By Mark Schnabel
WICHITA — The 79th National Baseball Congress World Series opened Friday with five games.
In the feature game, El Dorado Bronco pitcher Jeremy McGowan threw a two-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over the Jasper (Ind.) Reds, striking out six and walking none.
In other games, the Tulsa Braves edged the Austin Gold Sox 4-3, the Houston Tuzos edged the Denver Cougars 4-3 and the San Diego Waves downed the Newton Rebels 10-2. The Ozark Generals game against the Albuquerque Diablos was still in progress.
El Dorado scored four runs in the first inning and four more in the fourth en route to the run-rule win.
Christian Cox, Thomas Clay, Wade Stramp and Mikel Mucha each had two hits for El Dorado. Clayton Taylor, Jason McMurray and Mucha each drove in two runs.
Karson Nixon took the loss for Jasper. Zach Deutsch had both hits for the Reds.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Austin Gold Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Tulsa replied with two runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the sixth.
The Braves offense was aided by six Austin errors. No Tulsa player had more than one hit. Chad Riebenspies and Jon Davis each drove in a run.
Tulsa pitcher Bryan McClellan threw seven innings for the win, allowing three runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Eric Smith threw the final out for the save,
Four unearned runs made Jordan Stewart the loser for Austin, who gave up four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.
Dustin Beasley went two for three hitting for the Gold Sox. Emil Litterer and Kyle Bludal each drove in a run.
In the second game, Tre Valdez hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to lead the newcomer Houston Tuzos to a win over the Denver Cougars.
Houston scored three runs in the top of the first. Denver scored a run in the third inning and two more in the fifth to tie the game.
Manny Lujan drove in two runs for Houston. Anthony Purcell went two for three. Kelly Cross went two for four.
Houston pitcher Chris Treibt threw four innings of relief for the win, allowing no runs on two hits with five strikeouts. Starter Kyle Cross struck out three.
Hunter Mayo took the loss for Denver, striking out four in six innings. Tanner Roth finished the game, striking out two,
Justin Arrington went two for four hitting for Denver, driving in two runs.
In the late game, the Ozark Generals scored five runs in the bottom of the first and held off the Albuquerque Diablos the rest of the way.
Ozark added two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Ozark pitcher Richard Nason went the distance, giving up three hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Nathan Bauder took the loss for the Diablos.
Matt Borgschulte went two for two hitting for the Generals, driving in three runs. Justin Lois, Jake Garrison and Alex Heideman each had two hits. Lois, Eric Ferguson and Heideman each added an RBI.
Matt Villalobos had two hits for the Diablos.
National Baseball Congress
Tulsa Braves 4, Austin Gold Sox 3
Tulsa 000 022 000 —4 5 1
Austin 000 300 000 —3 4 6
McClellan (W, 1-0), Strother 8, Smith (S, 1) 9 and Riebenspies; Stewart (L, 0-1), Robertshaw 7 and Pennell. Time — 2:27.
Houston Tuzos 4, Denver Cougars 3
Denver 001 020 000 —3 7 1
Houston 300 001 00x —4 8 1
Mayo (L, 0-1), Roth 7 and Cerrullo; Ky.Cross, Tribet (W, 1-0) and Ke.Cross. Time — n/a.
El Dorado Broncos 10, Jasper Reds 0
(6 innings, run rule)
Jasper 000 000 —0 2 3
El Dorado 410 401 —10 10 0
Nixon (L, 0-1), Lane 2, Hunnicut 5 and Hettinger; McGowan (W, 1-0) and Parrett. Time — 1:27.
Ozark Generals 8, Albuquerque Diablos 0
(8 innings, run rule)
Albuq. 000 000 00 —0 3 5
Ozark 500 000 21 —8 8 0
Bauder (L, 0-1), Smith 7, Wiess 8 and Lucero; Nason (W, 1-0) and Richmond. Time — 1:47.
9 a.m. Denver Cougars vs. Newton Rebels
Noon Austin Gold Sox vs. Jasper Reds
4 p.m. San Diego Force vs. Liberal Bee Jays
7 p.m. Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Capahas vs. Kansas Alumni
10 p.m. Kansas Cannons vs. Colorado Cardinals