Butler County Times Gazette
  • Broncos one game away from NBC championship series

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  • Chance Cotton pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball as El Dorado edged Hays 1-0 Wednesday night in the NBC World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
    Spencer Neve led off the eighth with a single to break up Cotton's gem.
    Cotton got one out in the eighth before being replaced by Eric Schuermann.
    Schuermann got a double play grounder to end Hays' threat.
    The Broncos scored the only run of the game  in the first inning.
    John Coen was hit by a pitch and wild-pitched to second.
    Tyler Ware walked to put runners at first and second with one out.
    With two strikes, Clayton Taylor hit a sharp single up the middle to score Coen.
    It was the Broncos seventh shutout victory this season.
    The Broncos are one of six teams remaining in the tourney.
    Cotton, who struck out eight and walked seven, did not allow a baserunner to third.
    He threw 117 pitches, 69 for strikes.
    The Broncos played errorless ball.
    The El Dorado-Wichita Broncos are 100 wins, 98 losses and one tie historically against Hays.
     
    Hays 000 000 000 -- 0 1 0
    El Dorado 100 000 00x -- 1 4 0
    W -- Cotton. L -- Vance.
    El Dorado batting: Coen 0-2, Clay 1-4, Ware 0-2, Taylor 1-3, Parrett 0-3, Stramp 1-3, Esposito 0-2, Roming 0-3, Mucha 1-2.
    El Dorado pitching: Cotton 7 1/3-0, Schuermann 1 2/3-0.
    Broncos 4 Santa Barbara 1
    Eric Schuermann went seven innings of shutout baseball to spark El Dorado to a 4-1 victory over Santa Barbara on Thursday night in the NBC World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
    The Broncos will play Wellington on Friday night at 7 p.m.
    The winner of that game will have to defeat Seattle twice on Saturday to win the title.
    Schuermann struck out six and didn't walk any against the two-time defending champion Foresters, who did not score until two were out in the top of the ninth.
    Schuermann was relieved by Christian Cox, who started the top of the eighth.
    Cox suffered a ripped-off thumbnail, three teeth bent back and a broken jaw.
    Yet, he begged the coaches to let him pitch and he responded with a scoreless inning, striking out two.
    The Broncos opened the scoring in the second when Patrick Esposito got the first of his three hits, a single.
    He advanced to second on an infield groundout and scored on Mikel Mucha's single.
    El Dorado tacked on two more in the fifth.
     John Coan walked, was sacrificed to second by Thomas Clay and scored on a single by Clayton Taylor.
    Tyler Ware walked before Taylor's at-bat and later scored on a wild pitch.
    Page 2 of 2 - El Dorado's last run came in the sixth.
    Esposito led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Coby Roming and scored on Mucha's second single of the game.
     
    Santa Barbara 000 000 001 -- 1 6 0
    El Dorado 010 021 00x -- 4 8 1
    W -- Schuermann. L -- French.
    El Dorado batting: Coen 1-3, Clay 0-2, Ware 0-1, Taylor 2-4, Parrett 0-4, Stramp 0-4, Esposito 3-4, Roming 0-3, Mucha 2-3.
    El Dorado pitching: Schuermann 7-0, Cox 1-0, Miller 1-1.

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