NBC World Series notebook: Old-school matchup

07/29/2014 1:43 PM

07/29/2014 1:43 PM

Old-school matchup

The 10 a.m. game of the National Baseball Congress World Series featured an old-school pitching duel, with a disappointing end in that neither was involved in the decision.

The Plaza Tire Capahas, from Cape Girardeau, Mo., outlasted the Kansas Cannons 1-0 in 14 innings. Capahas starter Tyler Thompson pitched 12 innings and struck out 16. He was saddled with a no-decision, just like Derek Martinez from the Cannons.

Martinez went 13 innings, striking out eight. He threw 143 pitches, five fewer than Thompson’s 148. Those are totals not usually reached by present-day pitchers with coaches constantly guarding their health, but both pitchers were so effective that it became difficult to take them out.

The Capahas finally won with two outs in the 14th when an Adam Connor single off new Cannons pitcher Adam Connor scored Kenton Parmley. Plaza Tire went to 2-0 in the tournament after beating the Kansas Alumni in 13 innings Saturday night.

Powering up

Monday, the tournament’s fourth day, saw the first home runs. In a game contrasted from the low-scoring affair before it, Ozark (Mo.) beat Denver 9-8 as the teams combined for 27 hits.

Generals No. 9 hitter Alex Heideman provided the first homer, a solo shot in the top of the sixth followed by a Bill Germaine homer for Denver in the bottom of the seventh.

The novelty of those home runs had nothing on that of Liberal outfielder Jason Dahl. His line drive to center in the second inning of the 4 p.m. game earned a diving attempt from Houston’s Anthony Purcell. He missed, and the ball rolled to the wall to allow Dahl to hustle home.

“Off the bat, I knew I hit it well but I thought it was right at him,” Dahl said. “I was kind of hoping he’d dive for it and give me a chance. He ended up diving and it got by him, so I just ran as fast as I can.”

In the fifth inning of Liberal’s 4-2 losers-bracket win, Dahl hit another ball to the wall but had to settle for a triple. Liberal had 12 hits, and Dahl had two of the Bee Jays’ extra-base hits.

In their league

The first-week teams from the Jayhawk League, Liberal and El Dorado, are a combined 4-1 and a pitch from being undefeated as Liberal lost its Saturday opener in extra innings.

The Bee Jays reached the tournament only after another team dropped out just before it started, and El Dorado reached the opening week automatically by finishing third in the league. Hays and Wellington earned automatic bids to championship week, starting Friday, as the top two Jayhawk finishers.

Some coaches and general managers were upset that the new format only allowed for three or four teams from the Jayhawk five of the league’s six teams made the field in 2012. Liberal and El Dorado are backing up that bluster.

“The league is one of the top five leagues in the country,” Liberal coach Brandon Kitch said. “The pitching we see on a day-to-day basis is really good. We’re right there with everyone else. …We’re lucky we got in, but I think we’ve got a team that can make some noise in this tournament.”

Monday’s results

Cape Girardeau (Mo.) Capahas 1, Kansas Cannons 0, 14 innings

El Dorado Broncos 9, Tulas Braves 3

San Diego Waves 4, Houston Tuzos 1

Kansas Alumni 11, Tulsa Braves 1

Liberal Bee Jays 4, Houston Tuzos 2

Ozark (Mo.) Generals 9, Denver Cougars 8

Kansas Alumni 6, Colorado Cardinals 3

Monday’s box scores

El Dorado Broncos 9, Tulsa Braves 3

Tulsa El Dorado
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Davis 2b 5 0 0 0 Cox rf 3 1 1 0
Petrino ss 4 1 2 0 Clay lf 4 0 1 1
Rolland rf 4 0 0 0 Ware cf 3 0 0 0
Schaede 3b 4 2 2 0 Taylor 3b 5 1 3 2
Cuddy 1b 2 0 0 0 Parrett c 4 1 1 1
Hoffman lf 4 0 1 1 Stramp 1b 4 1 1 0
Alspaugh cf 4 0 2 1 McMurray 2b 3 2 1 2
Shannon dh 2 0 0 0 Roming 2b 1 0 0 0
White ph 2 0 0 0 Esposito dh 3 1 2 1
Reibenspies c 3 0 2 0 Coen ss 3 2 3 0
Totals 34 3 9 2 Totals 33 9 13 7
Tulsa 200 000 010 3 9 1
El Dorado 000 710 10x 9 13 0

