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NBC WORLD SERIES Seattle Studs advance to NBC championship

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 11:24 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Sep. 29, 2013, at 9:31 a.m.

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Thursday’s schedule

Hutchinson vs. Wellington, 5 p.m.

El Dorado vs. Santa Barbara (Calif.), 7:30 or 10

Clarinda (Iowa) vs. Seattle, 7:30 or 10

Note: Wednesday’s late Santa Barbara-Seattle winner will play the 7:30 game

Monday’s Games

Casa Grande Cotton Kings vs. San Luis Obispo Blues, 1 p.m.

El Dorado Broncos vs. Colorado Sox, 7 p.m.

Nevada Griffons vs. Wellington Heat, 10 p.m.

The Seattle Studs know how to finish second in the NBC World Series. They did it in 2008, 2010 and 2012. They figure 2013 is the time to break through and win the thing.

Seattle defeated Clarinda 4-3 in 12 innings on Thursday at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in the quarterfinals of the NBC. The Studs are the tournament’s lone unbeaten and advance to Saturday’s championship game needing to win one more game for the program’s first title.

“That’s all we work for, every year,” Studs pitcher Taylor Thompson said. “Wichita is the focus of our season. Everything is building up to this.”

The Studs rallied for a run in the ninth to tie the game 3-all. After both teams wasted opportunities in extra innings, the Studs won it on Ty Holm’s two-out single in the 12th. He drove in Matt Becker, who singled to lead off the inning, from second base on a base hit to right field.

Third baseman Kyle Boe, one of several veteran Studs, played on the runner-up teams in 2010 and 2012.

“We’re itching for it, and this is it,” he said.

A spectacular defensive play by shortstop Yusuke Akitoshi saved the game for Seattle in the 11th.

Clarinda stranded two runners in scoring position in the second and left the bases loaded in the fifth. Clarinda loaded the bases with one out on a double by Nick Thurman and two walks. Clarinda’s Demarco Poindexter looked at strike three for the second out. Then Blake Trahan bounced a ball toward Boe. It deflected off his glove and landed on the infield as Thurman ran home.

The A’s started to celebrate. Then Akitoshi picked up the ball and unleashed a strong throw to first, getting Trahan on a close play. Trahan protested. So did Clarinda coach Ryan Eberly.

“Yusuke doesn’t give up on anything,” Studs manager Barry Aden said. “He showed off his arm.”

Clarinda took a 1-0 lead in the second on Cory Raley’s RBI single, driving in Keith Cormier. Seattle responded with a run in the fifth on Connor Savage’s RBI single. He scored Garrett Breda, who recorded the first hit off Clarinda starter Jarrid Garcia when he snuck a sinking line drive under the glove of the diving third baseman.

Raley doubled in a run in the sixth for a 2-1 lead. Seattle tied it 2-all in the bottom of the inning on Bobby LeCount’s sacrifice fly. He drove in Holm, who led off with a double.

Cormier homered to right field, keeping it just fair, to give Clarinda a 3-2 lead in the eighth.

Seattle lost a runner at the plate in the ninth before it tied the game. A’s first baseman Bud Britt made a running grab and throw of a groundball, cutting down Garrett Breda at home for the second out of the inning. Becker followed with a single over the shortstop to score Boe, who walked, to tie the game 3-all in the ninth.

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