Brett Fredieu knew who the El Dorado Broncos should put in to calm the waters after Nevada (Mo.) sent ripples through the game by scoring seven consecutive runs for a 7-5 lead in the seventh inning.
"I knew I was the right guy in that situation," Fredieu said. "I just have a lot of confidence going my way and I knew in my mind that I would get the job done."
True to his word, Fredieu stalled Nevada's bats long enough for defending champion El Dorado to retaliate to win 8-7 in 11 innings. Fredieu received the win after pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
"I was able to hit the corners with my fastball," Fredieu said. "I had good movement with my fastball too. Our summer would have been over (with a loss). That was our season right there, so I had to get the job done."
El Dorado filled the bases with one out in the 11th inning when Brian Fisher rang a sharp ground ball to Nevada third baseman Zach Carter, who bobbled it and then threw errantly toward home plate to allow the winning run.
New for some — The NBC World Series has been around for 76 years, but it's still new for some players.
Andrew Riddick of the Denver Cougars spent most of this summer playing independent ball for the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Kings. He got a call a week before the tournament started asking him to play for the Cougars.
"I've never even heard of this, which is pretty surprising," Riddick said. "It's been going on for 76 years. The guy just said he had an open spot to play in the NBC World Series and they needed a player."
Riddick was a nice fit, going 2 for 4 with a home run in Denver's 9-0 victory over the Rock City (N.C.) Red Sox. Just don't ask him who's playing first base.
"I don't really know any of their names yet," he said, laughing. "But I believe there's destiny and this was just meant to be."
Too hot to trot — Plaza Tire (Mo.) Capahas' Daryl Graham was on fire at the plate, singling in all five plate appearances in the team's 7-3 win over Columbia (Texas), but maybe a little too hot — literally.
Graham collapsed in the eighth inning tracking down a fly ball due to cramps from dehydration.
"My whole body just started to cramp up," Graham said. "I fell to the ground and my teammates had to stretch me out. I thought I was fine after that."
But after returning to the team's hotel an hour after the game, Graham once again collapsed and had to be taken to the emergency room to be treated.
Plaza Tire had 16 hours between its 8-2 loss Tuesday night to the Seattle Studs and its game on Wednesday.
"They just said it was dehydration," Graham said. "They said I was probable for Friday's game."