Hattiesburg advances by eliminating Denver

Mark Schnabel
Hattiesburg Black Sox Marcus Regan makes contact with a pitch Wednesday night during play against the Denver Cougars.

WICHITA — The Hattiesburg Black Sox stayed alive in the National Baseball Congress World Series with a 9-4 win over the Denver Cougars Wednesday night in elimination play at Eck Stadium.

Hattiesburg starter Austin Sanders went 7.1 innings for the win, allowing two earned runs on 12 hits with nine strikeouts.

Hattiesburg scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two runners on base, J.T. Hall singled and the ball was misplayed by the Denver right fielder, allowing all three runners to score.

An error in the top of the third inning led to a Denver run. Carter Pennington hit an RBI single for Denver in the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Marcus Regan hit a two-run single. Another run scored on a wild pitch.

Despite five hits in the top of the seventh, Denver managed just one run.

Mack McKisson hit an RBI single for Denver in the top of the eighth.

Pablo Lanzarote led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run. Jalin Lawson added a two-run double.

Denver loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but a strikeout ended the game.

Regan finished the game two for three hitting for Hattiesburg with two RBIs. Lawson was two for three with two RBIs.

McKisson and Pennington each went three for four hitting for Denver.

Jeremiah Scott took the loss for the Cougars. Joe Ciardullo struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief.

Denver Cougar pitcher Jeremiah Scott throws against the Hattiesburg Black Sox.