Lonestar downs Prospects in 10 innings

Mark Schnabel
Houston MVP Prospects pitcher Kelvan Pilot went 9.2 innings in a 3-2 loss to Lonestar Baseball in the opening round of the NBC World Series at Eck Stadium.

WICHITA — For the second time on the first day of the National Baseball Congress World Series, a game went into extra innings.

Charlie Overstreet flared a single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to hand Lonestar Baseball a 3-2 win over the Houston MVP Prospects.

A rule change for extra innings this season put runners on first and second base to start the inning. The runners are not charged as earned runs to the pitcher.

J.D. Dunlap opened the bottom of the 10th with a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk loaded the bases and a strikeout, Overstreet ended the game for the win.

Lonestar used five pitchers with Nathan Medrano finishing the game for the win, striking out four of the five batters he faced. Grant Gaspard struck out five in 5.2 scoreless innings.

Kelvan Pilot took the loss for the Prospects, allowing an earned run on four hits with six walks and six strikeouts. Pilot threw 135 pitches.

Overstreet finished the game two for four hitting. Roberto Gonzalez went two for five for the Prospects.

An error and a Gonzalez triple gave Houston a run in the top of the first inning. J.D. Dunlap drove in a run for Lonestar with a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

Gonzalez led off the top of the seventh with a double. After a strikeout and intentional walk, Gonzalez scored from second on a deep fly ball by Grant Shepherd.

Lonestar loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth. A 6-4-3 double play ended the threat.

In the bottom of the ninth, Lonestar’s Andre Jackson reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole seconds, went to third on an error and came home on a Rudy Reyna sacrifice fly.

In the top of the 10th, Houston had its player at second base picked off. Two strikeouts ended the inning.

Lonestar pitcher Grant Gaspard struck out five in a win over the Houston MVP Prospects.