WICHITA — The Cheney Diamond Dawgs continue their run in the 83rd National Baseball Congress World Series with a 7-3 win over traditional power Hays Larks Tuesday night in Championship Week pool play.
Cheney improves to 6-0 in the tournament. Fellow Sunflower Collegiate League team, the Mulvane Patriots, are 5-1. Both teams qualified into Championship Week from the from the first week of play.
Cheney showed aggression at the plate, on the bases and on defense for the win, improving to 2-0 in pool play and clinching a berth into the quarterfinals.
“That’s how we played, that’s how we always play,” Cheney manager Pat Hon said. “We’ve played like that all summer. We played that way when it’s 100 degrees on a sand field in preparation for this. We executed well. We have to cycle through and get our arms fresh again. (Bradley) Demco has pitched about every game. It would be nice to go through three days and not throw him. I’ve got three guys who have been pillars for me who haven’t thrown here yet. It would be nice to get them in Thursday and just keep going.”
Cheney had two home runs in the game.
“We hit two the first game, then the elements haven’t dictated that,” Hon said. “The wind has been blowing in. We took what we could get. We got ahold of a few tonight.”
Andrew Miller went two for three with three RBIs to lead the Dawg offense.
“I was just up there looking for a pitch that I could drive,” Miller said. “Overall, we had a couple of mishaps on defense, but overall, we played good enough to win the game. Our chemistry has been building all summer. We’ve just gotten better and better as the summer went along.”
Cheney scored in the first inning on a Dallas Reed double, followed by a Jackson Glenn single. In the second inning, Daniel Richardson hit a two-run home run to left-center.
Hays scored in the bottom of the second inning on an Alex Weiss RBI double.
In the top of the fifth, Glenn hit a solo shot to left-center. Tresten Kennard followed with a triple and came home on a Miller ground out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Trey Ochoa tripled and scored on a Colin Simpson steal. Clayton Rasbeary hit an RBI single for Hays in the bottom of the sixth.
Miller hit an RBI double for Cheney in the top of the seventh. Miller added a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.
Cheney starter Austin Gehle went 5 2-3 innings for the win, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Demco finished the game for the save, allowing a hit with a walk and six strikeouts.
Kennard went four for five hitting. Glenn went two for five with two RBIs.
Rasbeary and Jacob Boston each went two for four for Hays.
Chandler Coates took the loss for Hays, allowing five runs on nine hits with two walks. Peyton Battenfield, Chad Smith and Kent Hasler finished the game.
Hays drops to 1-1 in pool play.
In the opening game of the day, Mike Leal hit an RBI single in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Mulvane Patriots to a 5-4 win over the USA National Team.
Team USA is actually the University of Iowa baseball team, which will be playing later this month at the World University Games in Tokyo and is using the NBC World Series as a tune-up for that tournament.
Team USA fell to 0-2 in the NBC.
Team USA was hampered by four errors.
Team USA scored in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI triple by Robert Neustrom. In the top of the second, Mulvane struck back with an RBI double by Adam Brown. Hunter Aguirre walked and scored.
Matt Hoeg tied the game for Team USA in the sixth inning on an RBI double. Neustrom added an RBI double in the seventh.
Mulvane scored in the top of the ninth on an error. Javis Larson posted an RBI single in the top of the 10th.
Team USA stayed alive in the bottom of the 10th when Grant Judkins grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive in a run.
Team USA loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 12th, but a pair of pop fly balls ended the game.
Larson and Leal each had two hits for Mulvane.
Ben Norman, Kyle Crowl, Neustrom and Tyler Cropley, the first four batters in the Team USA lineup, had two hits each. Spots five through nine in the lineup went collectively one for 26 hitting.
Judkins took the loss for Team USA, the fourth pitcher used by the team. Starter Brady Schanuel went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Mulvane starter Noah Draper lasted six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts. Ryan Bailey threw four innings of relief for the win, allowing a run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. Sloan Baker inherited two runners on base in the bottom of the 12th, but retired the side, hitting one batter, for the save.
The Seattle Studs stayed alive in the series with a 12-2 win over the San Antonio Angels.
The game was halted after seven innings on the eight-run rule.
Seattle starter Geoff Brown went six innings for the win, allowing two runs, on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Ben Ruff finished the game, giving up a pair of hits with two outs.
Seattle’s Ryan Burdick hit a two-run shot to left field with one out in the top of the first. Burdick added an RBI single in the top of the third. Dylan LaValle added a two-run RBI triple. Kyle Sutherland drove in LaValle on a single.
The Studs added three runs in the top of the fourth, all with two outs. Lorin Archibald and LaValle each had an RBI single. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
San Antonio finally got in the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ty Reynolds drove in a run on a ground out. Gavin Herrera had an RBI single.
San Antonio prevented the run rule from kicking in in the top of the sixth with a 6-4-3-5 triple play.
An error in the top of the seventh led to three runs for the Studs.
Nicholas Hamel went four innings for San Antonio, 0-2, giving up a runs on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeout. Jose Diaz and Cameron Jones finished the game.
Archibald went three for four for Seattle. Budnick finished two for four with three RBIs. LaValle went two for three with three RBIs.
Mark Frankenhouser went three for four for San Antonio. Herrera went two for three.
In the late game, Trevor Beard hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lead the San Diego Waves to an 8-7 win over the Wellington Heat.
San Diego improves to 2-0 in pool play.
With one out, Jake Thompson walked and stole second, scoring on Beard’s single.
Beard finished three for four hitting with two RBIs. Griffen Teisher went two for three. Luke Navigato went two for four.
Cole Horew pitched two innings for the win, allowing a hit with a strikeout. He was San Diego’s fourth pitcher in the game.
In the top of the second inning, Wellington’s Alex Lyon drove in a run with a double, followed by an RBI single for Jacob Padilla. Wellington added two more runs in the top of the third on doubles by Jacob Jones and Alex Koch.
Thompson hit a sacrifice fly for San Diego in the bottom of the third, followed by RBI singles for Beard and Teisher. Brandon Stewart tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning.
With bases loaded and one out in the top of the fifth inning, Koch drew a bases-loaded walk and Lyon hit a two-run single.
San Diego loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Eric Del Prado followed with a two-run single. A ground out tied the game.
Former Newton Rebel Jones went three for four hitting for Wellington. Lyon went two for four with three RBIs.
Jake Hudson took the loss for the Heat, 1-1.