El Dorado wasted a good pitching performance by Josh Davis, bowing again to Haysville 7-5 to finish third in the NBC Midwest Regional at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Tuesday night.
Haysville played the Kansas Canons late Tuesday night in the final.
Davis started and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs. He left leading 2-1 with a Haysville runner on second base. Reliever Gil Rehwinkel got an out then a ground ball to shortstop Tyler Coughenour who fielded the ball but threw wildly to first, allowing the tieing run to score. Walker Davidson then singled in the go-ahead run.
The Broncos committed four errors, resulting in two unearned runs.
El Dorado outhit the Heat 13-10. Haysville had 10 singles, meaning Bronco pitchers have not allowed an extra-base hit in the past three games.
By finishing third, El Dorado is the first alternate for the NBC World Series. Every year teams fail to come to the tourney, and the Broncos will be the first team to replace any team.
El Dorado took a 1-0 lead in the first when Arturo Corona walked, was sacrificed to second by Chris Godinez and scored on David Harris' single.
Thomas Henk doubled to open the bottom of the fourth. He scored on Brandon Lawrence's single.
Trailing 7-2, the Broncos scored three in the eighth. Harris, Coughenour and Davis Morgan singled to load the bases. Lawrence grounded out to short to score Harris. Mitch Osburn double in Coughenour and Morgan.
Haysville had 10 singles, six of which never left the infield.
El Dorado had the only extra-base hits, two doubles.
The Broncos travel to Liberal on Friday for a three-game series.