WICHITA—El Dorado came to a disappointing end to a surprisingly good showing in the NBC World Series, losing 8-1 to Jayhawk League rival Wellington on Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Broncos finished third in the tourney. The NBC is treating the regional and world series as one tournament in statistics. Thus, El Dorado finished with an 8-2 record, which included a regional title.
But nothing went right Friday night. Only Christian Cox, playing with a broken jaw and tornoff thumbnail pitched effectively. He went 2 1/3 innings and did not allow a run. Joe Smidt went an inning (the eighth) and did not allow a run. The other four -- George Brandecker, Brenton Higgins, Chayse Gulzow and Jake Luebbe -- were tagged for at least one run.
El Dorado got 10 hits; it just couldn't advance them. In six of the nine innings, the Broncos got the leadoff man on. But rarely did he advance.
Thomas Clay led off the sixth with a double to left, but was stranded at third.
El Dorado had 24 chances to move runners and was successful just five times. With runners in scoring position, the Broncos were just 1 for 12.
Despite this dismal game, the future looks bright for El Doado.
First, a good nuculus is expected to return from this team. Second, manager Chad Gerwick and general manager Doug Bell have opened some new college doors that should help the team. Texas Tech, Tarleton State and Texas-Tyler are just three examples.
Also, Butler County and Cowley County are expected to have good teams next spring and the Broncos hope to draw on those sources.
Wellington 201 200 102 -- 8 16 0
El Dorado 000 000 001 -- 1 10 1
W -- Royal. L -- Brandecker.
Wellington batting: Siple 2-5, Thimesch 3-5, Rea 0-3, Pizza 0-4, Billinger 4-5, Rocha 1-4, Mark 3-5, Bernardi 1-4, Andrews 2-5.
El Dorado batting: Coen 1-5, Clay 3-4, Ware 0-4, Taylor 1-4, Parrett 1-4, Stramp 0-3, Esposito 2-4, Roming 2-4, Mucha 0-3, Kane 0-1.
Wellington pitching: Royal 7 2/3-0, Coleman 1 1/3-1.
El Dorado pitching: Brandecker 2 2/3-3, Higgins 2/3-2, Cox 2 1/3-0, Gulzow 1 1/3-1, Smidt 1-0, Luebbe 1-2.