretty hot on the season and then rolled through that first week,” Roming said. “If we’re playing hot through the first week, I think it will definitely carry over. A lot of these teams, they’ve been sitting around waiting for the past week.”

Friday’s results

El Dorado Broncos 9, Nevada (Mo.) Griffons 4

Seattle Studs 9, San Antonio Titans 6

Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters vs. Northwest (Wash.) Honkers

Colorado Sox vs. Wellington Heat

Broncos 9, Griffons 4

Cox rf2211Scroggins cf4200
Clay lf4110Sterling ss4011
Ware cf5122Douglas dh4031
Taylor 3b6123Hilston lf5000
Parrett c6010Ethan 1b3000
Stramp 1b5120Goihl 1b, ph1000
Esposito dh3100Chew rf4120
Roming 2b5022Hogan 3b4010
Coen ss5241Wobbe 2b3000
Mitchell c3110
Downs c0000

El Dorado2101040019
Nevada, Mo.0020100104

E— Coen 2 (3), Hogan (1). DP— Griffons 1. LOB— Broncos 15, Griffons 9. 2B— Ware, Coen (2), Sterling , Douglas, Hogan. HP — Cox 2 (3), Ware (3), Wobbe. SB — Cox 2 (3), Ware, Coen. SF — Downs.

McGowan (W, 2-0)563121

Griffons IP H R ER BB SO
Hilliard (L, 0-1)233330
Weis3 2/385520
Faulkner3 1/341103

WP — McGowan (1), Weis (1).

T— 2:29.

Studs 9, Titans 7

SeattleSan Antonio
Holm cf5210Siller 3b4200
Corliss 2b3211Baker rf5232
Akitoshi ss4111Ramirez cf5122
Peterson 1b3122Warren 1b4022
LeCount dh4000Funk c3000
Sutherland ph0000Lerick 2b4010
Copeland pr0100Moon dh3010
Boe 3b3112Strieber pr-dh1000
Savage lf5023Garza ss2100
Breda c3100
Becker rf4010

San Antonio0002400017

E— Holm, Akitoshi, Peterson. DP— Seattle 2. LOB— Seattle 10, San Antonio 7. 2B— Baker. 3B — Akitoshi, Savage. HP — Holm, Corliss, Peterson 2, Sutherland, Boe, Becker, Siller, Garza 2. SB — Holm 2, Becker, Warren.

Humes4 2/366524
Thompson (W, 1-0)3 1/320003

San Antonio IP H R ER BB SO
Staudt1 1/310010
Davis (L, 0-1)1/304400

WP — Staudt (1). Umpires—Home, Charlie Clemons; first, Bob Holmolka; second, Travis Olson.

T— 2:39.

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