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 tournaments lone unbeaten and advance to Saturdays championship game needing to win one more game for the programs first title.
Thats 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 Holms 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.
Were 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. Clarindas 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 As 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 doesnt 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 Raleys RBI single, driving in Keith Cormier. Seattle responded with a run in the fifth on Connor Savages 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 LeCounts 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. As 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.