Two rain delays stretched the afternoon game well into the evening. The Everett Merchants scored a run in the top of the ninth for a 10-9 win over the Hays Larks in the semifinals of the NBC World Series.
Heath Bell was a three-time All-Star pitcher and led the National League in saves in 2009. He is back with the Kansas Stars for a second summer, chatting with fans, leading cheers, selling raffle tickets ... and pitching too.
Cheney won four games during the first week of the NBC World Series just to earn a spot in championship. Cheney beat the San Antonio Angels 3-2 on Thursday for a seventh straight win, earning a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Chipper Jones held a bat in his hand before the Kansas Stars took the field for Wednesday night’s NBC World Series game. The former Atlanta Braves star took a few swings from the right side. He hadn’t played a game of baseball in five years, and there was some rust to shake off.
Eight-time All-Star and World Series champion for the Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones talks about playing in the NBC World Series for the first time before taking the field for the Kansas Stars Wednesday evening at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle/Aug. 2, 2017)
The Kansas Stars captured curiosity in their first year, as a sold-out Lawrence-Dumont Stadium crowd took part in the novelty of their first appearance in the National Baseball Congress World Series last year.
The Kansas Stars made their second appearance in the NBC Tournament on Monday night. An easy 10-1 win over the Everett Merchants means the team will play again this week. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
David Ross won two World Series during a 15-year baseball career, including last year’s Series with the Chicago Cubs. Ross announced his retirement after last year’s season and performed on the television show “Dancing With the Stars.” Ross is in Wichita this week playing with the Kansas Stars in the NBC World Series. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Two-time World Series winner Jake Peavy and the rest of the Kansas Stars made their debut at the NBC Tournament Saturday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to the delight of fans there. (Video by Fernando Salazar/The Wichita Eagle)