Wellington Heat catcher T.C. Mark wants one pitch back from Thursday’s 2-0 win over Hutchinson in an elimination game.
In the sixth inning, he called for a 2-1 fastball to Jose Nossa. Nossa stroked it to right field on a line for Hutchinson’s first hit.
“I’ll take the blame,” Mark said. “I was thinking about (a changeup). We had already thrown three fastballs. It would have worked a little better.”
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Almost everything else worked perfectly for Wellington pitcher Brandon Marris and Mark. Marris, who completed his college career at Southeastern Oklahoma State last spring, threw a two-hitter to move the Heat into Friday’s semifinals. He walked two batters in the first inning and didn’t allow another runner until the sixth. The Monarchs didn’t get another runner to second base until the eighth.
“He had quite an arsenal of pitches,” Hutchinson centerfielder Josh Kunzmann said. “He was working low in the zone and it helped that the umpire gave that to him.”
Marris’ ability to keep his fastball down in the zone produced a lot of groundball outs. He pitched earlier in the NBC and couldn’t command his breaking pitches. On Thursday, he could tell in the bullpen that things would be different.
“I was really spotting my fastball well,” he said. “I had my changeup at times, but it was really my fastball and my slider.”
The Monarchs helped Marris with a lack of patience at the plate. They declined to try to run up his pitch count and Mark noticed.
“They gave him a lot of quick innings,” Mark said. “They’re giving him a lot of room to work with.”
Wellington took a 1-0 lead in the second when Kumzmann misplayed a ball hit to center, allowing Tony Piazza to score. Dalton Bernardi’s sacrifice fly in the ninth score Piazza with an insurance run.
The NBC honored new Hall of Fame inductee Dick Casidy before Thursday’s feature game.
Casidy played for six teams in 12 tournaments, hitting and pitching. He won NBC titles with the 1963 Rapid Transit Dreamliners and 1964 Service Auto Glassmen, both of Wichita.
Winning on the mound
Hutchinson finished fifth, its best in four appearances since the team started in 2009.
The Monarchs went 2-2, despite not scoring more than three runs in any game. They hit .151 with one extra-base hit, a double.
Pitching, however, carried the Monarchs. On Thursday, starter Garrett Hoover gave up three hits and one run in six innings. In four games, Hutchinson compiled a 1.50 ERA and didn’t allow an extra-base hit.
Wellington Heat 3, Hutchinson Monarchs 0
Seattle Studs 4, Clarina A’s 3 (12 innings)
Santa Barbara Foresters-El Dorado Broncos
Seattle Studs 3, Santa Barbara Foresters 2
|Mattlage 2b||3||0||1||1||Corliss 2b||2||0||0||0|
|Epperson dh||4||0||1||0||Akitoshi ss||3||1||0||0|
|Felts c||4||1||0||0||Peterson dh||4||0||1||2|
|O’Hearn 1b||3||0||1||0||LeCount 1b||4||0||0||0|
|Hoelscher 3b||4||0||1||0||Sutherland c||3||0||0||0|
|Lechich cf||4||0||0||0||D. Boe ph||1||0||1||0|
|Jones ss||3||0||0||0||Copeland pr||0||0||0||0|
|Darby ph||1||0||0||0||Breda c||0||0||0||0|
|Johnson lf||4||0||1||0||Savage lf||4||0||2||0|
|K. Boe 3b||2||0||1||0|
E— Godall, Corliss, K. Boe. DP— Seattle 1. LOB— Santa Barbara 10, Seattle 9. 2B— O’Hearn, Peterson (2). 3B — Mattlage. SB — Holm (5), Becker (3). CS — Atwood.
|Godall (L, 0-1)||6 1/3||5||3||2||2||7|
|Holm (W, 1-0)||7||7||2||2||2||4|
|Thompson (S, 1)||2||2||0||0||1||2|
WP — Kuhl. Umpires—Home, Mark Wagers; first, Mike Lentz; second, Scott Freund..
Wellington Heat 2, Hutchinson Monarchs 0
|Siple cf||4||0||0||0||Kowlakowski lf||4||0||0||0|
|Thimesch rf||4||0||1||0||Nossa 2b||4||0||1||0|
|Rea 3b||4||0||1||0||Crandall 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Piazza 1b||1||2||1||0||Miller 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Billinger 2b||2||0||0||0||Schultz c||4||0||0||0|
|Rocha lf||3||0||1||0||Kunzman cf||3||0||1||0|
|Mark c||1||0||0||1||Leighton ss||3||0||0||0|
|Bernardi dh||3||0||0||1||Shedrick rf||2||0||0||0|
|Andrews ss||4||0||0||0||Pina dh||2||0||0||0|
E— Schultz, Kunzman. DP— Hutchinson 1. LOB— Wellington 7, Hutchinson 5. SF — Mark, Bernardi. SB — Billinger (2), Rocha (2).
|Marris (W, 1-0)||9||2||0||0||2||7|
|Hoover (L, 0-1)||6||3||1||0||3||3|
Umpires—Home, Greg Mudd; first, Lance Vaughn; second, Conan Strobel.
Seattle Studs 4, Clarinda As 3
|Francia lf||4||0||0||0||Savage lf||4||0||1||1|
|Poindexter cf||6||0||1||0||Corliss 2b||6||0||0||0|
|Trahan ss||6||0||2||0||D. Boe ph||1||0||0||0|
|Britt 1b||5||0||1||0||Van Hoon 2b||1||0||0||0|
|Cormier rf||6||2||3||1||Holm cf||6||1||2||1|
|Long 3b||6||1||2||0||Peterson dh||4||0||0||0|
|Thurman c||5||0||1||0||LeCount 1b||3||0||1||1|
|Raley 2b||4||0||3||2||Copeland pr||0||0||0||0|
|Hager dh||3||0||1||0||Mercer 1b||1||0||1||0|
|Paxton ph||0||0||0||0||K. Boe 3b||3||1||0||0|
DP— Clarinda 1, Seattle 2. LOB— Clarinda 13, Seattle 9. 2B— Thurman, Raley (2), Holm. HR — Cormier. SB — Raley (2), Paxton, Savage 2 (5), Holm (6). SF — LeCount.
|Mansfield (L, 0-1)||2/3||2||1||1||0||1|
|Gofinch (W, 1-0)||1 2/3||0||0||0||1||2|
Umpires—Home, Bob Homolka; first, Charlie Clemons; second, Tony D’Aquano.