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NBC notes: Taking the blame

  • Published Friday, August 9, 2013, at 12:38 a.m.

My bad

Wellington Heat catcher T.C. Mark wants one pitch back from Thursday’s 2-0 win over Hutchinson in an elimination game.

In the sixth inning, he called for a 2-1 fastball to Jose Nossa. Nossa stroked it to right field on a line for Hutchinson’s first hit.

“I’ll take the blame,” Mark said. “I was thinking about (a changeup). We had already thrown three fastballs. It would have worked a little better.”

Almost everything else worked perfectly for Wellington pitcher Brandon Marris and Mark. Marris, who completed his college career at Southeastern Oklahoma State last spring, threw a two-hitter to move the Heat into Friday’s semifinals. He walked two batters in the first inning and didn’t allow another runner until the sixth. The Monarchs didn’t get another runner to second base until the eighth.

“He had quite an arsenal of pitches,” Hutchinson centerfielder Josh Kunzmann said. “He was working low in the zone and it helped that the umpire gave that to him.”

Marris’ ability to keep his fastball down in the zone produced a lot of groundball outs. He pitched earlier in the NBC and couldn’t command his breaking pitches. On Thursday, he could tell in the bullpen that things would be different.

“I was really spotting my fastball well,” he said. “I had my changeup at times, but it was really my fastball and my slider.”

The Monarchs helped Marris with a lack of patience at the plate. They declined to try to run up his pitch count and Mark noticed.

“They gave him a lot of quick innings,” Mark said. “They’re giving him a lot of room to work with.”

Wellington took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kumzmann misplayed a ball hit to center, allowing Tony Piazza to score. Dalton Bernardi’s sacrifice fly in the ninth score Piazza with an insurance run.

Baseball dozen

The NBC honored new Hall of Fame inductee Dick Casidy before Thursday’s feature game.

Casidy played for six teams in 12 tournaments, hitting and pitching. He won NBC titles with the 1963 Rapid Transit Dreamliners and 1964 Service Auto Glassmen, both of Wichita.

Winning on the mound

Hutchinson finished fifth, its best in four appearances since the team started in 2009.

The Monarchs went 2-2, despite not scoring more than three runs in any game. They hit .151 with one extra-base hit, a double.

Pitching, however, carried the Monarchs. On Thursday, starter Garrett Hoover gave up three hits and one run in six innings. In four games, Hutchinson compiled a 1.50 ERA and didn’t allow an extra-base hit.

Thursday’s results

Wellington Heat 3, Hutchinson Monarchs 0

Seattle Studs 4, Clarina A’s 3 (12 innings)

Santa Barbara Foresters-El Dorado Broncos

Late Wednesday

Seattle Studs 3, Santa Barbara Foresters 2

Santa BarbaraSeattle
Atwood rf5140Holm4110
Mattlage 2b3011Corliss 2b2000
Epperson dh4010Akitoshi ss3100
Felts c4100Peterson dh4012
O’Hearn 1b3010LeCount 1b4000
Hoelscher 3b4010Sutherland c3000
Lechich cf4000D. Boe ph1010
Jones ss3000Copeland pr0000
Darby ph1000Breda c0000
Johnson lf4010Savage lf4020
K. Boe 3b2010
Becker rf4111

Santa Barbara0001100002

E— Godall, Corliss, K. Boe. DP— Seattle 1. LOB— Santa Barbara 10, Seattle 9. 2B— O’Hearn, Peterson (2). 3B — Mattlage. SB — Holm (5), Becker (3). CS — Atwood.

Godall (L, 0-1)6 1/353227
Fox 1 2/320003

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO
Holm (W, 1-0)772224
Thompson (S, 1)220012

WP — Kuhl. Umpires—Home, Mark Wagers; first, Mike Lentz; second, Scott Freund..

T— 2:21.

Wellington Heat 2, Hutchinson Monarchs 0

Siple cf4000Kowlakowski lf4000
Thimesch rf4010Nossa 2b4010
Rea 3b4010Crandall 3b3000
Piazza 1b1210Miller 1b3000
Billinger 2b2000Schultz c4000
Rocha lf3010Kunzman cf3010
Mark c1001Leighton ss3000
Bernardi dh3001Shedrick rf2000
Andrews ss4000Pina dh2000


E— Schultz, Kunzman. DP— Hutchinson 1. LOB— Wellington 7, Hutchinson 5. SF — Mark, Bernardi. SB — Billinger (2), Rocha (2).

Marris (W, 1-0)920027

Hutchinson IP H R ER BB SO
Hoover (L, 0-1)631033
Huffstickler2 1/311111

Umpires—Home, Greg Mudd; first, Lance Vaughn; second, Conan Strobel.

T— 1:41.

Seattle Studs 4, Clarinda As 3

Francia lf4000Savage lf4011
Poindexter cf6010Corliss 2b6000
Trahan ss6020D. Boe ph1000
Britt 1b5010Van Hoon 2b1000
Cormier rf6231Holm cf6121
Long 3b6120Peterson dh4000
Thurman c5010LeCount 1b3011
Raley 2b4032Copeland pr0000
Hager dh3010Mercer 1b1010
Paxton ph0000K. Boe 3b3100
Akitoshi ss4000
Breda c4110
Becker rf4121


DP— Clarinda 1, Seattle 2. LOB— Clarinda 13, Seattle 9. 2B— Thurman, Raley (2), Holm. HR — Cormier. SB — Raley (2), Paxton, Savage 2 (5), Holm (6). SF — LeCount.

Garcia5 2/332236
Rodriguez1 1/300011
Mansfield (L, 0-1)2/321101

Seattle IP H R ER BB SO
Humes6 1/3102205
Gofinch (W, 1-0)1 2/300012

Umpires—Home, Bob Homolka; first, Charlie Clemons; second, Tony D’Aquano.

T— 3:08.

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