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NBC notes: Clarinda A’s keep winning simple

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 10:20 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

The Clarinda (Iowa) A’s won their 10th straight game on Saturday, handling the San Diego Force 8-1. In the past six games, they’ve allowed seven runs.

One reason — the A’s can stand to be around each other in August, which isn’t always a given in summer baseball.

“They seem to like each other this year,” manager Ryan Eberly said. “A lot of these kids haven’t won at their schools before and they’re enjoying the winning part of it and they’re excited to be here.”

Clarinda hasn’t lost since July 14, when it dropped the first game of a doubleheader to Ozark (Mo.) It won the MINK League’s North Division and defeated Nevada (Mo.) 2-1 to win the league playoff series. Being off since July 26 didn’t pose a problem on Saturday

“We’ve got a group of guys who know how to get the job done and know how to run and we want to make a run for it,” third baseman Dean Long. “Pitching’s there. Hitting’s there. It’s good baseball.”

Eberly started the summer concerned about his pitching staff.

“We were a little worried earlier because they’re all mid-80s (mph) guys,” he said. “They’ve come a long way.”

On Saturday, starter Tei Vanderford, who is headed to Tennessee, scattered nine hits over seven innings and struck out one. Reliever Quentin Mansfield threw two shutout innings. Neither walked a batter, which is the big news in Eberly’s mind. His pitching staff started to click when it consistently challenged hitters.

“We haven’t been walking a lot of hitters and we’re not giving those extra outs way,” Eberly said.

San Diego totaled 10 hits, smacked three doubles and stranded seven runners. The Force scored their lone run on Nick Boggan’s one-out double in the sixth. Facing the heart of the order, Vanderford produced two fly balls to end the threat and protect a 3-1 lead. In the seventh, he stranded two runners.

“We hit the ball pretty good,” San Diego manager Brian Basteyns said. “We just didn’t piece a couple together.”

Out at third

The seventh inning will stick with the Force, thanks to a close call at third. San Diego trailed 4-1 and Nick Boggan led off the inning by ripping a ball past the center fielder and to the wall.

Rally in business.

Then Boggan went for third. The throw took Long, playing third, up the line, as Boggan started his slide. Long hustled back to the bag and tagged him to earn an out call. Boggan and Basteyns both protested. Vanderford, backing up the play, pumped his fist as he walked to the mound.

“I thought he got his foot in,” Basteyns said. “The umpire said he tagged him on the side. To me, that sounds like he was in there.”

The Force followed the out with two singles before the inning fizzled.

“I thought I got him,” Long said. “I got him right in the bag. It was bang-bang, though.”

In hindsight, Basteyns wished he played it more conservatively while in need of three runs.

“I probably should have held him at second and went from there,” he said. “But, we play aggressive baseball and we have all year.”

While you slept

Defending champion Santa Barbara started its tournament with a 4-0 win over the Northwest (Wash.) Honkers early Saturday morning. Parker French struck out seven, walked five, and allowed two hits over seven innings for the Foresters.

The San Antonio Titans lasted less than 16 hours in the NBC. They blew a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning and lost 9-7 to Seattle on Friday night. Saturday morning, Nevada (Mo.) eliminated the Titans 7-2. Nevada pitcher Trent Keefer threw a five-hitter, striking out three for the tournament’s seventh complete game.

The Wellington Heat scored four runs in the seventh and one in the ninth to defeat the Colorado Sox 8-7 on Saturday. Hutchinson Monarchs pitchers Jake Jewell and Jean Acevado combined on a four-hitter in their 2-1 win over the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues.

Saturday’s results

Nevada (Mo.) Griffons 7, San Antonio Titans 2

Hutchinson Monarchs 2, San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Blues 1

San Diego Stars 10, Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 2

Clarinda (Iowa) A’s 8, San Diego Force 1

Hays Larks 1, Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings 0

El Dorado Broncos vs. Seattle Studs

Northwest (Wash.) Honkers vs. Colorado Sox

Heat 8, Sox 7

Siple cf5320Baldini ss3210
Thimesch rf5132Clough dh4000
Rea 3b4011Paust ph1000
Piazza 1b5120Gibbons cf3201
Billinger 2b4122Baeckel 3b5120
Rocha lf4011Basil lf5110
Mark c4000Comito 2b4133
Long dh3100Shetterly 1b4021
Andrews ss4120Weliver ph1000
Purvis rf2001
Mohr c3001


E— Andrews, Baldini, Baeckel, Mohr 2. DP—Colorado 1. LOB— Wellington 7, Colorado 9. 2B— Comito. 3B — Billinger. SF — Rea, Billinger. SB — Siple 2, Thimesch, Rocha.

McMillan (W, 1-0)323313
Romero (S, 1)100000

Colorado IP H R ER BB SO
Lalk (L, 0-1)2 1/331102

WP — Fischer, Moody.

T— 3:14.

