The Kansas Cannons got the hitting, pitching and defense to defeat the Tulsa Cardinals 11-4 July 30 in an elimination game at the NBC World Series. The Tulsa Braves upset the Cannons 2-1 in the July 29 opener for both teams.
The Cannons opened their elimination game July 30 with RBI singles by Tory Stoffregen and Blaine Hashagen that sparked a three-run first inning. Tulsa cut the deficit to two with a run in the bottom of the second.
A single by Ty Kildow in the sixth made it 4-1. He drove in two more runs in the eighth as the Cannons pushed the score to 6-1. They put it out of reach with five runs in the ninth. Kildow had another RBI in the inning, and Scott Sammons doubled in two.
Ryan Scoles settled in and allowed just two hits after the second. He scattered seven hits – five in the first two innings – walked three and fanned seven through seven innings to pick up the win.
Kildow was 5 for 6 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Sammons and Hashagen each knocked in a pair of runs, while Sammons had three hits.
The Cannons next play Aug. 4 at a time yet to be announced.
The night before, a bases-loaded walk in the sixth inning pushed across what turned out to be the winning run as the Tulsa Braves won 2-1 in the first round.
Cannons starter Derek Martinez had retired 12 of 15 batters since surrendering a run in the first inning. Tulsa opened the sixth with three straight singles to load the bases.
A walk pushed across the go-ahead run but that was all the Braves could muster as the Cannons’ defense stepped up. Josh Halbert got a runner on a force at home, Martinez caught a batter looking, and Halbert fielded a high bouncer and barely nipped the batter at first on a great stretch by Sammons.
The Cannons tied the game in the top of the second. Kyle Johnston walked to open the inning, and Ryan Tracy was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with no out. Tulsa pitcher Joe Spring fielded a slow roller by Corey Cowan and bounced a throw in the dirt to third, which allowed Johnston to score.
Representing the tying run, James Threw reached first to open the Cannons ninth. A sacrifice and a ground out moved him to third, but Stoffregen struck out for the third time to end the game.