Broncos stay perfect
El Dorado improved to 3-0 on the tournament and advanced to the semifinals by turning the tables on Seattle with a 1-0 win Saturday night. Seattle had shut out its first two opponents but couldn’t muster a run against Emporia State right-hander Brandon Faulkner.
In a complete game, Faulkner struck out 11 and allowed three hits. With the tying run on second, Faulkner struck out Connor Savage looking for the final out. El Dorado allowed two runs in its first game of the tournament and one in its second before Saturday’s shutout.
Since a 14-2 opening-round victory over Katy (Texas), the Broncos’ offense has done just enough to win. Saturday, the only run they needed came in the first inning, when Arturo Corona scored after a leadoff walk. Daniel Baptista drove him in with a single after a nine-pitch at-bat and four straight foul balls.
The Broncos next play Tuesday in the semifinals against St. Joseph, which had a narrow victory of its own. The Mustangs defeated Dodge City 2-1 with two runs in the ninth.
Through Friday’s games, 20 teams in the tournament had collective ERAs below 3.00. But those gaudy stats didn’t necessarily equate to success, since almost all teams have impressive pitching numbers and separation is difficult.
Seattle’s two-game shutout streak ended in the first inning of Saturday night’s feature game against El Dorado, but the Studs’ perfect ERA only managed to put them in a tie for first. They shared that spot with Topeka, which lost one game without allowing an earned run and was eliminated by a 3-2 loss to Casa Grande on Saturday.
The Colorado Sox also didn’t make it longer than three games, being eliminated despite a 0.63 ERA. The Dodge City A’s moved to the losers bracket with a 2-1 loss to St. Joseph on Saturday, but both runs were unearned and the A’s ERA dropped to 0.32.
Greeley (Colo.) and Santa Barbara moved to the quarterfinals with ERAs below 1.00, and El Dorado had a 1.59 team ERA before Saturday night’s game against the Studs. The tournament ERA through Friday was 2.64, and teams collected 524 hits in 638 innings.
With inflated pitching stats, offensive numbers are meager as expected. The Kansas Cannons lead the field with a .319 average, but they’ve turned that into a first-round loss and a 1-1 record.
Around the Clock update
NBC officials said 177 people signed up for the annual Baseball Around the Clock, which the NBC advertises as 56 games in 14 hours. By the afternoon check-in on Saturday, about 30 had dropped out, but no official number was given.
The campers were at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium later than expected on Friday night and into Saturday morning. The Hays-Newton game scheduled for midnight began at 2:34 and didn’t end until 4:35. Those participating in Around the Clock had to be back at the Stadium for Saturday’s 8 a.m. game between Omaha and Nevada.
Nevada (Mo.) Griffons 5, Omaha Strike Zone 4, Omaha eliminated
Tulsa Braves 7, Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 4, Valley Center eliminated
Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings 3, Topeka Golden Giants 2, Topeka eliminated
St. Joseph (Mo.) Mustangs 2, Dodge City A’s 1
El Dorado Broncos 1, Seattle Studs 0
Kansas Cannons vs. North County Waves
San Luis Obispo (Calif.) vs. Impact Sports (Colo.)
San Diego Force vs. Nevada (Mo.) Griffons, 8 a.m.
Hays Larks vs. Tulsa Braves, 10:30
Casa Grande (Ariz.) Cotton Kings vs. Liberal Bee Jays, 1 p.m.
San Luis Obispo-Impact winner vs. Kansas-North County winner, 5
Santa Barbara (Calif.) Forresters vs. Hutchinson Monarchs, 7:30
Greeley (Colo.) Grays vs. Haysville Heat, 10
Three games beginning at 5 p.m.
Nevada 5, Omaha 4
|Omaha||002||000||101||—||4 12 4|
|Nevada, Mo.||101||120||00x||—||5 8 2|
W — Collins 1-0. L — Valdez 0-1. S — Lytle (2).
Tulsa 7, Valley Center 4
|Tulsa Braves||200||001||202||—||7 12 1|
|Valley Center||001||010||200||—||4 9 1|
W — Fisher 1-0. L — Lambert 0-1. S — Gunter (1).
Casa Grande 3, Topeka 2 (10)
|Casa Grande||001||010||000||1||—||3 11 1|
|Topeka||000||000||020||0||—||2 4 2|
W — Adams 1-0. L — Geary 0-1. S — Hejny (1).
