The common belief is that by the end of a long tournament, a baseball team's pitching staff is so depleted that slugfests in the championship game are almost a given.
Haysville and Derby clearly weren't buying into that theory, as the teams' pitching staffs produced a duel in the National Baseball Congress World Series Midwest Regional championship that lasted until the bottom of the eighth.
But it was Haysville's offense that ultimately made the difference in the Heat's 4-3 win at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. They scored a run in the seventh to get within one run, then scored two more in the eighth, including the go-ahead run on a two-out double by Casey Johnson.
Derby's pitching outperformed that of the Heat for much of the game. But after starter Henry Warner lasted four effective innings, the Twins bullpen couldn't protect the 3-1 lead they took after the top of the seventh.
The pitching for both teams became even more thin because one-loss Haysville beat undefeated Derby 7-3 in an earlier game Thursday to force a second championship game.
It wasn't pitching that temporarily had the Heat unraveled; it was a failure to make routine plays, which resulted in an unearned run for the Twins and another run that likely could have been prevented.
Derby scored the first run in the third after nearly wasting a leadoff hit by T.J. Yasuhara, who stole second base with no outs. Yasuhara was in danger of being stranded in scoring position when the next two batters failed to advance him.
Yasuhara's fate was even closer to being sealed when Haysville shortstop Walker Davidson made a nice play in the hole on a grounder hit by Michael Camporeale. But John Moreland couldn't complete the difficult out, dropping the ball at first and allowing Yasuhara to score.
Moreland atoned for his gaffe in the bottom of the fourth, clubbing a towering home run to right field off Warner to tie it 1-1. The Heat had two more hits in the inning but couldn't produce a two-out hit to drive in a run.
Haysville cost itself again in the fifth. Even though the run following a Davidson throwing error was earned, the inning may have played out differently if Madison Carter hadn't reached scoring position with no outs.
Carter reached on an infield single but got to second on Davidson's wild throw. Carter moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored a batter later on Camporeale's RBI single.
The Twins made it 3-1 in the seventh with the help of more small ball. Kyle Burnam bunted for a hit with two outs, moved up on a walk, then scored on Ryan Walterhouse's ground-rule double.
The run provided temporary insurance for the Twins, as Haysville scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and another in the eighth to tie it 3-3. Gabriel Thibodeaux drove in the tying run with a single, and Haysville was given a chance to take the lead after a close call extended the inning.
After nearly turning a double play, Derby threw behind Scott Palmer at third base and seemed to tag Palmer out before he got back to the base. Palmer was ruled safe, giving Johnson a chance to give the Heat the lead with two outs.
Palmer bounced a single up the middle, getting to second as the ball was slow to reach Madison Carter. In the bottom of the ninth, Carter got to third after a leadoff single, but he was stranded there when Walterhouse grounded out to end the game. Ryan Bulliard pitched the final two innings to earn the win.
Haysville won the NBC World Series as the Havasu Heat in 2007. The team moved to Haysville before last season. General manager Dick "Chief" Twyman died in February at age 67.
Haysville 7, Derby 3
Haysville500 000 020 — 7 8 0 Derby000 111 000 — 3 9 1
W—Rainey (1-0). L—Gerber (0-1). HR—Haysville, Moore.
Haysville batting: Davidson 0-4, Johnson 1-4, Pfister 0-2, Moore 1-4, Moreland 1-4, Lambert 2-2, Thibodeau 2-2, Palmer 0-3, Garcia 1-4, Tarango 0-4.
Derby batting: Carter 0-5, Burnham 3-5, Camporeale 1-5, Walterhouse 1-4, Parr 2-4, Slauter 1-3, Perez 1-4, Schultz 0-3, Yasuhara 0-3.
Haysville pitching: Rainey 5-2, Gidora 1-1, Sneed 3-3.
Derby pitching: Gerber 4-5, Harris 3-0, Williams 2-0.
Haysville 4, Derby 3
Derby001 010 100 — 3 9 0 Haysville000 100 120 — 4 11 3
Derby batting: Carter 1-5, Burnham 1-2, Camporeale 1-4, Walterhouse 1-5, Parr 0-4, Perez 2-4, Slauter 2-4, Rahn 1-4, Yasuhara 1-4.
Haysville batting: Davidson 1-5, Johnson 2-4, Pfister 1-5, Moore 1-3, Moreland 1-4, Anderson 2-3, Garcia 1-4, Palmer 1-2, Thibodeux 1-4.
Derby pitching: Warner 4-1, Carlson 2-0, Shaver 1 2/3-3, Guerra 1/3-0.
Haysville pitching: Campbell 6-1, Collazo 1-1, Bulliard 2-0.