WICHITA — Baseball Around the Clock and Championship Week each got going Friday with three games at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
In the opening game, the NJCAA National Team downed the San Francisco Seals 5-1. The defending champion Seattle Studs dropped the San Antonio Titans 9-2. The Wellington Heat downed Prairie Gravel 10-0 in five innings on the 10-run rule.
The NJCAA National Team, making its first appearance at the tournament, is made up of the top junior college players from National Junior College Athletic Association schools.
Pitcher Connor Harber of Western Nevada threw six innings for the win, allowing two hits and eight strikeouts. Aaron Burns struck out two in an inning. Chris Brown struck out three in two innings of work.
Mikey Ramirez took the loss for the Seals, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Brent Williams of Seward County went two for four hitting for the NJCAA team, driving in two runs. Roman Collins went two for four. Daniel Sweet went two for three. David Patrino and Alex Lee each drove in a run.
Joe Stovall went two for four hitting for the Seals.
The defending champion Seattle Studs used two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth to break open a one-run game.
David Benson went seven innings for the Studs to get the win, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Alex Koeplin and Mitchel Viydo each threw an innings for Seattle.
Max Whitt went three for four hitting for Seattle, driving in four runs. Jon Mercer and Garrett Breda each went three for five. Jose Ruiz and Bobby LeCount each drove in two runs.
Garret Kizer went two for four hitting for San Antonio. J.T, Gilmore and Mike Warren each drove in a run.
Lance Elling took the loss for the Titans.
Wellington jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Prairie Gravel in the first inning, putting things away with three runs in the fifth inning.
The Heat managed just five hits, but were aided by five Gravel errors.
Wellington pitcher Derek Fischer went the distance, allowing three hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
Matthias Dietz took the loss for Prairie Gravel, striking out two.
Kirk Rocha drove in three runs for the Heat. Luke Doyle went two for two with an RBI. David Walker added an RBI.
Jack Oremus had two of Prairie Gravel's three hits.
80th National Baseball Congress
NJCAA National Team 5,
San Francisco Seals 1
San Fran. 000 000 100 —1 3 3
NJCAA 012 001 10x —5 9 3
Ramirez (L, 0-1) and Egli; Harber (W, 1-0), Burns 7, Brown 8 and Williams. Time — 1:51.
Seattle Studs 9,
San Antonio Titans 2
San Ant. 100 000 100 —2 8 3
Seattle 101 240 10x —9 11 0
Elling (L, 0-1), Encino 4, Agis 5, Jones 7, Tokanuga 8 and Kizer; Benson (W, 1-0), Koeplin 8, Viydo 9 and Breda. Time — 2:25.
Wellington Heat 10,
Prairie Gravel 0
Pr.Gravel 000 00 —0 3 5
Wellington 510 13 —10 5 0
Dietz (L, 0-1), Rubalcava 5, Lenzen 5 and Wilkening; Fischer (W, 1-0) and Richmond. Time — 1:14.
San Diego Waves vs. Hays Larks 1 a.m.
Evertt Merchants vs. Haysville Aviators 8 a.m.
Fairbanks Goldpanners vs. St. Joseph Mustangs 10:30 a.m.
Sedalia Bombers vs. Santa Barbara Foresters 1 p.m.
Arvada Colts vs. Valley Center Diamond Dawgs 4 p.m.
NJCAA National Team vs. Wellington Heat TBA
Seattle Studs vs. San Diego Waves-Hays winner TBA
San Francisco Seals vs. Prairie Gravel TBA