WICHITA — Both Championship Week berths from the first week of the 85th National Baseball Congress World Series went to Sunflower Collegiate League teams following Wednesday’s final knockout games at Eck Stadium.
The Derby Twins outlasted the Hays Larks 9-7 and the Great Bend Bat Cats downed the Hutchinson Monarchs 24-10, the highest scoring game since the tourney returned to wood bats in 2000.
There were 20 runs in the fourth inning. Hutchinson pitchers walked 17 batters.
Both Derby and Great Bend will play their first Championship Week pool games Friday.
Great Bend’s Dawson Pomeroy finished five for five hitting with five runs scored and five RBIs. Brady Michael went two for three with five RBIs. Ryan Monson and Tyson Cheatum each drove in two runs.
Easton Young pitched 3.2 innings of relief for the win, striking out three.
Hutchinson used six pitchers with Zach Philbin taking the loss.
Taylor Barber went four for four hitting with three RBIs.
Hutchinson loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second inning. Ryan Stoecklein grounded into a fielder’s choice to score drive in run.
Great Bend loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second, scoring on a wild pitch and a Chase Gibson RBI ground out.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Brady Michael hit a two-run single for the Bat Cats.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Hutchinson scored six runs. Barber hit a three-run double. Two runs scored on an error. A run scored on a wild pitch.
Ten walks in the bottom of the fourth led to a 14-run Great Bend inning on just four hits. Michael had a three-run double. Pomeroy had a two-run single and drove in another run with bases-loaded walk. The Cats had 19 batters in the inning. The inning lasted almost an hour.
With two outs in the top of the fifth, Cooper Elliott hit an RBI single for Hutchinson. Another run scored on a wild pitch.
Great Bend added six runs in the seventh. Pomeroy hit a two-run triple in the inning.
Easton Rindt hit an RBI single for Hutchinson in the top of the ninth.
In the early game, Derby scored in the bottom of the first on a double steal with runners at first and third base. Dorien Jenkins added an RBI single in the second inning.
Hays came back with three runs in the top of the third. Alex Strachan hit an RBI single. Jarrod hit a two-run triple. Derby matched that in the bottom of the third. Colton Whitehouse drove in a run with a double and scored on a Derrick Winn single. Derby added a run on a wild pitch.
Hays regained the lead with four runs in the fifth, aided by two errors and several other defensive misplays.
Derby loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. A run scored on a wild pitch. Bryce Donovan followed with a two-run double to put the Twins back in the lead. Whithouse added an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning.
Derrick Winn went two for three hitting to lead Derby. Ryan McNally went two for four. Whitehouse and Justin Bundy each went two for five.
Kaleb Hornea threw 2.2 innings of relief for the win. Jake Hammond finished the game for the save.
Skyler Luna went three for five for Hays. Grant Lung went two for three.
Newton Rebel Enzo Bonventre had a pinch-hit single for Hays.
Rustin Hays took the loss for Hays.
Knockout round final
Derby Twins 9,
Hays Larks 7
Ruder, Rodriguez 3, Hays (L, 0-1) 7, Tavara 7 and Gangwish; Goetze, Pechin 5, Hornea (W, 1-0) 5, Hammond (S, 1) 8 and Albrecht. Time — 2:38.
Great Bend Bat Cats 24,
Hutchinson Monarchs 10
Kelley, Philbin (L, 0- 1) 4, Linder 4, Drehrer 4, Kudelka 7, Clark 8 and S.Wolverton; Brimacombe, Young (W, 1-0) 4, Fyffe 8 and Bloomer. Time — 3:19.
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