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The clock is always running at NBC

One notable trend in the early games of the NBC World Series won't show up in the box score — teams have struggled coping with the pitch clock in between innings.

The violation has been prevalent mainly among first-year teams playing in the tournament not used to the set amount of time in between innings. The pitcher must be set and ready to throw 90 seconds after the final out of the last inning.

During his game against Greeley (Colo.), St. Joseph (Mo.) pitcher Adam Maddox was called for the violation four times in seven innings, resulting in an automatic ball.

"It definitely is different," Maddox said. "They got me a couple of times. I had to sprint back to the mound and I still got called for the ball."

The violation has been prevalent early in the tournament, but Maddox thinks pitchers will adjust as the tournament progresses.

"I understand why they do it," Maddox said. "They've got to get a lot of games in. It's just different and you have to adjust to it. You still have it in the back of your mind when you're pitching."

Made it past the first game — Cole Waddell has been to the NBC World Series before.

The last two summers he has been on the roster for the Derby Twins to start the tournament. But as far as playing, Waddell hasn't done much of that.

In the first game of the last two tournaments Waddell has suffered an injury.

On Friday night, Waddell avoided any injury and led the Twins with two hits, including a home run, and driving in four runs.

"It felt good to finally go out there and play a whole game," Waddell said. "It was good to go out and get some good swings on some pitches."

Quiet, but steady — El Dorado manager Andy Schatzley doesn't hear shortstop Kirk Walker talk much. Not before the game, not after the game.

But Walker makes his statement during the game.

"You won't see him talk very much," Schatzley said. "He's not going to be in the headlines ever, but he's such a hard worker."

Walker was solid Saturday night during the Broncos' 6-1 victory over the Gunnison (Colo.) Colts. He was 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs. He was also was hit by a pitch.

"The great thing is that he's not any different after that kind of game than he is any other game," Schatzley said. "He has a great head on his shoulders."

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