LOB— Braves 10, Broncos 10. 2B— Petrino (1), Alspaugh (2). 3B — Schaede (1), Clay (1), Taylor (1), McMurray (1). HP — Cuddy (1), Cox (1). SB — Petrino 2 (2). CS — Cox.

Tulsa IP H R ER BB SO
Gunter (L, 0-1) 3 1/3 7 6 6 1 0
Copeland 2/3 1 1 1 3 0
Williams 1 1 1 1 0 0
Shambaugh 2 4 1 1 0 1
Nevil 1 0 0 0 0 0
El Dorado IP H R ER BB SO
Busch (W, 1-0) 5 5 2 2 2 6
Higgins 2 2 0 0 0 0
Smidt 1 2 1 1 1 1
Autrey 1 0 0 0 2 1

WP — Gunter (1), Shambaugh 2 (2), Busch (10, Autrey (1). Umpires—Home, Tony D’Aquano; first, Bob Holmolka; second, Charlie Clemons.

T— 2:30.

Cape Girardeau Capahas 1, Kansas Cannons 0

Kansas Cape
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Johnson rf 3 0 1 0 Kimball 2b 6 0 0 0
Sturgeon 2b 6 0 1 0 Caveness cf 4 0 2 0
Schroeder ss 6 0 1 0 Parmley ss 4 1 1 0
Johnston lf 6 0 1 0 Campbell 1b 3 0 0 0
Landanger cf 5 0 0 0 Hagedorn dh 5 0 0 0
Bunch 3b 5 0 1 0 Connor 3b 6 0 1 0
Burba dh 5 0 0 0 Bennett c 5 0 0 0
Tracy 1b 0 0 0 0 Blum rf 5 0 1 0
Branum 1b, p 5 0 0 0 Fieldhouse lf 4 0 0 0
Redington c 5 0 2 0
Totals 46 0 7 0 Totals 42 1 5 0
Kansas 000 000 000 000 0 0 7 0
Cape 000 000 000 000 1 1 5 0

LOB— Kansas 7, Cape 9. 2B— Parmley. HP — Johnson, Parmley.

Kansas IP H R ER BB SO
Martinez 13 3 0 0 5 8
Branum 2/3 2 1 1 1 0
Total 13 2/3 5 1 1 6 8
Cape IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson 12 5 0 0 1 16
Spangler 2 2 0 0 0 1
Total 14 7 0 0 1 17

WP — Spangler. Umpires—Home, Greg Mudd; first, Ben Harlow; second, Ryan Stork.

San Diego Waves 4, Houston Tuzos 1

San Diego 000 210 100 4 11 3
Houston 000 100 000 1 4 2

W—Kraft. L — Tafoya. S—Johnson.

Kansas Alumni 6, Colorado Cardinals 3

Kansas 003 000 012 6 13 0
Colorado 001 002 000 3 9 1

W—Womack. L—Bailey. S—Simon.

Okark Generals 9, Denver Cougars 8

Ozark 021 121 020 9 15 2
Denver 002 103 200 8 12 2

W—Smith. L—Roth. S—Colbert.

Liberal Bee Jays 4, Houston Tuzos 2

Houston 000 000 020 2 5 1
Liberal 020 110 00x 4 12 1

W—Tillotson. L—Lujan. S—Endacott.

Kansas Alumni 11, Tulas Braves 1

Tulsa 010 000 1 4 3
Kansas 300 125 11 10 2

W—Kerbs. L—Cantwell.

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