WICHITA — It was a day of elimination games Monday at the 80th
National Baseball Congress World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Boulder Collegians stopped the Wichita Sluggers 8-5, the Puerto
Rico National Team topped the Greeley Grays 4-3, the Kansas Cannons
downed Walter Johnson League rival Park City Rangers 11-3.
In the morning game, Boulder scored five runs in the bottom of the
seventh inning to overcome a 5-3 deficit and down the Wichita
Sluggers, the 19 and under Hap Dumont Showcase champions.
Drew Rosebottom led Boulder, going three for four hitting with three
RBIs. Spencer Ibarra drove in two runs. Cole Maltese, Michael Graff
and Will Powell each drove in a run.
Tyler Patty threw two innings of relief for the win, striking out two.
Jordan Smith threw the eighth and ninth innings for the save.
For the Sluggers, Lucas Milner went three for five with two RBIs.
Taylor Sanagorski went four for four with an RBI. Brady Hoover and
Jake Miller each drove in a run.
Alex Ruxlow threw three innings of relief and was charged with the loss.
Abdel Rivera went nine innings for Team Puerto Rico in a 4-3 win over
the Greeley Grays. Rivera allowed three runs on six hits with a walk
and six strikeouts.
Tied 1-1, Joey Samuels hit an RBI double, while Zach Gehler hit a
sacrifice fly for Greeley in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two
outs and bases loaded in the top of the eighth inning, Puerto Rico
scored a run on a wild pitch and another on a Luis Maldonado single.
An RBI single for Eduardo Sanchez in the top of the ninth gave Puerto
Rico the winning run.
Juan Natal went two for five for Puerto Rico. Jensen Park went two for
four for Greeley.
Lee Busto took the loss for the Grays in relief of starter Talon
Jumper, who struck out six in 7 2-3 innings.
The Kansas Cannons used a four-run fifth inning to break open a close
game and stop the rival Park City Rangers in seven innings on the
Taylor Herrington went three for three hitting for the Cannons,
driving in three runs. Conner Knight and Roger Diaz drove in two runs
each. Jared Sterling was two for four with an RBI. Wes Phillips was
two for three with an RBI.
For Park City, Zenon Kowlakowski went two for three with an RBI.
Anthony Lucal also drove in a run.
Cannon starter John Branum went six innings for the win, allowing two
earned runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Zak Mickens
pitched the seventh innings, striking out two.
Trent Lunsford went 4 2-3 innings in the loss.
In the late game, the Austin Shockers held off the Southern California
Tied 2-2, Austin scored three runs in the seventh inning and one more
in the eighth. The Outlaws scored three runs in the eighth, but the
Shockers came back with a run in the top of the ninth.
Cameron Cox threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for Austin for the save. Shawn
Brody threw an inning of relief for the win. Austin used five
pitchers, while the Outlaws used six. Justin Zielinski took the loss
for the Outlaws.
Garrett Benyo went two for five hitting for Austin, driving in three
runs. Zack Compton went three for four with an RBI. Taylor Bailey went
two for five with an RBI. Nathan Train also drove in a run.
For the Outlaws, Mike Zidek went two for three with two RBIs. Julio
Espinosa also drove two runs. David Odle added an RBI.