WICHITA — The first-year Great Bend Bat Cats improved to 2-0 at the National Baseball Congress World Series Tuesday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with a 7-2 win over the Hattiesburg Black Sox, a team dating back to the 1940s, but making its NBC debut.
Hattiesburg falls to 1-1 in first week pool play.
Jarrett Seaton of Barton County Community College went 6 2-3 innings for the win for Great Bend, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Brock Knoten of Rogers State finished the game for the save, scattering four hits and striking out one.
For Hattiesburg, Wes Wilkinson of Mississippi College took the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits with three walks and a strikeout. Devin Malone of Louisiana-Monroe allowed a pair of runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings. Caleb Danzy finished the game.
An error in the top of the second inning led to a Hattiesburg run. Jordan Wilkerson tied the game in the bottom of the second with a solo home run. Hunter Romero and Wilkerson each had RBI singles in the third inning. An error led to a Great Bend run in the fourth.
Kreg Garner hit an RBI triple for Hattiesburg with two outs in the sixth inning. Great Bend put things away with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Hattiesburg had runners at second and third base with two outs in the top of the ninth, but a strikeout ended the game.
Benjamin Sems of Kansas went two for five with three RBIs for Great Bend. Wilkerson of University of Saint Mary went three for four with two RBIs.
For the Black Sox, Jaylyn Williams of Co Lin Community College went two for three.
In Tuesday’s opening game, the Jasper Reds scored five runs in the fifth inning to post an 8-5 win over the Fresno A’s.
Jasper trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the fifth.
Brian Grove went three for four hitting for Jasper with two RBIs. Chris Campbell went two for three with an RBI. Caleb Elder went two for four with an RBI. Taylor Sanagorski and Austin Alles each added an RBI.
Anthony Ward went three for five to lead Fresno. Derrick Perez went two for four with an RBI. Marco Gonzales, Chris Scott, Austen Dubriel and Tyler Butterfield each drove in a run.
Jacob Gibbs went 4 2-3 innings of relief for the win, allowing a run on four hits with a strikeout. Starter Jack Drew allowed three earned runs on six hits with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
Alec DeMaria took the loss for Fresno with 3 2-3 innings of relief work, allowing two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Starter Trevor Phillips allowed six runs on nine hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Fresno drops to 0-2, while Jasper improves to 1-1.
The Inland Empire Golden Bears overcame an early four-run deficit to post an 11-7 win over the Dallas Dirtbags.
Down 8-4, Inland Empire scored four runs in the seventh and three runs in the eighth.
Newton Rebel Jace Snodgrass, picked up by the Golden Bears at the end of the season, went four for four hitting with three RBIs. Another Rebel, Rob Lain, had a hit in his single at bat, driving in two runs. Rebel Joe Pedlowe went two for four hitting. Josh Torrence went two for five with an RBI.
Nyk Crumrine threw 1 2-3 innings of relief for the win. Starter Avery Riedmiller had three strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings. Chris Ekenbarger threw two innings for finish the game, allowing just a walk.
For Dallas, 0-2, Mark Peterson went three for five hitting with two RBIs. Bryce Donovan went three for four with an RBI.
Blake DiValerio threw 1-3 inning for the loss. Starter Cody Nitson struck out four in six innings.
The Golden Bears improve to 1-1.
In the late game, the Cheney Diamond Dawgs broke to a seven-run lead and held off the WestChase Express 12-9.
Cheney opened the game with four runs in the top of the first inning, three on a Tresten Kennard home run to left-center field. An error led to the fourth run. Wyatt Divis hit a three-run shot to left-center in top of the second.
WestChase loaded the bases with no outs to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Clifford hit a two-run double. Daniel Goss and Ivan Silva each hit an RBI single.
In the top of the eighth, Dallas Reed tripled and scored on a wild pitch. Divis walked and scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the eighth, Jake Gonzalez was hit by a pitch and scored on a ground out. John Tointigh added an RBI single with two outs.
With two outs and bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Divis and Kennard each drew a walk. The Diamond Dawgs added a run on a wild pitch. Divis and Kennard each finished the game with four RBIs.
In the bottom of the ninth, Jake Gonzalez hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI double for Alan Hooker. Clifford then hit an RBI single.
Reed went two for six hitting for Cheney. Clifford was three for five for the Express. Hooker was two for four.
Cheney starter Austin Gehle went three innings, allowing a hit, a walk and five strikeouts. Bradley Damco threw 3 1-3 innings for the win, striking out six. Connor Queen finished the game.
WestChase starter Jonas Garcia lasted just two innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Joseph Lyall pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Cameron Calhoun finished the game.
In Monday’s late game, the Austin Shockers overcame six errors and a six-run deficit to down the Northwest Boom 14-9.
Down 8-2, the Shockers scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and four more in the sixth. Garrett Prossner hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put Austin ahead.
Henry Hausman put things away with a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth.
Logan Garza pitched four innings of relief for the Shockers for the win. Starter Mateo Carranza went five innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Prossner went three for six. Colton Barrington went three for four with two RBIs. Hausman finished two for four. Salvador Apud-Martinez went two for four with two RBIs. Drew Helberg also drove in two runs.
For the Boom, Austin Grijalva took the loss in relief. The Boom used four pitchers.
Manny Riverez went two for five with two RBIs. Daniel Diaz also drove in two runs. Marcus Catalano and Nick Gonzalez each went two for four.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION SLATED — There will be an autograph session for the Kansas Stars Monday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, following the 7 p.m. game.
Expected to attend include David Ross and various Buck Commanders including Wille Robertson.
Stars manager Chipper Jones will have his own session after the 7 p.m. Wednesday game.
Those wishing to attend must have a game ticket.
Autograph session tickets are available outside the stadium Thursday. Autograph tickets for the Clipper Jones session are available from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday outside of the stadium.