By Mark Schnabel
WICHITA — The first leg of the National Baseball Congress World Series is rapidly coming to a conclusion after four games Tuesday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
In the winner's bracket of the debut of the two-tiered tournament, the San Diego Force downed the Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Capahas 4-1 and the El Dorado Broncos downed the San Diego Waves 4-2.
In the consolation bracket, the Ozark Generals topped the Kansas Cannons 4-1. The Kansas Alumni-Liberal BeeJays game was in progress at the Kansan's deadline.
In the feature game of the tournament, El Dorado had just three hits and the San Diego Waves had just two hits. El Dorado scored a run in the fourth inning, one in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Bronco pitcher Christian Cox went 7 1-3 innings, allowing a hit, two walks and three strikeouts. Brenton Higgins and Derek Miller closed out the game.
Clayton Taylor and Mikel Mucha each drove in a run.
No player in the game had more than one hit.
J.T. Michelson walked five and struck out five in the loss, allowing a run on one hit in 5 2-3 innings.
In the opening game of the day, home runs by Timothy Williams and Carter Loud led the San Diego Force into the fourth round of the first-week bracket over the Cape Girardeau Plaza Tire Capahas.
Williams finished three for four hitting with two RBIs. Loud finished two for four hitting with an RBI. The pair scored all four runs.
Nick Boggan went three for four hitting for the Force. Nick Schulz drove in a run.
Connor Little pitched all nine innings for the Force, allowing an unearned run on seven hits with seven strikeouts.
Andrew Williams took the loss for the Capahas, allowing four runs on 11 hits with a walk and a strikeout. Andrew Williams also threw a complete game.
Kody Campbell went two for four hitting for the Capahas.
The Ozark Generals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and eliminate the Kansas Cannons.
Richard Nason won his second game of the tournament, going the distance and allowing a run on five hits with three strikeouts. Justin Lois went three for five hitting. Paul Richmond went two for three with an RBI. Robert Prieto also drove in a run.
Jagger Harjo threw seven innings for the Cannons, taking the loss. Jordan Storey struck out two batters in two innings. J.C. Sturgeon drove in a run.