The Haysville Heat proved to be better in the sweltering July conditions, putting in 18 innings Wednesday to chalk up its third straight NBC Midwest Regional championship.
The Heat avenged a 2-0 loss Tuesday to the Kansas Cannons, taking advantage of eight walks and two critical errors for a 5-2 victory at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
As the temperature hovered around the 100-degree mark at the start of the championship game, Haysville, which had defeated Jayhawk League rival El Dorado in the first game,7-5, showed few signs of fatigue – even after spotting the Cannons a 2-0 first-inning lead.
The Heat steadily pulled back into control as the Cannons lost theirs, tying the game in the fourth on a single, two walks and an error by Cannons shortstop Josh Halbert. Another error in the sixth allowed Walker Davidson to score the Heat’s go-ahead run, and Trent Oleszczuk’s groundout scored Jimmy Brenneman with an insurance run.
Haysville scored its final run in the eighth as Oleszczuk scored on Dalton Hewitt’s single, but a throw by Cannons right fielder Tory Stoffregen cut down Andrew Miller, who collided with catcher Blaine Hashagen in an unsuccessful attempt to dislodge the ball.
Both teams had clinched NBC World Series berths by advancing to the final, and each took home a $2,600 check.
Heat coach Rick Twyman acknowledge the long – but fruitful – day.
“They played well when they needed to, but our pitching is phenomenal,” he said.
It was far from perfection, however, he said.
“As you saw, we can’t get the two-out hits with runners in scoring position, in the first game and this game,” Twyman said.
The Heat was able to run on Cannons starter Jackie Black.
Cannons coach Kyle Touchatt said that Black, who didn’t attempt a pickoff in his 3 1/3 innings, has a pickoff move that still needs refinement.
The stolen bases helped Haysville put runners in scoring position.
“We’re going to put pressure on; we’re going to run a lot,” Twyman said.
Twyman said he had some simple pregame instructions for his team.
“Come ready to go,” he said. “Just come ready to go. We knew had to take care of business, and they did.”
Haysville 7, El Dorado 5
|Haysville Heat||000||102||040||—||7 10 2|
|El Dorado Broncos||100||100||030||—||5 12 3|
W — Rainey 1-0. L — Rehwinkel 0-1.
Haysville 5, Kansas Cannons 2
|Kansas Cannons||200||000||000||—||2 6 2|
|Haysville Heat||000||202||01x||—||5 7 0|
W — McCready 1-0. L — Scoles 1-1. S — Brogan (2).