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.”
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 rf||2||2||1||1||Scroggins cf||4||2||0||0|
|Clay lf||4||1||1||0||Sterling ss||4||0||1||1|
|Ware cf||5||1||2||2||Douglas dh||4||0||3||1|
|Taylor 3b||6||1||2||3||Hilston lf||5||0||0||0|
|Parrett c||6||0||1||0||Ethan 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Stramp 1b||5||1||2||0||Goihl 1b, ph||1||0||0||0|
|Esposito dh||3||1||0||0||Chew rf||4||1||2||0|
|Roming 2b||5||0||2||2||Hogan 3b||4||0||1||0|
|Coen ss||5||2||4||1||Wobbe 2b||3||0||0||0|
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)||5||6||3||1||2||1|
|Hilliard (L, 0-1)||2||3||3||3||3||0|
WP — McGowan (1), Weis (1).
Studs 9, Titans 7
|Holm cf||5||2||1||0||Siller 3b||4||2||0||0|
|Corliss 2b||3||2||1||1||Baker rf||5||2||3||2|
|Akitoshi ss||4||1||1||1||Ramirez cf||5||1||2||2|
|Peterson 1b||3||1||2||2||Warren 1b||4||0||2||2|
|LeCount dh||4||0||0||0||Funk c||3||0||0||0|
|Sutherland ph||0||0||0||0||Lerick 2b||4||0||1||0|
|Copeland pr||0||1||0||0||Moon dh||3||0||1||0|
|Boe 3b||3||1||1||2||Strieber pr-dh||1||0||0||0|
|Savage lf||5||0||2||3||Garza ss||2||1||0||0|
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.
|Thompson (W, 1-0)||3 1/3||2||0||0||0||3|
|Davis (L, 0-1)||1/3||0||4||4||0||0|
WP — Staudt (1). Umpires—Home, Charlie Clemons; first, Bob Holmolka; second, Travis Olson.