Dylan Stockton scattered seven hits in shutting out the Haysville Heat 2-0 as the Kansas Cannons advanced to the championship game of the Midwest Regional Qualifying Tournament. With the win, the Cannons also clinched a spot in the NBC World Series, July 28 through Aug. 11 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
In winning their seventh straight, the Cannons scored all the runs in the game in the first inning. Ty Kildow and Tory Stoffregen scored on a two-out double by Kyle Johnston.
The Cannons should have had more in the third, but a great defensive play by Heat centerfielder Nick Thimesch kept them from scoring at least two, possibly three, runs in the inning. With Stoffregen on first, Scott Sammons hit one deep into the right-center field gap. Thimesch got on his horse and hauled in the ball, easily doubling off Stoffregen, who was nearly to third when the catch was made.
Ryan Tracy followed with a single and Kyle Johnston walked but neither advanced from there.
The sixth was the only inning Stockton allowed more than one base runner. With runners at first and second and one out, Stockton got off the hook when Garrett Tuck flied out to center, and Andrew Miller hit a comebacker to the mound.