Monarchs 2, Blues 1

San Luis ObispoHutchinson
Maddox dh4001Ze.Kwlksk lf4110
Domings 2b2000Za.Kwlksk 2b4010
Attaway ss4000Schlcrft 3b3111
Pritchard lf4000Miller 1b2000
Allen 3b4000Schultz c3001
Jones cf3000Kunzman cf3010
Ullrich ph0000Leighton ss2000
Lee 1b4120Crabtree dh3010
Miller rf2010Shedrick rf3000
Case c2010

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E— Leighton. DP— San Luis Obispo 1. LOB — San Luis Obispo 6, Hutchinson 4. CS — Ullrich. SB — Schoolcraft.

Ray (L, 0-1)752217

Hutchinson IP H R ER BB SO
Acevado (W, 1-0)410015

WP — Ray, Jewell. Umpires—Home, Ron Rodriguez; first, Mark Wagers; second, Ray Grenke.

T— 1:50.

Stars 10, Dawgs 2

San DiegoValley Center
Scott 2b2201Crumpton 3b3010
Barnett cf4011Koehler ph1010
Lange dh4111Baez ss3000
B. Sos 1b3000Parker ph1000
J. Vega pr0100McBroom 2b2000
Lopez 1b0000Temple ph1000
C. Sos c4021Vogel dh3000
D. Vega pr0100Williams ph1000
Lee c0000Sigg cf3120
Oldham ss4122Seeger 1b2000
Facer lf4110Stucky rf2000
Putland lf, ph1011Bell c3111
Enriquez 3b5122Wheat lf3011
Serna rf1200

San Diego 0010305110
Valley Center 020000002

E— Bell. LOB— San Diego 11, Valley Center 5. 2B— Oldham, Koehler, Bell. 3B — Barnett. HP — B. Sos, Stucky. SB — Scott 2, Oldham, Serna, Crumpton, McBroom. CS — Sigg.

Sintes (W, 1-0)530004

Valley Center IP H R ER BB SO
Hurlbutt (L, 0-1)423343
Lambert 2 1/342231

WP — Lambert, Tunnell. Umpires—Home, Jason Hartstick; first, Josh Schepis; second, Greg Mudd.

T— 2:35.

A’s 8, Force 1

ClarindaSan Diego
Francia lf3100Loud 2b4010
Poindxtr cf4011Williams rf4110
Trahan ss4111Boggan 1b4011
Britt 1b5000Schulz lf4020
Cormier rf5220Leary dh4000
Long 3b5251Nordgren 3b4010
Paxton dh3111Miramontes ss4020
Ascherl c2001Crouse c4020
Raley 2b4123Scheiwe cf3000

Clarinda 0012001318
San Diego 0000010001

E— Britt. DP— Clarinda 2. LOB— Clarinda 7, San Diego 7. 2B— Poindexter, Cormier, Long, Raley, Loud, Boggan, Nordgren. 3B — Raley. SF — Ascherl. SB — Francia, Trahan, Long 2.

Vanderford (W, 1-0)791101

San Diego IP H R ER BB SO
Smith (L, 0-1)6 1/384423
Hejny 2/323310
van der Vin1 2/311120

Umpires—Home, Tony D’Aquano; first, Sean Bolte; second, Kevin Raine.

T— 2:24.

Griffons 7, Titans 2

San Antonio0000200002

W — Keefer. L — Harrell.

Larks 1, Cotton Kings 0

Hays LarksCasa Grande
Placzek ss2000Bradley cf4000
Gilmore 3b4000Dawson 2b4020
Cornell cf3020McCoy ss4010
Garland lf4010Carrillo c, rf0000
Petersen dh4000Truitt rf3000
Gillespie 1b3000Crawford 1b3000
Koeiman 2b3010Wagner 3b3000
Roberts rf2000Still dh3000
Beck ph, rf1000Martinez lf3000
Neve c3100Enriquez c, rf2010

Hays 0000001001
Casa Grande 0000000000

E— Cornell, McCoy. DP— Hays 2. LOB— Hays 10, Casa Grande 4. 2B— Garland. CS — Roberts.

Hawkins (W, 1-0)830006
Owen (S, 1)110001

Casa Grande IP H R ER BB SO
Faulkner (L, 0-1)63148

WP — Faulkner (1). Umpires—Home, Mark Goldfedder; first, Ray Grenke; second, Sasha Sanqueneti.

T— 2:14.

Late Friday

Foresters 4, Honkers 0

NorthwestSanta Barbara
Bradshaw rf4000Atwood cf3010
Mall ss3010Mattlage 2b4110
Fox cf4000Epperson lf3000
Pardon 1b4010O’Hearn 1b2210
Truex dh4000Hoelscher 3b3120
Gervais lf2000Felts c4032
Fithian c3010Darby rf2001
Hines 3b2000Jones ss4001
Padilla 2b2000Johnson dh3010
Lechich ph1000

Santa Barbara00000202x4

E— Padilla, Mattlage. LOB— Northwest 7, Santa Barbara 8. CS — Mall. SF — Darby.

Scholten (L, 0-1)794413

Santa Barbara IP H R ER BB SO
French (W, 1-0)720057

WP — French, Lemke. Umpires—Home, Ray Grenke; first, Ron Rodriguez; second, Jason Hartstick.

T— 1:57.

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