Cal Ripken team

0-4 at state

GARDEN CITY — The Newton 11U Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball team finished 0-4 at the state tournament Thursday through Saturday in Garden City.

In pool play, Newton fell to Garden City 15-0, Cottonwood Valley 18-5 and Liberal 11-0.

In bracket play, Newton fell to eventual champion Garden City 5-1.

Nickerson

edges Salina

Tanner Schrag hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Nickerson to a 5-4 win over the Salina Falcons in the Kansas Class AAA Zone 5 and 6 Tournament late Monday at Klein-Scott Field.

Salina plays the Newton Senior Knights at 6 p.m. today in a zone semifinal game. Nickerson follows against the Arkansas City Black Diamonds in the Zone 5 final.

Salina jumped out to a 4-2 lead after two innings of play. Nickerson tied the game with three hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth.

Carson Cornelson pitched a complete game for Nickerson for the win, allowing six hits with four strikeouts. Seth Catania took the loss for Salina, allowing eight hits with four strikeouts.

Levi Swenson went two for four for Nickerson. Josh Salazar went two for two. No Salina player had more than one hit.

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Catania (L) and Diehl; Cornelson (W) and Eaton.

Field set

for NBC

WICHITA — The field has been set for the 30-team National Baseball Congress World Series, which begins Saturday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

Set for play for the first week are the 316 Elite, the Austin Shockers, the Fort Collins (Colo.) Bandits, Hattiesburg (Miss.) Black Sox, the Mulvane Patriots, Jasper (Ind.) Reds, Inland Empire (Calif.) Golden Bears, Fresno A’s, Northwest (Ariz.) Boom, the Round Rock (Texas) Express, the Sterling (Colo.) Xpress, the WestChase (Texas) Express, the Jayhawk League third-place team, the Kansas Regional Tournament winner, the Great Southwest League winner and the Mid-Kansas Collegiate Qualifier winner.

Championship week teams include the Colorado Cyclones, the Colorado Sox, the Derby Twins, the Everett (Wash.) Merchants, the Hays Larks, the Kansas Stars, the Liberal BeeJays, the San Antonio Angels, the San Diego Force, the San Diego Waves, the Santa Barbara Foresters, the Seattle Studs, the Wellington Heat and the USA National team. The top two teams from the first week also advance to the second week.

The Santa Barbara Foresters are the defending champions, while the Hays Larks are the runners-up.

Teams making their NBC World Series debuts include the Hattiesburg Black Sox, which have been playing since 1941, the Northwest Boom of the Sun Belt Collegiate League and the San Antonio Angels.

The USA National team is the University of Iowa baseball team, which is using the tournament as a warm-up for the World University Games in Tokyo in August.

The first-week schedule is expected to be set in the next couple of days.

Homer stops

Wingnut comeback

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Brian Ragira hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Texas AirHogs to a 5-4 win over the Wichita Wingnuts Tuesday in American Association play at AirHog Stadium.

The game was the start of a 17-game road trip for Wichita as the team leaves town for the start of the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Wichita trailed 4-1 after five innings, but came back to tie the game in the top of the eighth.

Martin Medina drove in three of Wichita’s runs. T.J. Mittelstaedt went two for two hitting. Michael Miller went two for two hitting for the AirHogs. Five different Texas players drove in a run.

Josh Blanco (2-1) claimed the win for Texas. in relief of three other pitchers. Luis DeLaCruz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save. Chad Nading (0-1) took the loss for Wichita.

Wichita scored in the top of the second when Medina grounded out with runners at second and third base for an RBI.

The AirHogs used five hits with an error to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Trevor Seeley, Casio Grider and Levi Scott each hit an RBI single. Denis Phipps hit a ground out for an RBI.

Matt Chavez hit an RBI single for Wichita in the sixth inning. Medina hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth to tie the game.

The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. today in Grand Prairie.

ROSTER MOVE — Before the game, Wichita placed pitcher Garrett Gould on the disabled list retroactive to July 15. Gould was 0-1 in 17 2-3 innings with a 4.58 earned-run-average. Gould struck out 15 batters.

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Cooper, Boyle 7, Nading (L, 0-1) 8, Devine 8 and Fisher; Bremer, Tasin 6, Morris 7, Blanco (W, 2-1) 8, DeLaCruz (S, 11) and Miller. HR — T: Ragira (2). Time — 2:56. Attendance — 1,049.

Thunder makes

schedule changes

WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder made two schedule changes for the upcoming season — the home game against Rapid City March 4 has been moved to Feb. 16 and the March 3 home game against Idaho has been moved to March 4.