WICHITA — A pair of Kansas teams, the Great Bend Bat Cats and Cheney Diamond Dawgs, are one win away from a Championship Week berth at the National Baseball Congress World Series after wins Thursday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The Bat Cats downed the Inland Empire Golden Bears 8-4, while the Diamond Dawgs used a nine-run inning to get by the Jasper Reds 12-2 in five innings on the 10-run rule.
Both the Bat Cats and Diamond Dawgs won their pool at 3-0. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. today with the winner advancing to Championship Week. In the 9:30 p.m. game, the Austin Shockers will face the Mulvane Patriots.
Great Bend starter Mitch McIntyre went seven innings for the win, allowing four hits, three unearned runs, three walks and five strikeouts. Austin Pritchard finished the game, allowing a run on four hits with a strikeout.
Great Bend will play today with the time and opponent to be determined.
Great Bend scored in the bottom of the first inning when Benjamin Sims tripled and came home on a ground out.
A pair of errors on the same play gave Inland Empire a pair of runs in the top of the third. Corrigan Bartlett hit a sacrifice fly for Great Bend in the bottom of the third.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Inland Empire’s Jace Snodgrass, who spent the regular season with the Newton Rebels, was hit by a pitch, went to second on an error and scored on a Mitch Hulse single.
With bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Bartlett was hit by a pitch and Hunter Romero followed with a two-run single.
Brett Bonar hit an RBI single for Great Bend in the fifth. Brennan Fontenot added an RBI triple in the sixth.
Aaron McCann hit an RBI single for Inland Empire with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Fontenot finished two for four hitting with two RBIs. Romero went two for five with two RBIs. Bartlett drove in three runs.
McCann went three for five for Inland Empire. Hulse finished two for four. Rebel Joe Pedlowe went one for three. Snodgrass was hitless in three at bats. Rebel Stefan Aguilar went hitless in four at bats.
Rebel Rob Lain pitched 1 2-3 innings, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts.
The Bears used seven pitchers with Barek McCann taking the loss.
Inland Empire ends its run at 1-2.
Cheney starter Tyler Miller went four innings for the win, allowing two runs on a hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Mason Hope finished the game, walking one and striking out two.
Jasper starter Logan Rodgers took the loss, lasting 3 1-3 innings. Jasper tried three different pitchers to get the last two outs in the fourth.
Cheney scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning on a Trevor Young triple, a Grant Devore RBI single and a Wyatt Divis fielder’s choice to score Devore.
In the top of the fourth, a walk, single and walk loaded the bases for the Reds with no outs. A Taylor Zanagorski sacrifice fly and Caleb Elder ground out each drove in a run.
Cheney regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth when Andrew Miller singled, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a ground out and scored on a dropped third strike that got by the catcher. Travis Young added a two-run double, stole third and scored on a Devore double.
The wheels came off for Jasper from there as the Diamond Dawgs scored five more runs. Treston Kennard hit a two-run single. Josh Whisler hit an RBI single. Hunter Douglas hit a sacrifice fly. A run also scored on a bases-loaded walk.
In the bottom of the fifth, Cheney put runners at first and third with no outs. Dallas Reed then singled to end the game.
Devore finished three for four hitting. Young finished two for three.
Chris Campbell had the sole hit for Jasper, 1-2.
In Thursday’s opening game, the WestChase Express edged the Fresno A’s 4-3.
WestChase pitcher Aaron Gonzalez went the distance on the mound, giving up six hits, three runs, two walks and six strikeouts. He pitched the first complete game of the tournament.
WestChase scored a run in the top of the first inning on a two-out wild pitch with a runner on third. In the second inning, Jake Gonzalez tripled and came home on a balk.
Fresno scored in the third inning on a Will Pettener ground out and a Chris Scott RBI single.
WestChase broke the tie in the top of the fifth when Ivan Silva hit an RBI triple and came home on an Eric Thomas sacrifice fly.
Anthony Ward hit an RBI single for the A’s with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but was left stranded. The A’s managed just one baserunner total in the last two innings.
Fresno used six pitchers with Jacob Rosey pitching the fifth inning in the loss.
The Hattiesburg Black Sox used a pair of big innings to stop the Dallas Dirtbags 11-0 in five innings on the 10-run rule.
Hattiesburg pitcher Kedrick Martin went the distance, allowing two hits, a walk and five strikeouts.
All nine Hattiesburg batters had a hit.
Dallas starter Kody Keiser took the loss, lasting 2 1-3 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jacob Cobb and R.J. Roberts finished the game.
Hattiesburg went off for seven runs in the top of the third inning. Beau Wallace hit a two-run double in the inning. Eric Wilks hit an RBI double. Marcus Ragan and Terrell Hodges each added an RBI single. Kreg Garner drove in a run on a ground out. A run scored on a wild pitch.
In the top of the fifth, Garner hit a two-run double and scored on a Josh Parks single. Another run scored on an error.
Hattiesburg finishes pool play 2-1, while Dallas finishes 0-3.
In Wednesday’s 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.