WICHITA — The Kansas Stars, a collection of retired Major League Baseball players, improved to 3-0 at the National Baseball Congress World Series with an 8-0 win over the Liberal BeeJays Wednesday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita.
The game was called after eight innings on the eight-run rule.
The Stars advance to the quarterfinals of the knockout round, which begins Friday.
Each team dumped its bullpen, using seven pitchers each. The Stars held the BeeJays to four hits with a walk, striking out five. Fifteen-year MLB veteran Jake Peavy went three innings for the win, giving up three hits. Tyler Tognarine took the loss for Liberal, lasting two innings.
No player had more than one hit in the game. Eight-time all-star Chipper Jones drove in three runs for the Stars.
The Stars scored three runs in the first inning on an error, a wild pitch and a Dan Uggala sacrifice fly. Former Shocker and 11-year veteran Koyie Hill hit a sacrifice fly and 11-year vet Ryan Langerhans had an RBI double in the sixth inning. Jones hit a three-run double in the eighth inning.
Liberal finishes tourney play 0-3.
The Santa Barbara Foresters finished pool play 3-0 with a quarterfinal berth, stopping the Colorado Sox 6-2.
Scoreless through five innings, the Foresters scored four runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh.
Joshua Jung and Spencer Steer each had an RBI single for the Foresters in the sixth inning. Luke Ritter had a sacrifice fly. Another run scored on an error.
Ritter hit a two-run double in the seventh.
Talon Schaller hit a two-run double for the Sox in the eighth inning.
The Foresters used seven pitchers in the game. Corey Herndon struck out two batters in the fifth inning for the win. Robbie Medel pitched the final 1 1-3 innings with a hit and a strikeout for the save.
Carlos Amador lasted just one out in the sixth inning, allowing three earned runs on four hits, for the loss. Five other Sox pitchers went to the mound.
Steer went two for three for the Foresters. Hank Loforte went two for four. Draven Adame and Hunter Donaldson each went two for four for the Sox, which finished the tourney 0-3.
In the opening game of the day, the Everett Merchants clinched a berth in the quarterfinals with a 5-4 win over the Colorado Cyclones.
Everett led 5-0 in the first five innings of play. Jake Levin had an RBI single in the bottom of the first. Connor O’Brien had a two-run single in the fifth inning. Austin Atwell had an RBI single. Everett also scored a run on an error.
The Cyclones came back with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kennedy Badgett had a two-run single. Peter Shearer drove in a run on a ground out. Chad Bell hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.
Levin finished three for four hitting for Everett, 2-1. O’Brien went two for four. Max Whitt went two for five.
Brett Ricklefs threw 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win. Starter Dylan Stewart went 2 2-3 innings, walking three and striking out four. Max Dwyer threw two innings, striking out three, for the save - his second of the tournament.
Bryce Kearns took the loss for the Cyclones, which end the tourney 1-2.
In the late game, the Derby Twins advanced to the quarterfinal round with an 11-3 win over the San Diego Force. The game was halted after eight innings on the run-rule.
Derby pitcher Jonathan Nicholson tossed a 10-hit complete game, allowing two walks with three strikeouts.
Derby scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on an Anthony Dominguez sacrifice fly and a Greg Saenz RBI single. Tyler Plantier hit an RBI single for the Force in the bottom of the first.
Noah Bland hit a two-run single for Derby in the top of the second. Tanner Pinkston answered with a two-run double in the bottom of the third.
Derby scored on a Conner Basler ground out in the fourth inning. A Dominguez ground out in the fifth led to another Twins run.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, Davis Elliott hit a two-run double and Bland hit a three-run triple.
Bret Fehr and Bland had two hits each for Derby. Trevor Abrams went three for four for the Force. Anthony Warneke went two for three.
Brad Moreno took the loss for the Force, which ends the tournament 1-2.
In Tuesday’s 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.