St. Joseph 2, Dodge City 1
|St. Joseph, Mo. Mustangs||Dodge City A’s|
|Saxon cf||4||1||2||1||Conley cf||4||0||1||0|
|Simpson 2b||4||0||0||0||Burleson 2b||4||1||1||0|
|Robinette 3b||4||0||2||0||Anderson ss||4||0||0||0|
|Koerper 1b||4||0||1||1||Corwin rf||4||0||2||1|
|Richards pr||0||0||0||0||Drake 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Slagle 1b||0||0||0||0||Sigala 3b||0||0||0||0|
|Lubach c||4||0||0||0||Yoder 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Dailey dh||3||0||0||0||Diaz dh||3||0||0||0|
|Kretzer lf||3||0||0||0||Gautreaux ph||1||0||0||0|
|Rolases ss||2||0||0||0||Davis c||4||0||1||0|
|Tolleson ph/ss||1||1||0||0||Chadd pr||0||0||0||0|
|Burkhart rf||2||0||0||0||Youngblood lf||3||0||0||0|
|St. Joseph||000||000||002||—||2 5 4|
|Dodge City||100||000||000||—||1 5 1|
E — Robinette (1), Lubach (1), Kretzer (1), Cunningham (1), Sigala (2). DP — Dodge City 2. LOB— St. Joseph 3, Dodge City 9. S — Burkhart, Drake, Youngblood. SB — Saxon (1), Youngblood (1).
|Wellander S (1)||1||1||0||0||0||0|
|Wright L, 1-1||8 1/3||3||2||0||0||0|
Umpires — home, Ben Harlow; first, Ron Rodriguez; third, Mark Wagers. T — 1:57.
El Dorado 1, Seattle 0
|Seattle Studs||El Dorado Broncos|
|Brown lf||4||0||0||0||Corona 2b||2||1||2||0|
|Tannehill 3b||3||0||1||0||Clay lf||4||0||1||0|
|Steiger dh||4||0||1||0||Godinez dh||4||0||0||0|
|Peterson 1b||4||0||1||0||Baptista 1b||3||0||3||1|
|Boe rf||1||0||0||0||Harris rf||3||0||0||0|
|Hart cf||3||0||0||0||Lawrence rf||0||0||0||0|
|Jennings ss||4||0||0||0||Coughnour 3b||2||0||0||0|
|Breda c||2||0||0||0||Duarte ss||1||0||0||0|
|Savage c/ph||1||0||0||0||Williams c||3||0||0||0|
|Corliss 2b||2||0||0||0||Colley cf||3||0||0||0|
|Seattle||000||000||000||—||0 3 1|
|El Dorado||100||000||00x||—||1 6 0|
E— Peterson (1). LOB— Seattle 8, El Dorado 5. HBP — Boe 2 (2) by Faulkner, Coughenour (2) by Miles, Duarte 2 (2) by Miles. S — Hart. SB — Coughenour (3). CS — Boe (1), Corona (1), Clay (1), Duarte (1).
|Miles L, 0-1||5||4||1||1||2||3|
|Faualkner W, 1-0||9||3||0||0||4||11|
HBP — Boe by Faulkner 2 (2), Coughenour by Miles (1), Duarte by Miles 2 (2).
Umpires — home, Greg Harmon; first, Charlie Clemons; third, Bob Homolka. T — 2:02.
Santa Barbara 4, Casa Grande 2
|Santa Barbara Foresters||Casa Grande Cotton Kings|
|Fields lf||4||2||2||0||Carr cf||4||1||1||1|
|Pedroza ss||4||0||1||1||Dawson 2b||4||0||0||0|
|Sanguinetti cf||4||1||1||0||McCoy ss||4||0||2||1|
|OHearn 1b||3||0||1||1||Still 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Davidson 2b||3||0||0||0||Mark 1b||3||0||1||0|
|Cuomo 2b||1||0||0||0||Schillinger c||4||0||0||0|
|Vickers dh||2||0||1||0||DeRigis lf||4||0||1||0|
|Pearson c||3||0||0||1||Gutierrez dh||4||0||0||0|
|Hoelscher 3b||3||1||1||0||Enriquez rf||3||1||1||0|
|Santa Barbara||000||000||202||—||4 8 2|
|Casa Grande||000||000||200||—||2 6 1|
E— Davidson (1), Pearson (1), Enriquez (1). LOB— Santa Barbara 13, Casa Grande 9. 2B— Hoelscher (1), Carr (1). HBP — Pearson (1) by Graham, Dawson (1) by Dickson, Mark (2) by Dickson. SF — Pedroza (1). S — Vickers, Pearson. SB — Sanguinetti 2 (4), OHearn (1), Hoelscher (2), Enriquez (1). CS — Fields (1), Carr (1).
|Minnis W, 1-0||1||1||0||0||0||2|
|Lemke S (2)||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|Graham L, 0-1||1 2/3||2||2||2||3||1|
HB — Pearson by Graham (3), Dawson by Dickson (1), Mark by Dickson (2).
Umpires — home, Ron Rodriquez; first, Joe Brown; third, Ben Harlow. T — 2:17.
Hays 3, Newton 2
|Newton Rebels||200||000||000||—||2 7 2|
|Hays Larks||100||011||00x||—||3 10 1|
W — Lewick 1-0. L — Berthusen. S — Reavis.