WICHITA — The Austin Shockers and Mulvane Patriots became the first two teams team to advance to the first-week knockout round after wins Wednesday in the National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Shockers downed the Valley Center Mud Daubers 10-2 in seven innings. The Patriots downed the Round Rock Express 8-0 in seven innings. Both games were halted on the eight-run rule.
The Shockers and Patriots each finish pool play 3-0, while Valley Center ends its first NBC World Series campaign 0-3.
Austin and Mulvane will play Friday against opponents to be determined. The winners of Friday’s games advance to Championship Week.
The Shockers scored a run each in the first, second and fourth innings, breaking the game open with five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Valley Center scored both of its runs in the fifth inning.
Mateo Carranza went three for four hitting for the Shockers, driving in three runs. Salvador Apud-Martinez drove in two runs. Kolby Kelton went four for four, driving in a run. Drew Helberg went two for three with an RBI. Henry Hausman and Travis Larson each drove in a run.
Logan Brown went four for four for Valley Center. Branden Bena went two for four.
Shea Edmonds threw four innings for Austin for the win, allowing four hits, a pair of walks and four strikeouts in four innings. Colton Vien, Matt Speitel and Seth Brody each pitched an inning.
Valley Center starter Javy Alvarez took the loss, pitching the first inning. Hesston High grad and Bethany College pitcher Freddie Loeffler went two innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits. Preston Converse, Alex Elder and Micah McCullui finished the game.
Mulvane’s Noah Draper went six innings, allowing three hits with three walks and eight strikeouts for the win. Trey Kissack finished the game.
Round Rock starter Landon Ausley lasted just one inning in the loss. Three other Express pitchers finished the game.
In the top of the first, Dalton Dinkel hit an RBI single for Mulvane. Hunter Aguirre drew a bases-loaded walk. Michael Lawson added a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning.
Adam Brown hit a two-run home run with two outs in the top of the third inning.
Mulvane scored in the sixth inning on a Javis Larson RBI double. Aguirre hit an RBI triple in the seventh and scored on an error.
Larson finished two for two hitting for Mulvane. Dinkel and Easton Herring each finished two for four.
Round Rock finishes the tournament 1-2.
In Wednesday’s opening game, the Northwest Boom downed the Sterling Xpress 8-4.
Boom starter Gerardo Lerma went five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Four other pitchers followed. Cesar Dominguez struck out the side in the ninth.
Jay Kiel took the loss for the Xpress, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Bryce Evilsizer and Marc Alva finished the game.
Marcus Catalano led the Boom at the plate, going four for five with a home run and four RBIs. Nick Gonzles went four for five with three RBIs.
For the Xpress, Devaughn Gales, Caleb Davis and Kodee Martin each went two for four with an RBI. Davis hit a home run.
The Boom jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Catalano’s home run in the top of the first. The Xpress got back in the game in the fourth inning on a Martin RBI single and a Ryan Sparks sacrifice fly.
Gonzales answered back in the top of the fifth on a two-run double. Davis hit a solo home run for the Xpress with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Gales added an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.
The Boom, 2-0, scored a run each in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. The Xpress drops to 0-2.
In the late game, the Fort Collins Bandits posted 20 hits to down the the 316 Elite 11-0 in seven innings on the run-rule.
Kalen Reisman went four for five hitting with five RBIs to lead the Bandits, 1-2. Garrett Hammer and Quinn Tomasino each went three for five. Tomasino and Dakota Popham each drove in a run. Popham and Brendan Paul both finished two for four.
Bandit starter Garrett Hammond went two innings, striking out four. Hunter Porterfield allowed a hit with two strikeouts in two innings for the win. Tanner Schoeninger allowed two hits in two innings. Cameron Speath finished the game, walking two and striking out two.
Luke Royle took the loss for the Elite, allowing six earned runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts in four innings. Jack Ebright, Jadyn St. Vrain and Jace Nedbalek finished the game.
In Tuesday’s 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.
Tuesday’s late game
Cheney Diamond Dawgs 12,
WestChase Express 9
Gehle, Allen 4, Box 4, Demco (W) 4, Queen 8 and Miller; Garcia (L), Lyall 3, Calhoun 7 and Tyler. HR — C: Kennard (1), Divis (1). Time — 2:54.
Northwest Boom 8,
Sterling Xpress 4
Lerma (W), Davis 6, Grijalca 7, Romero 8, Dominguez 9 and Figuerda; Kiel (L), Evilsizer 7, Alva 9 and Bausch. HR — NW: Catalano (1). S: Davis (1). Time — 2:29.
Austin Shockers 10,
Valley Center Mud Daubers 2
(7 innings, run rule)
Edmonds (W), Vien 5, Speitel 6, Brody 7 and Hausman; Alvarez (L), Loeffler 2, Converse 4, Elder 5, McCullui 6 and Holen, Trujillo 7. Time — 2:01.
Mulvane Patriots 8.
Round Rock Express 0
(7 innings, run rule)
Draper (W), Kissack 7 and Herring; Ausley (L), Lewis 2, Childers 5, Baker 7 and Pennell. HR — M: Brown (1). Time — 2:01.
Fort Collins Bandits 11,
316 Elite 0
(7 innings, run rule)
Hammond, Porterfield (W) 3, Schoeninger 5 and Hammer; Royle (L), Ebright 5, St. Vrain 6 and Nittler. Time — 2:04.
1:30 p.m. Fresno A’s vs. Westchase Express
4 p.m. Dallas Dirtbags vs. Hattiesburg Black Sox
7 p.m. Inland Empire Golden Bears vs. Great Bend Bat Cats
9:30 p.m. Jasper Reds vs. Cheney Diamond Dawgs
x-Austin Shockers 3-0
Northwest Boom 2-1
Sterling Xpress 1-2
Val.Ctr. Mud Daubers 0-3
Cheney Diamond Dawgs 2-0
WestChase Express 1-1
Jasper Reds 1-1
Fresno A’s 0-2
x-Mulvane Patriots 3-0
316 Elite 1-1
Round Rock Express 1-2
Fort Collins Bandits 0-2
Great Bend Bat Cats 2-0
Hattiesburg Black Sox 1-1
Inland Empire Golden Bears 1-1
Dallas Dirtbags 0-2
x-clinched pool win