The San Diego Stars were forced to vacate its first-round win over Valley Center because they used ineligible players. Lots of them.
Fifteen players not on San Diegos roster when it qualified for the National Baseball Congress World Series were on the roster to start the tournament. Most of them came from the Pecos League, an independent professional league based in New Mexico.
NBC rules allow for five roster changes between the end of the season and the tournament, which the Stars exceeded and then some. Most of the Pecos League players were still under contract to their pro teams, and it was unclear whether they received clearance from the league and their teams to play in Wichita.
NBC officials discovered the discrepancy during the Stars Saturday game against the San Diego Force. The Stars were sent to the losers bracket, while Valley Center was credited with a win and played Clarinda in a winners bracket game Sunday afternoon.
The Stars were scheduled to play early Monday at 12:30 a.m. Valley Center, meanwhile, had to scramble to get players to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in time for their 5 p.m. game against the As.
The Diamond Dawgs thought after Saturday that they would be playing in a losers bracket game late Sunday, then their winners bracket game was moved to 5:00 as rain affected the days schedule.
I was at my daughters two-year birthday party, and I got a call at 3 asking if I could be here at 5 to play, Valley Center manager Pat Hon said. Thats kind of whats cool about the NBC. You watch every night and you wait, you scramble and you get here to play.
Valley Center has lost, at least on the field, both of its games. San Diegos forfeit gives the Diamond Dawgs a second chance but also a chance to make the wrong kind of history in the double-elimination tournament.
I told the guys, the only negative thing is technically we lost the first game, Hon said. We came through because of what happened, but I really dont want to be the first team in NBC history to go 0-3. There have been a lot of teams go 0-2, but I dont think anybody has gone 0-3.
Hall of Fame
Longtime Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins coach Bob Steinkamp was inducted into the NBC Hall of Fame Sunday night. Steinkamp was joined by several members of his family to give a speech near home plate before Sunday nights feature game.
Steinkamp coached the Bruins for 40 years and made 25 appearances in the NBC World Series. Among the players he coached were Royals outfielder Alex Gordon and Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain. He is the current commissioner of the MINK summer collegiate league.
Santa Barbara wins
Santa Barbara beat Wellington 5-0 in a second-round game that was scoreless after seven innings. The Foresters scored a run in the eighth and added four in the ninth.
Louie Lechichs RBI triple gave Santa Barbara its first run, and Jacob Felts highlighted the ninth with a leadoff home run. The Foresters took advantage of a faltering Heat defense in the ninth and delivered three RBI singles.
Colorado Sox 9, Northwest (Wash.) Honkers 4, Northwest eliminated Clarinda (Iowa) As 5, Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 0 Santa Barbara (Calif.) Foresters 5, Wellington Heat 0 Hutchinson Monarchs vs. Hays Larks San Diego Stars vs. San Diego Force