WICHITA — The Wellington Heat became the first team to advance to the 84th National Baseball Congress World Series quarterfinals, finishing 3-0 in pool play after an 11-0 win over the Clarinda A’s Tuesday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The game was halted after six innings on the 10-run rule.
Clarinda was eliminated from play after an 0-3 finish in pool play.
“We got some work in today,” Heat manager Rick Twyman said. “We played pretty well. We’ll see who our draw is. We used our bullpen to give them work. We wanted to save some starters. We just have to come out Thursday, pitch, play defense and have timely hitting like we have had all year.”
The Heat used five pitchers, who combined to hold Clarinda to three hits with five strikeouts. C Treatch was credited with the win.
Alex Lyon finished three for four hitting with three RBIs.
Joe Rankin and Alex Koch both went two for three.
Dwayne Angebrandt II took the loss for Clarinda.
Wellington scored a pair of runs in the top of the first on a wild pitch and a Luis Amaro RBI single. Lyon hit an RBI single for the Heat in the second inning.
In the third inning, Wellington broke things open with five runs. The Heat scored on a wild pitch, a Caleb Dubler RBI single, a hit batter with bases loaded and a two-run Lyon single.
Wellington loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth. Koch was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. Dubler followed with a walk to drive in a run. Mike Lowe then hit a sacrifice fly.
The Dodge City A’s got their hopes up for a quarterfinal berth with a 5-2 win over Lonestar Baseball, but the bubble was burst when the Seattle Studs upended the Santa Barbara Foresters 5-0.
Seattle, Dodge City and Santa Barbara each finished 2-1 in pool play, but Santa Barbara still won the pool with a +16 run differential, followed by Seattle at +10 and Dodge City at -5. Santa Barbara and Seattle will advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
“We made an error right off the bat and they were able to get some runners on base,” Dodge City manager Tony Gonzalez said. “Their big stick, three-hole hitter got a double, but I had confidence in our team that we would battle back. We had a couple innings that were sketchy, but for the most part, we were in control of the game.”
Dodge City’s Anthony Villegas went eight innings for the win, allowing an earned run, four hits, a walk and five strikeouts. Conner Van Cleave finished the game for the save, walking two and striking out one.
Austin Hinkel took the loss for Lonestar, allowing five runs, nine hits, three walks and two strikeouts. Braden Shields finished the game, allowing a hit and a walk.
An error in the top of the first inning set up an RBI double for Lonestar’s Joe Davis. Dodge City replied in the bottom of the first with a two-run Dayton Cook double. Zak Felix added an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning.
Mitchell Caskey got Lonestar back in the game with a towering solo home run over the left field fence with two outs in the top of the sixth. Felix answered with an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. The A’s also scored on a balk.
Felix finished three for four hitting. Kyle Cullin went two for three.
In the prime-time game, Seattle pitcher Alan Vasques went six innings for the win, allowing four hits, a walk and six strikeouts. Sam Hellinger allowed one hit, a walk and three strikeouts in two innings. Anthony Brady finished the game, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Brett Standlee went three innings for the Foresters to take the loss. Santa Barbara used six other pitchers in the game.
The Studs scored in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Garrett Breda.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Breda and Jacob Hirsh each singled to lead off the inning. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. A one-hopper to the shortstop led to Breda getting caught in a run-down and tagged out. A hit batter loaded the bases. Kyle Boe then drew a walk to drive in a run. Landon Riker followed with an RBI single. Another run scored on a walk. Matt Zoba tacked on an RBI single, but a second runner attempting to score was thrown out at the plate.
The Foresters showed signs of life in the top of the eighth, opening the inning with a single and an error. After a pop out, a hit batter loaded the bases. A strikeout and a pop out ended the threat.
Breda finished three for four for the Studs.
Slade Heggen went two for four for the Foresters.
In the late game, the San Diego Stars jumped out to a 6-0 lead and held on to down the Hays Larks 9-6.
The Stars advance to the quarterfinals at 2-1, while Hays is eliminated at 1-2.
The Stars loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. Cabot Van Til then walked to drive in a run. Tristan Salinas then cleared the bases with a grand slam over the left-center field wall.
Henry Gonzales led off the second inning with a home run just inside the left field foul pole.
Hays came back with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. John Rensel drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Clayton Rasbeary drove in a run on a single.
The Stars struck back for three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Culp hit an RBI single. Dallas Seidel followed with a two-run double.
Ryne Randle hit an RBI single for Hays in the top of the seventh inning. Hays opened the eighth inning with a hit batter and two singles to score a run. Rensel drove in the run.
After a pitching change, the Stars got an out on a pop up. Another out was wiped off the board on catcher’s interference. Daryl Meyers grounded out to drive in a run. A strikeout stopped the rally.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Hays drew a walk and had a player reach on an error on a dropped fly ball. A run then scored on a wild pitch. A walk put the potential tying run at the plate.
Clayton Lewis came into the game and got a groundout to second base to end the game and give Lewis the save.
Noah Quintana lasted seven innings for the Stars, allowing five runs, six hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Michael Byerline went 1 2-3 innings, allowing two walks and a strikeout.
Fabian Muniz lasted just nine batters for Hays to take the loss.
No player had more than one hit in the game.
The final day of pool play begins at 1 p.m. today.
84th National Baseball
Congress World Series
Monday’s late game
Colorado Cyclones 9,
San Diego Waves 8
Fosgett, Coppens (L, 0-1) 4, Haupt 5 and Parra; Brooks, Lewis (W, 2-0) 2, Mossberg (S, 1) 4 and Badgett. HR — SD: Shearer (1). Time — 2:27.
Wellington Heat 11,
Clarinda A’s 0
(6 innings, run rule)
Ramos, Treatch (W, 1-0) 3, Stoll 4, Russell 5, Henderson 6 and Rankin; Angelbrandt II (L, 0-1), Lavendler 4, Davis 6, Spunaugle 6 and Sefrit. Time — 1:36.
Dodge City A’s 5,
Lonestar Baseball 2
Hinkle (L, 0-2), Shields 8 and Bailey; Villegas (W, 1-0), Van Cleave (S, 1) 9 and Opitz. HR — L: Caskey (2). Time — 1:55.
Seattle Studs 5,
Santa Barbara Foresters 0
Standlee (L, 0-1), Fields 4, Acker 6, Reid 7, Anderson 7, O’Donnell 7, Wallace 8 and Heggen; Vasques (W, 1-0), Hellinger 8, Brady 9 and Breda. Time — 2:50.
San Diego Stars 9,
Hays Larks 6
Muniz (L, 0-1), Pennington 2, Browning 2, Divis 6 and Kirk; Quintana (W, 1-0), Byerline 8, Lewis (S, 1) 9 and Gonzalez. HR — SD: Salinas (1), Gonzales (1). Time — 2:34.
Colorado Black Bears (0-2) vs. San Diego Waves (1-1) 1 p.m.
San Antonio Angels (2-0) vs. San Diego Force (0-2) 3:30 p.m.
Cheney Diamond Dawgs (1-1) vs. Colorado Cyclones (2-0) 7 p.m.
Everett Merchants (1-1) vs. NJCAA National Team (1-1) 9:30 p.m.